11 Thoroughbreds Have Died At Saratoga Race Course This Year
More sad news is coming out of Saratoga Race Course. "Unbroken Chain' had to be euthanized after Sunday's race.
Sadly, 11 Thoroughbreds have died this year at Saratoga Race Course due to training or racing. The New York State Gaming Commission veterinarian tells WNYT.Com "these horses have their own doctors and their own chiropractors -- you name it, they have it and that they're very well cared for. However, these deaths are a major concern, and they are investigating to figure out the best way to prevent them."
Dr. Scott Palmer, the medical director at the Gaming Commission, says they're researching at Cornell University to figure out the causes of the injuries that lead to the fatalities. The Gaming Commission investigates every equine fatality to see if the death is a result of pre-existing injuries, training, or track conditions.
The New York Gaming Commission told the Times Union that in 2015, 13 horses died at Saratoga. In 2014, 14 horses died. And in 2013, the number was 10. These include horses racing and in training.
The past two weekends protesters from 'Horseracing Wrongs' have made their presence known and are attempting to raise awareness about horse racing-related deaths, and how they feel the sport is cruel to animals.