The death of four thoroughbreds in six race days at the Fair Grounds track in New Orleans, a couple of weeks after two quarter horses were put down at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, was not as shocking as it should have been.
Horse racing is a dangerous sport anywhere, but particularly in America, and most particularly at Santa Anita in California, where the third horse death in three days happened last Sunday. Since December 2018, 42 horses have died there.
They race stuffed with drugs that are banned elsewhere, for instance, and fatalities are more common on the dirt tracks favored here than they are on turf or artificial surfaces.
Lasix and bute are both verboten in England and Europe, and, after the spate of deaths at Santa Anita, many tracks, including the Fair Grounds, have formed a coalition and embraced various safety measures that include phasing out race day medications.Read more at https://www.nola.com/opinions/james_gill/article_3a4870ba-3e2d-11ea-9e6f-97344775cf43.html
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, located in New Orleans, is the third-oldest racetrack in the country.
The Thoroughbred-racing industry sends an estimated 10,000 horses to slaughter annually, meaning that half of the 20,000 new foals born each year will eventually be killed for their flesh. Source: Peta (Jan. 2020).