Last night’s 6th at Delta (Equibase): “CHRISTY’S VOW chased the early pace from the outside, stopped, fell and was euthanized.” That’s it. Gone. Prior to dying, the 4-year-old filly had been raced 15 other times; most recently, October 16 at Delta, she came in last (of 10)…54 lengths back. Trainer/owner: Patti Turner.
Also, the NYS Gaming Commission reports that 3-year-old Banker’s Boss was “euthanized on [the] track” after breaking down while training at Belmont Monday. He was last raced November 5 at Aqueduct.
The ugly bio of a racehorse known as Face the Fire:
10 years old, will turn 11 in February.
109 times under the whip. 109.
Very much active: Thus far in 2015, has been raced 15 times – among them, 7 different times in which he was brought back within two weeks. Last raced just Monday in a $4,000 claiming at Mahoning, a (racino) track that not coincidentally pays first-last.
Three races ago (October 6, Mountaineer), disqualified for a “positive test.”
Imagine the unmitigated suffering of this pathetic animal: the lonely, deadening existence; the stress of incessant shuffling among trainers, owners, barns, and tracks; the lashes, the pounding – the drugs; a body – muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments – barely hanging on, old before its time; an unknown final fate, a fate that very well could include exsanguination in some foreign slaughterhouse.
This is horseracing.
The following horses were casualties on American racetracks last week:
“Broke Down” (read: dead); “Collapsed and Died”; “Humanely Euthanized”
Do It for Fun, Laurel
Jo Jo Cool, Tampa Bay
Bounty On the Run, Golden Gate
“Vanned Off” (carted away by ambulance, better-than-even chance dead)
Awesome Arceno, Charles Town
Wine Police, Zia
Riveting Rosie, Zia (after being “reluctant to load”)
Hoosier Flower, Churchill
Chide, Churchill (subsequently confirmed dead)
Ten Dollar Note, Del Mar
Pro Gold, Gulfstream W
Blaze Wick, Charles Town
Hooked On Track, Delta (“in distress”)
Carta Magna, Gulfstream W
High Gear, Zia
Shady Deal, Zia
Film Juror, Del Mar (subsequently confirmed dead)
All Eyez On Me, Zia
“Bled”; “Returned Bleeding From Nostrils”
Gator Heat, Zia (also vanned off)
Super Dawn, Charles Town
Princess of Pearl, Delta