The Equibase line on 3-year-old Sweet Yankee yesterday at Louisiana Downs: “was pulled up entering the turn in distress and euthanized.” Dead. Curiously, accounts of her kill are nowhere to be found across the Racing media (let alone the media in general). Hmm. Could it be because this was a $5,500 race at lowly Louisiana Downs? Or because Sweet Yankee was a bottom-of-the-barrel claimer who went off – was “For Sale” – at $5,000 prior to dying? Pathetic, in more ways than one.

4-year-old Showered is dead after falling in the 1st at Churchill Thursday evening. We know this not from the chart (just “vanned off”), and certainly not through Churchill Downs (its site merely said “Showered fell in the stretch”), but because the human participant – jockey Sophie Doyle – was banged up a bit and the Daily Racing Form felt obliged to pass along that, oh yeah, the horse “had to be euthanized.”

This is horseracing.

The (Equibase) chart for the final race at Gulfstream yesterday: “Okeemeister fell [at the] top [of the] stretch, vanned off”; “Shere Khan fell over fallen rival, vanned off.” The “fallen rival,” the Daily Racing Form reports, was “put down.” Dead.

In his last five full races (September-May), Okeemeister finished a combined 94 lengths back – almost 20 per start. Sounds like his fatal fall was but a matter of time. Incidentally, during this six-race run (including yesterday), the 4-year-old was made to endure three different trainers – Juan Arias, Antonio Machado, and Antonio Cioffi.

Okeemeister – made, January 27, 2012…killed, May 25, 2016

This is horseracing.

The (Equibase) note from the 1st at Presque Isle yesterday: “FORS FORTIS was squeezed back at the start, trailed to the second turn, took a bad step, was pulled up and euthanized on the track.” And that, is that. Just another expendable, trashable commodity – destroyed, as it were, for $2 bets and a racino-jacked pot of gold.

Fors Fortis – made, February 12, 2012…killed, May 24, 2016

This is horseracing.

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