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Last week in U.S. Thoroughbred and Quarterhorse races

Recanted “vanned off” at Delaware
Great Cookie “vanned off” at Delaware
Race Me Home “fell, DNF” at Parx
Golden Celestial “vanned off” at Zia
Cape County “vanned off” at Zia
Zapped “vanned off” at Zia
Allaboutthecandy “vanned off” at Delaware
Aquariva “vanned off” at Belmont
Elverson “hit the rail, fell, vanned off” at Charles Town
Creative Artist “vanned off” at Laurel
Jb Jess Cowgirls “vanned off” at Evangeline
Sabbatarian “vanned off” at Indiana
Hqh Fancy Pants “bled” at Indiana
Stella d’Oro “vanned off” at Keeneland – subsequently confirmed dead
Fast Dreamer “vanned off” at Keeneland – subsequently confirmed dead
All Star Cast “vanned off” at Santa Anita
First Habits “hit rail, DNF” at Indiana
Portal “vanned off” at Keeneland
Hez Opinionated “vanned off” at Prairie
Knight’s List “vanned off” at Fresno
J D’s Girl “bled” at Keeneland
Shortlist “returned bleeding” at Laurel
The Zip Zip Man “returned bleeding” at Laurel
Eastern Front “vanned off” at Monmouth
Linda Listen “vanned off” at Parx

“Vanned Off”: unable to walk off course under own power; many of these horses will resurface on my FOIA kill-reports

“Bled,” “Returned Bleeding From Nostrils”: usually indicates pulmonary hemorrhage

(source: Equibase)

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  1. Thank you, Patrick, for compiling these weekly lists. These lists are what ultimately turned me from a racing apologist to becoming anti racing.
    Prior to seeing this site and lists, I would be the one that would argue, “they love to run”, “they need the joint injections to make them comfortable”, “they need the lasix (I still don’t know why- but I said it)”.
    I was heartbroken and horrified by the death and maiming I saw at the tracks I went to, or the broken and sore horses, but I had loved the “majesty” of horse racing all my life, and it was hard to let go. I even liked a lot of the humans I met at the tracks.
    Then I started to see these lists and the numbers of horses dying around the country at the other tracks. And that was just this country. And I couldn’t rationalize it anymore. I loved the horses too much.
    I now tell anyone that will listen, and in conversations, about my past life and experiences, and how horrifying the truth of racing is. And ask them to peruse this site. It can and does work, and can be very effective. I got out, hopefully others will too, and we will save some horses in the process. Thanks for all you do Patrick, it was the wake up call I had needed.

  2. VILE.
    This public butcher show has no place in civilized society.
    Thank-you Patrick for all your dedication and for being a voice for the voiceless racehorses.
    Just posting these deaths is giving them a voice.
    They are crying out through their broken bones, beaten bodies, and broken spirits.
    So sorry for all of you who dropped dead for this horrific horror show and the callous people in it.

  3. Peggy, I was just like you. I love animals but not enough to stop handicapping and ignore HBO sports or other segments that showed the cruelty of horseracing. I’ll never forget the horse ” No Day Off”. After watching a horse pull up early in August at Saratoga I had enough. Patrick’s site stopped any urge or foolishness. I read this info. Daily and there is a lot of self disappointment as I was a supporter for a bit. We have to get Patrick on 60 minutes, prime time show, as it would wake up the country that this so called sport needs to end.

  4. I always knew there was no transparency, no integrity, and no accountability by horse racing officials at any track, in any state. But, holy hell; NOWHERE is the secrecy and obfuscation more deep-seated and appallingly apparent than in Kentucky. Anyone out there able to get confirmation of the bloodbath at Keeneland on their opening day? Even the “sports” reporters (presumably members of Kentucky’s “free” press) can’t or won’t cover the protracted suffering of Fast Dreamer. Keeneland still won’t even acknowledge the colt’s fate, and IT’S BEEN THREE DAYS. Does the KY Horse Racing Commission even accept questions, provide answers, or acknowledge horse deaths AT ALL? Or are they too busy hiding all the corpses that are generated by their “horse loving” industry?

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