This horse was Bridget Moloney, who earned $389,748 in almost six years of racing at West Virginia’s Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack & Resort and other U.S. tracks. After her final race on September 25, 2019, she was “vanned off,” which usually means that a horse was seriously injured. And then, as revealed by PETA’s Campaign to End Racehorse Cruelty, Bridget Moloney was dumped with garbage at a landfill.
There but for the grace of God could have gone my Henry — who Greg and I adopted in spring 2014. Henry had raced as Root Beer Float from April 2001 to February 2006, and spent March 2002 to October 2005 at Mountaineer.
And there but for the grace of God could have gone my Charlie — who I adopted in fall 2016 to honor Greg’s memory. Charlie had raced as Charlie’s Quest from January 2012 to July 2016 — including 15 runs at Mountaineer from March through September 2015.
At least, thanks to PETA’s exposé, Bridget Moloney hasn’t died in vain.
Prompted by the shocking photo, the West Virginia Racing Commission has announced plans to begin a necropsy program in January 2020 — finally bringing this state up to the standard of most other horse racing states.
According to racing industry publication The Paulick Report:
“The reason Bridget Moloney was at a landfill was because that has been the method used in West Virginia for equine carcass disposal for several years….In many other states, horses are taken to a veterinary diagnostic center and undergo necropsy. That facility then becomes responsible for any cleanup….West Virginia’s three racing commissioners agreed this incident should give tracks the push they need to start a necropsy program. West Virginia’s rules have for some time permitted the state veterinarian to order necropsies on horses as needed but has not required tracks to have a necropsy program in place.”
The Greg Fund has long supported PETA’s Campaign to End Racehorse Cruelty–which opposes racing and all sports involving animals, while it also works to improve conditions for horses immediately.
West Virginia, with its two large racetracks, is taking important and overdue steps by initiating a necropsy program for deceased racehorses which presumably will involve more dignified disposal of horses’ remains. This is the latest of many ways PETA has helped racehorses since launching this campaign over a decade ago.