Through a request to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, I have confirmed the following deaths at Plainridge (Mass’ only remaining racetrack) in 2015:
Something Good, June 12
Four Starz Skate, September 2, racing
“fracture C3 vertebra”
Kiss My Cruiser, November 9, racing
Touchdown Kitten’s final four races:
April 17, Gulfstream – last of 8, 36+ lengths back
May 7, Gulfstream – DNF
June 14, Gulfstream – last of 9, 17+ lengths back
July 4, Gulfstream – last of 10, 34+ lengths back
August 11, Gulfstream – (per FOIA document) Dead in barn B, stall 33. No additional information was forwarded.
This is horseracing.
11 (soon to be 12)-year-old Sun City has been put to the whip 137 times. The 137th came this past Monday in a $2500 claiming race (all but 7 of her races have been claiming) at Portland Meadows; she finished last.
And so the question becomes, when? As in when will this old – by racing standards, that is – soul break?
Current trainer/owner: Debbie Van Horne.