6-year-old Beautiful Mimi, a 46-race career claimer, died yesterday at Finger Lakes. According to the Gaming Commission, the Wayne Sparling-trained/owned mare “flipped in [her] stall and hit [her] head.” In the last 6 months of her life, Beautiful Mimi was raced 15 times, all under Sparling.


Officially, this gets filed under “non-racing” fatalities. But in truth, all racehorse deaths – whether from stall “mishaps,” colic, laminitis, snapped bones, failed hearts, or slashed carotids – are Racing Deaths. All of them.