While Racing distracts with its annual two-day orgy, pedestrian horses being whip-run at racino-propped tracks (which defines most of American racing) continue to break and die. Yesterday, two more:

In the 2nd race at Aqueduct, 5-year-old Summer Sunset “broke down contending for the lead…was quickly pulled up and subsequently euthanized.” His last six races: second-to-last, last, second-to-last, second-to-last, second-to-last, dead. The first five were under Bruce Levine, the final one, Bernardo Callejas.

In the 4th race at Golden Gate, Jeff Bonde-trained Flashy Dame, also 5, “responded to urging, held on [for the win and $18,000] then broke down following the finish, was euthanized and vanned off.” (The “vanned off” part should go without saying.)

This – and not the ruse going on out west – is horseracing.