Another Kill at Santa Anita; Desperate Industry Blames Trainer

This morning, according to multiple sources, the 4-year-old American Currency suffered a “catastrophic injury” training at Santa Anita and is dead. He is Santa Anita’s 30th track-related kill since December 30 and the 36th dead horse overall.

Because American Currency is the fourth horse trained by Jerry Hollendorfer to die at SA, and coming as it has the morning after CNN ran a decidedly negative piece with the Hall of Famer Hollendorfer as its focus, Racing has an easy villain. In fact, there are reports that Hollendorfer will not be allowed to race any more horses at SA this weekend. This, of course, is just the latest distraction (rain, Lasix) advanced by an increasingly desperate industry. Horseracing kills horses – that’s all you need to know.

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
Henry, dead at Santa Anita January 14, 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
Ponchito, dead at Santa Anita January 22, 2019
Dancing Harbor, killed training at Santa Anita Jan 23, 2019
Spitfire, killed training at Santa Anita Jan 25, 2019
Mongolian Hunter, dead at Santa Anita January 28, 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
Cooney, dead at Santa Anita March 4, 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
Rolling Shadow, dead at Santa Anita April 4, 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
Current Times, dead at Santa Anita May 27, 2019
Derby River, killed training at Santa Anita June 5, 2019
Formal Dude, killed racing at Santa Anita June 8, 2019
Truffalino, killed racing at Santa Anita June 9, 2019
American Currency, killed training at Santa Anita June 22, 2019

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  1. Of course it was another “catastrophic injury” – that is in every day postings. Why is it that the people involved just seem to think that those 2 words are totally justified. Do you losers just not get that you are all murderers – are you that god damn stupid that you think you are fooling the rest of us?? This trainer – OMG so he can’t race any more horses THIS WEEKEND – is this for effin real – what the hell is that telling him – what is the message being sent to him?????? There is no message it is nothing but a simple slap on the wrist and another nod to the rest of the owners and trainers just to keep on having those catastrophic injuries because that makes it OK. Meanwhile this “prick” can sit back in the beer gardens and yuck it up with all of his buddies on his 2 day holiday. This god damn race track needs to be gone along with the rest of them and these ignorant owners and trainers. What the hell is the matter USA – get Trump to close them down and send these f*ckers overseas – I am thinking right now might be a good time to drop you off in Iran and let’s see how tough you are and how many catastrophic injuries you might all sustain. Death is the perfect solution to you people because apparently that is all you can relate too. What a sad sad world we live in and what a sad sad world those poor horses try to exist in!!!!

  2. I never saw this kind of unbelievable injuries when I was working in the 1970’s. What has changed so Danm bad to see this consistently every week?



    “Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was told Saturday by The Stronach Group, owner of Santa Anita Park, to vacate his stalls at the Arcadia, Calif., racetrack after the euthanasia of American Currency, a horse he claimed for $20,000 two starts back. American Currency sustained fractured sesamoids in his left front ankle at the beginning of a breeze on the infield training track.

    American Currency was the fourth horse trained by Hollendorfer to suffer a fatal injury racing or training at the Santa Anita winter and spring meetings that began on Dec. 26.

    Santa Anita has been under intense scrutiny by local and national media and animal rights groups since a spike of fatal injuries began early this year during an unusually cold and wet winter in Southern California. American Currency became the 30th horse to die during training or racing at Santa Anita.”

  4. Horseracing websites refuse to publish links to I just mentioned this site and my comment immediately went to “approval” status, which means it was censored & removed. How can any of these people claim to want to stop the deaths of these innocent animals, when they won’t allow access to all the information and statistics that are out there? Obviously, they aren’t interested in the horrible truths. This is a threat to their bank accounts and by censoring sites like this one, they are showing their true colors. One commenter said that perhaps some horses who were dealing with injuries should be “humanely slaughtered.” Unbelievable! There is no such thing as humane slaughter, but by all means, let’s cull the injured by sending them to a grisly, terrifying death!
    These attitudes are why horses are being run to their deaths. The powers that be are resisting changes and lying about too many things. And these beautiful animals continue to lose their lives. Shut this brutal sport down. Enough!

      • Thank you for helping us understand better BUT by virtue of living in a free-market-economy does NOT mean we are free to commit crimes, to abuse, to murder, to torture — whether it to be to Humans OR Animals — decent societies would NEVER allow this.

  5. This info has hit the internet with the death of the horse this morning. Also JH told to vacate santa anita and golden gate. His horses scratched for the weekend. More coverage for horseracing wrongs as to how all this plays out.

  6. The death toll of these beautiful horses is at an insane level. It needs to end now and the people that are involved need to become prosecuted to the full extent of the law, which should be a Felony in California for animal cruelty.

  7. Not to add fuel to the fire but nobody has mentioned that each of these horses is insured and when they are put down there’s insurance payment that is paid out. Maybe it’s just a little too easy to collect?

