Earlier this afternoon, Con He Win was a “scratch” in the 1st race at Finger Lakes – a “scratch,” it turns out, because he was dead. According to the Gaming Commission, the 3-year-old “broke through the starting gate, ran through the rail…and sustained [an] injury [that] necessitat[ed] euthanasia.” Imagine that poor, poor animal’s fright, then suffering – and all so that some men may gamble, others chase pots of gold.

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Irreproachable was killed – “suffered a catastrophic injury” – training at Del Mar this morning. He was four years old and had been under the whip twice, most recently a month ago at that same track. He is the 72nd fatality at a California track this year. That’s 72 dead animals – for $2 bets. How is this even remotely acceptable in a state that proudly bills itself a national leader on animal-welfare issues?

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Peek It Up, three, is dead after breaking down in the 8th at Los Alamitos last night. The replay, of course, was expunged from the track’s website, but here are some of the tweets from people who did see it:

“One of the worst falls I have ever seen when it comes to quarter horses.”

“That was just awful. Good Lord.”

“Man that was brutal.”

“Just saw replay and sick.”

“Awful…”

“One of worst I’ve ever seen.”

And yet – all of these people are 1) fans (and not seeing their own complicity in the matter), and 2) mostly, or solely, concerned with the welfare of the jockey. How profoundly sad.

(After I originally posted, someone sent me this clip.)

New Day Dawning, three, is dead after breaking down in a training session at Belmont yesterday. Her trainer/owner was Chad Summers, who had just bought her prior to her last race, at Saratoga July 30. New Day is the 34th horse killed at Belmont, one of the nation’s top tracks, this year. 34. Are we numb, America?

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