A reminder on Preakness Day. Horses killed in Maryland last year:

I’mthekatsmeow, Jan 13, Pimlico T
“This horse had been in training at Pimlico. She developed swelling…from the ankle up to at least the knee. No treatment helping…hair sloughing off. The owner has decided to put the mare down before she may founder.”

RF leg: “severe, chronic, active degenerative joint disease”
LF leg: “fractured bone; chronic degenerative joint disease; acute cartilage necrosis”
both hind fetlocks: “moderate chronic degenerative joint disease”
stomach: “chronic ulcers”
adrenal glands: “acute cortical hemorrhages”

Re-read that, and now consider that I’mthekatsmeow was only four years old.

Norma Jean, Feb 20, Laurel T (euthanized Feb 25)
“On February 20, the horse breezed…and returned to her barn. At that point, they noticed that the horse appeared lame. On Thursday the 25th, the horse was found down in the stall. Dr. Lockard determined [she] had suffered an open, comminuted tibia fracture. After consultation, [she] was euthanized.”

Dr. Daniel (commission vet): “I walked past the stall of Norma Jean and noticed that she was down in sternal recumbency on her left side. She did appear to be painful and kept looking back at her hind quarters, much like a horse with colic would. It was shortly after this that Norma Jean was euthanized and the diagnosis of a tibia fracture was made. I believe that she got down during the night and when she tried to get back up, her tibia…shattered completely. I wish that we had known about this lameness prior to this day. I also am concerned that, due to economics or lack of concern, Norma Jean was not adequately managed for pain on the morning of the 25th.”

“Due to economics or lack of concern, Norma Jean was not adequately managed for pain.” Bastards. Norma Jean was just two years old, a baby.

Gravity’s Rainbow, Mar 7, Laurel R
“Filly broke down around the 3/4 pole, shattering her left cannon bone. There is a compound fracture and the distal limb is dangling from strips of skin and tendon. The open wound and exposed surfaces are coated with sand. The cannon bone is shattered into three major fragments and multiple (>20) small fragments. [Both] front fetlocks [had] chronic cartilage erosion.”

Dr. Daniel (commission vet): “She had her shins/cannon bones pinfired, so most likely had bucked shins earlier in her career.”

Dr. Dilodovico (commission vet): “Old shins, but nothing significant.”

“Chronic cartilage erosion,” “old shins” – Gravity’s Rainbow had just turned three, an equine pubescent. But that’s horseracing: start ’em early, grind ’em up, spit ’em out.

unidentified, Mar 12, Laurel S

Holly Blame, Mar 29, Laurel S
“The horse developed an infection in his left front foot…treated for six months, with several medications. The horse started to bleed…and then developed laminitis. Euthanized due to the severity of laminitis with 10 degrees of rotation.”

Dr. Daniel (commission vet): “My concern with this situation is that this is the second horse from this trainer’s barn that has had to be euthanized under the same circumstances. I have suggested to his treating veterinarians that [Jose] Corrales and his help may need educating on proper foot care.”

Imagine that: a professional racehorse trainer “may need educating on proper foot care.”

Scoreswhenhewants, Mar 30, Laurel T
“When the horse reached the quarter pole, [he] broke down: complete, comminuted fracture, [numerous] fragments; extensive muscle damage and hemorrhage. Degenerative joint disease [all four limbs].”

Scores had just turned five. He also, by the way, had had prior surgery – in same limb that broke down – with three metal pins inserted.

Dreamingofsavannah, Apr 3, Laurel T
“Filly was toward the end of her breeze when she broke down. The left tibia is shattered…numerous fragments. There is acute hemorrhage in both [italics added] hind limbs. The acute traumatic damage to the RH fetlock joint and surrounding tendons is very interesting; we wonder if that damage might have occurred a step or two prior to the catastrophic step(s) that resulted in the tibial fracture.”

Also: “There is chronic degenerative joint disease in both left and right radiocarpal joints and in all four fetlock joints.” And: “Chronic ulcers in squamous mucosa [stomach] and acute stress ulcers in glandular mucosa.”

Dreaming was just three years old and had yet to be raced (i.e., all that “chronic joint disease” was strictly the result of training).

R Bs Rod, Apr 3, Laurel T (euthanized Apr 24)
“The horse returned from galloping lame – tibial fracture. [Three weeks later], private vet reported fracture had displaced…euthanized.”

