Louisiana Downs is one of only two tracks in the nation (Parx being the other) to consistently report euthanasias on its charts. My guess is that there’s some sort of requirement to do so, for judging by the typically curt way they’re conveyed, it’s certainly not meant (of course) to commemorate the stricken. From yesterday’s 4th:

“[5-year-old] BETTY MC…fell at the half pole and was euthanized.”

“Fell and was euthanized.” And that is that.

The dead’s people: Donnie Meche, Judy Behler, Robert Niolet, Jake Morreale.