Laurel Leaves with the text THE RACING DEAD in the center. Artwork by Vivian Grant Farrell for Tuesday's Horse.

When a “scratched” racehorse is actually dead

Cross-posted from Horse Racing Wrongs
by PATRICK BATTUELLO

It’s hard to say how many fatal paddock fractures and “sudden cardiac events” occur just prior to scheduled races, for these deaths are typically buried as mere “vet scratches” on the official race charts.

Sometimes, though, insight comes from other sources, sources like California’s publicly-posted stewards minutes. In the last week of July, there were two such incidents:

July 29, 7-year-old Merry Moon, “deceased” prior to the 3rd at Los Alamitos

July 30, 3-year-old Tiz a Lucky One, “euthanized” prior to the 8th at Santa Rosa

Both, scratches on Equibase because, you know, dead horses can’t run.


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4 thoughts on “When a “scratched” racehorse is actually dead”

    1. Shame, shame indeed when they make millions and millions off the backs of these horses and don’t care what happens to while they are racing and certainly not after. How are they any different from the slaughterers and other sinister horse industries?

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