4-year-old Ego Friendly – trainer Patrick Quick, breeders Chester and Mary Broman – collapsed and died while galloping at Belmont yesterday morning. The gelding’s last four races: three second-to-last, one DNF. Ego Friendly is the ninth racehorse to simply collapse and die on a NYRA track since March – Itsagoodtendollars (3/15), See the Music (5/21), Unnamed Dam (6/4), Missy Zelliott (7/20), Lavender Road (7/30), Sir William Bruce (8/2), Regretless (8/11), M B and Tee (8/21). The kill list includes four 3-year-olds, two 4-year-olds, and a 2-year-old. This is horseracing.
Two 3-year-olds died while practicing at Finger Lakes Sunday:
Gerryland (trainer Rafael Rohena) – broken right front leg
Kitt’s Kool Katt (trainer James Acquilano) – open fracture of the proximal humerus
Gerryland had yet to be raced; in her only race – a week ago – Kitt’s Kool Katt finished last of 7, 24 lengths back. 23 racehorses have been killed at Finger Lakes since April.
The following horses were reported as “broke down” last week. We can presume them dead.
3-year-old Florida Bull in Wednesday’s 8th at Thistledown. His last two starts before Wednesday: 7th of 8 in a $4,000 claiming, Aug 22nd; last of 10 (20 lengths back) in a $4,000 claiming, Aug 6th. Jockey Walter De La Cruz, trainer Richard Zielinski, owner Terrie White.
2-year-old Ligety in Friday’s 3rd at Los Alamitos. In his only other race, July 30th at Del Mar, he finished 8th of 10. Jockey Tyler Baze, trainer Michael McCarthy, owner Eclipse Partners.
3-year-old Ifyougotthenotion in Saturday’s 8th at Parx. Jockey Kendrick Carmouche, trainer John Servis, owner S.M.D. Ltd.
Unraced 3-year-old Major Battle “fell and died while breezing” at Belmont yesterday. According to the Gaming Commission, the cause is unknown at this time, but fear not – the “case continues.” The colt was being trained by Kathleen Feron (yes, that Kathleen Feron). Major Battle is the 26th equine athlete to die at Belmont Park this year.
In a recent U-T San Diego article, the president of the Thoroughbred Owners of California called the Del Mar summer a “Murphy’s Law meet.” And Joe Harper of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club described it as “a strange thing, weird.” They were, of course, referring primarily to a stack of dead horses. (By the way, it’s likely the deaths slowed because of amped-up diligence after the initial rash. Harper: “I also think that more people are aware of the damage that the publicity [from horse deaths] can do to you. I think more people are being more cautious on sending horses out.” Which begs the question: Why wasn’t extra care taken in the first place?)
4-year-old Corlett Drive, July 13, training
4-year-old Kokaltash, July 17, race 5
2-year-old Mont Saint Michel, July 24th, found dead in stall
3-year-old Dance With Fate, July 24, training
4-year-old Yes She’s Unusual, July 25, race 6
5-year-old Longview Drive, July 25, race 7
5-year-old Lil Swiss Echo, July 26, race 5
3-year-old J Kat, July 26, race 9
2-year-old Chilled Mousse, July 27, training
3-year-old Chattering Gambler, August 2, race 3
3-year-old Steppingood, August 13, race 8
4-year-old Serious, August 14, from July 31 race 7
3-year-old Bayview Drive, August 16, race 10
2-year-old Little Tower, August 22, race 3
7-year-old Magic Beam, August 24, training
3-year-old Cause Im a Bigshot, August 28, training
“Murphy’s Law.” “A strange thing, weird.” How so very casual. How utterly revolting.