Sunday at Parx, two horses died in back-to-back races:

In the 1st, 7-year-old Bracket Buster “collapsed on the track and died on his way back to the barn,” this after an official finish of 45+ lengths back. Prior to yesterday, the beaten-down gelding had been raced 47 times, almost exclusively at the claiming level; in fact, on death-day, owners James Costabile and Ronald Juliano had him “for sale” at $5,000. Trainer, Charles Carlesimo; jockey, Victor Molina.

About a half hour later, 4-year-old Stormy Dan “broke down in his left front…and was humanely euthanized.” This was his first race under trainer Edward Auwarter and owner Karma 2 Me, having just been sold in December by Marcos Zulueta and Al Lupcho. He was ridden by Anthony Salgado.

4-year-old Doubly Smart “was humanely euthanzied” after “breaking down badly” in yesterday’s 3rd at Parx. After being put to the whip 22 times by trainer/owner/breeder Elizabeth Merryman, the gelding was sold to trainer Scott Lake/owner Joseph Besecker for $16,000. And then he died. This is horseracing.