Through a FOIA request to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, I have confirmed the following deaths at that state’s tracks in 2019. Please note, however, that Suffolk Downs, Massachusetts’ (and New England’s) only Thoroughbred track, ran but a handful of dates last year; Mass’ other track, Plainridge, is harness. Please further note that Suffolk was permanently closed after its meet concluded, so it falls to us to keep the whole of New England Thoroughbred Racing-free, and toward that end, we at HW are working hand in hand with Massachusetts-based activists to do just that.
Royal Ransom, Jun 29, Suffolk R – “compound, comminuted fracture of metacarpus”
ShezSugarSweet A, Sep 19, Plainridge R – “collapsed and died instantly – no definitive cause found”
Poisonous, Oct 14, Plainridge R – “comminuted fracture of phalanx”