Casualties of Gambling, 3/27/17-4/2/17

Last week in American horseracing (not including training and harness casualties).

House Cat “vanned off” at Fair Grounds
Ghetto Fabulous “came back bleeding from the nose” at Charles Town
Speedy Puig “vanned off” at Turf
Blanchfield “broke down” at Charles Town
Great Wit “went wrong, vanned off” at Fair Grounds
Aaron of Goshen “broke down” at Fair Grounds
Z Besha “broke down” at Oaklawn
First After Break “vanned off” at Fair Grounds
Bar Trick “took a bad step, DNF” at Fonner
Partyallnightlong “in distress, vanned off” at Gulfstream
ZZ Rider “fell, vanned off” at Hawthorne
Rarely Makes It Good “bled” at Remington
Skyfall “vanned off” at Sunland
Second City “took a bad step, broke down, euthanized” at Aqueduct
Calm the Sea “pulled up lame, vanned off” (after “winning”) at Golden Gate
Dance So Sue “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
The Pickett Factor “vanned off” at Oaklawn
Dividing the Coronas “bled” at Remington
Sing a New Song “vanned off” at Santa Anita
EP Who “vanned off” at Sunland
Lo Duca “vanned off” at Turf
Outrageous Deal “vanned off” at Turf
Hunt’s Road “vanned off” at Aqueduct
Jeff and J’s Dream “went wrong, vanned off” at Fair Grounds
Stalk “broke down” at Laurel
Unclenedwhodrank “fell over [fallen] rival, DNF” at Laurel
In Closing “vanned off” at Tampa Bay

“Broke Down” – racing-speak for dead
“Vanned Off” – many, if not most, will re-surface on my year-end FOIA kill reports
“Bled,” “Returned Bleeding From Nostrils” – usually indicates pulmonary hemorrhage

(source: Equibase)


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  1. How tragic for these horses who are cruelly exploited — their lives have value ONLY when (bad) owner says so — when (bad) owner says different, horses are doomed — WHEN will we realize that horses’ lives matter — their lives have value no matter who or what — there should be a LAW protecting horses’ RIGHT to life — there should be a PLACE, a Sanctuary, for horses when owners no longer want them, instead of riding them to death — how terribly sadistic & selfish — because so many owners are depravely indifferent to their horses’ rights AND because this industry is equally as sadistic & selfish & depravely indifferent, it is TIME FOR horse racing to be SHUT DOWN!

  2. In Closing, a beautiful dark bay colt vanned off at Tampa, is in Ocala following surgery for a condylar fracture. Don’t know what his future holds and don’t know what has happened to all the others on the list. But as Patrick said, many will show up later on the kill reports.

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