A Very Busy Week for Ambulances at U.S. Tracks

Last week on U.S. flat (Thoroughbred/Quarterhorse) tracks:

Manton Warrior “vanned off” at Colonial
Shrove Tuesday “fell, vanned off” at Colonial
Shark Du Berlais “was pulled up injured, vanned off” at Colonial
Drama an Victory “vanned off” at Delaware
Khushbu “bled, vanned off” at Indiana
Spanky “pulled up lame [after ‘winning’], vanned off” at Parx
Jet Latino “fell near wire, vanned off” at Arapahoe
Dublin Megan “returned bleeding from her nostril” at Parx
Best Two Minutes “vanned off” at Albuquerque
Memory Taker “bled, vanned off” at Albuquerque
Go Go Pagosa “vanned off” at Arapahoe
True Dream “vanned off” at Delaware
Black Hills Bandit “in distress, vanned off” at Evangeline
Smokin’ Truth “vanned off” at Evangeline
Inclunation “vanned off” at Finger Lakes
Wicked Blue “bled” at Delta
Barkley “vanned off” at Emerald
Must See The Doc “vanned off” at Saratoga
Estate of Sonde “vanned off” at Charles Town
Yall Some Sweet “vanned off” at Delta
Slainte “vanned off” at Ellis
Flasharino “vanned off” at Laurel
No No Noah “bled” at Penn
Leaky Cup “vanned off” at Saratoga
A Jayden Reed “vanned off” at Albuquerque
Cha Cha Heels “vanned off” at Delaware
Blue Loves Cartel “vanned off” at Delta
Forty Fifth “vanned off” at Delta
Fm Zatanas D Third “vanned off” at Delta
Amphitrite “pulled up lame, vanned off” at Laurel
Mister Royal First “vanned off” at Retama
Classy At It Dude “vanned off” at Wyoming
Kr Casper “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Yah Yah Sir “vanned off” at Prairie
Mojazz “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Outrageous Dynasty “vanned off” at Wyoming
K C Royalbound “vanned off” at Wyoming

“Vanned Off”: Horse required the “equine ambulance” to get off the track. 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. This is so sad!!! Horseracing is sadistic, barbaric cruelty to always be injuring horses besides the every day physical and psychological torture to the horses. Every person involved in the racing industry can be ashamed of themselves!

  2. Looks like the California Horse Racing Burnouts have gotten tired of even pretending to report horse deaths to the public. Their meeting coming up Thursday should prove to be a whole lot of fun; expect the usual CHRB hostility toward the animal-loving public (who only wants answers why all these horses have to DIE for their sick gambling game.) Add more secrecy than ever, as they’ve now doubled down on protecting the Los Alamitos Horror Show, and will continue to actively HIDE even more dead horses to save face. Mix these with their incessant non-action on issues such as “medication” reform, whip reform, and anything whatsoever to do with COVID protocols (“If we can’t keep horses any safer, why should we even try to do so for humans?”), and, presto! A recipe for success, CHRB style. Can’t wait.

    • Kelly thanks so much for being a voice for the racehorses at these meetings.
      What your dealing with now is what I dealt with back in 2005.
      Not even the minimal safety measures were able to pass 15 years ago and not much has changed.
      So here we are 15 years later with a board who continues to support and defend hundreds of racehorses dying.
      Years later and nothing has changed.
      It will never change and reforms are useless as we see time and time again.
      As I’ve often stated, horse racing is state-santioned, widespread, systemic, suffering and dying.
      It needs to end.

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