Dead “Athletes” at Emerald Downs, 2018

Through a FOIA request to the Washington Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Emerald Downs in 2018.

Medicine Bundle, March 19, Emerald T
“fractured pelvis”

Oasis Wells, June 9, Emerald R
“fractured sesamoid”

Bet the Harbor, June 17, Emerald T
“fractured sesamoid”

Citizen Sam, June 29, Emerald R
“fractured sesamoid”

She Walks On Water, July 21, Emerald R
“pastern joint luxation”

Gavinator, July 22, Emerald R
“fractured sesamoid”

Emerald Candy, July 27, Emerald R
“fetlock joint luxation”

Calculated Chaos, July 28, Emerald R
“fetlock joint luxation”

Cruzin in Style, August 5, Emerald R
“fractured sesamoid”

Charming Ruler, August 5, Emerald R (euthanized for laminitis four days later)

Im Insatiable Too, August 31, Emerald R
“exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage”

Az Dreamer, September 1, Emerald R
“fractured carpus”

Pepe the Legend, September 7, Emerald R
“fractured carpus”

Lofty Cause, September 14, Emerald R
“fractured sesamoid”

Ever Special, September 16, Emerald R
“fractured sesamoid”

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.

Jensen, February 28, Emerald
“cecal rupture intestines” (four years old, last raced in January)

Part of the Plan, April 7, Emerald
“colic” (two years old, had been raced once)

Lucy’s Eclipse, August 12, Emerald
“hematomas” (two years old, last raced in July)


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  1. Horrible, just horrible! What goes around comes around and someday people who do these horrible things to an animal will find out what pain they have caused. These people have no soul or heart!

  2. How in God’s world can these horrific races continue when horses die left and right? It is a sickening “sport” which drugs horses, races them at young ages, and couldn’t care less about their welfare! Tragically, it is all about greed, profit and ego! of course, at the cruel hands of man, the animals always pay the price for his idiocy! People, please boycott all races! You can make the difference between humane treatment and cruelty to horses!
    Many, many thanks!

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