Mon-Thurs: 12 Horses Down

The following, unless otherwise noted, were “vanned off” American tracks this week.

2-year-old Mr Rabbits (1st career start), Finger Lakes, race 4 (confirmed dead)
4-year-old Bb Mine, Zia, race 1

5-year-old In God’s Country, Parx, race 8 (broke down)
3-year-old Worthy Note (after winning), Zia, race 12

4-year-old Trick Falls, Albuquerque, race 7
3-year-old Dyker Beach, Churchill Downs, race 7
4-year-old Touch of Revenge, Suffolk Downs, race 3
6-year-old King T C, Thistledown, race 3 (broke down)
3-year-old Double Ought Pyro, Zia, race 2

4-year-old Kititis, Delta Downs, race 1 (not vanned off but “flipped in the gate”)
3-year-old Controlled Chaos, Hawthorne, race 7
2-year-old Deep Bottom, Remington, race 6 (not vanned off but “pulled up in apparent distress”)


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  1. Mr Rabbits – dead after one start

    Bb Mine – only 6 starts…no starts for over 14 months between his 5th race and 6th

    In God’s Country – broke down in front left leaving the backstretch

    Worthy Note – won all 3 career starts, drifted out 5 wide in his last race, won, then vanned off

    Trick Falls – this filly ran only 7 days prior to her race on the 30th where she fell and was vanned off. On 10-23, she finished last of 11 horses

    Dyker Beach – a Zito-trained Curlin-gelding, maiden after 12 starts…75K for his efforts thus far

    Touch of Revenge – the filly’s race the 30th where she was vanned off was her 3rd race of the month

    King T C – the gelding broke down at the quarter pole in his 60th start Wednesday

    Double Ought Pyro – the 3-year-old placed 8th Jan 2013, placed 8th Mar 2013, then required vanning off Oct 30 in only his 3rd career start

    Kititis – 14 months from last race to his race last night where he flipped in the gate

    Controlled Chaos – 10 starts this year for this 3-year-old filly…won 33K for her connections in just one month before her race last night where she was pulled up and vanned off

    Deep Bottom – this 2-year-old was pulled up in apparent distress in his very first race

    And the beat goes on…

  2. II find it outrageous how these horses are run so frequently, especially as they descend in the ranks of the claiming game. It is “open season” on these unfortunates. There are no rules concerning this outrageous exploitation. SHAME on the trainers, owners and, of course, the racing commissions that could do something to prevent this abuse. What is wrong with these people !!!!

  3. I am horrified at the carnage that the USA call horse racing takes place without serious concerns being raised. That doping is a regular occurrence and many of these beautiful animals go on to be slaughtered inhumanely if they survive their racing life. Shame on the USA fro this cruelty.

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