Dr. Daniel (commission vet): “The goal was to keep the horse up for several weeks to allow the limb and fracture to stabilize…. At some point, apparently the ‘High Line’ broke and the colt laid down. Sadly, the fracture became much worse when he attempted to get back up. At this point, euthanasia was the humane option.”

Also, R Bs Rod, two, suffered from “chronic ulcers in the stomach,” “[some] chronic degenerative joint disease,” and “early laminitis – separation of laminae – [in three of the four] hooves.” Again, two years old. Bastards.

Friesian Days, Apr 13, Laurel S
“Trainer and horse were in barn preparing to go to the track. Trainer threw rider onto the horse and the horse reared up and started backing up. The horse then backed into the annex shed, striking its head on the wall and then flipping. The horse was then able to get outside of the barn and collapsed to the ground…unable to rise again or move back legs. [I]njuries were so severe – vertebral and brain trauma with spinal cord and brain hemorrhages/compressions – that the horse [was] euthanized.”

Then this: “History of a fracture in LH leg after a head trauma over 1 year ago, per owner.” And: “There is noted chronic degenerative joint disease in three of the four legs [and] subacute hemorrhage/ulcers in stomach.”

So, that’s two “head traumas,” the second fatal, in a little over a year; a prior fractured leg; “chronic degenerative joint disease”; and “hemorrhage/ulcers in stomach.” Friesian Days was just three years old.

Escapability, Apr 13, Laurel T
“Horse broke down near the finish line: [multiple] open [through the skin], complete, displaced fractures.”

Also: “Chronic degenerative joint disease in all four pastern and fetlock joints…most severe in front limbs.” And (of course): “stomach ulcers.” Escapability was two years old.

Vern H, May 13, Pimlico R
“The horse appeared to take a bad step. The horse took several more strides and then collapsed…catastrophic injury to the right front shoulder…euthanized on the track.”

Da Chrome, May 29, Pimlico R
“Broke down just past 5/16 pole…believed to have an open [through the skin] fracture of left front ankle…. The horse was euthanized off [italics added] the track.” Also: “The right lip fold is lacerated and the overlying skin is missing deep into the dermis. There is blood coming from the nostrils and the skin around the right eye has…hemorrhage. The skin of the scrotum is also partially missing. Severe ulcers [in] stomach.”

Da Chrome was just three years old. This poor, poor boy.

Military Commander, Jun 6, Pimlico R
“Military Commander suffered catastrophic [breakdown]: fetlock completely dropped to ground, [multiple] fractures, significant soft tissue disruption. The proximal edge of the fractured condyle came through the skin after the horse was placed in splint and allowed to bear on limb to load on ambo.” Also: “stomach ulcers [and] severe degenerative joint disease.” Military was three years old.

Strictly Business, Jun 17, Pimlico S
“History of colic, several days duration; horse became toxic and was euthanized.”

Dr. Daniel: “This was a long, complicated case of colic and enteritis that Dr. Maury did her best to treat in the field. It is unfortunate that referral for 24-hour care was declined multiple times by the trainer. I do feel that this horse may have been saved had this referral happened.” Strictly was three years old.

Kens Lady, Jun 20, Pimlico R
“The horse sustained a catastrophic injury and fell to the track.” Dr. Daniel: “When I arrived at the scene, I assessed…and determined quickly that she would need to be euthanized as she had an open, degloving fracture/dislocation of her LF fetlock.” Also: “stomach ulcers [and] degenerative joint disease.” Kens Lady was three years old.

Sweet Sassafrassy, Jun 20, Pimlico R
“The hind legs of Kens Lady clipped [Sweet Sassafrassy’s] front legs out from under her causing her to fall. [She] thrashed several times and ended up [recumbent]. Scapula shattered into [six] pieces. Euthanized [after being loaded and unloaded on/from ambulance two separate times].” Also: “gastric ulcers and severe degenerative joint disease [all four limbs].” Dr. Dilodovico also notes: “The filly had scars on both front legs from an incident as a baby.” Sweet was five years old.

Silver Sun, Jun 26, Timonium S (scheduled to be raced that day at Pimlico)
“The gelding was tied to the stall wall ready to come to the races. While the connections went to get the trailer, the horse flipped…suffer[ing] acute brain trauma.”

