Fatalities at Saratoga Raise Troubling Questions

Innovation Economy winning the Belmont Gold Cup. He was one of three horses euthanized Saturday at Saratoga. Photo credit NYRA/David Alcosser

Innovation Economy winning the Belmont Gold Cup. He was one of three horses euthanized Saturday at Saratoga. Photo credit NYRA/David Alcosser

On Saturday morning during training hours, Jackson N Leonard broke down during a breeze on the main track. Vanned off and later euthanized, he was one of three fatalities at Saratoga that day, two during training, one during racing, the first ones of this year’s racing meeting.

New York Racing Association staff, the horse’s trainer Danny Gargan, and another trainer there to watch one of his horses breeze went to the stricken animal; a splint was applied before he was loaded onto the ambulance. None of the people who came to the horse’s aid was a veterinarian.

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