At Saratoga today:

In the 1st, 9-year-old Bob Le Beau “broke down” – dead.

In the 10th, 3-year-old Ring of Truth “went wrong, fell” – also dead.

To date, 13 racehorses have lost their lives on these hallowed grounds:

Hadeed Fi Hadeed, May 30, training
Squire Creek, July 16, training
Zamjara, July 23, race 1
Rootformejustin, July 23, race 5
Indian Nobility, July 27, race 3
Domestic Warrior, August 1, race 4
Lebowski, August 2, “found dead outside stall”
Jonrah, August 3, training
Midnight Visitor, August 4, prior to race 4
Prince Corredor, August 20, training
Elusive Neko, August 24, training
Bob Le Beau, August 25, race 1
Ring of Truth, August 25, race 10

Insanity.

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(source: NYS Gaming Commission)

As with Saratoga in New York, a single California track dominates the summer scene, garnering, along the way, (mostly) fawning coverage from mainstream media and racing press alike – Del Mar, of course. And yet, just like NY, other tracks are running – and killing. From the Stewards Minutes:

August 7, Santa Rosa: 4-year-old McCann’s Half Full snapped a leg training. Dead. She was last raced nine days prior – last of 8.

August 12, Santa Rosa: 3-year-old Miss Special Regard suffered “multiple fractures” in the 2nd. Dead. She was coming off a last-of-10 in early July.

August 13, Santa Rosa: 3-year-old Foxie Gotham “bled outwardly post workout – collapsed on walking machine.” Dead.

August 13, Los Alamitos: 3-year-old Kr Crusin Cartel fell after crossing the finish line in the 9th. “She appeared to have broken both knees…euthanized on the track.”

In addition, there is this note in the Santa Rosa minutes: “Jockey PEDRO TERRERO who rode THE WAY TO WIN in the third race on August 12 is hereby fined the sum of $500 for causing welts or breaks in the skin.” It’s called animal cruelty, folks.

This is horseracing.

As Saratoga readies for one of Racing’s grandest days (Travers), the kills keep coming. This morning, 4-year-old Elusive Neko, being prepped for a third Saratoga ’16 start, broke a leg in practice, was “vanned off,” and subsequently euthanized (Gaming Commission). He is the 11th dead “athlete” at this revered venue – “the oldest sporting arena in the country” – this summer, and we still have 12 days left.

The dead:

Hadeed Fi Hadeed, May 30, training
Squire Creek, July 16, training
Zamjara, July 23, race 1
Rootformejustin, July 23, race 5
Indian Nobility, July 27, race 3
Domestic Warrior, August 1, race 4
Lebowski, August 2, “found dead outside stall”
Jonrah, August 3, training
Midnight Visitor, August 4, prior to race 4
Prince Corredor, August 20, training
Elusive Neko, August 24, training

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On the same day I reported that Del Mar had hit at least 18 dead on the summer, another horse was felled. 3-year-old All the Marbles was euthanized, says the Daily Racing Form, “after suffering a catastrophic ankle fracture just as he was completing a workout.” 19, and counting – “cool as ever.” (The San Diego Union-Tribune says that 16 horses have been killed racing or training. I have been able to identify 12 of those.)

Presidential Air, July 15, race 6
Dynamite Charge, July 17, training
Pacific Swell, July 21, race 5
Whisky and Wine, July 23, training
Big Book, July 23, training
Dutchessa, July 23, race 2
Fasnacloich, July 24, race 2
Summer Scorcher, August 11, race 6
Hadfunlastnight, August 12, race 3
Unusualy, August 15, training
Alicanto, August 20, training
All the Marbles, August 21, training

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