Yesterday morning, eight horses, including seven Thoroughbreds, were killed when a fire broke out at the Spooky Hollow Racing farm in Kentucky. Four of the dead were yearlings slated for the Keeneland September sale. The tearful owner, Clara Fenger (a vet, no less), says (to WKYT) that three of those four were uninsured; that, coupled with the loss of a year’s worth of income, “will most likely put them out of the horse business.”

photo credit: WCSH

photo credit: WCSH

Alison Walker, owner of a neighboring stable, sympathizes (WLEX-TV), “It’s income. It’s your livelihood, you know, it’s not just about the animal it’s more than that.” Actually, Ms. Walker, it’s only about the income, the livelihood. When you cry for dead horses that were to be sold in seven months’ time, it’s not because you loved them.