Morally Indefensible

Some of the racehorses sacrificed in 2018, for, I remind, gambling, entertainment. (Quoted material direct from state racing commissions.)

Hokie Fever
“open fracture of radius with large fracture piece found on the ground”

Mr Dynasty
“head trauma – fractured skull, brain bleed”

Chloes Smoke N Fame
“chest impalement”

Paiges Magic Man
“fractured cannon – open [broke skin], comminuted [multiple fragments], displaced”

G P’s Girl
“collapsed on track…horse was in agonal breathing and the mucus membranes were white…stopped breathing within seconds of arrival [of help]” (five years old)

Jess Pure Class
broke both front legs

Mischievous Star
“luxation with disruption of tendon and suspensory ligaments; condylar fracture; compound, communited sesamoid fracture” (one horse, one death)

Justa Minyun
“pastern subluxation…the result of a mid-race collision” (see below)

Cruzin Wrangler
“tibial fracture, skull fracture, DOA…the result of a mid-race collision” (see above)

Big O’s Tavern
“comminuted sesamoid fracture, mid-body lateral fracture, and complete rupture of [ligaments]” (one horse, one death)

Mr. Euro
“was humanely destroyed after suffering a catastrophic injury – left-front medial and lateral midbody sesamoid fracture, complete rupture of the superficial and deep flexor tendon, torn suspensory branches, and an open wound” (one horse, one death)

Ctimene Sweep
“apparent heart attack – expired on track” (two years old)

E Licious
“horse collapsed just past the finish line – was dead when vet reached [her]” (three years old)

Star Quest
found dead next morning after being “vanned off”- “suspect pelvic fractures and hemorrhage”

St. Barts
“collapsed – pulmonary hemorrhage”

“complete rupture of [multiple] ligaments and subluxation of the fetlock joint”

Bird of Trey
“open, comminuted fracture sesamoids; MCIII; ruptured suspensory and sesamoidean ligaments; disarticulation” (one horse, one death)

Get Mad Gracie
“fractured ankle – shattered”

First Prize Choice
“collision with rail, catastrophic head injury, possible injury prior to impact”

El Gran Noel
“rupture of internal carotid”

Lucky Lucky Liam
“collapsed after winning the race” (three years old)

R Caan
“euthanized following injury during shipment” (slated to be raced that day)

So First N Famous
“laceration of both back legs”

Giant Breeze
“after racing the horse became recumbent…they got the horse up…it went down and never got up again…severe heat stroke…euthanized”

“found expired in stall” (three years old; was last raced just one week prior)

American Diplomat
“diagnosed with right hind cellulitis and foundering and sinking of left hind P3…humanely destroyed” (two years old)

Semper Frey
“horse went down and was dead before [vet] got to the horse”

Cool Breeze De Vie
“collapsed and died upon returning to the paddock immediately following the race”

Intrepid Humor
“fracture with lacerated femoral artery”

Favorite Dividend
“bled”; died, not euthanized

First Attempt
“compound fracture MCIII, sesamoid fracture, ruptured collateral ligaments”

Mischief Maker
“after training knuckled over…shattering his pastern”

illegible name
“hemorrhage into respiratory tract”

Ready Poncho
“collapsed dead on track…exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage”

My Erin
“fetlock was completely dislocated, open fractures, sesamoids and supporting ligaments completely avulsed” (one horse, one death)

“bled, died on way to barn”

Royal Blessing
“was found dead in his stall – ileal rupture”

Happy Andyversary
“suffered a seizure and expired”

Geremel Hanover
“fell over another horse, pulmonary hemorrhage, died instantly”

“fractured both sesamoids, avulsed ligaments, dislocated fetlock joint”

Cash Poor
“horse collapsed and died after finishing fourth in fourth race”

Bs Cartel
“found dead in stall – stomach rupture” (two years old)

“severe displaced fracture of the right carpus”

Every Intention
“severe injury to ankle, open wound into fetlock joint – euthanized in pit”

Getaway Car
“fractured ankle and ruptured tendon after wire”

Top Street
“horse dropped dead post-race”

Major Hit
“fractured both [italics added] knees during race; blood collected before euthanasia”

Brindis Secret Life
“found dead in stall” (two years old, last raced two weeks prior)

