“For those who sustain injuries to their fragile limbs, recovery can prove problematic because they cannot rest one leg or lie down for long periods, and often after surgery they can get up quickly and injure themselves again in the process,” Dolphin said. “If Cliffsofmoher wasn’t part of the racing industry, he wouldn’t have sustained his injury in the first place.”
The Melbourne Cup is a well-known race, so Cliffsofmoher’s death was well-publicized. However, racehorses die all the time in countries like Australia. In fact, it’s estimated that a horse dies every three days due to racing injuries, according to the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses.