This, from Sunday’s 6th race at Parx:

4-year-old Debonaire Man “stumbled at the start, was steered wide, was unable to keep pace with winner but gamely held place. Debonaire apparently injured himself at the start and after battling tenaciously to hold the place spot, he was vanned off the racetrack.” Two things: First, he most definitely did not injure himself. Second, and more importantly, jockey Maria Remedio must answer for this horse’s ultimate fate, which, at this point, is unknown. Curiously, in his prior start on March 17th, Debonaire “bobbled early [and] gave way.” The jockey then: Maria Remedio.

Also, 2-year-old (racing says three, but she had yet to reach her third birthday) stakes-placed filly JJ Julep has died of complications from laminitis. Although she did not perish on a track, make no mistake, racing took this young life – took, that is, after first making and using it. Her owner and breeder was Seidman Stables.

The following racehorses were casualties on American tracks last week:

Monday
Caverna, Beulah, race 2, confirmed dead
Win Machine, Mountaineer, race 3, vanned off
Broken Legacy, Mountaineer, race 4, bled

Tuesday
Fair Fight, Charles Town, race 2, bled, vanned off
Saint On Wings, Charles Town, race 7, “came back bleeding from the nose”
Big Dividend, Charles Town, race 8, “collapsed post-race [after winning]”
Heartfelt Jazz, Finger Lakes, race 6, vanned off
Joe Daddy, SunRay, race 9, vanned off

Wednesday
Blue Book, Charles Town, race 9, collapsed, vanned off
Rock Elle Ten, Evangeline, race 2, confirmed dead
Heir Joe, Turf, race 9, vanned off

Thursday
Handstand, Belmont, race 6, confirmed dead
Joan’s Choice, Belmont, race 7, bled, DNF
Dance Train, Charles Town, race 1, vanned off
Vaquero Guapo, Delta, race 5, vanned off
May Corona, Remington, race 9, “head hit gate”
Hotradamus, Santa Anita, race 3, vanned off

Friday
Mlle Minuit, Belmont, race 8, vanned off
Cashininafantasy, Delta, race 4, vanned off
Starnilla, Evangeline, race 1, vanned off
Polar Pal, Evangeline, race 7, confirmed dead
Sheza Classy Lady, Penn, race 3, vanned off
Looking for Fish, Sam Houston, race 3, vanned off
Granny Calling, Santa Anita, race 1, confirmed dead

Saturday
Upfrontn’dangerous, Calder, race 2, vanned off
Appealing Alex, Churchill, race 13, vanned off
Canadian Winner, Churchill, race 13, confirmed dead
Folsom Sweetheart, Evangeline, race 3, vanned off
Funi Act, Golden Gate, race 10, vanned off
Awesome Salute, Louisiana, race 1, vanned off
Orfanito, Sun, race 2, vanned off
Jesse Lady, SunRay, race 3, vanned off
Dumpling Man, Tampa Bay, race 7, vanned off
A Political Time, Turf, race 8, vanned off

Sunday
Zion Hill, Mountaineer, race 6, broke down
Debonaire Man, Parx, race 6, vanned off

An hour-and-a-half after California Chrome won the world’s most prestigious horserace, Churchill Downs closed its Saturday card with a $60,000 maiden run. It was, as it turned out, a deadly one, as 3-year-old Canadian Winner went down and was subsequently killed. While racing enthusiasts bask in the Derby afterglow, we advocates choose to honor the piteous Canadian Winner, another equine child felled by $2 bets. The complicit include Jon Court, D Wayne Lukas, Robert Baker, William Mack, and Brereton Jones.

Also on Saturday, 9-year-old Boston Chief, he of 48 career starts dating back to 2008, died while practicing at Finger Lakes. The cause: “possible heart attack.” Apparently, six long years of servitude (and over $200,000 made for his connections) were not enough, at least not to trainer Charlton Baker and owner Francis Paolangeli. To them, Boston Chief was but an asset who had yet to be fully expended.

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And finally, I have confirmed that 3-year-old Polar Pal is dead after breaking down in Friday’s 7th race at Evangeline. The complicit: jockey Jamie Theriot, trainer Ronny Werner, owner and breeder Dan Bell, and all prior connections.