Cross-posted from New York Times
Written by WALT BOGDANICH and REBECCA R. RUIZ
“A horse [who] recently tested positive for a supercharged painkiller drawn from a type of South American frog broke down and was euthanized Thursday at a New Mexico racetrack after winning a trial heat for the coming All American Futurity, one of the world’s richest horse races.
“The horse, Jess A Zoomin, was one of eight New Mexico quarter horses that tested positive for the painkiller dermorphin on the same day in late May. All were running in an earlier round of trial heats to earn the right to advance to the Futurity, which has a purse of more than $2 million.
“The dead horse’s trainer, Jeffrey Heath Reed, is accused of doping five of those horses. But he has been allowed to continue training — and vying to win the Futurity on Labor Day — after exercising his right to verify the state’s positive tests at a second laboratory.
“A second horse that Reed trained, which had not tested positive for dermorphin, also broke down and was euthanized Thursday during another trial heat for the Futurity. Reed declined to comment.” Read full report >>
U.S. horse racing needs to be brought to a complete halt. It has failed in every way it can except by making millions while maiming, crippling and killing racehorses. For those who defend it claiming it is not all bad, that is simply not good enough. We encourage everyone to boycott it, particularly gamblers. Bettors, find something else to bet on. Together maybe we can maim, cripple and kill U.S. horse racing. –Ed.
The waxy monkey tree frog and drugging of racehorses; Tuesday’s Horse; Jul. 15, 2012