The Casualties, 8/21/17-8/27/17

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

Tiz Showbiz “vanned off” at Delaware
Tiz Twice “stopped badly” at Presque Isle
Thin Dress “vanned off” at Saratoga
WW Royalty “vanned off after race” after being “reluctant to load” at Fairmount
Windsor Jet “bled, vanned off” at Mountaineer
Saints Be Praised “broke down” at Delaware
Success Is Racing “vanned off” at Indiana
Time Squared “vanned off” at Delaware
Smokealittlesmoke “pulled up in distress at wire, euthanized” at Evangeline
Crystal Cutie “vanned off” at Golden Gate
Show Court “vanned off” at Saratoga
Irish Sweetheart “vanned off” at Saratoga
Bustin It “pulled up in distress…vanned off” at Saratoga
Corona Southerndream “vanned off” at Albuquerque
Green Gold “vanned off” at Belterra
Combatche “vanned off” at Ellis
Midnight Lou “vanned off” at Emerald
Wonforthemoneyhon “returned bleeding from the nostrils” at Thistledown
DE Last Shot “vanned off” at Albuquerque
El Tercero de Lulana “vanned off” at Albuquerque
Cooper’s Keeper “vanned off” at Arlington
Color Me Blush “pulled up in distress, vanned off” at Belterra
Muster In “vanned off” at Canterbury
Half Dreamin “appeared in distress” at Finger Lakes
Un Tres Able “fell, vanned off” at Prairie
Domesday Gal “took a bad step, DNF” at Ruidoso
Lisa’s Premier “pulled up lame, vanned off” at Timonium
Osbaldo Weapon “vanned off” at Albuquerque
Fear the Beard “bled, vanned off” at Albuquerque
Boots N Pants “vanned off” at Albuquerque
Double Surprise “vanned off” at Albuquerque
Hero’s Triumph “vanned off” at Canterbury
Mestizo “vanned off” at Columbus
Big Daddy Etb “fell after wire, vanned off” at Elko
Shot Glass “went wrong, vanned off” at Ellis
Sweet Tashi “vanned off” at Emerald
Hobo’s Girl “vanned off” at Mountaineer
Prayer for Da Bric “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Mis Ter Noble “vanned off” at Ruidoso

(Chart Terms: “Broke Down” – racing-speak for dead; “Vanned Off” – required horse ambulance to get off the track; many, if not most, of these animals will resurface on my year-end FOIA kill-reports; “Bled” – usually indicates pulmonary hemorrhage)

(source: Equibase)


  1. Heartbreaking photo above. I think “credit” should be given for what track, what horse
    this was. Sad commentary on what people do to put a buck in their pocket. Always at the cost of the innocent and non- consenting.

  2. The ugly world of horse racing where voiceless, non-consenting, living, breathing beings are dying in the dirt for their stupid bets, and egos.
    Equally worse, in the light of billions made in wagering, they give little to nothing to aftercare, and they even get money from cash-strapped governments to support this carnage, mayhem, and bloodbath!
    The financial support comes in many forms such as taxpayers money, corporate welfare, and/or casino profits while communities across America desperately need funds.
    This is insanity, and it has got to stop, it will stop, and it must stop.

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