The sickening trend of horse deaths at racetracks will continue at one of the most infamous tracks in the United States, Santa Anita.
According to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN), Santa Anita management has decided to continue racing for the rest of the current meet despite the death of a second horse in two days and 29th overall at Santa Anita.
Truffalino, who was trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella and was ridden by Joe Talamo, collapsed in the final stages of the third race on turf Sunday a result of a heat attack, according to a track spokesman.
The day before, Formal Dude pulled up in the 10th race and was vanned off the track after breaking down ahead of the finish line and later euthanized.
The California Horse Racing Board has recommended that the track suspend the remaining days of its meet, which is set to end June 23, but the track chooses to remain open showing how disgusting management is, driven by greed and money regardless if it means the death of horses.
Horse Racing is one of the oldest traditions in the United States, but the United States is also the most dangerous place to race for horses, and a recent Real Sports segment investigated the dark, troubling, and gut-wrenching side of horse racing that shows that this terrible trend can only end with the ending of horse racing completely.
Santa Anita’s decision shows just how little horses are actually cared for, or valued as living beings, by a “sport” that remains a black eye on the American culture.