On the same day that NY recorded its 94th death of the year, California notched its 95th. At Golden Gate Saturday, Love Wins, a 2-year-old filly, died from what the track calls “other,” meaning (supposedly) not on the track. Still, Love Wins was raced exactly one week prior to dying – finishing, by the way, dead-last of 10, “never threatened.” So perhaps it was track-related after all. No matter, though, for a dead racehorse is a dead racehorse is a dead racehorse. Casualties of this vile business, all.

The Equibase line for Hit It Once More in the 10th at Aqueduct yesterday: “HIT IT ONCE MORE…got put to coaxing at the three-eighths…was under light handling when bobbling heavily just outside the sixteenth pole, hobbled injured through to the finish the rider paused, then continued to gallop out a sixteenth past the wire before losing the rider then jogged off to the midway point on the clubhouse turn in distress before being apprehended by the outrider and was subsequently vanned off.”

Lots to unpack here, but first things first: Hit It Once More (below) is dead, euthanized, says the Gaming Commission, for a double fracture. Now, back to the chart. In quick succession, this horse was whipped (“put to coaxing”), was showing signs of injury (“bobbling heavily”), was definitely injured (“hobbled injured”), and was forced to continue running while injured – after, that is, the jockey apparently considered his options (“rider paused, then continued to gallop out a sixteenth past the wire”). “In distress,” “vanned off,” dead. What’s more, Hit It was coming off a last-of-12 finish just eight days prior – this for a 7-year-old (old for horseracing) who hadn’t “won” a race in over two years. The responsible abusers: jockey Luis Rodriguez Castro, trainer Amira Chichakly, owner Yellow Moon Stable.

The end for Super Dancer came in the 4th at Laurel yesterday: “SUPER
DANCER broke slowly, moved up behind foes into the first turn, came under a ride around the final turn, pursued three wide into the stretch, lost his rider
when suffering a catastrophic injury in mid stretch then was euthanized on the track” (Equibase). He was three years old. For his people – owner Les Wagner, trainer Francis Abbott, jockey Victor Carrasco – it’s next horse up.

This is horseracing.

The CHRB has disclosed the death of Thru Lady yesterday at Los Alamitos; cause: “other,” meaning probably in the stall. Still, her death came only three days after she was raced at that same track (a race, incidentally, she “won,” capturing $3,900 for her people: owner Jesse Cruz, trainer Adriana Vallejo). So, could have been racing-related after all. Either way – stall or track – she’s unquestionably an industry casualty. Thru Lady was four years old. She’s the 43rd horse to perish at Los Alamitos this year.