Wessington Springs, Jul 20, Timonium T
“While galloping [on Jul 19] the horse started to cough and the rider became concerned. Endoscopic exam proved clean. Galloping again on Jul 20, the colt pulled up and became unsteady. The horse then collapsed, bounced off rail twice, struck his head [and] died on the track. Hemorrhage at the base of the heart and in both lungs.”

Dr. Daniel: “The pulmonary hemorrhage in this young colt was overwhelming. I wish we could have determined an etiology…as [he] seemed to have a promising career.” Wessington was two years old.

Keepyourskateson, Aug 15, Pimlico R
“Pulled up and vanned off. Shattered carpal bone in right knee, multiple pieces.” Keepyourskateson was three years old.

Great Cause, Aug 20, Pimlico R
“The filly flipped [in paddock] and struck her head hard on the wall. [She] was recumbent, loaded on the ambulance, transported to barn, and euthanized.” Great Cause, three, had just been sold seven days prior.

Cash Comes First, Sep 7, Pimlico T
“The horse sustained open, comminuted, displaced fractures [in] his left forelimb; avulsed pieces of the ligament [through the skin].” Also: “chronic degenerative joint disease in all four coffin, pastern, and fetlock joints; chronic degenerative joint disease in both the left and right carpus joints; stomach ulcers.”

Dr. Daniel: “The degree of degenerative joint disease in such a young horse is somewhat alarming.” Trainer Henry Walters: “[Previous] surgery was performed on both knees and possibly one ankle.” Cash was three years old.

Valley Vibe, Sep, Timonium T (euthanized Sep 27 at Laurel)
“Left hind fracture, surgery. Developed laminitis [with] separation of the lamina from the hoof wall and marked downward rotation of the coffin bone to the sole involving both [emphasis mine] front limbs.” Valley was two and being prepped for his first race.

Tremendous, Oct 1, Laurel R
“The [horse] flipped over backward in the post parade and landed on his head. The horse thrashed some, but he made no effort to rise. He was bleeding profusely from his mouth, ears, and nose and developed nystagmus – euthanized due to severity of the head trauma.” Also: “severe degenerative joint disease of the fetlock [both front limbs].” Tremendous was three years old.

Kyosha, Oct 3, Laurel R
“Pulled up, unstable, vanned off. Complete, displaced, comminuted fracture – numerous pieces – of both wings of the pelvis [with] abundant hemorrhage.” Also: “degenerative joint disease [both] hind limbs.” Kyosha was three years old.

Bella Thyme, Nov 6, Laurel T
“The horse broke down near the 1/4 pole: complete, open fracture of cannon; left pelvis shattered into four large pieces; abundant hemorrhage into the body cavity.”

Not On My Watch, Nov 6, Laurel T
“The horse collapsed, appeared to be in distress, died – suspect bilateral pulmonary hemorrhage.” Also: “degenerative joint disease [both front limbs]; stomach ulcers.”

Dr. Daniel: “I am surprised to see the degree of degenerative joint disease found on necropsy. It is suspected that Not On My Watch bled severely. I would concur due to the amount of blood found in the horse ambulance coming from the nostrils. It is always a concern that pain is a contributing factor to EIPH. I wonder if joint pain contributed in this case.” Not On My Watch was three years old.

Bust’em Kurt, Nov 13, Laurel R
“Broke down near the 1/4 pole: dislocated fetlock, [multiple] fractures…euthanized on the track.” Also: “severe degenerative joint disease; stomach ulcers.”

Dr. Daniel: “The condylar fracture most likely occurred first. I would say that the sesamoid fractures occurred next, and the total dislocation of the ankle occurred as he was being pulled up. Given the degree of DJD, I would have to think there was a multifactorial cause for this devastating breakdown.” Bust’em was two years old.

Gale Winds, Nov 19, Laurel R
“The horse was removed from the track by ambulance. While at the barn, the horse made several attempts to stand and then fell through the outer wall of the shedrow. Catastrophic fracture of right femoral neck [which] caused catastrophic and irreparable bleeding; Gale Winds was bleeding out.” Also: “degenerative joint disease [all four legs]; stomach ulcers.” Gale was three years old.

Moquist, Nov 21, Laurel T
“Moquist was working this morning and broke down near the 3/8 pole: open [through the skin] fracture; dislocation of fetlock; fractured condyle.” Also: “There is preexisting chronic degenerative joint disease in all four legs, most severe in the front; a prior surgery [with] two screws in right ankle; and stomach ulcers.”