Lady Jodie Perry
“severed tendons and ligament”

C Red Illusion
“signs of acute pulmonary hemorrhage [morning after racing]”

Formal Summation
“was examined and determined to be terminally lame…humanely euthanized; postmortem report indicated complete cartilage erosion of both front metacarpal III’s medial condyles, right front medial sesamoid base eroded” (five years old)

“horse was found dead in stall” (four years old)

Russian Greek
“fractured ankle – open, dislocated – euthanized on track”

Bee Boppin Baby
“shipped in with P1 fracture” (yes, transported with fracture)

Ride This Train
“pulmonary hemorrhage” (two years old)

“fell and died acutely”

Quick Study
“shipped in with stifle fracture” (yes, transported with fracture)

Put It Back Jack
“fractured [and] dislocated ankle; blood collected before euthanasia”

Steve’s Image
“horse died [note: not euthanized] in stall from apparent colic”

Papa’s Missile
“apparent heart attack – expired on track” (six years old)

Jess Call Me J R
“found dead in stall” (two years old)

My Music
“found dead in barn after race” (five years old)

broke both front legs and neck

Dragon Dread
“found deceased in barn stall this morning”

Ladies Day
“was recumbent and could not rise – euthanized following day”

A Thousand Dreams
“found dead in stall”

Tarzan On Fire
“suspect internal rupture” (two years old)

“cecal rupture intestines”

Move Bingham
“collision on racetrack with another horse”

“collision on racetrack with another horse” (see above)

fractured cannon and “exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage”

Evening Up
two broken ankles

Shelby’s Ideal
“found dead following treatment for acute colic the day prior”

“died in stall – possible colic” (two years old)

“euthanized for a fractured pelvis” (seven weeks after incurring injury)

Bm Cartel
“collapsed under inside rail”

Js Chickenchit
“found dead in shedrow – colitis and infection” (two years old)

Claret Jug
“collapsed at the finish line, died two minutes later” (three years old)

White Lightning
“heart attack or aneurysm” (three years old)

Beaus Famous
“collapsed…died on track” (four years old)

Prime Number
“broke both sesamoids, torn suspensories”

Terry O Geri
“found dead in stall two days after having colic surgery”

Swell Chap
“died suddenly on track”

Sharp Skirt
“horse found dead in stall” (two years old)

Baby Lightweight
“laminitis both [italics added] front limbs – euthanized” (four years old)

yet-to-be-named filly
“received lasix at 5:30; at 6:30 she was down in the stall with no pulse”; cause of death: “no idea” (three years old)

“died suddenly during training” (three years old)

“sudden death post race” (five years old)

Legendary Vision
“open sesamoid fractures and complete rupture of [ligaments] with disarticulation of the fetlock joint”

“sudden death”

Sea Boss
“dislocated fetlock”

Felony Pursuit
“colic, ulcers, peritonitis”

Eight Da Hardway
“compound fracture of both sesamoids”

Dauns First Desirio
“heatstroke – renal failure”

Dig That Mine
“cardiac arrest” (three years old)

Black Angel
“possible electrocution – mare dropped dead in stall after touching metal door frame; screw eye was red hot”

Marathon Boy
“sudden death” (four years old)

Rebel Rithms
“suffered a catastrophic injury while grazing outside its barn, apparently flipping and landing on its neck…report indicated a broken neck”

Early Bid
“horse died acutely in stall [24 hours after racing]” (four years old)

Run for President
“sudden death on track” (three years old)

Livid Luke
“found unresponsive; believed to have escaped from stall and died overnight”

“horse collapsed on track – possible cardiovascular death”

My Giant
“suffered what appeared to be cardiac arrhythmia near the finish line…removed with dignity [italics added] to the holding area”

Street Heat
“cardiac arrest” (five years old)

My Flying Dragon
“flipped over on blacktop in barn area; suffered major head injury”

Dominator Sr
“horse found dead in stall; [possible] colic”

Hamburg Gig
“horse found dead outside stall; [possible] colic”

Skylander Boy
“slab fracture with ruptured ligaments”

“horse escaped from stall and ran into car”

Love Is All
“horse fell near finish line – compound, comminuted fracture of metacarpal”

Smooth Stone
“ruptured [tendon] and suspensory ligament”

