2-Year-Old Killed While Training at Santa Anita – 33rd Victim on the Meet

A 2-year-old suffered a “catastrophic injury” – fractured shoulder, says the LA Times – while training at Santa Anita Wednesday and has been euthanized. The California Horse Racing Board gave me the name of River Derby; however, that name does not show up on Equibase. Regardless, it’s another kill for this besieged track – the 33rd on the meet. A reminder though: Santa Anita averages 50 dead annually. In other words, no spike, no spate, no anomaly – just business as usual.

(The CHRB just got back to me; the correct name is Derby River, not – like the LA Times has it – the other way around.)

The Santa Anita 33:

Psychedelicat, killed racing at Santa Anita Dec 30, 2018
Tank Team, killed racing at Santa Anita Jan 4, 2019
Unusual Angel, killed racing at Santa Anita Jan 4, 2019
Secret Street, killed training at Santa Anita Jan 8, 2019
Derby Treasure, killed racing at Santa Anita Jan 11, 2019
Noise Mandate, killed racing at Santa Anita Jan 18, 2019
Amboseli, killed racing at Santa Anita Jan 20, 2019
Like Really Smart, killed racing at Santa Anita Jan 21, 2019
Last Promise Kept, killed racing at Santa Anita Jan 21, 2019
Dancing Harbor, killed training at Santa Anita Jan 23, 2019
Spitfire, killed training at Santa Anita Jan 25, 2019
Kid Cantina, killed racing at Santa Anita Feb 2, 2019
Comegowithme, killed racing at Santa Anita Feb 3, 2019
Jager Time, killed training at Santa Anita Feb 17, 2019
Unusual Rider, killed training at Santa Anita Feb 18, 2019
Hot American, killed racing at Santa Anita Feb 22, 2019
Battle of Midway, killed training at Santa Anita Feb 23, 2019
Just Forget It, killed training at Santa Anita Feb 23, 2019
Charmer John, killed training at Santa Anita Feb 24, 2019
Eskenforadrink, killed racing at Santa Anita Mar 2, 2019
Lets Light the Way, killed training at Santa Anita Mar 5, 2019
Princess Lili B, killed training at Santa Anita Mar 14, 2019
Arms Runner, killed racing at Santa Anita Mar 31, 2019
Commander Coil, killed training at Santa Anita May 17, 2019
Spectacular Music, killed racing at Santa Anita May 19, 2019
Kochees, killed racing at Santa Anita May 25, 2019
Derby River, killed training at Santa Anita June 5, 2019
unidentified, Jan 14-Jan 20, died off-track at Santa Anita
unidentified, Jan 21-Jan 27, died off-track at Santa Anita
unidentified, Feb 25-Mar 3, died off-track at Santa Anita
unidentified, Feb 25-Mar 3, died off-track at Santa Anita
unidentified, Apr 1-Apr 7, died off-track at Santa Anita
unidentified, May 20-May 26, died off-track at Santa Anita

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  1. Sigh. Another unraced 2-year-old (yearling, in other, more accurate words) and we’ll soon see if the horse killers at Santa Anita are going to bluster along further with more lame excuses, or finally close down their Death Track. I’m gonna guess the former:(

  2. “Sudden” rash of deaths seems to be the prevailing theme on mainstream media.
    Let’s be clear: horse racing has been killing racehorses since its inception.
    Over the years, especially prior to social media, the horse racing industry was very good at hiding their dead and little to no statistics were garnered or released.
    That all changed when Patrick started this blog in order to release the FACTS/STATISTICS that clearly dispel every single myth that this industry has been perpetrating on the public for years and STILL is.
    On their mainstream pro-horse racing sites: they continue to blame PETA, “radical” animal rights groups, or anybody who opposes horse racing for the current situation that has finally shed light on the truth about racing.
    When really they have themselves to blame – end of story – because they have resisted changes to protect the racehorses for years and they STILL do!
    For example, head of the CHRB Rick Arthur “acknowledged that there was no consistent pattern with the initial cluster of 23 fatalities to suggest that therapeutic drugs were the cause of the spike.”
    When we, the public, gets to see what exactly these reports say then we will have our own say because the racehorses certainly don’t.
    However, the doping, Lasix, beating/whipping, intense confinement, subjugation, forced to run when sore/tired, little rest, “trainers” who have a long history of maiming/killing racehorses with no accountability etc etc. all contribute to their demise.
    Furthermore, how the hell knows what effects the years of doping has had on the integrity of bones?
    So to say that one or neither of these practices don’t contribute to the deaths are preposterous because they all do, or have some role to play in their demise, to what extent is questionable.
    New York Times: “The bizarre string of injuries ….”
    NO IT’S NOT BIZARRE – this is daily business as usual – this is horse racing.
    So we must ask ourselves HOW MUCH LONGER ARE WE GOING TO ACCEPT THIS?

  3. And what are ‘authorities’ in Arcadia doing?
    It’s shame the city government is so bribed and/or inept that the civilized among us have to go to the state and senators.
    What is wrong with the police force in Arcadia in not preventing all this rampant abuse.
    The obvious corruption is sickening.

    • Horses die everyday so what thy die on farms they die on ranches they die walking in the range you are a trouble maker we’re there is no trouble

      • While that is true, there is no excuse for what is happening in horse-racing. You’re only looking out for your own sorry, value-less a$$!

      • Rather an mindless statement. Perfect example of the thoughtless current mindset of some one who cares nothing about anything until it affects themselves. Too bad you don’t come back and live the life if a yearling racehorse.

      • Tim, go back to school. It’s obvious you’re not very intelligent. They will teach you to read and write and you might even learn a little respect for this planet as well as moral common sense.

  4. Maybe when you sober up, Tim, you’ll realize that people die every day, too.
    They die in hospitals. They die in nursing homes. They die in vehicles. They die in restaurants, hotels, amusement parks, and even in their own beds.
    That people die is not reason for others to kill them. Nor is it a reason to hasten their deaths by forcefully subjecting them to inhumane treatment, deadly drugs, and all the other horrors finally being exposed to the public at large by this site and others. Here’s hoping we’ll all live to see the end of horse racing in America.
    Cheers!

  5. Greed!!! Destroying our world, these people could care less about these horses who are there only to make them money!!! It is heartbreaking , I love horses, they deserve to be pets, not forced to work to death for some greedy humans pleasure! Animal abuse is horrible, and this is abuse

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