01/07/2013 5:20PM

Aqueduct: Two more fatal injuries bring meet total to three

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OZONE PARK, N.Y. - Following the fatal injuries suffered Sunday by Wildcat’s Smile and Bomber Boy, there have been three racing-related fatalities in the first 14 cards of racing over the inner track since the meet began on Dec. 12.

Last winter, when there were 21 fatalities during the inner-track season, the third fatality occurred on Jan. 8, 2012, the 25th day of the meet.

Wildcat’s Smile suffered a condylar fracture and a sesamoid fracture in her right foreleg while racing on the lead of Sunday’s Cat Cay Stakes. She had to be euthanized on track.

One race earlier, Bomber Boy was pulled up and was vanned off. Later he was found to have a sesamoid fracture to his right foreleg and was euthanized.

El Macho suffered a fractured right foreleg in the first race run over the inner track on Dec. 12.

David G. More than 1 year ago
The article doesn't mention it, but there was also a Claiborne farm bred maiden winner that took a bad step and broke down right after the finish line at Aqueduct on New Year's Eve. Fortunately, she was able to get up, run off and was apprehended in the barn area. Strange as it may seem from personal observances, these occurrences are not happening when the races are being run in inclement weather, something the inner dirt meet here in New York has not been experiencing much the past two winters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really wonder about printing this article, especially with limited information. Reminding people about the total to date versus a note on the day of a specific catastrophic breakdown has what purpose? I and am sure most feel terribly about the fatalities. We reach out to the connections of these horses. It must be the hardest thing for them to handle. Now, comparing this years rate to date versus last year has no significance now. The comparison may raise needless alarm. There may be less going forward. The plan by the Jockey Club to collect data on injuries and fatalities is the way to go. Hopefully they are getting specific information on each horse, including care and history coming into the tradgidy. Only a deep review by the industry and vets will help make the sport safer. The numbers don't help the general public at least not with such limited information. We are not Vets, Trainers, jockeys and track owners. We look forward to the strides that hopefully will be made of the next 2 or 3 years. RD
Ryan Henderson More than 1 year ago
:( i liked wildcat smile
Frank More than 1 year ago
This article sounds completely like a cheap shot from the old NYRA mgmt to the new. Low blow!
Elijah Allison More than 1 year ago
That's said that this happens but sadly it is what happens