Broken Bodies, 4/17/17-4/23/17

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

Pretension “returned bleeding from the nostrils” at Mahoning
Icy Bells “reluctant to load,” raced anyway…and eventually “vanned off” at Sunland
Zephyrous “collapsed post-race” at Charles Town
Crawfish “vanned off” at Evangeline
Special Street “went wrong, vanned off” at Lone Star
That’s You Not Me “came back bleeding from the nose” at Charles Town
Gladhander “bled” at Mountaineer
Caliente Carson “vanned off” at Sunray
Chasing the Stars “vanned off” at Tampa Bay
KC Wiegmann “vanned off” at Tampa Bay
Jumpin Tac Class “vanned off” at Weber
Flatterfly “broke down, euthanized” at Aqueduct
Grand Bili “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Vow of Secrecy “vanned off” at Lone Star
Dan’s Irish Cop “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Flatfoot Walker “vanned off” at Remington
Ira Hayes “vanned off” at Sunray
Yorkshire Inn “broke down” at Tampa Bay

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

(source: Equibase)


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  1. Yet another week of the death pit filling up with broken, and dead racehorse bodies.
    This is a disgrace for this blood bath to go unchecked, not monitored by neutral organizations, and neither are they held accountable under our animal cruelty laws like everybody else in this country.
    Pit Bulls have more protections than racehorses.
    Americans have fought to outlaw dog fighting.
    Now it’s time for everybody to fight for this business to be shut down as well.
    Replace the dogs with racehorses and the end result is often the same.
    There are no amount of fancy hats, mint juleps conducted under an “entertainment” banner that can justify and/or hide the facts.
    It’s time for this antiquated, Romanesque-style blood bath to be shut down.

  2. If this doesn’t break you heart, I don’t know what … … — until these horses are treated with love, care & respect, these facilities exploiting animals for entertainment & profit MUST be SHUT DOWN permanently! — These animals who in fact are used as “employees” MUST be protected — they are vulnerable, innocent and always at the mercy of humans — we must ensure these humans are horse-loving humans — anything short of this, is NOT acceptable.

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