Two more NY racehorses have died while in servitude: At Aqueduct on Sunday (7th race), 3-year-old Dixie Sparkle “tossed her head to the right just as the field was being sent on its way, making solid contact with the gate…galloped along at the back of the pack, with the pilot [Charles Lopez] only applying the lightest of hand encouragement, broke down in the vicinity of the three-eighths pole, falling heavily and unseating the rider, then was euthanized.” This was the filly’s first race under Gary Gullo (Carpe Diem Stable), having been claimed on January 4th for $12,500.

Last Wednesday, 2-year-old Weis Star, who had yet to run a race, was “injured in [her] stall” at Belmont, “fractured [her] LH P1,” and subsequently killed. No word on how she became injured. NY’s 2014 Death Toll: 7.

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