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Last week in U.S. Thoroughbred and QuarterHorse Racing

Trigger Warning “vanned off” at Mahoning – subsequently confirmed dead
Carry Your Heels “bled from nostrils” at Parx
Paramont “stumbled badly…vanned off” at Remington
Celestialchristina “vanned off” at Turf
Werewarningyou “vanned off” at Turf
Jla Tippy Toe Joe “vanned off” at Evangeline
Moolamiss “vanned off” at Churchill
Adversary “took a bad step when going lame…vanned off” at Laurel
Heaven in Her Eyes “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Maddie Jane’s Bay “fell…vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Rebel On the Run “fell…vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Skylander Boy “went lame, fell, vanned off” at Penn
Toy’s Party “vanned off” at Turf
Centrall “vanned off” at Aqueduct
Ann Arbor Eddie “vanned off” at Del Mar
Babyface Ransom “vanned off” at Delta
Lucky Mon “pulled up in distress…vanned off” at Fair Grounds
Thurman “vanned off” at Hawthorne
Dowager Countess “took a bad step…vanned off” at Mahoning
Oh Yes I Did “suffered a severe injury…euthanized” at Turf
Dye Nasty “vanned” at Zia
Overzealous “vanned off” at Churchill
Classysinger “went wrong” at Churchill
Holy Schnikes “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Paddy Riley “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Special Walk “fell, vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Parsons Rocket “hit fallen rival” (above) at Los Alamitos
Darkhorse Ty “vanned off” at Turf

Many if not most of the “Vanned” will resurface on my year-end FOIA Kill-Reports.
“Bled/Returned Bleeding From Nostrils” typically indicates pulmonary hemorrhage.

(source: Equibase)


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  1. I find this list perplexing. 2 horses are listed as “went lame…” One fell because of its “lameness”, and the other took a bad step due to its “lameness”. Is this the chartwriters new kinder, gentler version of saying the horse broke down, or snapped a leg?

  2. I don’t know if you will stop the cruelty of this sport. But I do do believe we can stop many of the hardships, breakdowns and lamenesses of this negligent industry. Hoof health Illiteracy is rampart in this sport! The photo of this dead horse is indicative of what is accepted as a normal, sound, race horse hooves. It is anything but, sound! These are frog apex dominated hooves with blocked frog buttresses. In retrospect, this cocktail, leaves the hoof with under-growth and over growth; and shuts down over 80% of returning hydraulic blood functions. This disruption in correct growth, then distorts conformation correctness to the hoof, bringing with it rectangular resolutions that bring numerous imbalances, effecting horse health well being. Add in Stress; the rigors of track work, stall confinements, along with the hurried up offence of many a shoer today and other wall distortions become prevalent. This with the loss of hoof heel wall growth, due to dehydration (blocked buttress) and excess front flare hoof wall growth (frog apex over growth); which then cause an overload to bone and joint ligatures, becoming the greatest imbalances and destructive forces to horses, when they are asked to work hard.
    Square hoof conclusion is vital for stabalizing conformation correctness to landings and takeoffs.This deadly combination is the grosses over-sight plaguing the horse racing world. Education in horse hoof health needs be implicated and enforced in this industry. Enforcing strict guidelines, that ensure proper hoof functions and stabilities are met and bone conformation correctness allignments are attained, before a horse could compete, would have lasting positive effects, for the horse. If NASCAR can do it for an automobile; there is no reason why we can’t do it for the HORSE!

    • Thank you, matthew f gillen.

      My knowledge of the equine hoof is limited but I’ve learn’t a bit since investigating the racehorse deaths in my home state of NSW, Australia for the past nine years. There was one death where photos of the dead horse’s feet were presented to the racing authority who agreed that the state of the horse’s feet contributed to the breakdown but was not the sole cause, in their opinion. I had concerns for this horse when he was parading and sure enough he broke down right in front of me. I believe that many racehorses are running on dysfunctional feet and these poor feet at the very least contribute to and/or cause limb injuries/death. Every time I go to the races I see horses with underrun heels, hanging bulbs, etc. and some of the farrier work just makes matters worse though some farriers do their best in an attempt to right the feet. Professor Robert Bowker of the USA usually comes out to Australia each year to lecture on the equine’s feet. Two weeks ago our national ABC 7.30 television program did a brief segment on the welfare of the racehorse after the horrific death of The Cliffsofmoher in the Melbourne Cup. Dr Peter Kerkenezov, an equine vet for 48 years, was interviewed on this 7.30 program and this is an excerpt “…..primarily a lot of it’s due to the feet…”

      In case you are interested in watching this segment (available until December 7, 2018) – ABC iview. Watch Now
      Under “Find a Program” – type in “7.3o” and then select it in the drop down
      Leigh Sales (the host) photo comes up
      Scroll down to the “Pub Test” – Monday 12 November 2018
      And the horseracing segment is about ¾ along in this 30min program
      Apologies I had difficulty in getting the link.

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