Death of another racehorse

The method has changed, but racehorses are still being put down at an alarming rate

Updated: April 19, 2012, 4:11 PM ET
By Chris Jones | ESPN The Magazine
 

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Jakob Schiller
More than three hundred horses were put down in New Mexico alone in 2009.

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TELLER ALL GONE was not a horse of distinction until he was dead. In fact, he was so unexceptional when he was alive, the details of his biography remain hazy. According to the Lazy E Ranch in Guthrie, Okla., the farm where he was born, he was foaled on Feb. 12, 2009, from Algonquin, sired by Teller Cartel and registered with the American Quarter Horse Association as a sorrel gelding. But according to a video once posted online by the ranch, he might have been a she, a brown filly foaled from Check Her Twice.

Whatever his gender and dam, Teller All Gone definitely traveled as a yearling from Oklahoma to New Mexico, where he was auctioned at Ruidoso but passed through without a buyer. He went on to run three races at Ruidoso Downs last summer, placing second once, earning $1,570. Here, there is no debate. The money is always exact.

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3 comments

  1. linda badham · ·

    WHAT IS GOING ON WITH THE HORSES ???? EVERY SINGLE DAY THERES BAD NEWS. I DON’T KNOW WHY THIS IS HAPPENING. THESE BEAUTIFUL SENSITIVE INTELLIGENT ANIMALS ARE A GIFT TO US AND THEY ARE BEING TREATED LIKE THEY ARE “NOTHING”. OH I DESPAIR OF THE HUMAN EVIL BEINGS. GOD HELP THE HORSES PLEASE !

  2. I saw this picture last week and every time I see it I have the urge to remove every horse, mule and donkey from the planet if I had the power to do so. But what happened to this young horse is exactly where our civilazation is headed, to the dump. The owner didn’t even have the decency to bury it, just left it out there for the buzzards because it wasn’t important enough to bury. No one shed a tear for this young horse that never had a chance from the time it was conceived and born. The only thing important was get it registered pay the fee and send it off to the auction. What does that say for us as a species?? Not very much I’m sorry to say.

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