For Your Consciences, Horseracing Apologists…

As with real sports, the racing people are fond of year-end reviews, including notable figures lost. In Horse Racing Nation’s version (“In Memoriam”), among the 18 “equine stars” remembered exactly two were active at the time of their deaths (Taraz, X Y Jet). Nary a word on any of the other 457 horses killed at U.S. tracks last year. (Note: I’ve yet to file my FOIA requests, so that number will grow, dramatically.) But why would they? To acknowledge a significant number of the dead, let alone all of them, would force the apologists to confront their own complicity to carnage.

The 2020 dead, so far…

Wristlet, Jan 1, Delta R – “open fracture”
Ruby Roundhouse, Jan 1, Los Alamitos S – “abscess in LH, colicky for six days…toxic”
Marine Corps, Jan 1, Palm Meadows (FL) T – “euthanized due to injury of pelvis”
Golden Birthday, Jan 1, Santa Anita R – “took a bad step” (broken leg)
Berliner, Jan 1, Tampa Bay R (euthanized Jan 3) – “displaced knee fracture”
Dance Dune, Jan 1, Tampa Bay R – “vanned off,” dead
Sassy Diva, Jan 2, Charles Town S – “founder” (three years old, yet to be raced)
Yorkiepoo Princess, Jan 3, Belmont S – “severe laminitis…euthanized in her stall”
Power Punch, Jan 3, Gulfstream R – “vanned off,” dead
Lrh Fast as Oak, Jan 4, Louisiana R – “open, displaced fracture”
Perry Train, Jan 4, Louisiana R – “acute, displaced fracture”
Elegant Sundown, Jan 5, Golden Gate R – “open, fractures; severe, complete ruptures”
Shezaflirtyshack, Jan 6, Mahoning T – “ran into chain link fence”
Delightful Offer N, Jan 6, Northfield R – “coming out of final turn, horse broke down”
Third Day, Jan 6, Palm Meadows (FL) T
Jest Famous, Jan 7, Los Alamitos S – “acute colic, found thrashing and rolling”
Buckstopper Kit, Jan 7, Santa Anita S
X Y Jet, Jan 8, Palm Meadows (FL) T – “heart attack”
Secreto Primero, Jan 8, Turf R – “fractured sesamoids”
J Rob, Jan 9, Fair Grounds R – “vanned off after winner’s circle, [euthanized]”
Kentucky Steal, Jan 9, Fair Grounds R – “displaced fracture”
Eyell Be Back, Jan 10, Los Alamitos R (euthanized Jan 12) – “carpus”
Caught by Surprise, Jan 10, Penn T – “complete humerus fracture, multiple fragments”
I’mluckysgirl, Jan 10, Turfway R – “[multiple] fractures and ruptures”
Big Shanty, Jan 11, Fair Grounds R – “displaced fracture”
Ebo Strong, Jan 11, Penn R – “[multiple] fractures with tearing of suspensory ligament”
Show No Mercy, Jan 12, Gulfstream T
Salambo, Jan 12, Gulfstream R – “went wrong…euthanized”
Blingin It Back, Jan 12, Tampa Bay S – “likely GI rupture”
Salsa Criollo, Jan 12, Tampa Bay S – “colitis”
Busy Signal, Jan 13, Gulfstream T
Usual Suspect, Jan 13, Oaklawn T – “exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage”
Bigger Picture, Jan 13, Palm Meadows (FL) T (eight years old, 41 races)
Indian Brew, Jan 13, Turf R – “fractured knee”
Mama Caught Da Train, Jan 14, Louisiana R – “acute neurologic trauma”
All Star Flyer, Jan 15, Delta R – “compound fracture”
Jim’s Silverbullet, Jan 16, Fair Grounds R – “open, compound, displaced fracture”
Take Charge Cece, Jan 17, Fair Grounds R – “open, compound, displaced fracture”
