Blood-Horse reports that 4-year-old Talco “died in recovery from arthroscopic surgery” some time last week. To read the “obituary” is to fully understand that this animal’s entire short, mean life was defined by his capacity to make money for men:

“Hronis Racing’s Talco…was a 4-year-old son of Pivotal who had a 5-5-3 record from 17 starts with earnings of $543,123. He finished fourth in his final race, the City of Hope Mile (gr. IIT) on Sept. 27, and also counted the Thunder Road Stakes among his victories. Bred in France by Sarl Darpat France out of the Diesis mare Trylko, Talco went through the ring at the Arquana Deauville August yearling sale in 2012 and brought $178,858 from Nicolas Clement when consigned by Saint Isidro.”

A commodity? Sure. A resource, a tool? Yes, of course. But I have a still better word, one that while some will be offended by, is wholly appropriate nonetheless: slave.

This is horseracing.

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