Some of Last Week’s Injured, Dead

Last week in U.S. Thoroughbred and Quarterhorse Racing

Destiny Over Fate “vanned off” at Mahoning
Social Cat “vanned off” at Delta
Wild Day “vanned off” at Remington
Don’t Tell Deb “vanned off” at Tampa Bay
So Long Sailor “vanned off” at Turf
Solomon’s Wisdom “finished in distress, vanned off” at Turfway
Creative Mist “pulled up lame, vanned off” at Charles Town
Snapperette “fell, vanned off” at Hawthorne
Oriental Lady “fell when she collided with injured foe [above]” at Hawthorne
Eye Am Sizzlin “vanned off” at Evangeline
Prince Lucky “went wrong, vanned off” at Gulfstream
Into a Hot Spot “collapsed” and died at Los Alamitos
Mighty Elijah “injured, vanned off” at Los Alamitos – subsequently confirmed dead
Macca Tree “suffered a catastrophic injury and was euthanized” at Mahoning
Whisper Barrow “went wrong, vanned off” at Mahoning
Bad to the Core “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Emperor’s Song “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Bean Street “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Cattail Cove “vanned off” at Los Alamitos

“Vanned Off”: many of these horses will resurface on my FOIA kill-reports
“Bled,” “Returned Bleeding From Nostrils”: usually indicates pulmonary hemorrhage

(source: Equibase)


  1. I read online that they put “a boot” on PRINCE LUCKY and were going to ship him to a different location to have surgery done on him. Hopefully, he survives and can be retired the way a horse should be retired. I am worried about that though partly because he is a gelding. If he were a stallion, he would potentially bring in revenue from stud fees. Since he is a gelding, who knows for sure what their plans are for PRINCE LUCKY.

    • I have my suspicions as well. I can’t help but think this is just another attempt by the racing industry to prop up their tattered reputation by making another horse suffer unnecessarily to give them the appearance of actually giving a shit. They’ve sent perfectly healthy babies to slaughter just for not running fast enough, so why attempt surgery on a gelding with no future monetary value (value in their eyes – we know that ALL horses are to be cherished).

  2. PRINCE LUCKY made over $607,000 for owner Daniel McConnell and made over $60,000 for Todd Pletcher.
    Yet, they made a conscious decision to send him out and risk his life one more time because over $607,000 isn’t enough to ensure he got a soft landing and a well-deserved retirement.
    After all, that’s what parasites do, suck every last drop of life out of them, and then onto their next victim.
    There’s no doubt in my mind that if we were made privy to his doping/vet/treatment records they would tell the real story behind this breakdown just like CORONADO HEIGHTS who wasn’t so lucky.
    I propose that they were well aware that PRINCE LUCKY was on the verge of a breakdown and just kept risking it one more time.
    One more suck of his sweat and blood to keep us parasites going.
    This is horse racing.

    • Thank you, Gina – as with others who comment in support of the horses and provide evidence of an understanding of what the racing industry does to horses (cruelty and death), I don’t always thank you and them for the thoughtful AND truthful comments. But I read every single one and each time, am grateful that so many others have chosen to speak for the horses.

      • Joy- none of us do the legwork (the Sipp article being a perfect example) and deal with the daily barrage on social media like YOU do!! God bless you for writing your memorial posts on Facebook and for fighting such a huge fight for the horses. I don’t know how you do it all, but you’re a gift to the horses.

  3. Prince Lucky supposedly made it through his surgery well, but according to a paulick report article – they are now trying to find him a home. The breeder has his own farm, not sure why he couldn’t retire there- but shocker – someone else needs to become responsible for a broken down gelding that will probably never be sound for more than a pasture ornament/light riding (MAYBE). Typical of the racing industry – ruined by racing, now needs to be dumped onto someone else to become responsible for his health and well- being

    • Peggy, thank you for the update. Whoever takes possession of PRINCE LUCKY must be prepared to do care and rehabilitation, which is obviously going to be very expensive and time consuming. I certainly hope that there is a person or group with a proper place that can provide proper care for him. Also, without adequate care and funds PRINCE LUCKY could definitely develop complications including serious infections so it seems like a no-brainer that the racing industry, being motivated by money coming into their bank accounts as opposed to going out, would want to dump this beautiful horse who earned well over a half-million dollars for his connections.

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