We do not post much about Quarter Horse racing fatalities. Shame on us for not doing so.
“Lrh Fast as Oak” and “Perry Train”
According to Equibase, two “fell and were euthanzied” on opening day of Louisiana Downs’ Quarter Horse race meeting.
Their names were “Lrh Fast as Oak” and “Perry Train”. They were only two years old.
About Quarter Horse racing
Quarter Horse racing competes horses at great speed for short distances on a straightaway course, originally a quarter of a mile, hence the name. Quarter Horse racing was begun by the early settlers in Virginia shortly after Jamestown was established in 1607.
Long recognized as a distinct type, Quarter Horses are known for their ability to start quickly and sprint swiftly, producing close contests with many photo finishes. The breed originated in Virginia from a Thoroughbred stallion, Janus, and native mares.
There are currently more than 5 million registered Quarter Horses.
“It is a tradition that has long been appreciated but today I think it is time to move on,” said Jean-François Parenteau, the city’s pointman in the case.
The city, he said, must “show concern for the animals.”
In April, to prevent out-of-work horses from ending up at slaughterhouses, the city said it would pay the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Can$1,000 (US$760) for each horse offered a refuge or adoptive family.
City Hall, meanwhile, is working on a retraining program to help coachmen transition to other tourist jobs.