Two Roses, an unraced 3-year-old filly, snapped her right front leg while “breezing” at Belmont yesterday and was euthanized on-track. This is Belmont’s third dead horse-in-training in the past week; to date, 32 Thoroughbreds have been killed racing or training there this year (and 5 others from “non-racing” causes). Dead athletes. This is horseracing.
Power of Eleven, yet another ill-fated 2-year-old, broke down yesterday at Golden Gate Fields and was killed. The colt was ridden by Abel Cedillo, trained by Lloyd Mason, and owned and bred by Mason and Robert Jones.
While “breezing” at Belmont Park on November 23rd, 3-year-old Stonely the Lonely pulled up and was destroyed on-track. Also at Belmont, 3-year-old Flight of Fantasy, who hadn’t raced since May, “suffered a fatal cardiovascular collapse at the 7/8 pole while galloping” on November 26th. Three more dead horses. This is horseracing.
Two horses were killed after collapsing in yesterday’s 7th race at Hamilton (Victoria, Australia).
6-year-old Leconi and 4-year-old Wantara go down at the 1:12 mark…
Dashing Nic, two, was killed after finishing 8th in last evening’s 5th race (his fourth career start) at Evangeline Downs. The gelding was ridden by David Alvarez, trained by Robert Touchet, and owned by Clark Wayne Stout. Later in the Evangeline night, Jess Spicey, yet another 2-year-old running for the fourth time, was vanned off after winning her race.
Equine veterinarian Kraig Kulikowski (statement to the New York State Humane Association):
“A two year old horse is the equivalent to a six year old human. Neither species is mentally or physically mature at this age. Asking a six year old human to be exploited as a professional athlete for economic gain would be considered inhumane. Exploiting juvenile horses for economic gain is equally inhumane. They are subject to permanent mental and physical trauma that, in too many cases, is catastrophic and even fatal.”
Two Thoroughbreds broke down Thursday: 7-year-old Hammurabi in a claiming race at Golden Gate Fields and 4-year-old Cat Tail Cutie in a claiming race at Remington Park.
Earlier in the week, at Monticello Raceway, Standardbred John Henry broke a leg (in a non-racing fall) and was killed. This is Monticello’s 2nd death of the year (Standardbreds break down far less frequently than their Thoroughbred cousins), and NY’s 109th overall.