Through a FOIA request to the Ohio State Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks through June 30:

Shezaflirtyshack, Jan 6, Mahoning T – “ran into chain link fence, recumbent with swelling around poll/neck, deteriorated” (two years old, being prepped for first race)

Delightful Offer N, Jan 6, Northfield R – “coming out of final turn, horse broke down”

Mama Lela, Jan 22, Mahoning R (euthanized Jan 23) – “head trauma”

Gunsandgigglesjoe, Feb 3, Mahoning T – “collided with rail, catastrophic chest injury”

Mobil’s Lemonesque, Feb 22, Mahoning S – “cast overnight; colic, suspected torsion”

Leo Meister, Feb 24, Mahoning T – “collapsed at wire and died” (four years old)

Dance Electric, Feb 24, Mahoning T – “flipped, bleeding from ear, probable skull fracture”

Rollin Inside Out, Feb 25, Mahoning R – “fractured ankle out of gate, euthanized on track”

Two Putt, Mar 2, Mahoning T – “double fracture” (had been raced 54 times)

Brainfreeze, Mar 4, Mahoning T – “displaced fracture”

A P Quickly, Mar 7, Mahoning T – “fractured tibia”

Corky’s the Name, Mar 10, Mahoning S – “colicky, severe distention, declined overnight”

Sky Chaparral, Mar 14, Mahoning T – “bled and lame after morning work” (hadn’t been raced in almost two years)

Emery Parker, Apr 10, Mahoning T – “suspected fracture fetlock/pastern”

Bird Walk, Apr 15, Mahoning S – “pneumonia, lung abscess” (coming off first race)

Johnny Utah, Apr 30, Mahoning S – “colic” (eight years old, 56 races)

I’llmakeitanywhere, Jun 11, Thistledown T – “displaced fracture”

Candy Kettle Corn, Jun 13, Thistledown R (euthanized Jun 15) – “fractures both [italics added] knees”

That’s a Bingo, Jun 20, Northfield R – “collapsed on track, died before I got there”

Ready to Rocket, Jun 27, Thistledown R (euthanized Jun 30) – “displaced slab fracture”

Opalescent, Jun 30, Thistledown R – “fractured knee”

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  1. The entire Ohio horse racing industry is being financially supported by casino profits and, essentially, taxpayers.
    Without this financially lifeline given by politicians, YOUR politicians that YOU vote in then the billions would be given to our communities and state coffers that desperately need the money right now.
    Most of us grasp the immoral cruel horrific and vile killing show being laid out before us, but if you don’t comprehend that then, in the least, write your politicians to get back YOUR money that belongs in YOUR community.
    Also, I’m told that horses are literally being pulled out of the fields to fill races at Mahoning.
    For example, many horses on the list are making their first start at 3 years old – unheard of for this business, and the 2 y.o’s goes without saying.
    Mere babies whose bones are being smashed and damaged long before maturity to flip a buck for these vile parasites.
    Since Equibase has now obtained my computer identification number and has used it to block me from getting information on their site I will resort to using another computer to get my information.
    Nice try Equibase.

    • Good work Gina. If Equibase blocks you its a sign that “peope” are paying attention. I’ve always thought Harness Racing was cruel and unusual punishment. Those hard tracks they pace and trot on…..just like cement. And some of the people are so crude and mean. Just like thoroughbred racing. Ohio is a “different” type of place.

  2. I find it interesting that as of their meeting minutes on June 24, (the last available), the OSRC “only” had 9 fatalities listed, and made a point of, I assume, commending themselves that as of last year at that time there were already 20.

    • Whaaaat? You mean racing commissioners actually lie, then get all self-congratulatory about their fudged so-called safety numbers? Who knew? But seriously, Peggy: I believe the REGULATORS in each and every racing state are the worst offenders in terms of hiding horse deaths and abuses. Ironic, isn’t it? They love to try to take credit for “reforming” their anti-sport. But they scurry away, cockroach-like, when the deaths start to mount again, as they always do.
      Oh, and did you see the good news about both Colonial Downs and Turf Paradise? Both shuttered for this year, and, quite possibly, forever:)

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