In yesterday’s 8th at Monmouth, 4-year-old Forward Momentum “stumbled badly and fell.” Officially, according to Equibase, a DNF. (Two other horses from that race – Valley King and Padre Graz – were also DNFs.) But in fact, the Hugh McMahon-trained gelding was a DNS – did not survive, euthanized on-track. This is horseracing.

3-year-old Men Dee Go is dead after suffering a catastrophic fall last night at Lone Star Park. The colt had been whip-forced into a competition that had he finished would have netted his connections – jockey Roman Chapa, trainer Antonio Delgado, owner Claudio Balboa – $50. (Texas purses are not artificially jacked by racino cash.)

To those who wager on horseracing, we implore you to reconsider. And ultimately, you hold all the cards: no more bets, no more races; no more races, no more kills. In a landscape that abounds with other gambling options – casinos, lotteries, real sports involving autonomous human beings – hasn’t the time at long last arrived to let the racing horse be? You, the bettor, have within the capacity for mercy. We ask only that you exercise it. Please. For the horses.

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3-year-old Kat Alpha is dead after breaking down in the 3rd race at Mountaineer Monday night. The filly’s only other start was way back in February when she finished 1st in a race at Turfway. Perhaps the long layoff means something. Perhaps not. Either way, I’m quite certain trainer William Cowans and owner James Clanin will not be offering any insight. This is horseracing.