Harliss, Jan 17, Santa Anita R – “fractured ankle”
She’s Quiet, Jan 18, Charles Town R (euthanized Jan 27) – “fractured sesamoids”
Super Beauty, Jan 18, Golden Gate S – “small intestinal strangulation”
Solder, Jan 18, Gulfstream T
Uncontainable, Jan 18, Santa Anita R – “fractured ankle”
Katies Easy Moves, Jan 19, Los Alamitos R – “fetlock”
Tikkun Olam, Jan 19, Santa Anita T – “complete transection of spinal cord”
Obligated to None, Jan 19, Turf R – “leg injured, euthanized”
Dark N Cloudy, Jan 20, Aqueduct R – “broke down…euthanized on track”
Jewel Can Disco, Jan 20, Belmont T – “sustained an injury while breezing…euthanized”
He’s Cheeky, Jan 20, Fair Grounds R – “trauma [in gate]”
Jess a Cajun, Jan 20, Louisiana R – “acute, displaced fracture”
Data Force, Jan 20, Sam Houston T – “sudden death – died on track” (two years old)
Is It Over, Jan 21, Los Alamitos S – “colic of 24 hours duration”
Mama Lela, Jan 22, Mahoning R (euthanized Jan 23) – “head trauma”
Shut the Box, Jan 23, Oaklawn S – “equine protozoal myeloencephalitis”
Cowboy Coffee, Jan 23, San Luis Rey S – “colic – unrelenting pain for two days”
A Freud of Mama, Jan 24, Belmont T (euthanized Feb 8) – “passed after complications”
yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, Jan 24, Gulfstream T
Strong Performance, Jan 24, Gulfstream R – “fell while in distress…euthanized”
Grisaceo, Jan 24, Tampa Bay T – “fractured cannon”
Quizzical Cajun, Jan 25, Aqueduct R – “catastrophic injury…euthanized on track”
Celtic Warrior, Jan 25, Turf R – “injured fetlock, euthanized”
Esterina, Jan 26, Laurel R – “pulled up lame…euthanized”
Bruno, Jan 26, Tampa Bay S
Stella B., Jan 28, Parx T – “severely comminuted fractures”
yet-to-be-named, Jan 30, Belmont T – “shaft fracture…euthanized on the track”
Gaby’s Dream, Jan 30, Gulfstream R – “took a bad step”
Chobee Girl, Feb 1, Charles Town T – “fractured pelvis”
Tumble Pass, Feb 1, Charles Town T (euthanized Mar 6) – “comminuted fracture”
Ted’s Shadow, Feb 1, Oaklawn T – “catastrophic injury”
Spirogyra, Feb 2, Oaklawn R – “euthanized due to catastrophic injuries”
Rumers Are True, Feb 3, Charles Town S – “found dead” (five years old, last raced Jan)
Lethal Shot, Feb 3, Charles Town T – “fractured sesamoids”
Gunsandgigglesjoe, Feb 3, Mahoning T – “collided with rail, catastrophic chest injury”
On Thunder Road N, Feb 4, Pocono R – “severely comminuted fracture”
Selenas Jewel, Feb 6, Delta R – “acute fracture”
Volley Molly, Feb 6, Sam Houston T – “leg fracture – euthanized on track”
Data Hawk, Feb 7, Golden Gate S – “catastrophic skull fracture, massive hemorrhage”
Stay Again, Feb 7, Gulfstream R – “collapsed”
Fire Boss One, Feb 8, Charles Town S – “allergic reaction” (raced the day before)
Birdies Honor, Feb 8, Laurel R – “collapsed”
Tiki Thomas, Feb 8, Penn T – “[multiple] fractures, [one] into more than 25 fragments”
Double Touch, Feb 8, Santa Anita T – “sudden death” (five years old)
Foot in the Door, Feb 8, Tampa Bay R – “had heart attack” (three years old)
Buddy Princess, Feb 9, Rillito R – “suffered a catastrophic injury”
