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Last week in U.S. Thoroughbred and Quarterhorse races

Mombacho “vanned off” at Mountaineer
Salty Caramel “vanned off” at Parx
Absolute Royalty “vanned off” at Turf
Best It “vanned off” at Turf
Lunfardo “vanned off” at Zia
Price “vanned off” at Zia
Imperial Might “vanned off” at Belmont
Karmas a Beach “vanned off” at Indiana
Integral “vanned off” at Keeneland – subsequently confirmed dead
Boo Thats Who “vanned off” at Mountaineer
Indian Bucks “vanned off” at Presque Isle
Telling Warrior “vanned off” at Laurel
Lavina “pulled up appearing lame” at Remington
Young Lochinvar “vanned off” at Remington
Boogie N Bacardi “vanned off” at Delta
Sheza Happy Streaker “vanned off” at Evangeline
Duchess Annie “vanned off” at Indiana
Jordan Eagle “vanned off” at Lone Star
Newly Minted “fell past the wire, got vanned off” at Belmont
Wicklow Brave “fell…and was euthanized” at Far Hills
Snake Eyed Girl “got vanned off” at Gulfstream W
Fleetway “fell, DNF” at Hawthorne
Malibu Minx “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Tactical Plan “bled out his right nostril” at Parx
Satchel Paige “suffered a catastrophic injury [dead]” at Santa Anita
Fandango First Boy “fell, vanned” at Zia
Sheldor “vanned off” Gulfstream W
Call to Victory “went wrong” at Keeneland – subsequently confirmed dead
Umightbeanempress “vanned off” at Laurel
Forgot the Rose “vanned off” at Los Alamitos – subsequently confirmed dead
Max My Bullets “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Race Me Home “in distress, 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. Ah yes, magnificent thoroughbred racehorses on a daily basis are forever –

    being vanned off
    taking the proverbial “bad step”
    went wrong
    bleeding either bi-lateral or internal
    in distress
    suffered a catastrophic injury

    It makes me sick to the stomach!

  2. Patrick: Just read that another Phil D’Amato-trained horse was injured Sat. in training. Pee Wee Reese had qualified for Breeder’s Cup, but will apparently be recovering from surgery instead. From Thoroughbred Daily News, one hour ago. Article ironically titled: “Safety and Welfare with Breeder’s Cup in Sight.”
    Bet the fine folks at Santa Anita are feeling relieved that he broke down in training, and not on their Death Track.

  3. Another day another death – of course what would be any different. Until these god damn race tracks are shut down this brutality will not end – EVER. It is all about greed and that is the total story.
    It is such a sad occurrence and so many needless deaths of these gorgeous horses just out there losing their lives all for what – for your lousy $2.00 god damn wager – you need the view the carnage and maybe then you would stop attending this kill zones because that is all they truly are – same old stories – just different names to the sad souls who lost their lives. Humans are the worst abusers – OMG it is just unbelievable what goes on daily with these race horses. May your judgment day be one of total HELL – all of you involved deserve nothing better.

  4. CBS online news is running a story about Satchel Paige being the 34th horse killed. I hope more news outlets pick up on the death toll and keep it in public view. It’s heartbreakingly tragic that so many innocent sentient beings are being exploited and killed, but it’s satisfyingly poetic that the racing industry is digging its own grave with every horse that dies.

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