I have confirmed that 3-year-old River Lute is dead after breaking down in the 4th Saturday at Belterra. Also, the DRF reports that 5-year-old Fonz “suffered a fatal injury” in the 7th yesterday at Los Alamitos.

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Two more dead horses on American racetracks. Please, if you’re going to gamble, gamble on inanimate slots and scratchoffs – leave the animals out of it.

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

Reported as died, euthanized, or “broke down” – racing-speak for dead
River Lute, Belterra
Makin Babes Hot, Arapahoe
Fonz, Los Alamitos

Reported as “vanned off” – left via ambulance, a better-than-even chance of dead
Jigsaw, Delaware
Comotion Nda Ocean, Indiana
Primmensity, Mountaineer
Here Comes Landen, Evangeline
Relentless Spirit, Indiana
African Gray, Canterbury
A Pint for Mary, Evangeline
Broken In, Arlington
Park That Truck, Emerald
Bolo, Belmont
Benny’s Dream, Delaware
Test Program, Fair Meadows
Milton T, Gulfstream
Im a Little Country, Indiana
Classic Journey, Los Alamitos
Todo Macho, Prairie
Pampered Jess, Ruidoso
Mo Valiant, Ruidoso
Cut to the Front, SunRay
Thebigbomblooker, SunRay
DD Twist N Shout, Wyoming
What Say You, Belterra
Dividendz, Canterbury
Seventyprcentcocoa, Emerald
Classic Mogul, Ruidoso
Valiant Flame, Ruidoso
Lethal Sham Bo, SunRay
Hm Tresaces, Wyoming

Other
Officer’s Shadow, Finger Lakes, “slammed from both sides at the start”
Miss Kris, Mountaineer, “bled”
Codechief, Fairmount, “stumbled badly,” DNF
Bjs Moonshine, Delta, “hit rail,” DNF
Caribbean Candy, Presque Isle, “bled”
De Tanyas M, Delta, “bled”
Dont Make Me Mad, Ellis, “bled”
Jess Is Easy, SunRay, “fell,” DNF
Golden Empire, Thistledown, “pulled up sore,” DNF
Nice Shot, Thistledown, “pulled up lame”
Sharp Gal, Belterra, “fell,” DNF
Devil Unchained, Belterra, “ran into River Lute as he was breaking down,” DNF
Gold Cup Skier, Canterbury, “stopped badly,” DNF
Miss Hume Township, Thistledown, “returned bleeding from the nostrils”

(source: Equibase)

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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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