Mountain State Carnage

Through a FOIA request to the West Virginia Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2017. Unless otherwise noted, immediate cause of death was limb break of one kind or another – underlying cause, of course, horseracing itself. Unless otherwise noted, horse was, in the Commission’s words, “humanely destroyed.” Final note: this staggering toll comes from but two tracks.

Ground Control, January 12, Charles Town, race 8
“ankle dislocation”

First Notion, January 14, Charles Town, training

Latent Fire, January 20, Charles Town, race 4

Becky’s Boy Brian, January 26, Charles Town, training

Chromed Out, January 27, Charles Town, training
(coming off a last-of-11, 47 lengths-back at Gulfstream)

Boparoundtheclock, January 27, Charles Town, training

Gotta Try, February 10, Charles Town, training

Northern Exchange, February 15, Charles Town, race 3

Mr. Ripken, February 15, Charles Town, race 4

Bullet Thief, February 24, Charles Town, race 1

Windsor Pitch, March 2, Charles Town, race 6 (euthanized March 4)

Adorable Man, March 3, Charles Town, training
“sudden death” (two years old, being prepped for first race)

Groom Scholarship, March 18, Charles Town, race 6
“ankle dislocation”

Don’t Be Coy, March 24, Charles Town, race 2

Blanchfield, March 30, Charles Town, race 5
“ankle, open dislocation”

Spring Ahead, April 3, Charles Town, training

Cyclic, April 8, Charles Town, race 5
“ankle dislocation”

Zephyrous, April 20, Charles Town, race 5
“sudden death”

Martha Again, May 3, Mountaineer, training

Be Wild, May 6, Charles Town, race 2
“shattered pastern”

Savanali, May 6, Mountaineer, training
(coming off a “fell, DNF” in only race three weeks prior)

Oshie, May 14, Mountaineer, race 7

Sky Changer, May 17, Charles Town, race 1
“shattered carpus”

In Giants’ Boots, May 21, Mountaineer, race 9 (euthanized May 30)

Dutchie Baby, May 24, Mountaineer, race 6

Slip the Cable, June 8, Charles Town, race 8

Avenue Road, June 10, Charles Town, race 5

Amber Dubai, June 11, Mountaineer, race 1 (euthanized June 12)

San Nicolo, June 11, Mountaineer, race 3

Madam Machen, June 14, Mountaineer, training
“contact with manure dumpster”

Fiveoclocksomwhere, June 29, Charles Town, race 5 (euthanized June 30)

Ciao Amore, June 30, Mountaineer, training

Timna, July 1, Charles Town, training (euthanized July 27)

Do the Nae Nae, July 9, Mountaineer, race 5
“collapsed and died” (three years old)

Pagan Exchange, July 13, Charles Town, race 5 (euthanized July 18)

Belle’s Candy, July 15, Charles Town, race 3

Noble Change, July 16, Mountaineer, race 6

Atlantic Bull, July (illegible date), Mountaineer, training

Odie My Man, July 22, Charles Town, training
“sudden death” (four years old)

Win Tuscany, July 24, Mountaineer, race 7

My Brother Johnny, July 28, Charles Town, training

Zipping By, August 3, Charles Town, race 5

Generous Woman, August 7, Mountaineer, prior to race 7
“skull fracture, paddock”

Shem Creek, August 8, Mountaineer, race 9 (euthanized August 9)

Golden Panther, August 9, Mountaineer, training

La Dominadora, August 12, Mountaineer, training
(in July, was raced twice in nine days – finishing a combined 76 lengths back)

Triple Net, September 2, Charles Town, race 6 (euthanized September 4)

Holy Zendaya, September 9, Charles Town, race 5
“shattered [leg]”

She’s Lit Up, September 11, Mountaineer, race 2

Mucho Paso, September 15, Charles Town, race 3
“sudden death” (three years old)

Bullet Bobby, September 15, Charles Town, race 6
“died after involved in spill – internal injuries”

Lighthouse Reef, September 16, Charles Town, training
“sudden death” (four years old, last raced August 10 – last of 9, 43 lengths behind)

