The 2nd at Charles Town last night: “Grandpa Munster contested the pace two deep at mostly even terms through the backstretch but was fatally injured midway on the turn and had to be euthanized on the track.” Grandpa was three years old; this was his 12th time under the whip, all this year, all at Charles Town.
The NYS Gaming Commission has disclosed the death of Madrone at Saratoga this past Friday – “neurologic disorder…euthanized due to poor prognosis.” Madrone was two years old and being prepped for his first race. He becomes the 15th dead horse at Saratoga this year – right at the track’s historical average. Reform is a ruse, safe racing a lie. This industry kills horses as a matter of course.
Saratoga’s Dead, 2021
Mister Bobby, May 13, training – “collapsed and died” (five years old)
Trucking Baron, Jun 29, stall – “chronic laminitis”
Strong Moment, Jul 16, racing – “catastrophic injury…euthanized on the course”
Pleasure Luck, Jul 18, racing (euthanized Jul 19) – “took a bad step”
Fattoria, Jul 19, training – “pelvic injury necessitating euthanasia”
Fiya, Jul 31, training – “injury to RH leg…euthanized”
Butter Lou, Aug 5, racing – “injured after wire, vanned to barn, euthanized”
Fifth Avenue Red, Aug 7, training – “pulled up, vanned off, euthanized”
Volpaia, Aug 10, training – “fell over rail, multiple injuries, euthanized”
Olympico, Aug 21, training – “RH condylar injury”
Wasn’t Me, Aug 26, training – “possible heart attack” (two years old)
America’s Joy, Aug 29, training – “fracture while breezing, broke neck in fall”
Tivoli Twirl, Sep 5, stall – “euthanized due to severe health complications”
Cirona, Sep 10, training – “pulled up lame, suspected pelvic…euthanized”
Madrone, Oct 8, stall – “neurologic disorder…euthanized due to poor prognosis”
I have confirmed that Fulmini, a “collapsed on the gallop out” at Gulfstream Saturday, is (of course) dead. Fulmini (below) was three; ’twas his 15th time under the whip.
The 8th at Gulfstream yesterday: “Fulmini trailed throughout, collapsed on the gallop out suffering an apparent catastrophic event, and was vanned off.” While I’ve yet to receive a firm confirmation, I’ll eat my hat if the 3-year-old survived.