Last Week’s Injured

Last week on U.S. flat tracks (racing only).

“Vanned Off”: horse required an ambulance to get off the track; while not all the “vanned” end up dead, most do, as borne out by my FOIA reports

“Bled”: typically indicates pulmonary hemorrhage

A Little Irradic “bled” at Indiana
Maddy Black “in distress, pulled up,” dead at Finger Lakes
Fleetwood Graduate “vanned off” at Mahoning
Full Regalia “vanned off” at Emerald
Take the Spoon Max “vanned off” at Zia
True Champion “vanned off” at Gulfstream W
Boondoggle “returned bleeding” at Laurel
Samicean “vanned off” at Remington
Windsors for It “came back bleeding from the nose” at Charles Town
Sir Winsalot “vanned off” at Churchill
Wf Kissin N Dashin “vanned off” at Lone Star
Kauai “vanned off” at Remington
Romantic Pursuit “vanned off” at Churchill
Look At My Hooves “seriously injured,” dead at Golden Gate
Stranglehold “vanned off” at Lone Star
Renegade River “fell, DNF” at Pennsylvania
Le Chevalier “fell, DNF” at Pennsylvania

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  1. These weekly reports of horses vanned off and bleeding and catastrophic injuries and dead or very close to being dead clearly show the brutality of racing. How can anyone defend this abuse of horses without feeling some kind of guilt or shame? I’m sad for the horses, but the public needs to know that they are paying for this abuse of horses through their tax dollars. 🙏🙏🙏💔💔💔💔💔


  3. “Funny” thing about the above-mentioned Fleetwood Graduate at Mahoning. As the announcer stated, she’d “dropped back,” WAY BACK ON THE TURN. The chart (and the highly-scrubbed video) confirms this. But the chartwriter adds that she “took a bad step in the stretch, was eased to the wire, and was vanned off.” So, poor Fleetwood had suffered her (likely fatal) injury well BEFORE the stretch, but was forced to keep on hobbling all the way to the finish — PLUS, take that “bad step” while on her excruciating journey. Why? So that her connections could collect their last-place payout of a whopping $149. Good work, Fernando!

    Anyway, does all this sound familiar? It’s Candy Classic all over again, less than two weeks later. Only, this time, it’s at a different shitty track, with a different shitty jockey beating a horse to break down, and to then keep going.
    And, strangest of all: Candy Classic’s “rider,” David Haldar, also rode in IN THIS VERY RACE.
    (I wonder if Mr. Haldar and Mr. Salazar Becarra went out for a beer together Tuesday night to swap breakdown stories?)

    • Kelly, Fleetwood Graduate had no business racing,according to her past performance’s. This sweet baby girl was either unsound to begin with or injured. That pretty dear soul did not deserve to die.

      • Agreed, Bonnie. But I don’t think she’s been confirmed dead. At least not yet. They may just try to retire her early so they can breed a bunch more breakdown-prone babies to die on the track. Ah, the kindness of racing creeps:(

  4. And looking at the head on of the race- the jockey was ever so kindly continuing to beat on poor Help Me Out (what a prophetic name again huh?) who was clearly struggling and probably at least 8 lengths behind the rest of the field with no hopes of catching up. Nice, these racing folks! And they call us nuts.

    • Yeah, we’re all just a bunch of bleeding-heart snowflakes, aren’t we, Peggy? This monster whips an exhausted, injured animal until “it” COLLAPSES IN THE DIRT so he can collect his 30-something bucks. Is there anything more regal than the Sport of Kings?

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