Indiana’s Dead Racehorses, 2016

Through a FOIA request to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Indiana tracks in 2016. The response, however, came with this proviso: “All information made confidential by IC 25-38-1-4-5.5 has been redacted.” Hence, no names. (“Indiana” is Indiana Grand.)

unidentified, March 16, Hoosier, “fractured pastern”
unidentified, April 16, Hoosier, “fractured pastern”
unidentified, May 16, Indiana training, “humerus fracture”
Just Dance With Me, June 7, Hoosier training, “drowning incident”
unidentified, June 8, Hoosier, “rupture”
unidentified (probably Hiddai), June 10, Indiana 5, “fractured fetlock”
unidentified, June 14, Indiana 2, “fractured fetlock”
unidentified, June 18, Indiana training, “suspensory”
unidentified (probably Bansky), June 24, Indiana 5, “fracture”
unidentified, June 25, Indiana training, “sudden death”
unidentified, June 25, Indiana training, “tibia fracture”
unidentified, June 29, Indiana training, “sudden death”
unidentified, July 14, Indiana, “horse flipped…suspect cranial fracture, hemorrhaged”
unidentified (probably Hey Bud), July 19, Indiana 2, “sudden death during race”
unidentified, July 27, Indiana training, “shoulder”
unidentified, August 18, Indiana training, “fracture”
unidentified (probably Conrad), August 25, Indiana 7, “fracture”
unidentified, September 24, Indiana training, “fractured pelvis”
unidentified (probably Forty Purrs), October 12, Indiana 3, “fracture”
unidentified (probably Prodding), October 26, Indiana 8, “dislocation/fracture”

In addition, the following horses died on track grounds from what the industry calls “non-racing” causes. While this may be technically true, morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

unidentified, June 15, Indiana, “diarrhea, septicemia, laminitis”
unidentified, August 8, Indiana, “colic/torso entrapment?”
unidentified, August 19, Indiana, “colic”
unidentified, September 16, Indiana, “found [italics added] in stall – suspect colic”
unidentified, September 17, Indiana, “flipped in stall – head trauma”


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

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  1. When alive and racing for their lives for $2 bets, greed and entertainment, all of these horses in Patrick’s list had names.

    In death, they are UNIDENTIFIED – just goes to show how much the Indiana racing authority regards these dead horses who were sacrificed on its racetracks. These horses gave their all whilst suffering abuse. Clearly their lives meant absolutely nothing to the INDIANA HORSE RACING COMMISSION.
    And dare anyone come back with the weak excuse that these horses were private property and confidentiality applies. These horses quite simply are not exclusively private property to the owners when the public is invited to gamble on them, the public is invited to attend race meetings and the public is invited to watch the races on screens at home and elsewhere. These horses are put on public display and therefore come under public scrutiny.

    Only one horse (out of 25) was named and that was Just Dance With Me. According to, the only horse that comes up under that name is a mare who was foaled in 1993 who never raced. It is possible that the one that the IHRC refers to is not the correct name, or, if it is, then it appears that it may not have been registered. So why was only this horse named? My guess is that it was because it was a drowning incident. Yep, that’s okay, horse drowned so no queries. We will never know the circumstances as to why this horse drowned – it was just a racehorse, afterall.

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