Two “athletes” “broke down” in the same Belterra race yesterday afternoon; “broke down,” of course, is the industry’s euphemism of choice for dead. Glint, eight, had been put to the whip 43 times entering Sunday; Mr. Mostly, six, 52 times. One race prior, 7-year-old Twentycarattenpin had this line on the (Equibase) chart: “took a bad step and fell.” But earlier in the footnotes, the winning horse is said to have “inherited lead when rival broke down.” So, he too is likely dead. That makes three in two races.

Unsurprisingly, video on these races is not readily accessible. But the destruction must have been fairly horrific – the rest of the day’s action was canceled.

This is horseracing.

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