Maltese Artist was put down after suffering a catastrophic injury in his elimination of the Molson Pace on Friday night. Maltese was a star of racing, a veteran of seven years that the fans could identify with. His loss is tragic not only for his connections but harness racing on the whole.
While catastrophic breakdowns are much rarer in harness racing than other breeds, we need to remember the threat does exist. As the industry profits from the efforts of these atheletes, we have an obligation to fund research for these types of injuries so the day may come where euthanization may not be neccessary.
RIP Maltese. May you never be forgotten.