Two fully-expected confirmations came in today:

Ministers of Money, a “went wrong, vanned off” after “winning” the 4th at Golden Gate Friday, is indeed dead. He was two; this was his very first race.

Niente is dead after breaking down in the stretch of the 9th at Belmont yesterday. (The Equibase note said, obscenely, that she was “expertly eased and pulled up” after suffering the injury.) She, too, was two years old; ’twas only her second race.

California and New York have combined to kill at least 160 racehorses this year…

Governor Newsom
Senator Feinstein
Senator Harris
Assembly Speaker Rendon
Majority Leader Hertzberg
California State Senators

Governor Cuomo
Senator Schumer
Senator Gillibrand
Assembly Speaker Heastie
Majority Leader Cousins
“Domestic Animal Welfare” Committee
NYS State Senators

The NYS Gaming Commission has released the names of four more horses killed whilst in the service of that state’s horseracing industry – all at Belmont Park:

First, there’s Bustin Scones, euthanized for colic October 5. She was four and had been put to the whip 15 times, most recently at that same track last month.

Next, there was Nero’s Fiddle who, after “taking some bad steps” in the 2nd race Thursday, was “vanned off” and subsequently euthanized. He, too, was four.

Then, Blackjack, euthanized yesterday after being diagnosed with cervical vertebral stenotic myelopathy. He was just two years old and had yet to be raced.

Finally, Alysinawonderland, also yesterday – “horse was found dead in the stall.” She was just three years old and was in the process of being prepped for her debut.

This is horseracing.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has confirmed that Endowment, a “went wrong, vanned off” in the 4th at Ellis August 8, is indeed dead – “slab fracture,” right foreleg. In the death report, it was noted that the then 1-year-old – yes, 1-year-old -filly was injured while training in February – an injury that required surgery “to remove chips from her right carpus.” Yes, that’s the same leg that eventually broke. In addition, the Commission said this: “The trainer’s veterinarian provided veterinary records for the previous 60 days. The filly had had both carpi injected with hyaluronic acid and a corticosteroid.” So, that’s injury, surgery, injections, breakdown, death – and all before the age of 2 1/2. That poor, poor girl. This terrible, terrible industry.

The CHRB has disclosed the death of 2-year-old Superficial yesterday at Santa Anita – officially, “stable accident.” She is the 17th dead horse at that track this year and 84th at all California venues. 84 dead horses – in this a year of contracted racing (covid) and, more telling, supposed historic reforms and safety initiatives. Please.