Raced at Santa Anita, Trucked to Kentucky, Killed at Keeneland

As has been well-documented here, Kentucky Racing is cagey about its dead horses: Commission FOIA documents, which I’m currently working on, redact almost all identifying information; the chartwriters there eschew the standard killed-euphemism “broke down” in favor of the decidedly more nebulous “went wrong.” Friday at Keeneland, Amandine was one of those and, no surprise, is indeed dead.

Amandine, it should be noted, was part of the exodus from California in the wake of new drugging rules and (because of the searing scrutiny) on-edge horsemen. (These departures have forced Santa Anita to cancel at least the next few Thursday cards – not enough horses to race.) In fact, prior to dying in Kentucky, Amandine’s most recent four races all came during Santa Anita’s current meet. Perhaps that’s meaningful, perhaps not. But in the end, it matters not a whit where these horses die, for you can’t, in any meaningful way, separate out, or draw distinctions among, the various tracks and states. U.S Horseracing is a single entity; a kill at one is a kill for all.

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  1. Amandine was a victim of multiple racehorse killer (the industry calls them a “trainer”) JEFF MULLINS.
    Jeff Mullins killed FAST MUNNY at Santa Anita last year on May 19, 2018.
    He’s probably maimed and/or killed 1 or more in between these dates.
    Now, the fact that CHRB and KHRC (Kentucky Horse Racing Commission) deliberately covers up the names and information of dead racehorses clearly shows that they are protecting these racehorse killers, and they could be dismantling a killing pattern that can be established with the vital information that they choose to omit.
    This reveals an entire industry of deep corruption, and/or widespread legitimized killing of racehorses.
    One dare ask: if they are covering up the dying what else are they covering up?
    Pure evil.

  2. Thank you so much for the work you are doing. I have never liked horseracing but i had no idea of and just can’t wrap my head around the extent of this horror..

  3. Amandine was raced TWICE in only 3 days in December of 2018 at Santa Anita for owner Red Baron’s Barn and trainer Jeff Mullins. Both races with Lasix, of course.

    Look at my FB post about Amandine – all horses are beauties, but this filly had SUCH a sweet face. It’s so hard to look at their photos and know they died for BETS!

    • Thanks for this information Joy that clearly shows the total and complete disregard for this poor filly.
      She was such a pretty filly and it’s so disturbing that these racehorse abusers and killers will get away with this yet again.
      Jeff Mullins is a multiple racehorse killer – he’s been killing racehorses for years with no repercussions like all of them who have a long Death List under their names.
      In any other setting in America these racehorse killers would be up on Felony Animal Cruelty charges.
      Instead, this business protects them by deliberating hiding the names of the racehorses where information can be gathered.
      We will find out most of the names, we won’t let them die in vain like these enablers of the killings.

    • Twice in 3 days and as you said, Joy, with Lasix. That is not even enough time for the horse to rehydrate. Not to mention the electrolytes.
      Dehydration by Lasix does not trigger the normal thirst response. It takes several days for the horse to get back in balance.
      Shame on the track vets for going along wit this abuse. Bad medicine. He let

      • What you are ARE DOING IS BEYOND evil and eventually you critins will ALL have to GIVE THE DEVIL HIS DUE!! Its a sick and disturbing business backed by BIG MONEY. WE NEED GOOD PEOPLE WITH A HEART & CONSCIOUS TO MULTIPLY IN NUMBERS AND MAKE A CHANGE, BRINGING THE MURDERERS OF THESE BEAUTIFUL HORSES, THAT GOD CREATED, FOR A MUCH MORE BEAUTIFUL WAY TO LIVE THEIR LIVES.!!
        THINK. CHANGE. EVOLVE

  4. Thank you for this share! I have to stay strong and focused in this fight to end horseracing everywhere (esp. in California) but to hear this over and over and over again lights a fire in me that can’t be contained. The arrogance, greed and continued “mayhem” (my favorite descriptive word) on and off these tracks to WIN AT ALL COSTS is indefensible no doubt. For the life of me, I can’t and won’t understand why horses are not protected but you can be brought up on animal cruelty charges for failing to groom your cat here in Los Angeles County – an animal cruelty charge I found online recently.

  5. Animals ÷ Money + Humans WILL = CRUELTY

    This is a WORLD WIDE equation. The cruelty WILL exist at one level or another at SOME point. There are VERY FEW EXEPTIONS…..& one if the WORST is the meat ‘industry’s.

  6. Santa Anita should have closed long ago…. What’s the count now..? 22.. ?? x how many millions all these horses were worth… that’s a lot of money .. I hope the owners of these horses file lawsuits…. Sad… just so sad…

  7. While Santa Anita has been the focus, as it should be, Kentucky is doing a really good job at killing racehorses.
    https://www.courier-journal.com/story/sports/horseracing/2019/03/27/churchill-downs-horse-fatalities/3289355002/

    Kentucky, like California, deliberately deceives, and hides the names of racehorses who die on their tracks which actually protects the racehorse killers.
    Corrupt and vile with the racehorses paying the price every step of the way.

    • When you say they hide the names of dead horses ,do you know all throughbreds are tattooed on the inside of their top lip.This makes them easily to identfy.

      • Good send the jockey club a tattoo number and see if they tell you who that horse is. It doesnt work the way you think it does.

      • Barbara, since the tracks have custody, care, and control of the racehorses from the time they drop in the dirt from their shattered bones hanging by a thread, then subsequently euthanize them on track property – how in the hell is the public going to see the tattoo?
        Exactly, this is done deliberately, and then they subsequently and intentionally don’t release the names of the thoroughbreds who are killed on their tracks.
        This is a deliberate and intentional effort to hide their dead.
        Furthermore, here in Canada, we are coming across more and more thoroughbreds with mutilated tattoos so that they are not legible.
        Again, this is intentional so that the horse can’t be traced back to the source.
        Now in the past the horse racing industry got away with this, but we will make sure they don’t anymore.
        Since the horse racing industry also protects the killers of these racehorses then somebody must care.
        It’s the “radical” animal rights people and the true horse lovers that will be a voice for these racehorses.

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