Saturday, November 6, 2010

Rough Sailing Put Down After Fall in Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. - By David Steele

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Rough Sailing, running in the first race of the second day of the Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs, fell on the first turn, suffered a fractured right humerus in his upper right front leg and had to be put down.

"It's not a fracture that's repairable in an adult horse,'' said on-site veterinarian C. Wayne McIlwraith, about an hour after the end of the Juvenile Turf Saturday. He said he did not know if the fatal injury occurred when Rough Sailing fell or after he regained his footing.

The 2-year-old, running in his fourth career race, apparently hit a soft spot on the first turn of the turf course, went down on his left side and threw jockey Rosie Napravnik. Rough Sailing jumped back up and ran to the midway point of the backstretch before falling again. Napravnik left the track under her own power.

The initial report on Rough Sailing's injury did not seem catastrophic. He was taken back to his barn after the on-track examination. The decision to euthanize him came after a later examination there, McIlwraith said.

A 2 year old horse.  Horses can live to be 20 - 30 years old.  Just like all animals that are exploited for HUMANS, this is a tragedy.  Do not support this or any other exploitation.   Go Vegan! 
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  1. Pamela V Harp-GentryNovember 7, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    I posted this tragedy on FaceBook yesterday. I am still very distraught over the senseless death of Rough Sailing. The horse racing industry is a barbaric exploitation of young horses being whipped and run into an early grave. I have rallied against the horse racing industry for a long time and I will never stop. Churchill Downs, like all other race tracks are graveyards for baby horses. I am in agreement with you, Michael, DO NOT SUPPORT HORSE RACING OR ANY OTHER EVENT THAT EXPLOITS ANIMALS.. GO VEGAN!!

  2. Being euthanized is the ultimate payment for not being able to live up to the expectations and goals of the owners and trainers. It was pretty obvious that no one wanted to allow this murdered horse to ruin the day, including the press! Had this been Zenyatta, maybe there would have been more attention paid. I think there should be a much greater price to pay by all involved when any harm comes to these creatures as a result of this barbaric ritual called "Horseracing"!


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