Yesterday afternoon at slippery Freehold Raceway in New Jersey, the pace car lost control soon after the start of the 5th race and swerved, gate extended, into six horses, the last flipping onto the vehicle. Though an “initial inspection,” according to Freehold, found the horses “okay,” time will tell. Technically an accident (racing calls all casualties accidents), those horses would not have been there, bunched together in proximity to a car, if not for horseracing. In other words, racing is responsible for this:
Two horses were killed last night at Delta Downs. In the 1st race, a maiden claiming, 2-year-old Casey Lynn “took a bad step mid stretch.” Dead before her third birthday. (Racing advances all ages on January 1st, but Casey Lynn wouldn’t have turned three till April.) In her last start (Louisiana Downs in September), Casey Lynn finished 10th, 22 1/2 lengths back. Perhaps trainer Joe Duhon should have known something. Perhaps he did. And the same for her owner, the sadly ironic Dream Walkin Farms.
Later in the Delta night, 3-year-old Battle Silk, another filly, went down in the 9th race. She was trained by Billy Allen and owned by Raymond McFarlin. The replays reveal little – Casey Lynn dumped her rider late, while Battle Silk pulled up early. This is horseracing.
122 racehorses lost their lives at NYS tracks in 2013. 122 intelligent, sensitive beings sacrificed for $2 bets. The breakdown: 40 dead at Finger Lakes; 38 dead at Belmont; 23 dead at Aqueduct; 9 dead at Saratoga; 4 dead at Monticello; 2 dead at Buffalo; 2 dead at Saratoga Gaming; 2 dead at Vernon; 1 dead at Tioga; 1 dead at Yonkers. For shame, NY.
Blonde for Ever, a 2-year-old filly, was killed in yesterday’s 3rd race at Parx. She was ridden by Jose Flores, trained by Robert Swentkowski, and owned by Burton Butker and Anita Hicken. Also Monday, 4-year-old Clodhopper “broke down” while running the 3rd race at Turf. The racing office was unable to offer more information.