7-Year-Old Mare Killed at Penn

In the 5th at Penn last night, Valerie Victoria “pulled up lame in the stretch and was humanely euthanized” (Equibase). She was seven years old; this was her 54th race.


  1. It’s so sad, she probably lived a horrible “track life”, then is run into the ground, then killed. I wish the racing industry would be banned!

  2. Running them at night – running them during the day – running them on frozen tracks – running them in whiteouts – running them in thick fog – running them in 90 plus degrees – running them sore – running them too young – running them running them – beating them – killing them……this is how racing uses the horse.

  3. Valerie Victoria – so sorry for you and all racehorses who continue to suffer, and/or die for this vile business.
    You will all, one day, have your day in court.
    Your voices will one day be heard and it will be a roaring voice that will finally drown out the voice of your slave masters.
    In the meantime, I will continue to be a voice for all of you.

    • Chris, the vet in conjunction with the trainer/owner makes the decisions.
      Most all decisions are based on economic factors while the “love” for the racehorse quickly wanes.
      Most all racehorses run with some type of issue – the extent depends on the racehorse.
      The claiming ranks usually consist of horses who are one step away from a catastrophic breakdown.
      Their economic value is equivalent to trash, which is why they are considered disposable commodities for the most part and are usually euthanized even if they could be saved.
      Many in this category may have started out as a very “high-end” racehorse (high end according to breeding, and economic value), but slips into the claiming ranks because they are now considered disposable commodities – no longer able to compete at the high money level.
      Also, the vet bills usually exceed the amount of money the horse is generating for their owners.
      The more they race, the more wear and tear, the more sorer they become, the more issues that need to be doped resulting in huge vet bills.
      Here’s where it gets more egregious: many racehorses in the claiming ranks are not even getting the medical care they need because their connections can’t afford to give it to them.
      Some of them don’t even get bedding or adequate bedding in a stall that they are confined to for 23 hours per day!!
      Contrary to the “royal treatment” image deliberately perpetuated by supporters of horse racing.
      In any other setting, that would be Felony Animal Cruelty charges for not providing medical care, but this is horse racing.
      Most recently, racehorses have been found on the racetrack grounds with a broken leg for days that was not treated resulting in extreme suffering.
      The industry goes to no lengths to keep everything secret from medical conditions to the use of doping to affect the outcome of races.
      Not only is this egregious animal cruelty, but it’s also deceiving the wagering public while making billions in wagering profits.
      This is just a small window into the vile truth behind horse racing.

      • Thanks, Gina, for explaining this horrible truth. Race horse rankings are complicated, but to sell a horse to someone who can’t afford bedding much less vet care is unconscionable. The state needs to impose rules instead of ignoring the welfare of the race horse.

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