The Equibase note for 7-year-old Indanameofdafather yesterday at Fairmount (6th): “… faltered just before finishing a half mile, fell, was euthanized and vanned off.”
This pathetic creature was first thrust onto a track way back in 2011 – as a 2-year-old. In all, including his death run, he was put to the whip 55 times.
Please stop betting on animal races.
A pair of recent kills at Belmont (NYS Gaming Commission):
3-year-old Quaralia “pulled up lame” while training May 26. Multiple fractures. Euthanized. She had been raced three times, most recently April 20.
3-year-old Riding the Rails “sustained fractures” while training Saturday. Euthanized. He had been raced twice, most recently May 22.
Two more dead pubescents. This is horseracing.
From the Golden Gate Stewards Minutes:
“Euthanized/Died – The Desert Rat. Horse was gelded Wednesday, May 25 and rolled in the stall. Got up and two-foot section of his intestines fell out of the incision.”
“Two-foot section of his intestines fell out of the incision.”
“The Desert Rat” – yes, that was his name – was two years old and had yet to be raced.
Declaring, as I always do, that these “stall accidents” – as well as other on-site but non-track-related deaths like colic and laminitis – are industry casualties typically provokes indignation from the Racing people. Unfair (and ignorant), they shout. These deaths can and do happen across a variety of equine settings, including in nature. Unfortunate, but don’t blame us; our hands are clean. Well – they’re not.
From his Frankensteinian beginning to his instantaneous enslavement, there was nothing natural about this horse’s life. Every moment of his brief existence on this planet was controlled by men. When you exert that level of dominance over another being, you cannot cry “innocent” when something goes awry. In fact, in this case the death resulted from a procedure meant to make the horse more submissive, more easily controlled – a procedure, by the way, itself an affront to nature.
So you see, “nature,” “happenstance” do not apply here. Racing owns this death – this horrific, likely terrifying death – just as it owned all that was the entity known as “The Desert Rat.” Put another way, horseracing has blood(y intestines) on its hands. Again.
Just-disclosed kills by the NYS Gaming Commission:
5-year-old Karenina Gal, 9th race at Belmont May 18 – suffered multiple fractures, “sedated, vanned off – euthanized.” In her last completed race, April 14 at Aqueduct, Karenina Gal finished 11th of 12, some 37 lengths back. Trainer, Rick Violette Jr.
2-year-old Hadeed Fi Hadeed, training at Saratoga May 30 – “pulled up lame after breezing, xrays revealed fracture – euthanized.” Hadeed was being readied for his first race. Trainer, Chad Brown.
3-year-old Noble’s Whim, training at Belmont June 1 – “suffered a fracture to her left shoulder while galloping – euthanized.” She, too, was being prepped for her first race; she, too, was trained by Rick Violette Jr.
8-year-old Precise Accusation, 9th race at Buffalo June 1 – “fx LF leg [causing another horse to ‘catch wheel,’ fall, be injured] – euthanized.” Trainer, John Perrin.
Video of that final kill:
http://www.buffaloraceway.com/the-races/races-on-demand/ (Wed, 1, race 9). The crash comes at around 1:00. At 2:00, as the remaining horses make another pass, the about-to-be-dead Precise Accusation can be seen lying motionless in the dirt.
This is horseracing.