The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has disclosed the following for Happy Peddler, race 8, Turfway, Dec 21: “The filly was claimed [sold] in the race and was sent to the test barn. She cooled out lame and the claim was voided. [The next day] she was significantly more lame…radiographs revealed a significant fracture in her right carpus. The decision was made to euthanize her due to a poor prognosis for surgery.” Happy Peddler was two years old.

This is horseracing.

How are all those “reforms” and new “safety protocols” working out, Santa Anita? Saturday, Chosen Vessel, five, snapped an ankle in the 9th race and, according to the track’s website, was subsequently euthanized at a hospital. Chosen Vessel is victim number nine at this besieged track – and we’re just two months in. So you see, last year was no anomaly, not here, not anywhere. Horseracing kills horses. Full stop.

Golden Birthday, Jan 1, Santa Anita R – “took a bad step” (broken leg)
Buckstopper Kit, Jan 7, Santa Anita S
Harliss, Jan 17, Santa Anita R – “fractured ankle”
Uncontainable, Jan 18, Santa Anita R – “fractured ankle”
Tikkun Olam, Jan 19, Santa Anita T – “head-on collision”
Double Touch, Feb 8, Santa Anita T – “sudden death” (five years old)
Miss Romania, Feb 12, Santa Anita T – “fractured shoulder”
Unveiled, Feb 20, Santa Anita T – “fractured shoulder”
Chosen Vessel, Feb 29, Santa Anita R – “fractured ankle”

The scene at Charles Town Friday (race 2), as described by the Equibase writer: “Princess Rashelle…broke her right front leg midway on the turn and was euthanized on the track. Into Bluegrass…fell over Princess Rashelle mid turn and was vanned off.” Princess Rashelle was four; this was her 29th time under the whip. Will update on the 5-year-old Into Bluegrass. The track announcer, by the way, called this a “spill.”

A “spill,” according to the ethically-challenged:

In the 3rd at Fair Grounds, Fist of Rage “went wrong, fell, [and] was vanned off.” In fact, no surprise, the 3-year-old is dead. In reporting the kill, The Daily Racing Form’s Marcus Hersh led with the status of the dazed jockey who “hit the ground hard when his mount broke down badly.” The afterthought “mount” was an intelligent, sensitive, naturally-autonomous being who was enslaved, exploited, and wantonly (for $2 bets) killed by wicked people plying their crafts in a wicked industry.