Iowa’s Dead Racehorses, 2016

Through a FOIA request to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Prairie Meadows in 2016. (Notably, the Commission did not forward any training fatalities, though surely there were some.)

Tagged, April 30, Prairie 1, “sesamoid fracture, tendon laceration”
Ventures Galore, May 13, Prairie 7, “multiple carpal fractures”
Arch Adversary, May 26, Prairie 4, “sesamoid fracture”
Victory Arch, June 10, Prairie 8, “sesamoid fracture, tendon rupture”
Jayne Wayne, June 12, Prairie 8, “complete open carpal and metacarpal fracture”
Stormy Equinox, June 15, Prairie 3, “sesamoid fracture, suspensory sprain”
Eee I Eee I Oh, June 18, Prairie 9, “scapula fracture”
Doc Galore, July 2, Prairie 6, “acetabulum fracture”
Looking At Hershey, July 8, Prairie 5, “suspensory rupture”
Brockabyebaby, July 14, Prairie 7, “slab fracture”
Freakin Pistol, July 22, Prairie 7, “sesamoid fractures, flexor tendon rupture”
D D Chicks Piloto, October 15, Prairie 4, “carpal fractures”
R Slick Talker, October 15, Prairie 7, “sesamoid fractures”


There can be no justification for the killing of animals for $2 bets. End it. Now.


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  1. My deepest sympathies to all racehorses who died on Iowa racetracks thus far.
    I shutter to think about all the racehorses who have died on all racetracks prior to Patrick starting this Death List.
    It would have to be in the thousands for sure.
    In addition, as mentioned, many racetracks refuse to disclose the racehorses who die during training hours.
    Then there are the PRIVATE training tracks all over the country who have NO transparency or accountability if you can imagine that.
    PRIVATE training centers don’t report deaths because they are self-managed.
    There is not one neutral (no financial interest) agency that is protecting racehorses from dying for $2 bets.

  2. “multiple carpal fractures” means that Ventures Galore suffered a horrific death when either one or both knees broke whilst racing.
    Having witnessed this on a track near me when a filly broke both knees, I cannot begin to tell you how sickening it is.

    • D D Chicks Piloto also suffered ‘carpal fractures’.

      Most of these deaths that Patrick has listed were as a result of catastrophic limb injuries.
      There was one shoulder (scapula) broken.
      Not surprisingly many sesamoid fractures.

      Jayne Wayne not only suffered a complete open broken knee but the bone above her knee (metacarpal) also broke.

      This is horseracing.

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