To those who profit from, bet on, watch, or otherwise support horseracing, the burden falls to defend/explain the following list.
Some of the horses killed at U.S. tracks in 2019, in the words of the industry itself. Please note: I have not included California and Maryland deaths, as those states provided the most (gruesome) detail and merit stand-alone views: Cal; Maryland.
(all italics added by me) (R: Racing; T: Training; S: Stall)
Mr First Regard, Jan 4, Sunland R
“internal bleeding – euthanized on track”
The Pokester, Jan 7, Northfield R
“broke front right leg – complete”
Heza Wild Dragon, Jan 11, Sunland R
“dead upon arrival”
Get Into Mischief, Jan 12, Gulfstream T
“heart attack” (two years old)
Flying Kolors, Jan 12, Sunland R
“cardiovascular [and] fractured knee…died on track”
Raise the Mast, Jan 15, Charles Town…
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