Last Week’s Wounded

Last week on U.S. Flat (Thoroughbred/Quarterhorse) Tracks:

Stellar Bess “fell due to injury, vanned off” at Fonner
Jla Quick Draw McCoy “vanned” at Remington
Be My Shadow “suffered injury, vanned off” at Fonner
Handsome Deputy “pulled up injured, vanned off” at Fonner
Ernest T Bass “hit rail, DNF” at Remington
Cartel Cambria “bled, vanned off” at Ruidoso
Red Headed Chick “vanned” at Ruidoso
Saleena “bled, vanned” at Ruidoso
Lady Love “vanned off” at Tampa Bay
Alittlevodka “went wrong, vanned off” at Churchill
Magna Rose “bled in the stretch” at Golden Gate
Mr Impressive “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Cherry Way “went wrong, vanned off” at Ruidoso
Cuidando “vanned off” at Ruidoso
To Satisfy You “vanned off” at Ruidoso

“Vanned Off”: exactly how it sounds – the horse was unable to walk off the track on his own and required the “equine ambulance.” While not all of these horses end up dead, most do, as borne out by my year-end FOIA reports.

“Bled/Returned Bleeding From Nostrils”: typically indicates pulmonary hemorrhage.

(source: Equibase)


  1. Use, abuse, exploit, cripple and dump. This is horseracing…😞💔
    Horseracing is corrupt through and through and needs to be stopped at the recognized racetracks and the illegal tracks.

  2. Try and connect with Animal Aid in the UK, they run a similar ‘death watch’ on British racecourses. They try and report all injuries and deaths daily so perhaps you could work together to denounce horse racing worldwide, as even racehorses in the UK end up in the slaughterhouse……

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