At 11:35 this morning, the 1st race at Finger Lakes went off. A couple minutes later, Giant Sandy was “pulled up in distress” and “vanned off.” Shortly thereafter, the 3-year-old was dead – “euthanized due to poor prognosis” (Gaming Commission).
A couple hours later, downstate at Aqueduct, Clear the Ramp, also three, “suffered a catastrophic injury” in the 4th. He, too, was euthanized.
Last year, 100 racehorses lost their lives at New York State tracks. This year, the toll stands at 90 – with over a month to go. The lie of “safer racing” laid bare, yet again.
Half Ton of Fun’s “result” in the 7th at Parx yesterday afternoon: “stalked two wide, was injured on the backside, pulled up and euthanized after.” He was six years old, and this was his 48th time under the whip – and third under trainer Patricia Farro in just the past three weeks. Grind ’em up, spit ’em out – this is horseracing.
Last week in U.S. Thoroughbred and Quarterhorse races
American Power “vanned off” at Aqueduct
Candy Smile “vanned off” at Aqueduct – subsequently confirmed dead
Stand and Deliver “vanned off” at Churchill
Thirsty Betrayal “bled” at Churchill
She’sasweet Deputy “vanned off” at Delta
Run Tiz Run “vanned off” at Gulfstream W
Aikenetta “collapsed and perished walking back to the barn” at Laurel
Junior Jumper “bled” at Laurel
Come Hither Look “vanned off” at Penn
Battle Midway “went bad, vanned off” at Penn
Albertville “bled” at Aqueduct
Colonel Fred “observed to have bled” at Hawthorne
Chief Bow No Move “went wrong, vanned off” at Penn
Fantastic Ability “vanned off” at Zia
Sheza Special Girl “vanned off” at Zia
Tigers Rule “went wrong, vanned off” at Churchill
Talia Ladybug “pulled up after bleeding” at Laurel
Meister’s Song “vanned off” at Mountaineer
Algorithmnblues “vanned off” at Turf
Thunder Basin “suffer[ed] a severe injury…euthanized” at Turf
Favorite Aire “vanned off” at Zia
“Vanned Off”: unable to walk off course under own power; many of these horses will resurface on my FOIA kill-reports
“Bled,” “Returned Bleeding From Nostrils”: usually indicates pulmonary hemorrhage
Equibase’s account of the 7th at Turf yesterday: “Thunder Basin was pulled up suffering a severe injury then euthanized.” Thunder Basin was eight, and this was his 49th time under the whip. He was also about as cheap as a Thoroughbred racehorse can be – “For Sale” at $3,000 prior to dying.
This is horseracing.
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