A Kill at Keeneland on Breeders’ Cup Weekend

Horseracing Wrongs

In the 2nd race at Keeneland today – part of the Breeders’ Cup weekend – Absolutely Aiden “suffered an injury and fell…then was vanned off.” The 4-year-old colt is, we now know, dead: “humane euthanasia was in the best interest of the horse,” said a statement from the track. By virtue of the setting – the richest two days in horseracing – and given what has befallen this industry over the past year – heightened scrutiny in the wake of Santa Anita – this kill will undoubtedly be all over the media. What won’t be mentioned, however, is that this happens to multiple horses on American tracks every single day. And that, in every way possible, is an outrage.

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