The Casualties, 8/29/16-9/4/16

Last week on U.S. tracks (flats only; does not include training or harness casualties):

Rewardbyblitzing, Mountaineer, “vanned off”
Golden Fox, Ruidoso, “vanned off”
BK Delilah, Finger Lakes, “appeared to be in distress, DNF”
Shirley a Jeanious, Albuquerque, “blew turn, vanned off”
I’m a Moon Quest, Albuquerque, “vanned off”
Cyouthen, Mountaineer, “bled”
Locker Room Guy, Remington, “van off”
Furrfield Miss, Charles Town, “returned bleeding from the nose”
King of Laurelwood, Ellis, “vanned off”
Here Comes Da Boom, Gulfstream, “vanned off”
Who Is This, Gulfstream, “vanned off”
Party Paradise, Saratoga, “vanned off”
Blue Navy Blue, Del Mar, “vanned off”
The Political Norm, Indiana, “vanned off”
Our Maserati, Los Alamitos, “vanned off”
Sudden Halo, Ruidoso, “vanned off”
Alittle Bitof Jazz, Arlington, “fell, vanned off”
Jac’s Fact, Belterra, “vanned off”
Pure Noble, Belterra, “vanned off”
Classy Star, Canterbury, “fell, vanned off”
Ocala Spirit, Gulfstream, “vanned off”
Brave Rooster, Gulfstream, “fell, vanned off”
Cat’s in the Mood, Indiana, “vanned off”
Timebobanna, Louisiana, “vanned off”
Scobeyville, Monmouth, “bled”
Butter Cookie, Remington, “vanned off”
Austin’s Argument, Remington, “vanned off”
Knight Flame, Ruidoso, “vanned off”
Sweet Mz. Poppet, Ruidoso, “vanned off”
Side Pocket, Arlington, “vanned off”
Coming Thru, Belterra, “vanned off”
The Real McCoy, Canterbury, “vanned off”
XS Heat, Del Mar, “pulled up in distress, vanned off”
Mad Patriot, Gulfstream, “vanned off”
Pcr Alexs Patriot, Los Alamitos, “injured, vanned off”
Runaway Queen, Ruidoso, “exhausted, fell, vanned off”
First Fancy Racy, Ruidoso, “vanned”
A Fulton Classic, Ruidoso, “vanned”
Martini to Go, Ruidoso, “vanned off”
Thanksforthedrink, Timonium, “lame, vanned off”

“broke down” – virtually without exception an industry euphemism for dead
“vanned off” – horse unable to walk off track under own power; good-chance dead
“bled”; “returned bleeding from nostrils” – as a rule, indicates pulmonary hemorrhage

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(source: Equibase)

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  1. Another week of carnage.
    My heart, and thoughts go out to all racehorses who are victims of this antiquated business model of cruelty, and death.
    Horse racing is no different than dog fighting except that dogs have more protection under the law than these racehorses do.
    That’s the sad truth.
    In dog racing, maiming and killing is punishable under the law – a Felony in most states.
    In horse racing, maiming, and killing is rewarded to the multiple drug violating Trainers who have multiple horses die under their care (Steve Asmussen, Todd Pletcher, Bob Baffert, Doug O’Neill, Carla Gaines etc.).
    Whether dog or horse racing or dog fighting – it’s all the same only the victims are different.
    They all must go.
    Not one of these gambling venues have a place in the 21st century.

  2. I was just at Arlington Racetrack Il. on 9/3/ 2016. I was horrified that a horse went down.They then brought a drape with a truck and probably put him down right on the track.There was never a report from media anywhere. It must be a so common it really not news. I WILL Never go to any form of race where animals are the entertainment. All of it should be banned. There was also numerous horses that were scratched during other races. Horrible sport.

    • Thank you, Peggy. As to the lack of coverage, there are three primary factors: One, with over a century to hone its craft, this industry has become quite adept at hiding its dead. Two, the racing press is complicit in the cover-up, which I suppose is to be expected as they have a vested interest in horseracing’s continued existence. Typically, only the deaths of “star” (read: expensive) horses are covered by the likes of the Paulick Report, Daily Racing Form, Blood-Horse, etc.; the rest – the vast majority – are simply ignored. Three, the mainstream media simply hasn’t been doing its homework, though I sense that is beginning to change. Just this summer, I have been interviewed by the Boston Herald, Washington Post, and virtually all media outlets in the Saratoga region. As the carnage becomes more and more publicized, it’s but a matter of time.

