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What if multiple New York Knicks players were dying on the basketball court every month? Or what if dozens of New York Jets football players were sustaining fatal injuries at practices? How would state officials respond? They would take immediate and decisive action to stop the massacre. But what has the New York State Gaming Commission done in response to the deaths of 75 horses at New York racetracks in 2021 and the death of one horse so far in 2022? Not enough.
The 75 deaths in 2021 include 3-year-old Thoroughbred Kiss Me Dave (footage above), who was forced to run in her first and final race at Aqueduct, and Standardbred Twice an Angel, who was fatally injured in a harness race at Monticello Raceway (footage below).
Horses are intelligent and empathetic animals who shouldn’t be forced to suffer and die, and if the industry can’t keep its “athletes” alive, racing must end. New York officials have failed to do all that they can to stop the deaths. Here’s what they must do, as a start: Suspend all racing until these 11 simple rules have been implemented. They include banning all medications two weeks before a race, replacing all dirt tracks with high-quality synthetic ones, and banning whipping. Implementing these rules is the minimum action that must be taken. They’re not difficult to understand, and they’re entirely doable.
Please tell the New York State Gaming Commission to act right now to prevent more horses from dying on tracks in New York.
New York State Racing and Training Deaths in 2022