Desert Trial makes 14 dead racehorses at Saratoga

Cross-posted from Horse Racing Wrongs


Desert Trial, a 2-year-old colt, is dead from a “suspected cardiovascular collapse” (Gaming Commission) while training at Saratoga yesterday morning. Again, two – on the maturation chart, the rough equivalent of a first-grader. “Cardiovascular collapse.”

Desert Trial was raced once, a month ago at that same track. His line (Equibase): “DESERT TRIAL…moved out in upper stretch then came under a right-handed whip, switched to a left-handed whip…and finished with good courage for the last spot in the superfecta.” Whipped with both hands – “finished with good courage.”

How profoundly sad.

The Saratoga ’16 Dead

Hadeed Fi Hadeed, May 30, training
Squire Creek, July 16, training
Zamjara, July 23, race 1
Rootformejustin, July 23, race 5
Indian Nobility, July 27, race 3
Domestic Warrior, August 1, race 4
Lebowski, August 2, “found dead outside stall”
Jonrah, August 3, training
Midnight Visitor, August 4, prior to race 4
Prince Corredor, August 20, training
Elusive Neko, August 24, training
Bob Le Beau, August 25, race 1
Ring of Truth, August 25, race 10
Desert Trial, August 28, training


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Vegan breakfast idea — Coconut Cinna Ring — by Vegan Fling

I am not going to do anything but show you a gorgeous picture and list the ingredients so you can see if you already have what you need, or feel like going out to get what you need, to make it.

You will want to!

It’s by Vegan Fling. Go there now.

Make this up, put it in the fridge and pop it into the oven when you are ready. I would rather cook in the evening than in the morning, so I love recipes where I can do this, don’t you?

Cinnamon is one of my favorite flavors ever. Let’s go!

Coconut Cinni Ring by Vegan Fling.
Coconut Cinni Ring by Vegan Fling. Click for recipe.

Serves 12

You will need:

For the sweet dough:
3 1/4 cups spelt flour
2 tsp package active dry yeast
1 cup almond milk
1/3 cup vegan butter (such as Earth Balance)
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plain soy yogurt

For the filling:
2 tbsp vegan butter, softened
1/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

For the glaze:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp maple syrup

Learn how to make this at Vegan Fling »

4 Fillies Killed in California – One From a Pair of Broken Knees

Cross-posted from Horse Racing Wrongs


As with Saratoga in New York, a single California track dominates the summer scene, garnering, along the way, (mostly) fawning coverage from mainstream media and racing press alike – Del Mar, of course. And yet, just like NY, other tracks are running – and killing. From the Stewards Minutes:

August 7, Santa Rosa: 4-year-old McCann’s Half Full snapped a leg training. Dead. She was last raced nine days prior – last of 8.

August 12, Santa Rosa: 3-year-old Miss Special Regard suffered “multiple fractures” in the 2nd. Dead. She was coming off a last-of-10 in early July.

August 13, Santa Rosa: 3-year-old Foxie Gotham “bled outwardly post workout – collapsed on walking machine.” Dead.

August 13, Los Alamitos: 3-year-old Kr Crusin Cartel fell after crossing the finish line in the 9th. “She appeared to have broken both knees…euthanized on the track.”

In addition, there is this note in the Santa Rosa minutes: “Jockey PEDRO TERRERO who rode THE WAY TO WIN in the third race on August 12 is hereby fined the sum of $500 for causing welts or breaks in the skin.” It’s called animal cruelty, folks.

This is horseracing.


Embryo Transfer – A Shadowy Market Ripe for Exploitation

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We’ve known for many years that farm animals have been exploited to produce more meat, milk, wool etc. Embryo transfer in horses is another technology that is unrivalled for its inefficiency and costliness. There’s also some evidence that embryo transfer (ET) is exploitative because it can be painful, requiring analgesics. We recently read about the cast-off recipient mares (the “gestational” carriers that give birth to foals of a different mare/stallion) from the Arnold Reproduction Center who were consigned to the Kaufman kill pen/kill buyer Mike McBarron for eventual slaughter.

Once exposed on social media platforms, veterinarian Leea Arnold responded:

“I recently sent some mares to the Cleburne Horse Sale. I certainly never intended for them to end up in the slaughter pen. Many of these mares came to me through the sale barn system, were sick, completely unbroken and certainly destined for slaughter at that time (15 or so years ago). As long as these mares are reproductively sound, they stay in my herd – many probably longer than they are useful. My staff and I have taken the time, money, and resources we have to help these mares become useful and give them a viable purpose.

“I will use another avenue to re-home these mares in the future. If you are a non-profit organization and have your 501(c)3 at hand, I would be more than happy to donate any older or reproductively unsound recipients to your facilities as they become available.”

Dr. Arnold did not otherwise offer to help the animals that were scheduled to be sent for slaughter.

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