In the 10th at Santa Anita Saturday, Formal Dude “took a bad step” and was “vanned off” (Equibase). “Took a bad step” is one of this industry’s euphemisms of choice for dead. And indeed, we have confirmation that the 4-year-old was euthanized – for a broken pelvis. The LA Times quotes the CHRB’s Dr. Rick Arthur: “With few exceptions, fatal pelvic fractures have pre-existing stress fractures at necropsy.” As if this somehow makes it better: “Pre-existing stress fractures” are a direct result of the incessant grinding – training and racing – racehorses are forced to absorb, and, by the way, another reason the killing is inevitable.
Santa Anita has 34, not the 28 being reported in the press, dead animals on its decidedly ignominious ledger. Shut it down.
Psychedelicat, killed racing at Santa Anita Dec 30, 2018
Tank Team, killed racing at Santa Anita Jan 4, 2019
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