Manicomio, Nov 25, Laurel R
“The horse suffered a catastrophic injury then tumbled forward to the track: open fracture [and] dislocation of the right fetlock; [multiple] sesamoid fractures; tremendous soft tissue destruction; joint affixed to the body by a small piece of skin.” Also: “severe degenerative joint disease.” Manicomio was five years old.

yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, Nov 27, Laurel T
“Broke down near the 3/16 pole and euthanized on the track. RF leg: severe open, comminuted fractures of MC2, MC3, and MC4; flexor tendon rupture. RH leg: femoral neck fracture.” That’s two broken legs. Also: “degenerative joint disease in LF leg [and] subacute hemorrhage/ulcers [in] stomach.”

Dr. Daniel: “It is always surprising to me to see the degree of degenerative joint disease present even in a young horse….” Again, two years old.

American Playboy, Nov 28, Laurel R
“Open, compound, comminuted fracture of the RF cannon…euthanized on the track.” Also: “degenerative joint disease [both front limbs]; stomach ulcers.” Dr. Daniel: “[The] joint disease may be a result of hard training.” American was two years old.

McElmore Avenue, Dec 26, Laurel R
“Walking back to the barn horse suddenly collapsed and fell to the ground; [vet] arrived on the scene and determined that the horse was dead – most likely pulmonary hemorrhage.” Also: “degenerative joint disease [all four fetlocks]; stomach ulcers.” McElmore was four years old.

Churchill Downs is the host of today’s Kentucky Derby. Here are some (some, not all) of the racehorses killed at that track over just the past three years. Connect the dots.

(Prior to 2020, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission refused to give me names; hence all the “unidentifieds.”)

Ace of Aces: “Horse broke down at 1/16 pole: right humeral fracture – complete, comminuted; left scapular fracture – complete, comminuted; left sesamoid fracture.” That’s three different breaks. Also: “gastric ulcer disease.” Ace was five years old.

Kitten Strikesback: “Horse pulled up severely lame: comminuted condylar fracture.” Also: “multifocal ulceration; hepatitis.” Kitten was two years old and being prepped for her first race.

My Clay Girl: “Horse went down at the 1/4 pole with a severe injury…started exhibiting signs of shock and pain…euthanized: complete, comminuted humeral fracture.” My Clay Girl was three years old and being prepped for her first race.

Holiday Cruising: “Rider said he felt a pop and the horse went down: complete, comminuted humeral fracture with tearing of the muscles.” Also: “subacute to chronic squamous ulceration.” Holiday was four years old.

Little Feather: “Filly pulled up after the gallop-out severely lame RF limb: complete, comminuted fracture of the first phalanx.” Also: “acute, glandular stomach erosions; suppurative hepatitis.” Little was two years old and being prepped for her first race.

City Tavern: “Horse pulled up after the 1/4 pole with a catastrophic injury: slab fractures of the third and intermediate carpal bones, comminuted fracture of the ulnar carpal bone, small fracture of the fourth carpal bone; all carpal joints contain a large amount of blood, with variably-sized bone fragments.” City was three years old.

Devil’s Den: “Horse pulled up after breezing with a severe injury to the RF fetlock: multiple fractures, extensive soft tissue damage.” Also: “stomach ulceration.” Devil’s was two years old and being prepped for his first race.

Hard to Be Good: “Horse was galloping this morning and became shaky while pulling up; the rider jumped off and the horse collapsed and died – aortic rupture.” Also: “extensive stomach ulceration.” Hard to Be Good was seven years old.

All Fact: “Flipped over [before] race: skull fracture – multiple fragments.” Also: “degenerative joint disease, front fetlocks, right carpus.” All Fact was five years old.

Bodemeister Wind: “Horse pulled up after the wire lame left front: [multiple] fractures.” Also: “multifocal stomach ulceration.” Bodemeister was three years old.

Hitch Kick Double: “Complete, comminuted fracture of the third metatarsal bone with a large open wound; further fracture at the lateral-most aspect of the sagittal ridge resulting in complete separation of the ridge from the metatarsal; fractures are severely comminuted with fragments entirely free of the bone, some embedded in the ligament.” Also: “gastric ulceration; bilateral metacarpal disease.” Hitch was two years old and being prepped for her first race.

Crystal Got Even (probably sic): “Complete spiral fracture of the humerus, tearing of the muscles.” Also: “stomach ulceration, gastritis.” Crystal was three years old.

