Last week on U.S. Flat (Thoroughbred/Quarterhorse) Tracks, according to Equibase:
Boy Scout “vanned off” at Mountaineer
Shot Caller “vanned off” at Arapahoe
Dance Proudly “vanned off” at Indiana
Absolute Control “vanned off in distress” at Belterra
Buy Me the Ring “vanned off” at Louisiana
Rico Charges “vanned off” at Penn
Vezmereyes “vanned off” at Canterbury
Singer McGee “found to have bled” at Indiana
Ttt Kas Leavin “hit rail, DNF” at Delta
Back Seat Hero “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Magic Corona “bled, vanned off” at Ruidoso
Cir Royal “hit rail, DNF” at Gillespie
Flyin Samurai “slammed by bucking horse, DNF” at Gillespie
Infinite Kingdom “vanned off” at Louisiana
Scarlets Sparkle “vanned off” at North Dakota
Gonna Get Loud “vanned off” at Prairie
Dodged a Bullet “vanned off” at Monmouth
Forge “vanned off” at Monmouth
Loosewheelslouie “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Spiritofthedesert “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.
“in distress” this is an innocent animal – how utterly disgraceful.
“slammed by bucking horse”
a kick in the head can kill and a kick on a limb can fracture.
Another outrageous report of racehorses suffering horrible injuries with many not likely to survive.
Justify this horseracing industry.
I looked up Gillespie on Maps because I didn’t know where it was. I used the satellite view to see what it looks like. I don’t know how old or how current the satellite photos might be. I noticed a relatively short distance from the Gillespie County Fairgrounds and racetrack is an office of SPCA. I wonder what, if anything, they do about the cruelty to racehorses there.
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