Two horses were killed on the same Yonkers card last night:

In the 1st, On The Brink snapped his leg – subsequently euthanized; in the 3rd, Fashion Shark “collapsed on the track [from an] aortic rupture” – dead in the dirt. Two more “athletes” whipped to their deaths so that some men could gamble while others (in this case: Michael Temming, Daniel Dube, Daniel Renaud, George Brennan) could chase racino-jacked pots of gold. This is horseracing.

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4-year-old Conquest Two Step (pictured below) is dead from a training injury suffered Saturday at Santa Anita (euthanized Monday). We know this because this was a top-tier colt being prepped for a top-tier race. Thus, it was widely reported. And of course with that, comes the garbage…

Trainer Mark Casse (Blood-Horse):

“It’s tough on everybody. Dory and Ernie have a lot of horses, but this horse was very special to them. Dory’s screen saver was a picture of him and Ernie. These horses — unless you’re involved in it — it would be tough to understand. They’re family members.”

Co-owner Ernie Semersky (Facebook):

“With heartfelt sorrow, Dory and I numbly announce the loss of our treasured pal, Conquest Two Step. Everyone who met him was captivated by his beauty and charisma. More than his world-class athlete status, he was a playful, charming lad who loved to run. Dory and I always felt he looked as if he was playing when he was out on the racetrack with the other horses, yet his talent level was so high he usually became the leader! In fact, out of his nine races, he won three, placed in three and showed in two.

In the summer of 2013, Two Step fractured his leg, and with surgery, best care and rest, he came back to race again. He achieved his highest honor just a few months ago by winning the Palos Verdes-G2 Stakes. Unfortunately he broke his hind leg while exercising last Saturday, and our vet had to make the difficult call to put him out of his pain last night. We know that we join in with many others who won’t ever forget this magnificent colt.

In sorrow,
Ernie, Dory and Team Conquest”

In a word, revolting. They enslave and exploit (to the tune of $300,000+ in just 11 starts) a helpless animal and then cry when he is killed as a direct result of their ignoble actions. “Family member,” “treasured pal,” “the leader!” – “playing when he was out on the racetrack”? These people make me sick.

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The California Horse Racing Board has disclosed the March 22nd death of a horse named Lendell at Golden Gate Fields: “Treated for respiratory infection, became blind in one eye, started having seizures, became blind in second eye.” And apparently, euthanized – or simply just died.

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Whipped for four years and 39 races (27 of the last 28, claiming), the then 7-year-old Lendell was ostensibly “retired” in 2010. But there is no such thing as “retirement” for those still within Racing’s grasp. At the time of his death, Lendell was, as the CHRB so aptly and perfectly puts it, “being used as Pony.” Truth is, Lendell’s life was just one stage of exploitation after another. He was “used” and “used” and “used” and “used” some more. And then he died. His death – a lonely and likely painful one – came at an age that while considered old by Racing standards was barely a third into a natural lifespan. How profoundly sad, on so many levels. This is horseracing.

4-year-old Mr. Giovanna is dead after breaking down in the 1st yesterday at Parx. As this gelding was still being whipped at the maiden claiming level (10 races, barely $8,000 earnings), his passing will go largely unnoticed. In other words, don’t expect to read thoughts, prayers, and RIPs in the Paulick Report. The dead horse’s people: Francisco Valentin, Edward Coletti, GPS Family Stable, Joseph King.