Rolling Tizway, September 20, Mountaineer, race 2

Wildwood Nafir, September 27, Mountaineer, race 9

Tap Step, October 4, Charles Town, training

High Dive, October 7, Charles Town, training

Mashpee Pond, October 15, Mountaineer, race 6 (euthanized October 16)

Tevere, October 21, Charles Town, race 1
“fracture” and “dislocation”

Turkey Creek, October 22, Mountaineer, race 7
“collapsed and died” (three years old)

Caspian Winner, October 23, Charles Town, training

Ferdie’s Fedora, November 2, Charles Town, training

Windsor’s Clouds, November 2, Charles Town, race 9 (euthanized November 3)

Peggys Music Maker, November 3, Charles Town, race 2
“fractured hip/pelvis”

Hazel Meadow, November 8, Mountaineer, race 1
(this was her second race in 10 days; trainer/owner, Burton Sipp)

Muay Thai, November 18, Charles Town, race 1 (euthanized November 25)

El Comander, November 19, Mountaineer, race 7

Francesca Cristina, November 21, Mountaineer, race 7

Twilight Danz, November 22, Charles Town, training
(two years old, being prepped for first race)

Lizzie’s Cat, November 24, Charles Town, training
(two years old, being prepped for first race)

Mountain Hawk, November 24, Charles Town, race 6 (euthanized November 28)

Green Time, November 25, Charles Town, race 2

Officer Ridge, December 1, Charles Town, training

Our Ship Is In, December 7, Charles Town, race 6

Forrest Grump, December 9, Charles Town, race 1 (euthanized December 13)

That’s Who I Am, December 9, Charles Town, race 8 (euthanized December 11)

Bad Grammar, December 16, Charles Town, race 5

Not My Style, December 30, Charles Town, training
“sudden death” (four years old)

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

Comeonletsplay, January 12, Charles Town
“septic” (last raced October 8)

Little Sparrow, March 28, Charles Town
“colic” (one year old)

Mac North, April 6, Charles Town
“colic – died” (apparently, not euthanized; last raced March 10)

Individuality, May 22, Mountaineer
“colic, laminitis” – yes, both colic and laminitis (three years old, last raced April 28)

Anthony the Saint, June 30, Charles Town
“chronic edema/lameness” (three years old, last raced April 8)

Shadows of Love, October 1, Charles Town
“colic” (last raced September 10 – last of 9, 42 lengths back)

Mias Mark, October 6, Mountaineer
“flipped in washrack, fractured skull – dead on arrival” (had been raced three times – all last place, combined 90 lengths back; trainer/owner, Burton Sipp)

Ana Ruth, October 28, Charles Town
“died – possible infection/poison” (39 races, last one September 14)

Myarchangel, October 30, Mountaineer
“flipped in street, fractured skull” (two years old, coming off first race October 23)

D’forest Diva, October 30, Mountaineer
“found dead in stall” (last raced October 15)

Goldies Nugget, November 21, Mountaineer
“foreign body pneumonia” (last raced October 31)

Isle Master, November 22, Charles Town
“colic” (two years old)

Prospector Road, December 27, Charles Town
“colic – died” (apparently, not euthanized; three years old, last raced December 15)


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  1. I counted NINETY (90) DEATHS.
    This is outrageous.
    And the racing industry has the audacity to call this horrendous killing of horses a sport?

  2. This is heartbreaking!!
    Animal lovers are against animal cruelty such as dog fighting, but often fail to see that horse racing is legitimized animal cruelty that kills more animals than probably dog fighting!!
    People need to be educated on the egregious, and horrific acts of cruelty perpetrated on these racehorses.
    They are literally beaten into the ground, as they drop dead in the dirt.
    Anybody who participates, and supports this is the enabler of these abuses, and racehorses dying.
    You apologists all make me sick.
    Our local and state governments are equally responsible for this blood bath as they continue to financially support this animal cruelty by diverting millions in casino profits, and/or corporate welfare to keep these money pits going.
    It’s so outrageous that this continues to go on in the 21st century.
    So sorry for all racehorses who died for these ungrateful, stupid, ignorant, idiot assholes.

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