Belmont Park is again embroiled in controversy as ANOTHER horse is killed – just 24 hours after another died on the track – as PETA calls for racing to be ‘immediately suspended’
- A second horse has died in Belmont Park in the past 24 hours
- It ends a bruising Triple Crown season with more than a dozen dead horses
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Another racehorse has died at Belmont Park in New York – with thoroughbred Mashnee Girl dying today at the famous track.
According to the veteran NYRA Senior Examiner, via @TripleDeadHeat, Mashnee Girl “suffered a catastrophic left front leg injury in R1 on Sunday and was humanely euthanized on track.”
The jockey riding Mashnee Girl, Jose Lezcano, reportedly visited rescuers and was allowed to continue riding.
It comes after Excursioniste was dropped on the trail at the end of the Belmont on Saturday afternoon.
Animal rights group PETA released a statement calling for the suspension of racing and saying Belmont is “failing to protect horses”.
A second horse was put down after the conclusion of Saturday’s Belmont Stakes
Excursionist (above) was shot at the end of Saturday’s Belmont Stakes race
In a statement provided to Mail Sport, the organization said: ‘Two dead Thoroughbreds in two days with the same trainer at the same track means one thing: Belmont Park does not protect horses.
“Like Churchill Downs, Belmont must suspend racing immediately to avoid the same bloodshed.” Anything less makes Belmont complicit in the deaths.
Since April, 12 horses have died at Churchill Downs, with officials yet to identify a commonality between the deaths.
Additionally, Havnameltdown was euthanized after he bent on his left front leg during the Preakness undercard last month.
Following the recent spate of deaths at Churchill Downs, the track has made the decision to suspend all racing there, moving its 2023 Spring Meet to Ellis Park instead.
Several horses have died since April – including at least one in Pimlico, Maryland (above)
However, PETA accused the track of playing “Russian roulette” with the horses’ lives after the move.
“We are relieved that racing has been suspended, something PETA has been calling for since May 2, but Churchill Downs must not play Russian roulette with the lives of these horses by simply shifting the issue elsewhere,” the organization said. animal rights group in a statement. at Courrier Sport.
“Placing the ball in a different chamber could have the same deadly result. We are frustrated by the racing industry’s refusal to implement scientifically and statistically proven life-saving technology.
“Until race tracks install synthetic surfaces and use CT equipment to detect injuries, among other improvements, they cannot claim to be mystified by fatalities.”