Book Review: Missionville by Alex Brown

Missionville, written by Alex Brown (pictured with racing plates). By Vivian Grant Farrell.

(HORSE RACING) — Patrick Battuello, chronicler of racehorse killings at Horse Racing Wrongs, recently reported the death of 7-year old Sing the Dream in a claiming race for 4 yo's+ at Aqueduct, Saturday afternoon, January 27, 2018. It was Sing the Dream's 50th race. Battuello states the horse "fell heavily" (Equibase) and was euthanized where… Continue reading Book Review: Missionville by Alex Brown

7 racehorses killed so far at Saratoga in 2017

Correction 1.25 pm: 7 deaths not 17. Hope this error does not turn out to some sort of dark omen. SARATOGA, New York — Patrick Battuello of reports: In the final race of the afternoon yesterday at Saratoga, this for 4-year-old Brooklyn Major (Equibase): "BROOKLYN MAJOR three wide at the half mile pole, was… Continue reading 7 racehorses killed so far at Saratoga in 2017

Racing kills Money Makin Mike at Santa Anita

John Henry statue at Santa Anita Race Park. Unattributed image.

We occasionally spotlight Patrick Battuello's posts on Tuesday's Horse to highlight the murder and mayhem that is horseracing in the US, hopeful that you will follow and take part by sharing far and wide on social media. Social media sharing is the modern era way of spreading the word. We encourage you to please… Continue reading Racing kills Money Makin Mike at Santa Anita

When a “scratched” racehorse is actually dead

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

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.… Continue reading When a “scratched” racehorse is actually dead

Death at a Party: 30,000 Witness Two Kills at Saratoga

by PATRICK BATTUELLO I was at Saratoga Race Course yesterday - along with 40 or so other activists. We were there, of course, to protest the systemic abuse and killing of horses for entertainment. On this gorgeous upstate-NY summer day, 30,000 souls merrily marched through the front gates, anticipating a social scene practically unrivaled… Continue reading Death at a Party: 30,000 Witness Two Kills at Saratoga

A first day racing kill for Del Mar and a training kill for Saratoga

Horses jump out the gate at Del Mar racetrack in California. Unattributed Google search result.

Patrick Battuello of Horse Racing Wrongs reports the following on Del Mar's first day kill: Yesterday [July 15] was opening day at the famed and celebrated Del Mar Racetrack – “Where the Turf Meets the Surf.” Great food, summery libations, wacky hats, hobnobbing, glass-tipping, shoulder-rubbing. . . and death? In the 6th race yesterday afternoon… Continue reading A first day racing kill for Del Mar and a training kill for Saratoga