West Bank Baby: “Horse was being treated for a few weeks for chronic laminitis and founder [both forelimbs]; deteriorat[ed] this week when the coffin bones rotated through the soles.” Also: “suppurative hepatitis.” West Bank was four years old and had been raced 14 times.

Camellia Gal: “After galloping and getting into stall, horse became severely uncomfortable and violent even after two rounds of sedation – pelvic fracture, severe hemorrhage and tearing of the muscles.” Camellia was four years old.

Clear Steps: “Horse pulled up near the 3/8 with a catastrophic injury to RF fetlock: comminuted fracture of the medial sesamoid; soft tissue disruption is severe, including [multiple] tendon tears and [multiple] ligament ruptures.” According to the jockey, “The horse warmed up a little funny in the post parade, [and] she was sweating and seemed to be stressed.” Clear Steps was three years old.

Rouson: “Horse broke down at the 1/16 pole: [multiple] open, comminuted fractures with extensive soft tissue damage, including tearing of the superficial and deep digital flexors, rupture of the suspensory ligament, and rupture of the intersesamoidian ligament.” Also: “stomach ulceration.” Rouson was three years old.

Newt: “Broke down while breezing – [multiple] fractures, extensive soft tissue damage.” Also: “suppurative hepatitis.” Newt was two years old.

Stacks Up: “Horse was half mile into a routine gallop when it broke down: complete spiral fracture of the humerus with tearing of the muscles.” Also: “grade 3 ulceration; suppurative hepatitis.” Stacks was two years old and being prepped for his first race.

Royal Commission: “Catastrophic injury – [multiple] fractures, extensive soft tissue damage.” Also: “severe stomach ulceration.” Royal was four years old.

All Bodes Well: “Horse flipped in gate, was severely painful and distressed, euthanized: complete, comminuted fracture of the femur; tearing of the muscle.” Also: “gastric ulceration.” All Bodes Well was three years old.

Ceeky: “Right forelimb: complete luxation of fetlock with massive damage to soft tissues; the straight, oblique, and cruciate ligaments are severely torn with complete rupture at base of sesamoids. Left forelimb: fracture resulting in acute cartilage damage.” Also: “grade 4 ulcer disease.” Ceeky was seven years old.

Vertical Threat: “Horse fell. Left forelimb: multiple fractures of the scapula, myriad spicules embedded within muscle; severe tearing. Right forelimb: complete fracture of the carpal bone.” That’s two broken legs. Vertical Threat was four years old.

Can to Man: “Became severely ataxic in hind limbs after galloping, severely painful response: lumbosacral subluxation with compressive myelopathy of the lumbar cord.” Can to Man was three years old and being prepped for his first race.

Alittlevodka: “comminuted fractures”

Bold Esther: “sudden death – hemoperitoneum”

Gold Credit: “sesamoid fractures”

Censored: “humeral fracture”

Chainsthatbindyou: “tibial fracture” (being prepped for first race)

yet-to-be-named: “MTIII fracture”

Kowalski: “comminuted sesamoid fractures”

Glissando: “sudden death” (being prepped for first race)

Urbana: “[multiple] fractures, massive soft tissue damage”

Tour Spuzz: “laminitis” (three years old, never been raced)

Lucky Asset: “fractures, tearing of tendons, rupture of ligament”

Tormenta: “[multiple] fractures, severe soft tissue damage”

unidentified: “neurological”

Pow Wow Indian: “[multiple] fractures” (being prepped for first race)

Uncle Robbie: “[multiple] fractures” (being prepped for first race)

Sir Winsalot: “fracture, large amount of hemorrhage”

Rebuff: “multiple open, disarticulated fractures both front legs”

Here Comes Josie: “comminuted P1 fracture”

Juggernaut: “[multiple] fractures”

Uni the Unicorn: “[multiple] fractures” (being prepped for first race)

Winning Impression: “comminuted fractures, hemorrhage”

Binge Watch: “open, disarticulated fracture”

Tenace: “P1 fracture” (being prepped for first race)

Night Candy: “comminuted fractures, severe soft tissue damage”

Alexander Hamilton: “fracture, ruptured ligaments”

Eclipse the Moon: “tibial fracture” (one – yes, one – year old)

