4-year-old Financial, May 5 (his birthday) at Golden Gate – “had puncture wound that turned into an infection and was euthanized at trainer’s barn” (Stewards Minutes).

8-year-old Big Time Rocks, yesterday at Buffalo Raceway – “horse reared in stall – hit head – died” (Gaming Commission).

The above are what the industry refers to as “non-racing” deaths. “Non-racing,” implying “our hands are clean.” Well, they’re not. While they may not have been killed in action, this still-very-much-active pair (Financial raced twice this year; Big Time scratched from yesterday’s 11th) most certainly went down in the line of duty. They are, in fact, no less casualties of this wicked business than the ones on my KIA lists.

This is horseracing.

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