Miss Romania, Feb 12, Santa Anita T – “fractured shoulder”
Riveter Gloria, Feb 14, Charles Town R – “multiple fractures”
El Tristan, Feb 14, Fair Grounds R – “open, comminuted, displaced fracture”
Classic Covey, Feb 15, Fair Grounds R – “all the soft tissue structures came apart”
Mr. Philly Dilly, Feb 15, Gulfstream R – “took a bad step”
Teriyaki, Feb 15, Gulfstream R (euthanized Feb 16)
Major Flirt, Feb 15, Laurel R – “pulled up lame…euthanized”
Prs the Game Changer, Feb 15, Louisiana R – “acute paralysis”
Devil’s Drama, Feb 15, Oaklawn R – “catastrophic injury”
Randy’s Boy, Feb 15, Rillito R
Blind Sea, Feb 15, Sam Houston R – “leg fracture, extensive hemorrhage”
Smokey, Feb 16, Oaklawn S – “injured in barn, died due to cerebrum hemorrhage”
Different Days, Feb 16, Oaklawn R (euthanized Feb 17) – “carpus fracture”
Freet Dem, Feb 17, Charles Town T – “dislocation”
Taraz, Feb 17, Oaklawn T – “severely fractured her pastern”
Graveyard Shift, Feb 17, Parx R (euthanized Feb 18) – “[multiple] fractures”
Homeboy, Feb 18, Parx T – “fractures, numerous missing/displaced bone fragments”
Harlan Selection, Feb 19, Sam Houston R – “hypovolemic shock – died on track”
Unveiled, Feb 20, Santa Anita T – “fractured shoulder”
Radio Tim, Feb 21, Los Alamitos R – “fractured fetlock”
Street Machine, Feb 21, Los Alamitos R – “fractured fetlock”
Mobil’s Lemonesque, Feb 22, Mahoning S – “cast overnight; colic, suspected torsion”
Better Song, Feb 22, Meadows T – “sudden death – artery rupture”
Discreet Affair, Feb 22, Tampa Bay T
Lemon Drop Candy, Feb 23, Palm Meadows (FL) T
Leo Meister, Feb 24, Mahoning T – “collapsed at wire and died” (four years old)
Dance Electric, Feb 24, Mahoning T – “bleeding from ear, probable skull fracture”
Proud Supporter, Feb 24, Parx R – “severe pelvis fracture with extensive hemorrhage”
Flip a Coin, Feb 25, Charles Town S – “equine protozoal myeloencephalitis”
Rollin Inside Out, Feb 25, Mahoning R – “fractured ankle out of gate”
A Lonna At the Top, Feb 26, Golden Gate T – “collapsed in stall after training”
Arguto, Feb 26, Oaklawn T – “catastrophic injury”
Rendezvous for Two, Feb 27, Charles Town T – “cellulitis” (three, yet to be raced)
Princess Rashelle, Feb 28, Charles Town R – “broke leg…euthanized on the track”
Fist of Rage, Feb 28, Fair Grounds R – “open, displaced fracture”
Montauk Memories, Feb 29, Aqueduct R – “leg injury”
Thousand Oaks, Feb 29, Golden Gate S – “flipped…severe, comminuted skull fracture”
Keck, Feb 29, Golden Gate T
Cutie Fantastic, Feb 29, Gulfstream T
Winning the Medal, Feb 29, Parx R – “fractures, cartilage ulcer”
Chosen Vessel, Feb 29, Santa Anita R – “fractured ankle”
Satan’s Last Train, Mar 2, Charles Town T (euthanized Mar 3) – “multiple fractures”
Two Putt, Mar 2, Mahoning T – “double fracture” (had been raced 54 times)
Imasuperstar, Mar 2, Parx S – “infection”
Rydell, Mar 2, Parx S – “torn ligament, lacerated tendon”
Diva Drama, Mar 2, Parx T – “vertebral fracture with spinal cord compression”
Brainfreeze, Mar 4, Mahoning T – “displaced fracture”
yet-to-be-named, Mar 6, Gulfstream T
Double Whammy, Mar 6, Gulfstream R (60th race)
C C’s Cup of Tea, