Yet another colic death from NY. Patriot Lady, the Gaming Commission reports, succumbed to “unresolved colic” Friday at Finger Lakes. She was seven years old and had been put to the whip 34 times, most recently in September. Over her final five races, she finished a combined 83 lengths back for trainer/owner Beverly Wheaton. Oh, and Wheaton also had Patriot “For Sale” before each of those races. As to the cause, for those who are inclined to absolve Racing for colic deaths, see this.

The 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival, Australia’s version of the Breeders’ Cup, is slated to begin this week. And already, a kill. Wichita, a 3-year-old colt, fractured a leg in a training session earlier this month, was operated on, and was ultimately euthanized Friday for “complications.” In his brief one-year “career,” Wichita had been bounced from Ireland, to England, to France, and finally, to Australia. Imagine that. Racing Victoria, one of Australia’s governing bodies, said this: “RV extends its condolences to the owners of the horse, trainer Aidan O’Brien, his stable staff and all who cared for the horse and are greatly saddened by their loss.” “Their loss” – vile, as usual.

Wichita, as captured by our advocate allies in the U.K., Animal Aid. Animal Aid, by the way, has been recording kills on U.K. racetracks since 2007: Race Horse Death Watch. So you see, this is not an “American problem”; they kill horses everywhere.

Last week on U.S. flat tracks (racing only).

“Vanned Off”: horse required an ambulance to get off the track; while not all the “vanned” end up dead, most do, as borne out by my FOIA reports

“Bled”: typically indicates pulmonary hemorrhage

Winning Sound “fell, DNF” at Grants Pass
National Browser “fell, DNF” at Grants Pass
Sturgeon “vanned off” at Indiana
Candy Classic “suffered a catastrophic injury…euthanized” at Thistledown
Quite a Moonglow “vanned off” at Indiana
Odds Are “returned bleeding from the nostrils” at Parx
Windy Point “vanned off” at Emerald
Silverzar “vanned off” at Penn
Best Bud “vanned off” at Presque Isle
More Than Striking “bled” at Presque Isle
Hit It Up “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Brewster “vanned off” at Remington
Aint Your Darlin “fell, vanned off” at Will Rogers
Heeza Prince “broke down” at Will Rogers
Dulce Suenos “broke down” at Will Rogers
Huyana “fell, DNF” at Great Meadow
Satish “hit rail, fell, DNF” at Great Meadow
Chandler’s Drama “collapsed falling heavily, vanned off” at Gulfstream W
Double Down On Me “injured after wire, vanned off” at Lone Star
Murtagh “bled” at Mahoning
Caposqueen “vanned off” at Will Rogers
Magical Charm “bled” at Belmont
Big Lake “bled” at Churchill

And the New York Racing Association killing-machine hums along, unabated. This morning at Belmont, says the Gaming Commission, Hemlock “sustained a displaced condylar & comminuted P1 fractures while breezing – euthanized on track.” Hemlock was three years old and had been raced four times, though, as the Commission points out, his last race came almost a year ago. Trainer, William Mott. This makes 69 dead horses at the three NYRA tracks in 2020. 69. Reform is a ruse; safe racing is a lie.

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