2-Year-Old Dead of Laminitis in All Four Feet

Horseracing Wrongs

Three years ago, hallowed Saratoga Race Course garnered unwanted national media attention with a then-record 21 kills. At the time, I was busy reminding journalists and the public alike that this track averages 14 dead a summer, so 21 is really not that out of whack. Today, after the industry’s Santa Anita PR disaster of 2019, and after all those NYRA assurances of “safer racing” and the primacy of “equine welfare,” I give you death #20 at Saratoga this year. The NYS Gaming Commission reports that 2-year-old Fancy Twirl was euthanized yesterday “after developing laminitis in all four feet.” One of, if not the, most painful conditions a horse can experience, in all four feet – and all while still a baby. It’s vile. It’s horseracing.

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