      • We need to get the word out. This is a horrible industry, it is cruel and inhumane. In today’s world it should not continue.I don’t know why peta or all the other animal rights groups are not screaming about this. I know again it’s all about the money.Dog racing seems to be fazing out. Horse racing should soon follow. I will do my best to spread the word.

    • Peggy – I was also at Arlington Park and saw race 7 with ALittle BitOf Jazz. I’ve been looking all over for any info on her condition but saw no mention of her until I came across this blog today. I even saw someone ask about the horse to an Arlington Park racing analyst (who mentioned her jockey’s wrist injury on his twitter acct.) but the handicapper ignored the person’s question to him. I thought that maybe Jazz’s stable or her trainer (Paula McCanick) might have made mention of what happened but there’s nothing that I have been able to find. I fear the worst being that it looked to be a leg injury. So sad.

    • So, once again, there are multiple claims on this Blog from people who state that they have an OTTB, and that it’s safe.
      I continually request that information be sent to this blog to verify this information, and it’s NEVER provided.
      MRO – or whatever your name is, you have stated that Jac’s Fact is at your barn, and OK.
      I request that you send a pic of the tattoo on the upper lip with a time stamp on it.
      This can be easily done with any iphone.
      Until then, anything you say will be considered false by me.
      I can’t speak for others, but this industry is rampant with lies, delusions, corruption, and animal cruelty.

      • Gina – your request is laughable, nobody owes you or anyone else on this site anything. Ill guarantee MRO doesn’t give a shit what you deem to be truth. You are nobody.

      • To LIC – I don’t EXPECT anything from anybody.
        If any of you pro-horse racing people “cared” or “loved” your racehorses then you would want to confirm that this horse is safe and sound.
        All your doing is lip service which is all this industry is capable of because it can’t change the operating procedures of whipping/beating, doping, maiming, dumping, and/or DYING.
        YOU should want to post this information, but so typical of you people to shut out the truth.
        So until I see FACTS and PROOF then I will consider Jac’s Fact just another victim of this despicable cruelty circus, and death camp.

      • Oh, we SHOULD want to post such information, why because you people say so? Ha I don’t think so…

    • There might be good news that the employees at Arlington were saying that for a holiday weekend the attendance was low.Hopefully more people are realizing what a blood sport it really is. I’m telling anybody that will listen about the horrors that go along with racing.We have to get the word out.This site was a huge eye opener for me. Thank you.

      • Hey Lic your an idiot. Maybe you should be reincarnated to a racehorse.It sounds like you have no morals or feelings. If you had true love of the (sport) maybe you should change things.

      • Peggy, thank you for your support – for the HORSES of this antiquated and unnecessary gambling industry. Yes, please keep educating…I’m certain there are folks like myself who believed the lie the industry presented. Thanks to this site and to the brave, compassionate individuals who are former insiders – Jo Anne, Gina, Carolyn, 20 yr +, etc – and who all comment here, the TRUTH is making its way to the public. And the racing apologists are uneasy…

  3. Another victim of this industry.
    SARATOGA. September 5, 2016. Race 10.
    CLASSIC EMPIRE. 2 year old colt.
    Purchased at the Keeneland Sale for a mere $475,000.
    Sent to be broke, and to begin the slavery process at approximately 18 months old.
    First race at Churchill Downs – a win at just over 2 years old.
    Second race – a win in a Stakes Race.
    This was Classic Empire’s 3rd race at Saratoga where he went into a “frenzy” according to my sources, came out of the starting gate, and detoured off the track, running into the rails, and was vanned-off.
    Looked really bad, but I’m looking forward to Patrick’s results on this colt.
    Both the Owner and Trainer tried to get his start rated as “Unofficial” so that the results would not appear in the Equibase charts.
    The NY Stewards overruled their objection, and declared the start “Official” which is why it showed up on the Equibase Charts.
    No matter what happened I’m sure the connections of John Oxley, and Mark Casse have a lucrative insurance policy.
    John Oxley has spent, on average, 5 million per year buying yearlings at the sales.
    Over the years, it’s reportedly estimated that he has spent 100 million buying racing stock.
    While rescue groups beg for $200 to rescue racehorses maimed, and dumped by this industry there are owners spending millions per year buying more.
    If this isn’t insanity I don’t know what is.
    I hope that Classic Empire is okay, but he’s still a victim of this industry, and it seems to me he’s communicating that he doesn’t want to be there or that something is amiss.

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