  8. I agree with Cathy. Get rid of Jerry Hollendorfer period and remove him from the hall of fame. He is a disgrace and shut down Santa Anita track. These are beautiful animals. Horses are a symbol of an early American era. I am heartbroken and disgusted to think they are treated like this. They deserve a life.

    • There should be another special “tribute” to horseracing, a negative one – a Hall of SHAME, for bad trainers, bad owners, bad jockeys, bad tracks, etc.
      I guarantee, there will be overcrowding in THIS one.

  9. I’ve read that The Breeder’s Cup is being held at Santa Anita in November. I sure hope organizers consider moving it to another track or cancelling it.

  10. NEW to this site, so please excuse any ignorance! Just saw this from April 8, 2019 Bershadker ASPCA letter & wondering where other such organized groups (e.g. Humane Society) are & what LAWS are in place, ? . . . This is NOT acceptable. Our collective tolerance implies complicity in OUTRAGEOUS CRUELTY & the growing euthanasia is crying for immediate investigation and moral assessment ruling on possible MURDER. WHERE is the “immediate suspension of racing and an investigation into the fatalities” ? Sen Feinstein and Gov Newsome’s work???? If you haven’t already signed Abigail Sewell’s CHANGE.ORG petition, here it is: THANKS FOR ALL YOU GUYS ARE DOING FOR THE HORSES!!! AND ALL OF US!!!

    • Thank you for commenting. We are in fact the only non-profit in the country that is clearly and consistently working to end horseracing. The HSUS is not philosophically against horseracing. Again, the HSUS is not against horseracing. PETA, at least on this issue, equivocates and confuses. So the choice is clear: If you believe horseracing is wrong and cannot be fixed, please support Horseracing Wrongs.

    • Please don’t expect much if anything on ANY animal issue from the Humane Society or ASPCA. They pay too much of their membership funds to their CEOs and do very little on any issue. The Humane Society in particular is currently being condemned by wild horse groups for their support of truly horrendous mare sterilization proposal that the BLM wants to do. They are either bought off or don’t know anything about that issue. Both organizations have had problems with bad leadership in the past.

      Don’t expect any wide-spread groups to do what people themselves need to do. EVERYBODY needs to keep protesting, contacting their congresspeople and most of all STOP SUPPORTING anb industry that needs to die.

      • Thanks, ABS314!!! Have got a LOT to LEARN . . . and I thank you for helping me see why so LITTLE has happened. OK! GOING TO WRITE CONGRESS FOLKS and keep looking for more avenues. First off, going to look through all the posts and see WHO ALL you guys have yourselves appealed to. Got so blown away by this that it didn’t occur to me to read all the posts :( THANKS SO, SO MUCH! mb

    • Some of the larger Animal organizations (with much money & power) give impression they’re DOING something FOR the animals, but in truth, they remain loyal to the status quo & care very little — pay a visit to, headed by Nathan Winograd ///// to bolster my point, on another note, HSUS, ASPCA and RTF — are NOT fighting for Wild Horses, who are being harassed off their land/homes, abused & killed — Wild Horses have been successfully roaming our public lands for centuries — certain LOBBIES want the land for themselves, thus Wild Horses are being persecuted — this is WRONG — again, HSUS, ASPCA & RTF (Return to Freedom – Robert Redford on Board) are doing NOTHING — ostensibly they are FOR animals — it “seems” as if they’re on the side of Horses, but NOT SO — it’s scary, tragic, disappointing, sad — we MUST keep FIGHTING for Horses.

  11. No horse should be forced to race anywhere in the world. They all should be running free in the fields not used and abused by greedy humans who only care about money not the horses welfare, evil scum. End horse racing now so no more horses can be injured and die. Greedy humans stop thinking of yourselves for a change.

  12. Good morning Pat Batuello: We were very dismayed and deeply saddened to learn that American Currency has died! This horse deserved so much better. Also Pat we are glad that that stinker J. Hollendorfer has been suspended. In our horse-loving opinion he should be saddled and harnessed and made to run the tortuous track that American Currency did. He could never give what that thoroughbred has. Also we learned via the news here in BC, Canada that Ms. Belinda Stronach was the investor in the Santa Anita racetrack activitys. Shame be to her and J. Hoffendorfer, and all the gutless wonders committing cruelty and abuse to horses. Thanks again Pat and your supporters for caring and trying to get the stupid lawless heartless ones to change what we realize in very very WRONG. With compassion and understanding H.Clark


  13. Why naming only one trainer? Who trained the other 26 horses? Find the caused of the break
    down, and you may find a cure.

  14. SHUT DOWN the depravedly heinous industry of HORSE-RACING PERMANENTLY — STOP the torturous abuse AND premature, cruel deaths — By virtue of living in a free-market-economy does NOT mean we are free to commit crimes, to abuse, to murder, to torture — whether it to be to Humans OR Animals — decent societies would NEVER allow this.

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