Horse fatalities at Turf Paradise horse racing track in Phoenix have spiked recently. No one seems to know why. Browsing around, I learned that 10 horses have died at the four day Cheltenham Racecourse Festival in Great Britain. I visited "Equine Death and Breakdown" on Open Data NY, and was stunned. Throughout America 817 horses are known to have died while training in 2018. (Activists says the toll is actually 2000.)
Some authorities say the 1,200 pound "equine athletes" are often heavily drugged to mask injuries and fatigue. During training and running a race, horses develop fractures that lead to sudden leg breaks, forcing trainers to put them down.
I think we should keep our eyes on the sports news for May--see how many thorobreds die, before, after or during a race.
- Kentucky Oaks – May 3, 2019
- Kentucky Derby – May 4, 2019
- Virginia Gold Cup – May 4, 2019
- Iroquois Steeple Chase – May 11, 2019
- Runhappy Stakes – May 11, 2019
- Preakness Stakes – May 16, 2019