The Week in Racing

Last week in U.S. Horseracing (not including training, not including harness).

Giant Song “vanned off” at Sunray
Bud’s Bayonet “was pulled up in distress, vanned off” at Indiana
Hasty Commander “flipped in the gate, vanned off” at Indiana
Jamaican Magician “vanned off” at Delaware
Thaddeus “vanned off” at Delaware
Harlan’s Howling “vanned off” at Mountaineer
Kinley Karole “went wrong” at Churchill – subsequently confirmed dead
Adios Jess “vanned off” at Delta
Circle Unbroken “suffered a catastrophic injury, humanely destroyed” at Penn
Morning Belle “vanned off” at Prairie
Kinetic Art “returned bleeding from the nostrils” at Belterra
Misty Fly “suffered a fatal injury…euthanized on the track” at Charles Town
Mr. Carlos “vanned off” at Evangeline
Saratoga Breeze “fell, vanned off” at Gulfstream subsequently confirmed dead
Seeking the Sunset “vanned off” at Pimlico
Congrats Gal “collapsed post race…perished on the track” at Pimlico
Blame Joe “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Fusaichi Samurai “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Sheadashingivory “bled, vanned off” at Sam Houston
Warrior’s Delight “vanned off” at Delaware
Catbalee “vanned off” at Louisiana
Dapper Dan “fell, DNF” at Malvern
Super Saturday “hit fence, fell, DNF” at Malvern
Mutin “fell, DNF” at Malvern
Balistes “fell, DNF” at Malvern
Foot in the Door “vanned off” at Monmouth
No Drinking Rules “pulled up in distress, vanned off” at Parx
Friendly Fire “returned bleeding” at Pimlico
My Third Eye “vanned off in heat distress” at Lone Star
Thru Lady “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Nenas Gmc “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Spectacular Music “vanned off” at Santa Anita
Dewyalovemenow “vanned off” at Suffolk
Hereditary “vanned off” at Sunray

“vanned off” – many if not most will resurface on my year-end FOIA killed-reports
“bled,” “returned bleeding from nostrils” – typically indicates pulmonary hemorrhage

(source: Equibase)

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  1. Barbara – vanned off means they have to be removed from the track in a horse ambulance or trailer, because they were too injured or incapacitated to walk off on their own. If Patrick also tabulated horses that fall, are injured, or are in distress, but are somehow capable, or forced to, walk off under their own power, this list would be tripled. This industry is so destructive to the horses that it’s mind boggling.

  2. Disgusting that “Drug” O’Neill has the gall to suggest Santa Anita was ever “safe” for thoroughbreds. Creeps like him are the biggest reason that horse racing needs to be banned completely; As an industry, they are unable/unwilling to police themselves for the betterment of their equine athletes. He, himself, with his multiple doping violations (like nearly EVERY “trainer” at EVERY track) should have been banned — and imprisoned for animal cruelty — many years ago. But, sadly, this “sport” always finds a way to celebrate its most degenerate offenders.

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