The New York Daily News reports:
SARATOGA SPRINGS — At the end of trainer Charlie LoPresti’s barn sits an empty stall.
It was occupied by a healthy 5-year-old gelding named Kris Royal until Sunday. The horse was euthanized after fracturing his left front leg during the running of the ninth race over the turf course. Kris Royal wasn’t the only horse to die in that race.
Seconds before, Sarava’s Dancer suffered the same fate, fracturing his left front leg, leaving two fatally injured horses on the race track.
“It was bad because I ran out there,” LoPresti said. “I ran all the way from the grandstand out there and then you see two horses lying out there hurt. What’s the chances of that? Two different places in the race — one going into the turn and one going out of the turn. I guess the ground is hard and they hit a rough spot in it.”
There’s been hardly any rain at Saratoga this meeting and the New York Racing Association has run 185 races over the two turf courses since the start of the races on July 19. After the races on Sunday, NYRA officials had the turf course watered in an attempt to soften it.
“Look how fast they’re running,” LoPresti said. “They’re not supposed to run that fast. Wise Dan ran that fast and he’s the best horse in the world. These horses are running two weeks later as fast as he is. So it tells you it’s really hard. It’s nobody’s fault.”
Source: www.nydailynews.com/sports >>
Nobody’s fault. Really?
It is amazing to watch US horse racing die on the vine because of its lack of decency to the horses they use and its arrogance. It is not happening fast enough for us. It is horrible to watch the industry cripple and kill one horse after another.
The way it looks to us as of this writing, the only horse racing that will survive are the Derby races, the Triple Crown, the Breeders Cup, and related prep races.
That leaves the trainers and owners who can afford to cheat with expensive drugs and therapies and know how to trick the weak and pathetic drug testing system US horse racing waste everyone’s time and money with. These “horsemen” (what a bastardization of that word) will dodge the bullet for a time, continue to be feted and sail into horse racing’s Hall of Fame.
Insofar as the breeders, when Great Britain, Europe and other top racing nations snub US horses and refuse to accept them into their stud books they will become isolated in much-deserved shame until they destroy the US Thoroughbred altogether. But there will be no tears shed. They will walk away with their pockets fully lined and absolutely no conscience. It will be nobody’s fault.