Racing’s Long List of Broken Bodies From Last Week

The following horses were raceday casualties on American tracks last week:

Reported as died, euthanized, or “broke down” – racing-speak for dead
River Lute, Belterra
Makin Babes Hot, Arapahoe
Fonz, Los Alamitos

Reported as “vanned off” – left via ambulance, a better-than-even chance of dead
Jigsaw, Delaware
Comotion Nda Ocean, Indiana
Primmensity, Mountaineer
Here Comes Landen, Evangeline
Relentless Spirit, Indiana
African Gray, Canterbury
A Pint for Mary, Evangeline
Broken In, Arlington
Park That Truck, Emerald
Bolo, Belmont
Benny’s Dream, Delaware
Test Program, Fair Meadows
Milton T, Gulfstream
Im a Little Country, Indiana
Classic Journey, Los Alamitos
Todo Macho, Prairie
Pampered Jess, Ruidoso
Mo Valiant, Ruidoso
Cut to the Front, SunRay
Thebigbomblooker, SunRay
DD Twist N Shout, Wyoming
What Say You, Belterra
Dividendz, Canterbury
Seventyprcentcocoa, Emerald
Classic Mogul, Ruidoso
Valiant Flame, Ruidoso
Lethal Sham Bo, SunRay
Hm Tresaces, Wyoming

Officer’s Shadow, Finger Lakes, “slammed from both sides at the start”
Miss Kris, Mountaineer, “bled”
Codechief, Fairmount, “stumbled badly,” DNF
Bjs Moonshine, Delta, “hit rail,” DNF
Caribbean Candy, Presque Isle, “bled”
De Tanyas M, Delta, “bled”
Dont Make Me Mad, Ellis, “bled”
Jess Is Easy, SunRay, “fell,” DNF
Golden Empire, Thistledown, “pulled up sore,” DNF
Nice Shot, Thistledown, “pulled up lame”
Sharp Gal, Belterra, “fell,” DNF
Devil Unchained, Belterra, “ran into River Lute as he was breaking down,” DNF
Gold Cup Skier, Canterbury, “stopped badly,” DNF
Miss Hume Township, Thistledown, “returned bleeding from the nostrils”

(source: Equibase)


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  1. Per fellow advocate Ray; “Once again, if anyone can read this [list of racehorse casualties] and defend it, there is something broken in them.”

    Absolutely, Ray.

  2. I thought about the high abuse and casualty rate for racehorses when the Triple Crown was won this year. People said the horse was a winner. That’s not true. The horse’s trainers, owners, and jockey are winners, and what they won is of tremendous value to them. The horse simply lived one more day in the life of a racehorse.

    • Just wanted to update you that Primmensity who was vanned off mountaineer racetrack 2 Monday’s ago is receiving a year off for rest and rehab for double bowed tendon @ our non profit Redemption Ranch Foundation. She will be receiving a year off before we find her a home.

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