California: 12 Dead Horses Already

Is It Over, two, is dead of “gastrointestinal” issues at Los Alamitos January 21, says the CHRB. His last race came on November 30 at that same track. California can now boast 12 dead horses in the new year – on a pace for some 150. For $2 bets.

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  1. Again! A 2 year old! How ironic… the name these leeches gave him. Unfortunately it is over for yet another beautiful horse but FORTUNATELY it will be over for this industry soon too!

  2. Can’t wait until the Jockey Club (and the whole racing community) is finally forced to concede the breakdown numbers are NOT dropping at all, as they love to claim. None of them acknowledge there’s fewer horses, and they are running in fewer races during their shorter-than-ever careers. Yet their fraudulent, so-called Equine Injury Database — with which they claim there’s now only 1.68 fatalities per thousand STARTS — doesn’t reflect the drop in fatalities that should be proportionate to that decline.
    I’d enjoy reading even ONE single story written by a non-racing journalist about how and why The Jockey Club uses its massively flawed methodology to compute its preferred death toll. Of course, nobody from the JC will be available for any interview on the topic, ever.
    Still, it would make for another eye-opening news feature on the brutal realities of horse racing.

    • Kelly, I think the horseracing industry including The Jockey Club uses a specific type of math to come up with the death count. Way back in 1967 when I was in the 9th grade, I took Algebra. I started out good but didn’t keep up the daily assignments well enough over the whole school year to get an A at the end. But I did learn about a formula that can be used to come up with whatever answer is desired. To say it another way, first you decide what answer you want and then you use that specific Algebraic formula to arrive at that answer. I didn’t learn it well enough to be able to do that or share the formula. I never thought that I would be discussing the number of Thoroughbred horse racing industry deaths and that Algebraic formula. I was not aware of the kind of abuse and corruption in the horseracing industry in the 1960s as I am now over 50 years later.

      • Hi, Wanda. I wasn’t a math major either;) But I’ve recently looked into the absolutely fraudulent way The Jockey Club tabulates their Equine Injury Database. Not only do they rely on tracks’ self-reporting, they accept non-answers from those that choose not to report at all! As if that’s not bad enough, they don’t count training and stall deaths (those easily account for an equal number of fatalities, if not MORE, than racing deaths.) And they don’t even count all racing deaths as racing deaths! I believe the magic number is 72 hours, as in, if the euth is performed any time past 72 hours after the race/injury, it just doesn’t count; Ta-da! Not a death! Not even a race-related injury. Thank you, Jockey Club!
        But none of the aforementioned methods (of keeping racehorse deaths a secret) can top their biggest fraud of all:
        Over the last year, the non-racing press has been bandying about the figure they’ve been spoon-fed by the Jockey Club. That figure is 1.68 fatalities per THOUSAND starts. The public looks at that and says, “Hmmmm. Fewer than two per 1,000 racehorses die on the track? That doesn’t sound so awful. Maybe horse racing really doesn’t kill that many at all?” WRONG. When the Jockey Club tabulates STARTS, they don’t just include the horses in any given race (or day or year.) They are talking about each and every horse TIMES (x) the number of races run for each and every horse. In other words, If there’s one fatality on a weekend that 100 horses raced, it would be a safe bet that their fatality rate would be 1 out of a hundred, right? Not according to the good old JC.
        The Jockey Club would insist that that rate would be dependent on how heavily raced the horses in that group of 100 were. For the sake of argument, let’s say each horse had been raced 20 times prior (Thus the group of 100 horses has a total of 2,000 STARTS. In one lousy weekend? Yes.)
        So they take the single fatality (No! Of course it doesn’t count as 20 fatilities! That might make racing look bad!), and count it as ONE death in 2,000 starts, or .5 deaths in 1,000 starts. Genius, right?
        *Sorry this went on so long; I just wish I’d found somebody to explain it all to me before last month. The Jockey Club sure wouldn’t.

      • Thank you Kelly. That explains a lot of how they come up with an answer they want to use to deceive people. A lot of people just wouldn’t know except for what is reported on TV especially about Santa Anita. Since I have discovered Horseracing Wrongs in 2019, I told my daughter about how it isn’t just Santa Anita where racehorses die. There were a few times in previous years when she went to the casino to do off-track betting on the Kentucky Derby. She doesn’t do that anymore. Now she knows horseracing is not safe for horses. I can’t sit and watch horseracing on television anymore. It’s too disturbing to know what those horses have to tolerate just to be racehorses. I don’t look forward to the Triple Crown races as I did in the past. I don’t think a lot of people have learned yet just how bad it is and of course the horseracing industry and the Jockey Club doesn’t want them to know.

    • It makes me think that the minds of Thoroughbred breeders, owners, and trainers are some of the most morbidly perverted to name a horse IS IT OVER. In a previous blog post there was a young filly named BYE BYE BEAUTIFUL that was killed due to being abused and exploited as a racehorse. It begs the question, “what were they thinking and were they planning on causing the horse’s premature death?”

      • So true, Wanda! It REALLY makes you wonder…how screwed up can some people be??

  3. I’m still in shock as to where the Hollywood stars (actors) are on this . Do they not know or just to busy?
    No offense to anyone on this site or whoever created it,(thank you).. but with a big name “personality”, it would spur more news stories, etc. Sorry, no pun intended. Has any one else contacted
    The Animal legal defense fund? Or heard back from them. No luck here.
    Also that is a beautiful picture of that horse and the message is compelling. Are you selling as a poster or t shirt or flyer?

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