Belmont: Six Horses Killed in Less Than Two Weeks

This morning, Coffee Crush died training at Belmont – officially (Gaming Commission), “horse had apparent cardiovascular collapse.” Coffee Crush was four years old. Since racing returned to Belmont less than two weeks ago, six – yes, six – horses have been killed on-track. If I haven’t already convinced you that NYRA’s “demonstrably safer racing” is but a base marketing ploy, I’m not sure that I can.

Belmont now counts 28 dead horses on the year…

Doyouknowsomething, Jan 8, stall – “sustained left elbow injury in stall”
Speke, Jan 19, training – “suffered a fracture to his right shoulder”
Catpsalm, Jan 29, stall – “protozoal myeloencephalitis”
Miss Marion, Feb 3, training – “fractured cannon bone…euthanized on track”
Chronos, Feb 3, training (euthanized Feb 4) – “fractured right front leg”
For Pops, Feb 26, training – “collapsed and died” (four years old)
Queen Bode, Mar 3, training – “euthanized at hospital”
Mighty Zealous, Mar 10, stall – “severe respiratory distress…euthanized”
Miss Marilyn, Mar 23, training – “leg injury…euthanasia on the track”
Miss Mimosa, Mar 28, training – “cardiovascular collapse” (three years old)
Pretty Enuff, Apr 1, training – “suffered a leg fracture…euthanized”
Luz Mimi, Apr 4, training – “suffered a leg fracture…euthanized”
La Manche, Apr 11, training – “suffered a fracture…and was euthanized”
Noble Cause, May 11, racing – “injuries necessitating euthanasia”
Anne’s Song, May 24, racing – “ambulanced off, euthanized due to poor prognosis”
Successful Mission, Jun 9, training – “sustained fractures while breezing”
Inflection, Jun 9, racing – “euthanized due to poor prognosis”
Ro Bear, Jun 16, stall – “died in the barn from an apparent impaction colic”
With Caution, Jun 28, training – “P1 fracture…died complications from anesthesia”
Fancy Persuasion, Jun 30, racing – “cardiovascular collapse” (two years old)
yet-to-be-named, Jul 11, training – “fractured sesamoids…euthanized”
La Fuerza, Jul 27, training – “fractured humeral, ambulanced to barn, euthanized”
Royal Inheritance, Sep 6, training – “collapsed and died” (five years old)
Passporttovictory, Sep 6, racing – “bad steps”
Mo Moxie, Sep 7, training – “sustained a fracture and was euthanized on track”
Deft, Sep 12, racing – “broke front leg and was euthanized on the track”
Rhode Island, Sep 14, racing – “was vanned off…subsequently euthanized”
Coffee Crush, Sep 19, training – “cardiovascular collapse”


  1. I understand they are expanding Belmont so they can close Aquaduct, Good God, they need to close both of them for starters.

  2. I have not heard anything about this yet.
    All that I know is that construction has just begun with the new arena for the New York Islanders ice hockey team right next to the Belmont Park racetrack.

  3. I saw the race on September 12, 2019 when Deft fell and rolled over.
    I just discovered today that Deft broke front leg, guessing as to the direction of the fall it might have been the right front leg.
    I wish to know where Deft has been laid to rest.
    Before the death of Deft on 9/12/19 I never knew Deft. Having said that I want to do something to remember Deft for all time. It looks like horses die and if they are not big name horses, they are forgotten.
    Please send me information about Deft from birth to death and please send some non copy righted pics I can use.
    My sincere thanks and my sincere condolences to those closets to Deft.
    RIP Deft and if I can help it, you will never be forgotten.

    • Deft was not laid to rest. His body was dumped in a designated area and left for the rendering truck to haul away. Thoroughbreds are not buried, they are discarded.

    • I directly witnessed many racehorses dying.
      Rebecca is 100% correct.
      Once dead they are no longer of any value to them because they can’t fill races, the wagering coffers or egos.
      Most racehorse’s are laid to rest on the slaughterhouse floor so should we draw their name in the puddles of blood after they are sanguinated?

  4. This is horrible! Owners should be be held responsible! They probably have insurance on their horse & then get paid out big bucks! So shame on the owners not protecting their horses!!

  5. I oppose horseracing, the ill treatment of hhorsesand animals as a whole and abuse. Stop killing horses! Stop the abuse!

  6. This is heartbreaking and disgusting on how these beautiful creatures are treated!!
    Horse racing needs to be banned…’s all about money and greed!, This is animal abuse
    and it’s sickening as to what happens to them when they die!

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