Gandhi once supposedly said (even if he didn’t, the message stands), “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way that its animals are treated.” Yesterday, the single most defining day on our national calendar, some of our animals were treated thus:

In a parimutuel gambling race in New York, a 3-year-old horse named Bolo required an ambulance to get off the track.

In a parimutuel gambling race in Delaware, a 4-year-old horse named Benny’s Dream required an ambulance to get off the track.

In a parimutuel gambling race in Oklahoma, a 5-year-old horse named Test Program required an ambulance to get off the track.

In a parimutuel gambling race in Florida, a 4-year-old horse named Milton T required an ambulance to get off the track.

In a parimutuel gambling race in Indiana, a 2-year-old horse named Im a Little Country required an ambulance to get off the track.

In a parimutuel gambling race in California, a 6-year-old horse named Classic Journey required an ambulance to get off the track.

In a parimutuel gambling race in Iowa, a 4-year-old horse named Todo Macho required an ambulance to get off the track.

In a parimutuel gambling race in New Mexico, a 2-year-old horse named Pampered Jess required an ambulance to get off the track.

In a parimutuel gambling race in New Mexico, a 2-year-old horse named Mo Valiant required an ambulance to get off the track.

In a parimutuel gambling race in New Mexico, a 5-year-old horse named Cut to the Front required an ambulance to get off the track.

In a parimutuel gambling race in New Mexico, a 3-year-old horse named Thebigbomblooker required an ambulance (from the “Winner’s Circle”) to get off the track.

In a parimutuel gambling race in Wyoming, a 2-year-old horse named D D Twist N Shout required an ambulance to get off the track.

In a parimutuel gambling race in Ohio, a 3-year-old horse named Sharp Gal “fell” and could not finish.

In a parimutuel gambling race in Ohio, a 3-year-old horse named Devil Unchained “ran into another horse as that horse was breaking down” and could not finish.

In a parimutuel gambling race in Ohio, a 7-year-old horse named Miss Hume Township “returned bleeding from the nostrils.”

In a parimutuel gambling race in Minnesota, a 3-year-old horse named Gold Cup Skier “stopped badly” and could not finish.

And finally:

In a parimutuel gambling race in Ohio, a 3-year-old horse named River Lute “broke down” and can safely be presumed dead.

On this admittedly narrow issue, greatness and moral progress can only be measured by a once-and-for-all end to this vile business. Please stop betting on horseraces.

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The banner Canterbury weekend was completed Sunday with the following incidents:

In the 3rd, Mr Hempens Feature “bled” and was “vanned off.”

In the 5th, Matted in Gold “broke down” and is almost certainly dead. In that same race, Castle Queen “was hard used then bumped by injured rival…and faltered.”

In the 8th, Clever Expansion “was vanned off appearing sore.” In that same race, Bella Parvati “was used up and stopped.”

All this came after three other “equine athletes” were ambulanced off Saturday.

Good, clean fun.

Please stop betting on horseraces.

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The following horses were raceday casualties on American tracks last week:

Reported as died, euthanized, or “broke down” – racing-speak for dead
She Sings Along, Santa Anita
Oh So Proud, Charles Town
Willful, Parx
Matted in Gold, Canterbury
Face the Race, Monmouth

Reported as “vanned off” – left via ambulance, a better-than-even chance of dead
Barbada, Delaware (“pulled up in apparent distress”)
Gold Potion, Delaware (“pulled up in distress”)
One Vote, Mountaineer
Girls and Guns, Delaware (“bled”)
Trinni Heart, Parx
Big Man in Town, Oak Tree
Nickels Wild, Santa Anita (“bleeding from the nostrils”)
Ojos De Hielo, Arlington
Quieta Tiz, Evangeline
Majestic Holiday, Indiana
Directed Verdict, Penn (“lame”)
King’s Fortune, Arlington
Rockin the Fence, Canterbury
Benny’s Glory, Canterbury (“pulled up in distress” after winning)
Incisive, Canterbury (“stumbled badly and fell”)
Sir Riley, Emerald
Suyeta, Louisiana
Kriscraft, Oak Tree
Jessica’s Star, Prairie
Mr Hempens Feature, Canterbury (“bled”)
Clever Expansion, Canterbury
Meleager, Gulfstream
Havana Juile, Monmouth
Lunar Storm, Ruidoso

Other
Martin Ray, Ruidoso, “bled”
On a Snowy Evening, Belmont, “stumbled badly falling to her face,” DNF
Attitude Miss, Indiana, “bled”
Shady Rules, Presque Isle, “walked off having visibly bled”
Barracuda Wayne, Penn, “stumbled badly,” DNF
Abounding Grace, Thistledown, “returned lame”
Sporting Holiday, Canterbury, “hit a fallen rival,” DNF
Maximus Royal Rose, Chippewa, “went through inside rail”

(source: Equibase)

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