Dead Racehorses at Emerald Downs, 2017

Through a FOIA request to the Washington Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Emerald Downs in 2017. Unless otherwise noted, immediate cause of death was limb fracture of one kind or another – with the underlying cause, of course, horseracing itself.

Big Daddy’s Dream, March 4, Emerald, training

Six Pack Pop, March 11, Emerald, training

Rat City Ruby, March 20, Emerald, training

Chocolate Tycoon, March 20, Emerald, training

Joshua’s Miracle, April 16, Emerald, race 5

Smokey Point, July 2, Emerald, race 1

Signorina Ermenia, July 22, Emerald, race 6

Gold Revelation, August 13, Emerald, race 4 (euthanized August 24)

Sweet Tashi, August 27, Emerald, race 8
“dislocated fetlock”

Hard Slider, September 24, Emerald, race 7
(9-year-old being raced for 53rd time)

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

Sing and Pray, May 22, Emerald
“pleuropneumonia” (last raced May 1)

Afinetimeforwine, June 21, Emerald
“colic” (3-year-old, last raced June 2)

Local One Thirty, June 23, Emerald
“anaphylaxis” (last raced June 11)

Perfect Meeting, July 2, Emerald
“histiocytic myositis” (last raced June 3)

A Lot of Style, July 19, Emerald
“hemorrhage” (last raced June 30)

One More Orman, July 21, Emerald
“pleuropneumonia” (last raced July 15)

Remy Royale, August 9, Emerald
“colic” (3-year-old, last raced July 2)

Cascade Kitty, August 14, Emerald
“colic” (3-year-old, last raced July 29; same trainer, Roy Lumm, as above)

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  1. It would be good if the local press and the national press would do stories on this. When a horse breaks down on the track is in a race, the van gets it off the track pretty fast. I have to plead guilty to seeing a horse die on the track and not thinking too much about it.

      • Billy, your not being rude or ignorant. Lol! The simple answer to your question is people don’t have any interest in horse racing. Sports reports on TV and radio only mention it on Kentucky Derby Day. The “industry” is dead in the water. Someday it will disappear hopefully sooner then later. Never be embarrassed to ask a question in the site, truth rules.

      • David, my question was for richard and his last comment…..i will never be embarrased to ask or do anything for what i stand up for never….but i do want you to know this is straight up for the horses i have no interest in personal issues or personal attacks unless it is necessary, so when i talk to people and ask them questions i do not wish for those to be offended……my personal attacks are for the ones that did their horse wrong and i know they did with 100% truth i have nothing for those people and it will end in a fight before one word is ever spoken simply because i know what they did and they do also no remorse for me there…..thank you for standing up for these horses they should not be going througb life the way they are ill never accept it

  2. The press that covers the big stake days (NBC) are given very specific guidelines in HOW they announce and address breakdowns from what I’ve been told.
    Anybody who participates and/or supports this vile business is pathetic racehorse abusers or enablers of the abuse, and that includes the networks who cover this legitimized animal cruelty.

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