David Jacobson-trained 5-year-old Mr. O’Leary is dead after breaking down while “breezing” at Aqueduct this morning. Prior to dying, Mr. O’Leary was put to the whip 13 times. He is the 31st horse to perish on or at a NYS track in 2015.
On the same day that American Pharoah won the $1.5 million Preakness at Pimlico, these 11 horses were ambulanced off (source: Equibase) other American tracks. It is highly likely that at least half are dead:
Diamond of Blue, Arlington
Good Tickled, Canterbury
Swiss Tart, Charles Town
Misleading Lies, Finger Lakes
Jade Effort, Lone Star
Tribute to Holly, Louisiana
Ally Hawk, Mountaineer
Touch of a Poet, Prairie
Streaks in the Dirt, Sam Houston
Estrella Royal Rap, Fairmount, “returned bleeding from her nostril”
Joint Decision, Parx, “stumbled badly,” DNF
Lovmeister, Penn, “pulled up lame”
Svindhal, Pimlico, “fell,” DNF
Remembering Pete, Sam Houston, “stumbled badly to knees”
And finally – a world away from Bob Costas and the NBC cameras, a 3-year-old yet-to-be-raced colt named Mr Reid was, according to the NYS Gaming Commission, “found dead in his stall” at Aqueduct. This is the horseracing they don’t want you to see. Please stop supporting this sordid industry.
I have confirmed that 4-year-old Red October is dead after breaking down in the 1st at Thistledown Wednesday afternoon. Prior to his death, Red October had been put to the whip 23 times. Trainer/owner, Gerald Brooks.
Also, the Los Alamitos stewards report that 3-year-old Delightful Molly was euthanized after the following happened prior to the 4th on May 1:
“While the field for the fourth race was in the saddling enclosure, #5 ‘Delightful Molly’ reared up several times, fell and was thrashing around for several minutes.”
“Thrashing around for several minutes.” This is horseracing.
Thursday, 3-year-old Indian Scribbles was ambulanced off the Golden Gate track after the 6th race. Bad enough – worse, though, because this wasn’t the first time: Oak Tree June 20, “pulled up, vanned off”; Golden Gate January 16, “went wrong, vanned off.” In all, she has been put to the whip eight times, finishing last once, unable to walk off under her own power thrice. That’s called abuse. The connections throughout: Wendell McDaniel, Mary Jo Bright. The breeders who brought her into this existence: George and Mary Clare Schmitt. This is horseracing.