Some of Last Week’s Injured

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

Too Fast to Pass “vanned off” at Belmont
Gaultier “stumbled badly, belly flopping to ground, DNF” at Belmont
Mary Jane’s Double “went wrong, vanned off” at Lone Star
Tizalwaves “vanned off” at Santa Anita
Send a Pic “wiped out, DNF” at Fair Meadows
Vita Dolce “pulled up in distress, vanned off” at Gulfstream
Whiskey Worthy “went wrong, vanned off” at Ruidoso
Endless Thyme “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Cyber Monday “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Spectator’s Dream “vanned off” at Santa Anita

“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)

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  1. Horses that are forced to be race horses are at a much higher risk of being injured than many other kinds of riding. If any of these Thoroughbreds or Quarter Horses were given the opportunity to grow into maturity before they are used up, crippled and run to their deaths, they would make great riding horses.
    Horseracing people have to be toxic people to think and operate the way they do. So, if you truly care about your horses, you exploit them to death knowing the types of injuries they will suffer???? You whip them to force them to run faster???? You drug them to mask their pain???? You mask their pain to keep them walking and running???? You keep them running to supposedly win a race or at least finish in the money???? You want to get some “quick, easy money” so you place some bets hoping to win some money???? The list of degenerative and toxic thinking and behaviors goes on and on.
    Horseracing is animal abuse and must be defunded by our government. The corporate welfare to the greedy racetrack operators must end!!!!

  2. Everyday these magnificent athletes are pushed to their limit just to win money, greed trumps everything! I can imagine the extreme pain these horses go through and it’s heart breaking. The owners and trainers are definitely the reason for these deaths and I think more rules and restrictions should be applied at all race tracks. Those young horses deserve a good life and that is not happening, this country refuses to punish anyone for animal abuse, if no punishment is received abuse of animals will continue!

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