The Week in Racing

Last week in U.S. Horseracing (Thoroughbred and QuarterHorse only)

Confirmed Killed
My Perfect Gem, Finger Lakes (after being “in distress”)

“Vanned Off” – many, if not most, will resurface on my year-end FOIA kill-reports
Itsagruffwhirl, Louisiana
Las Vegas Storm, Retama (“in distress”)
Rock and Rattle, Thistledown
More Heat, Albuquerque
Sudden Halo, Albuquerque
Champagne Horizon, Delaware (“in apparent distress”)
Rojo Pita, Retama
Golden Sequence, Saratoga (not listed as vanned, but “returned in distress”)
Mount Eagle, Belterra
He’s Like Violence, Del Mar
Awesome My Way, Gulfstream
Oh Dear Lord, Prairie
Have to Go, Prairie
Ed’s Quick Cat, Saratoga
Slam a Cocktail, Arapahoe
Kingdom’s Gate, Belterra (“in distress”)
Hardened Wildcat, Charles Town
Joshua’s Comprise, Gulfstream
Admiral’s Row, Laurel
Flashing the Boys, Los Alamitos
Mobiledixie, Arapahoe
Oscar Performance, Arlington
Ive Got This, Canterbury
Get Mad Gracie, Fairmount
Faye Runaway, Prairie
Harlan County, Albuquerque
Lady Arya, Belterra (“went wrong”)
Miss Texas, Ruidoso (“took a bad step”)

“Bled,” “Returned Bleeding From Nostrils” – usually indicates pulmonary hemorrhage
Lady Lentenor, Indiana (also vanned off)
Risk E Lifestyle, Arlington (also vanned off)
Gold Diggin Queen, Canterbury
Go Stealth, Fairmount
Resurrection Bay, Penn
Show Me Some Majic, Thistledown

(source: Equibase)


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  1. I see that Justify has been retired. He has a swelling in one of his ankles that won’t go down, and it sounds like Baffert is afraid to race him. The article I read, mentioned nothing about the horse possibly breaking down in a race in the future, ending up being euthanized, his jockey possibly injured or worse. Nope-it sounds like all they are concerned with, is that he can go on to breed. There’s a ton of money tied up in that, for this young stallion.
    Young. That’s the problem. Keep racing horses while their bones are not fully developed and matured, and of course, they are going to break down-a lot. Its a wonder any of them survive to breed, or to go on, if gelded, hopefully to other careers as jumpers, trail horses for private owners, or even to go to slaughter. Although if you go to a slaughter house, I bet you see a lot of horses who are gimping about on 3 legs, or worse, are down. I suppose this was predictable, a young horse raced as hard as Justify was this year. Yeah, its a wonder he didn’t ever go down, in a race or a workout.

    • You hit the nail right on the head! Greed…as usual…that’s what this is now all about…and race in front of the equivalent of the Romans watching the blood in the Forum…These are beautiful smart creatures and deserve more than what they are being given…Time to put a stop to this barbarism…

  2. This is not a sport and should be banned. This is animal cruelty most heinous. Greedy people most arrogant and poor horses most abused and most innocent. Horse racing is, in my opinion, right up there with dog fighting neither business cares what they do to their animals, only that they produce money for their miserable owners.


  3. I can’t believe this is still taking place in our country. What the hell is wrong with these sub humans that put a young animal on the track? It’s sickening and so wrong.

  4. We will never really know what exactly happened to Justify because the vet/doping records are kept secret.
    Yet, it’s clear that his billion dollar stallion contract is the only reason why he was sparred because if he was any other horse (90% of racehorses being claimers) he would have been sent out to be maimed and/or killed.
    Upon review of this list, most racehorses were sending out SOS signals since they can’t talk.
    Horses such as GOLDEN SEQUENCE who DNF’d the race before and they STILL ran him causing “distress.”
    JOSHUA’S COMPRISE made over $372,000 and that STILL wasn’t enough to give him a decent retirement.
    They just kept on running him probably knowing that this horse had issues, sending him out to die more or less.
    Again, the secret doping/vet records will protect these sadistic, demented, bloodsuckers.
    Other horses on this list finished by lengths described as “done,” “outrun,” “not responding to urging,” (urging = beaten with a whip).
    These people are sadistic executioners and then the people who support this or derive a living from this vile madness enable these executioners.
    The CEO’s of the wagering companies (who are usually the CEO’s of the tracks) are blood sucking leeches while the rest of the ignorant masses stand by and watch this inhumane, unacceptable horror continue.
    Politicians (mostly Reps) who get money from this business are the pimps.
    This is all conducted on the bones, backs, and lives of non-consenting, voiceless beings and it’s horrific.

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