Fri-Sun: 27 Horses Down

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

2-year-old Kela Flatts, Charles Town, race 1
2-year-old Petite Chat, Delta Downs, race 5 (not vanned off but “broke through the rail,” DNF)
2-year-old Like a Deputy, Delta Downs, race 5 (not vanned off but “shied from the whip… and lost his jockey,” DNF)
4-year-old South Forty, Golden Gate, race 2 (“pulled up lame,” vanned off)
2-year-old Royal Pop Lbh, Lone Star, race 5 (“broke through gate,” vanned off)
4-year-old Runaway Crypto, Remington, race 6 (“in apparent distress,” vanned off)
5-year-old Centralinteligence, Santa Anita, race 8
9-year-old So Big Is Better, Santa Anita, race 11
3-year-old One Hyde Park, Thistledown, race 1 (broke down)
5-year-old Ragetta, Thistledown, race 8 (broke down)
3-year-old Rocking Ta Mr Dean, Will Rogers Downs, race 7

5-year-old Big and Bright, Charles Town, race 6 (bled, vanned off)
5-year-old Dollicious, Delta Downs, race 1 (lame, vanned off)
4-year-old Indy El Nino, Hawthorne, race 2
4-year-old Regent Fan, Los Alamitos, race 5
4-year-old Maid of Dishonor, Penn National, race 5
6-year-old Cognashene, Pine Mountain (steeplechase), race 3 (not vanned off but fell over 3rd fence, 2nd DNF in last 3 starts)
2-year-old Secret Compass, Santa Anita, race 4 (confirmed dead)
4-year-old Trinniberg, Santa Anita, race 10 (not vanned off but “bleeding from the mouth”)
5-year-old Tanana Tango, Suffolk Downs, race 6 (fell, bled, DNF)

4-year-old Misscomplicated (1st career start), Golden Gate, race 7 (not vanned off but “bleeding from the nose,” DNF)
2-year-old Nothin’ But Tough, Gulfstream, race 6 (not vanned off but “bled while racing” – and winning)
4-year-old Chuvalo, Mountaineer, race 7
6-year-old Fly Away, Portland Meadows, race 8
7-year-old Preacher Willie, Portland Meadows, race 10
5-year-old Big Blue Fever, Thistledown, race 7 (not vanned off but “pulled up lame”)
5-year-old Little Sam French, Thistledown, race 7 (broke down)


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  1. It is overwhelming…

    Thank you Patrick for putting their names in print. Each and every one of them is important and all deserve recognition for their forced service to man. I can only hope and pray they find a loving place to land.

  2. So Big is Better is an Arabian, NOT a TB. Trinniberg wasn’t bleeding internally; he bit his tongue and it was bleeding. He’ll be fine.

  3. South Forty ended up at a “rescue” called Fallen Horses. Last month, he was one of 30+ horses that had to be rescued from the rescue, victims of starvation and general neglect. He’s now at Hicaliber Horse Rescue. He’s only 6 years old, for crying out loud.

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