I have confirmed that Lia’s Miracle is dead after breaking down at Mahoning Saturday. She was four years and one day old. The chart reads: “broke down nearing the wire but completed the course.” “Completed the course” – while fatally injured.
This was the filly’s second race under Jason Uelmen and Kala Crampton, having previously been exploited by Steve Asmussen, Mark Casse, Nicholas Gonzalez, Martha Gonzalez, Raymond Pion, Elliot Sullivan, and Catherine Angelo. Used, abused, dead.
A quick glance at the official Equibase chart from Friday’s 1st at Penn reveals nothing out of the ordinary – all finished, with the winner, 3-year-old Eddie’sinthewoods, “clear [in the] stretch, driving” to a 3 1/4 length triumph. But a deeper scan into the footnotes (which though usually a repeat of the “comments,” are, I have found, necessary reading for Penn National) tells us this:
“EDDIE’SINTHEWOODS…took over early on the far turn, drew out entering the stretch then broke down a sixteenth past the finish and was humanely euthanized.”
Dead after the wire. I wonder if connections Michael Zalalas/Z and Z Stables (the colt’s third trainer and fourth owner in less than a year) still went ahead with the “Winner’s Circle” shot.
Also, yesterday Belmont recorded its second “practice” kill of the weekend when 5-year-old Lunar Tales “collapsed and died after breezing.” For Gary Contessa, this makes four NY training deaths in the past 18 months.
Another day, another kill: 4-year-old American Hero is dead after breaking down while “practicing” at Belmont yesterday. He is the 24th horse to die on or at a NYS track this year. The complicit connections: Patrick Quick, Dream Team One Racing Stable, Aracri Stable & Breeding. This is horseracing.
While this page quite obviously focuses on the abuse and killing of active racehorses, when opportunity presents, I do report on “the others.” Wednesday, Blood-Horse carried the obituaries – in separate articles – of a pair of “star” broodmares: 12-year-old Smuggler, April 16; 17-year-old Easter Bunnette, April 18. The former, “complications from foaling”; the latter “hemorrhaged and died after foaling.”
It is the unequivocal position here that no distinction should be made between these deaths and those involving shattered cannons “in-competition”: As long as they are being used – and make no mistake, the breeding shed is but another form of enslavement/exploitation (Blood-Horse called Smuggler a “producer”) – what happens to them is entirely on the industry. In other words, these were no flukes of nature. They were, like poor Elda in the 2nd last night at Penn, Racing kills.