Yes, He’s Still a Casualty

Horseracing Wrongs

There was another death at Saratoga Race Course Tuesday: Our Trucking Baron “succumbed to chronic laminitis” and was euthanized, says the Gaming Commission. But the Commission, not unmindful to the ever-increasing pressure and scrutiny on and of this ugly industry, added this caveat regarding the dead horse: “29 yo ex racehorse used as a pony.”

First, let’s be perfectly clear here: Former racehorses “used as ponies” at the track are still being exploited, are still in servitude, are still suffering for gambling. Second, and not inconsequential, Our Trucking was 15 – not 29. The Commission obviously has him confused with a horse named Trucking Baron who was last raced in 2003. Why is this relevant? A 15-year-old equine should still be in the prime of life, not “succumbing to chronic laminitis,” which, by the way, is quite often the result of wear and tear at the track (OTB was…

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