The final furlong
Who hurts more, the injured horse or the person who has to kill it?
This story appeared in ESPN The Magazine's May 4, 2009, issue. Subscribe today!
DEATH IS DELIVERED pink. The lethal liquid that's injected into the jugular of broken-down racehorses is always colored. That way, a vet can find it quickly. That way, it can't be mistaken for any other drug. There's no time for fumbling when a 1,200-pound animal has suffered a catastrophic injury -- a broken leg or a fractured ankle. There's no time for indecision when you're staring at a shattered ...
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