More dead racehorses

There is always going to be a laundry list of killings in the US horse racing industry. We point out two reports.

Saratoga

America’s Joy, an unraced 3-year-old filly who sold in 2019 for more than $8 million, died [killed] Sunday morning due to a training incident at Saratoga.

The daughter of American Pharoah sustained a sesamoid fracture while breezing and broke her neck in a fall, per the New York State Gaming Commission’s equine breakdown, death, injury, and incident database.

Pennsylvania

Racehorses are dying in staggering numbers at Pennsylvania tracks.

Since 2010, state racing officials have tallied more than 1,400 thoroughbred deaths. Half — 704 — died at Parx Racing, the Bensalem track that is part of Pennsylvania’s largest casino. Most of those horses were put down following catastrophic injuries that happened during a race or in training. Others dropped dead in their stalls.

In 2019, 59 horses died at Parx, nearly twice the death count the year before. Last year, when there were a third fewer races there due to the pandemic, the toll was still 39 dead horses.

Horseracing Wrongs

The two killing reports above are from newspaper reports.

If you want the full list of racehorses killed at US tracks, go to Horseracing Wrongs. The numbers are staggering. We have been following them since they started. It is not anything you get used to seeing. In fact, it only gets more gut-wrenching.

It is alarming why US horse racing has not been shut down. Horses racing constantly abuses, tortures, mutilates and kills racehorses. It is one of the most consistent in-your-face cases of rampant animal cruelty we have ever seen, and we have seen plenty. Only horse soring begins to compare.

In addition to the above, racehorses are sent to slaughter by the 1000s as a matter of routine.

Kill it

True, horseracing is a dying “sport”. It has to be propped up wherever it operates. But it is not dying off fast enough for us, but most importantly for the horses it breeds, uses, tortures, maims and kills. We are working with a group of lawmakers, both at the State and federal levels, on how we may bring this about.

Before we go, we invite you to read Damn This Industry: The Unspeakably Cruel End of Ladie Verrazano at Horseracing Wrongs. This is not a one-off story. There are no doubt hundreds of thousands of similar cases in horseracing. Unconscionable.

Tuesday’s Horse © The Horse Fund

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