Three Confirmed Kills on Derby Day, Including 79th 2020 Death in California (Report That, LA Times)

Horseracing Wrongs

According to the (Equibase) chart, Mean Sophia “stumbled badly at the start” of the 7th at Del Mar yesterday, “[was] injured and vanned off following the race.” We now know that the 3-year-old is dead, euthanized for a snapped leg. The Los Angeles Times, consistent with its pro-racing bias, opened its report of the kill thus:

“The first racing fatality at Del Mar’s summer meeting since 2018 occurred Saturday when the 3-year-old filly Mean Sophia was euthanized….”

To those who don’t know much about horseracing – which is to say, the great majority of Americans – this sounds real good: first death in two years. But at best, it’s grossly misleading; at worst, it’s irresponsible journalism. While it is technically true, when Del Mar returned for its fall program last year, three horses were killed racing on the same day. What’s more, including training and stall, there were…

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