It is an unequivocally ominous sign when a horse cannot leave the track under his own power – is “vanned off.” Taken a step further, this space holds that (easily) more than half of those carted away end up euthanized for their injuries.

In the 8th Saturday at Gulfstream, 3-year-old Wallyanna was reported as pulled up-vanned off. But because this was the $75,000 “Tropical Park Derby,” the Daily Racing Form felt obliged to offer an update: Dead. This is horseracing.

The equine ambulance was busy yesterday at Delta Downs, with three racehorses unable to walk off the track under their own power: Karl Broberg-trained My Debit Card in the 2nd, Don Stemmans-trained This Way Jane in the 9th, and Jarvis Vincent-trained Hopefromthegitgo in the 10th.

This was 5-year-old My Debit Card’s 16th time under the whip, but first in over a year. In 3-year-old This Way Jane’s four most recent starts (Aug-Nov), she finished a combined 86+ lengths back; since May (the beginning of her “career”), she has endured three different trainers. 3-year-old Hopefromthegitgo has been raced four times, all this year, all claiming – 9th of 10, 7th of 11, 7th of 12, and yesterday’s DNF.

Last week’s U.S. horseracing casualties.

Reported as Dead or “Broke Down” (racing-speak for dead):
Play Maker, Dec 20, Los Alamitos (T) 9
Oh Juliet, Dec 21, Fair Grounds 5

“Vanned Off” – horses who required an ambulance (in crudest sense of the word) to leave course; a better-than-even chance of dead:
Freights Bay, Dec 16, Gulfstream 2
War Classic, Dec 16, Gulfstream 9
Bunuska, Dec 17, Charles Town 4
Jawain, Dec 17, Hawthorne 8
Born to Sail, Dec 17, Laurel 3
Miss Black Ice, Dec 17, Penn 5
Hourly Appointment, Dec 18, Fair Grounds 3
Sarah’s River Girl, Dec 18, Fair Grounds 9
Nevada, Dec 18, Penn 6
Bowman’s Boy, Dec 18, Penn 9
Esther Carl, Dec 19, Delta 8
Warren’s Fantasy, Dec 19, Los Alamitos (T) 1
Wallyanna, Dec 20, Gulfstream 8
Headstart, Dec 20, Hawthorne 9
Hugger of Trees, Dec 20, Laurel 2
Back At You, Dec 20, Los Alamitos (Q) 1
Quatro Eagle, Dec 20, Sunland 2
Cold Cat, Dec 20, Tampa Bay 7
Dragon Dance, Dec 21, Los Alamitos (Q) 3
His Own Beat, Dec 21, Tampa Bay 2

Other:
It Is What It Is, Dec 15, Parx 1, “pulled up in distress”
TJ’s Folly, Dec 16, Mahoning 5, “stumbled badly,” DNF
Mississippi Stud, Dec 17, Evangeline 8, “pulled up lame”
Up to Mischief, Dec 19, Charles Town 4, bled
River City Girl, Dec 20, Mahoning 3, “stopped badly”
Ford Nation, Dec 21, Gulfstream 3, “bled while racing”

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