Meteoroid Euthanized on Track – 14th Kill at Saratoga Race Track
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Patrick Battuello, Horseracing Wrongs
August 2017

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Today (8/16/17) at Saratoga (1st race), per Equibase: “METEOROID…took a bad step strides before flight six and had no other option but to remain on course, cleared that jump and was quickly pulled up but unfortunately had to be euthanized on track.” “Unfortunately.” Just to be clear, Meteoroid suffered his “catastrophic injury” (a break of some sort) before the sixth hurdle, but still had to make that jump before being pulled up and, eventually, put out of his misery. Imagine that.

Replay here – around 2:53 in, Meteoroid flailing about, a few seconds later...

That’s 14 dead racehorses on the Saratoga summer. 14 dead animals for $2 bets and frivolous entertainment. Does that not define morally indefensible?

  • Lakalas, May 28, “collapsed and died after breezing”
  • Queen B, July 6, “fractured leg while breezing…ambulanced to clinic – euthanized”
  • Wanztbwicked, July 22, “suffered an injury while breezing – euthanized on the track”
  • Angels Seven, July 28, “pulled up, injury to LF leg – euthanized on the track”
  • Howard Beach, July 29, “suffered a fracture to RF leg breezing and was euthanized”
  • Positive Waves, July 29, “suffered a fracture to his RF leg breezing – euthanized”
  • Brooklyn Major, July 31, “collapsed and died after the finish of the race”
  • Marshall Plan, August 2, “fractured condylar bone while training – euthanized”
  • Fall Colors, August 3, “horse fell at second fence, died on track”
  • Munjaz, August 3, “was pulled up…vanned off – euthanized”
  • Lakeside Sunset, August 5, “ambulanced off; fracture right hind leg – euthanized”
  • Unbroken Chain, August 6, “suffered a fatal musculoskeletal injury – euthanized”
  • Sweetneida, August 11, “ambulanced off – euthanized”
  • Meteoroid, August 16, “injured RF leg prior to 6th fence – euthanized on track”

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