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The final furlong

Who hurts more, the injured horse or the person who has to kill it?

Updated: April 8, 2013, 12:15 PM ET
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

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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