Another Kill at Thistledown; A Pair of Kills at Los Alamitos

American Deluxe in the 7th at Thistledown yesterday: “AMERICAN DELUXE suffered a catastrophic injury leaving the first turn and was euthanized” (Equibase). The 5-year-old was under the whip for the 20th time.

In the most recent Stewards Minutes from Los Alamitos, “two equine deaths were reported due to racing injuries.” As usual, the stewards did not identify the victims, but it is likely that one is 3-year-old Bos Dream, an “injured, vanned off” on April 26.

Three more dead animals – this is horseracing.

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  1. AMERICAN DELUXE bred and surrounded by opulence on multi-million dollar breeding farm Calumet in KY.
    Didn’t live up to Derby or stake talent so got dumped like most of them.
    Now, dead in the dirt.
    Wherever they come from no matter how much money they make the grassy retirement paddocks are a fallacy as slaughterhouse statistics clearly show.
    INSTAGRAND – multiple stakes winner, in the top 10% of racehorse talent (according to this industry), made over $300,000, trained by multiple racehorse killer Jerry Hollendorfer broke down over the weekend while generating some more money for his owner, and this is what his owner OXO Larry Best, had to say about Instagrand:
    I’m disappointed by the colt’s performance in the Pat Day.
    I suggest that Larry Best go run on the track, break his ankle, and see if he’s disappointed after that.
    You can’t make this stuff up.
    These people are pure evil while they announce their “love” for the racehorse – sick, sick, sick.

    • We used to cringe every time we saw a Hollendorfer horse run at our now happily defunct only local 1 mile oval track.We knew most if not all his horses were not in sound or clean running condition.

      • Fred and Joan.
        I saw your post on a pro-horse site praising the fact that you sold 2 of your foals you bred to a native tribe/person.
        As I’ve previously expressed I don’t agree with any horse breeding whatsoever because, like domestic pets, there are too many looking for homes.
        Nevertheless, I want to make you aware (if you aren’t) about extreme horse abuse at the Havasupai Indian Reservation.
        There are a group of us trying to change things there, but it’s very difficult because it’s on native land.
        They send people out to buy horses, foals and claim to give them a great forever home, which is a ruse because they send them to the Havasupai Indian Reservation where they are subjected to inhumane treatment and extreme abuse for tourists.
        Like the horse racing industry, they make millions from their business enterprise but the horses are cruelly treated, overworked and beaten – ALL ON VIDEO – just go to Youtube.
        I’m not saying this is the case with your situation, but if you truly care about your horses you would go back and frequently check to make sure they are still there because they could end up in a living hell on the Havasupai Indian Reservation.
        They have many OTTB’s there as well that literally drop dead on the trails and they just shove them aside.
        Yet another example of where many racehorses end up – in extreme neglectful situations with the multi-billion dollar horse racing industry doing nothing about it.
        Please folks don’t support the Havasupai Indian reservation.
        Patrick, thanks for letting me post this because I had no other way to relay this message to these posters.

    • Yes, Gina, I agree with your post to Fred and Joan. I’ve noted that Fred and Joan have made some remarks In the same post bragging about a homebred filly of theirs that just ran at Emerald Downs, clocking 40.9 mph for a 3/8 mile, and no matter what, they will continue to breed thoroughbreds. I’ve also noted some posts that can be perceived as anti- protestors at tracks, as they mentioned there were protestors at Portland meadows- their “home track”. So I am not really clear on where they stand in the the realm of racing, as they seem proracing when posting on Paulick, and antiracing when they post here. Just my thoughts.

  2. Gina. I read when looking up his pedigree that Instagrand was going to have surgery on his sesamoid
    He probably kept running in the Pat Day race under an injured leg

    • Yes Nancy – it was Instagrand’s sesamoid and because people don’t have sesamoid(s) (as I requested Mr. Best go break his ankle and see how he feels) the ankle was the closest joint structure to sesamoids that are found in people.
      Also, he was whipped/beaten on the replay so he would (as racehorses instincts tell them) run away from the pain of the whip over protecting himself and nobody knows what the hell they are putting into these racehorses.
      The secret doping/vet records are not only corrupt, but this lack of transparency spells doom for most racehorses, and doping is a form of animal abuse.
      As you point out, he was probably running on an injured leg, or at minimum, a pre-existing condition.

    • We were not bragging, just noting the fact that a filly we sold ran at 40.9 mph which was incredible to us.Our horses that we sold to the tribal member in South Dakota we keep in contact regularly as we do with all of our horse buyers.Yes, no matter what, we will continue to supply the happy families with good tempered horses without the distortions, falsehoods of so many other breeders.One of our primary reasons for raising horses besides having people have the joy of owning a good horse is also to maintain our property tax deferral. Please don`t tell us to raise beef of other meat producing animals! We eat only non-dairy, non-meat diet having seen several family members suffer the effects of heart disease and congestive heart failure. We are anti- drug, inhumane methods of handling horses, that in our opinion, cause much abuse such as lip chains, nose twitches etc. We have seen those horrible methods used to excess at our local track and for such reasons were glad to see it gone. We have never even used a stock saddle to teach a horse to be ridden.Several horses we have taught to ride such as Five O Wonder went on to win > $40,000 at our local race track which we are glad to see being developed out. Five O Wonder was not a filly bred or owned by our farm. She was one we taught to ride many years ago and we were very saddened by the trainer she ended up with at the track, as that trainer said ” I don`t care for the horse except she wins a lot for my husband.” That filly we were able to eventually ride with nothing at all, no bridle , saddle, halter or even neck string! Of course our riding the filly that way was before she raced at the track. We greatly appreciate your warning of the Havasupai reservation. We have also worked in the tourist beach riding industry! Many of the horses in the tourist riding industry suffer greatly from over weight riders and operators who care only for the big dollars they earn with their beach rides.Many states profit greatly off of this business as the state gets a cut of all dollars spent, kind of like lottery dollars going through stores. We would never want any of good tempered horses to end up there Gina. We take middle of the road approach to the horse industry. We have thought of switching to a different type of farm product but when farmers in our area can`t hardly stay in operation with >1,000 acres, a farm with much less acreage has very little chance with the high cost of unskilled labor + insurance as well as property taxes. A small farm has to raise a specialty of some sort that doesn`t have too high an labor intensive operational cost. We appreciate all thoughts from others.

  3. We have just read of the abuse of those poor equines at the Havasupai reservation. We were appalled at those poor animals conditions and treatment!! That should all be stopped. These kinds of tragic abuses is why we quit participating in the tourist equine industry! Many times the tourists riders would actually stop and allow the horses to drink from a not very clean creek we passed through on our trip as that was the only water available. The tourist riders had more compassion than the ride operators! So much for the prohibitions against alcohol or drugs in the reservations rules we read of according to the pictures and eyewitnesses of tourists viewing the area.Have all things hauled in by the people themselves using strong 2 wheeled carts if needed or better yet mechanized ATV`s. Dispense with the use of horses / mules for packing. That`s why we invented machines for!

    • Fred and Joan – with respect – just stop breeding.
      There are way too many racehorses going to slaughter and even the most conscientious breeder can’t control what happens to a horse throughout its long life.
      I always imagined native people taking incredible care of horses just because their history tends to invoke this image, but this is no longer the case.
      I know of several extreme cruelty, neglectful and abuse of horses going on at several native owned lands.
      Cruelty and abuse has no boundaries and most all businesses that exploit animals for profit spell disaster for the animal because they are deprived of a life and of the millions in profits they generate.
      Exploiting animals for profit has no place in the 21st century – none – and that includes breeding.

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