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This isn’t the kind of record any racetrack wants to set.
The 12th and 13th horse deaths of 2012 took place at Aqueduct on Sunday, according to the Daily News — “more than any other year going back to 2004.”
During the third round of competition, Big Polk a Dot and Almighty Silver ran their last, the paper reports.
The growing list of fatalities dates to the inner-dirt track’s Nov. 30 opening. Since then, there have been 14 deaths — “which averages to more than one a week.”
The Daily News has more stats: in the last three days, there have been four deaths, which appear to take place “in bunches.”
“There also seems to be no rhyme or reason to the deaths as they’ve occurred over fast tracks and wet tracks.”
What might be even more sad than these deaths — The New York Racing Association says the numbers are “below the yearly national average.”