An unnamed 2-year-old filly “collapsed and died” while training at Belmont Saturday morning. 2-year-old horses – the rough equivalent of 2nd-grade children – should not, of course, just collapse and die, but fret not – the Gaming Commission assures that the “investigation continues.” Incidentally, trainer Tom Morley conveniently omits any mention of his dead horse on his Twitter feed.
In Belmont’s just-concluded “Fall Championship Meet” (Sep 5th-Oct 26th), 12 Thoroughbreds perished either racing or training (another, Perfect Danger, was felled by laminitis). In all, Belmont has lost 38 since the year began. This is horseracing.
Last Saturday at Golden Gate, 3-year-old Jennakins was a “pulled up lame…vanned off” DNF in the 5th race. In fact, the Michael Larson-trained, Kenneth Waters-owned filly is dead from a fractured pelvis. This is horseracing.
2-year-old Chase This Bandit – barely more than a baby – broke down (“tragically,” says the chartwriter) and was euthanized after finishing 2nd in yesterday’s 10th at Belmont. The Linda Rice-trained, John Witte-owned colt was being whip-raced for the second time. His final moments on this Earth can be seen here (the fatal fall is at 1:38). Per usual, not a word on the dying horse from the track announcer, and nary a mention on NYRA’s website. This is horseracing.
Two more horses have perished at Belmont Park, bringing that track’s 2014 Kill Total to 36: 4-year-old Zaikov, who hadn’t been raced since last December, went down – fractured humerus – while training yesterday morning. For trainer Todd Pletcher, that’s seven dead horses at NY tracks this year. The other horse, 4-year-old Perfect Danger, was felled by post-surgery laminitis. The Eugene Reiff-trained colt was last raced at Saratoga in August.
In its most recent meeting (September 30th), the Ohio State Racing Commission disclosed that through September 29th of this year, 35 horses – 28 Thoroughbred, 7 Standardbred – have died racing or training on Ohio tracks. (And there was no Thoroughbred racing the first 3 1/2 months of the year.) Five of those kills came in a recent five-day period at Belterra. The minutes go on to say that “[Executive Director] Crawford and Chairman Schmitz expressed concern about this development.” This is Ohio horseracing.