Jett Bound
“flipped in barn – acute hemorrhage”

Half Ready
“broke down breezing; suspensory apparatus failure of previous surgery with screws”

Master Manipulator
“ran loose in barn area, was caught and returned; upon return, collapsed and died”

Diamond Don
“collapsed on the track during training” (four years old)

Magic Mangus
“right dorsal displacement; also – “laminitis, pneumonia, colic” – imagine this poor animal’s suffering

Im Insatiable Too
“exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage”

“ruptured ligament in stifle”

Aqua Bel Sar
“collapsed in area of 1/16th pole”

Casual Honor (probably sic)
“fever, diarrhea, founder” (two years old)

Matthew’s Thunder
“comminuted fractures of the sesamoids…suspensory ligament ruptured”

Charnley River
“collapsed and died after the finish – possible aneurysm”

Greed Is Good
“comminuted fracture both sesamoids with associated suspensory disruption”

Tell You What
“suffered fx cannon bone resulting in humane euthanasia on the track”

Sweet Reef
“possible heart attack” (five years old)

I Like Dreamin
“collapsed – apparent cardiac event”

Flirtin N Flashin
“broke down in the stretch – euthanized on track”

Rahy’s Bandit
“suffered a fracture to her front leg and was euthanized on the track”

KJ Henry Michael
“found deceased in stall early morning” (two years old)

A True Giant
“severe laminitis subsequent to injury sustained three weeks prior – euthanized”

Hashtag Fast
“found dead in stall – presumed choke”

Buddy’s Tiz
“collapsed and died”

Smooth Move
“sustained pelvic fracture”

“collapsed and died after walking down the track after being unsaddled”

“comminuted fracture sesamoid and open condylar fracture”

Coming in Hot
“sudden death/collapse due to circulatory failure”

Formal Event
“found deceased in stall; horse was under treatment for gastrointestinal issues”

Frankies Rockngirl
“took bad step, sustained fracture – ambulanced off track and euthanized”

Warrior Lake
“cardiac arrest” (four years old)

Unusual Champ
“collapse – pulmonary hemorrhage”

The Hero Within
“broke down suspensory/ankle; previous fracture of knee; vanned and euthanized; blood collected before euthanasia”

Polished Rock
“fractured ankle” (finished last five times in final six races)


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  1. Just look at this racehorse who was doing his best, galloping at high speed, racing tight with the risk of clipping heels (which sometimes brings horses down) likely doped up with this and that, being cruelly beaten with a whip which pushes the horse beyond his limitations, especially when he’s tiring, and running on a wet dirt track with mud all over him, in his eyes, up his nostrils and likely some in his mouth.

    And this is the outcome for him.

    A smashed up right fore leg fetlock injury which is horribly broken. Catastrophic.
    He spreads his hind legs in an effort to stay standing up with his huge weight of about 500 kilograms minus the support of his right front leg. Suffering excruciating pain, in shock and in fear of what was going to happen to him. Alone. And the two workers only interested in getting the gear off him.

    Utterly sickening.

    Utterly abhorrent.

    Utterly indefensible.

    And utterly UNETHICAL.

      • They (owners and trainer) were finished with the unfortunate horse, George Washington. He failed at stud and was no longer an asset.
        He was a grass horse for his whole career and earned $1.4million. In spite of substantial earnings there was no retirement on the horizon for George Washington. So what to do? It was back to the track for him and on the dirt, no less !
        The day he died at Monmouth Park, the weather was bad and the track was a swamp. There was talk as to whether to cancel the day. But it was the Breeder Cup and how on earth could racing put safety before such prestige and so much money?!
        The connections could have scratched George Washington but, as I said, he was no longer an asset.They were finished with him…

  2. We dislike the fact that they don`t let the public see the horse being put down with their lousy screens! Let the public see what happens during races. Also to make a horse return to racing just because he wasn`t able to draw in the big $ from breeding is abhorrent! We bet if he was allowed to be with some mares in a natural setting he would have had foals. We remember seeing this. We just felt terrible for his short life he had.You would think the owners would have learned after the first horse that broke down. Barbaro.

  3. There’s so many things to say……Everything about this is disgraceful..and I do believe that the other horses see what’s going on and wonder when it will be their ‘turn’.

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