Sharp and Strong: “open fracture” (being prepped for first race)

unidentified: “spontaneous hemorrhage from both nostrils and urethra; witness reports that subject was hesitant to leave stall, and when removed from stall to begin training, subject resisted…and spontaneously died…likely due to the compression of the brain from the subdural hemorrhage; the location of the [skull] fracture suggests a large amount of concentrated force to the area”

unidentified: “found dead: bronchopneumonia, severe gastric ulcer disease”

unidentified: “encephalitis, protozoal myelitis, acute colitis”

Mottaret: “large colon displacement”

Bless His Heart: “rupture with tearing”

unidentified: “[multiple] fractures; ruptured tendon, ligament”

unidentified: “open fractures”

unidentified: “open fractures, extensive soft tissue damage”

Believein: “[multiple] fractures, severe soft tissue damage”

unidentified: “comminuted fractures”

Allied Party: “[multiple] fractures, acute cartilage excoriation”

unidentified: “open fractures, severe soft tissue damage”

unidentified: “collapsed and died on the racetrack”

unidentified: “open, disarticulated fetlock”

Frank Senior: “comminuted fracture, marked tearing”

Tigers Rule: “[multiple] fractures with tearing of artery and vein”

Elegant Bay: “multiple fractures, soft tissue damage is severe”

Pallaso: “complete fracture of humerus, tearing of musculature”

unidentified 3-year-old filly: “fracture sesamoid with disruption of the associated soft tissue structures”

Kinley Karole: “comminuted MC3 fracture; the cartilage loss was more severe than one would expect to see in a first time starter”

unidentified 2-year-old filly: “open, comminuted fractures of both sesamoids; soft tissue damage is extensive”

unidentified 14-year-old: “found dead in the stall this morning”

unidentified 2-year-old filly: “horse was breezing and broke down at the wire”

unidentified 3-year-old filly: “fractures [both front legs]”

High Beam: “pulled up with severe ataxia and white mucous membranes; horse collapsed and died within few minutes – massive pulmonary hemorrhage”

Will Call: “horse collapsed and died – massive hemorrhage within the thorax and abdomen; extensive hemorrhage over the spine, both sides of the neck, and the hip”

Today is Kentucky Derby Day, a day in which the The Big Lie is at its most obscene. NBC and mint juleps; “The Run for the Roses,” “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” But the truth is, today is but a hollow dog and pony show. Horseracing, everyday horseracing, is cold, violent, and merciless. And here’s another hard truth: Horseracing in America is not 100 disparate companies; it is a single entity. As such, a bet at one track is a bet at all; to patronize one race is to patronize all. In other words, if you support – watch, bet on – today’s race, you make possible the following.

(These lists – over 8,000 dead horses in case anyone was wondering – say nothing of racing’s many other wrongs, most prominently the intensive, unremitting solitary confinement to tiny spaces. Nor, of course, does this carnage reflect the fact that most racehorses active today will land in equine hell – the slaughterhouse – at the end of their usefulness. Need I go on?)

The Sacrificed, 2014
The Sacrificed, 2015
The Sacrificed, 2016
The Sacrificed, 2017
The Sacrificed, 2018
The Sacrificed, 2019
The Sacrificed, 2020
The Sacrificed, 2021
The Sacrificed, 2022

Pompano Park, the last remaining harness track in Florida, is now officially dead. Last May, you might remember, a bill passed allowing Pompano’s owner, Caesars Entertainment, to “decouple” its casino operation from the racing – i.e., it no longer would be forced to subsidize the horse people. Freed from the shackles of the moribund harness-racing industry, the result was predictable: Caesars said, we’re out (of the racing business, that is; reports have Caesars transforming the property into an upscale retail, dining, office and entertainment hub). The end came Sunday.

This is, of course, the future, not just on the harness end, but at the slew of propped-up flat tracks across the country as well. That future was readily acknowledged by the pro-racing writer Bill Finley of the Thoroughbred Daily News. Sunday, he wrote:

“So, what does this have to do with Thoroughbred racing? Plenty. If it can happen to Pompano Park it can happen to any racetrack running any breed. The threat of decoupling is real and it’s not going to go away. It is a huge and ominous threat.” He added: “Most every casino company that owns a racetrack doesn’t want to be in the horse racing business, and most don’t bother to hide their disdain for the sport.”

And so, Pompano has officially become the 41st U.S. track to close since 2000 – and they’re not opening new ones, folks. I’ll close with this quote from celebrated driver Wally Hennessey (pictured below): “I wouldn’t call it depression to talk about the ending of racing at Pompano, it’s more like a funeral.” One funeral I’m happy to attend.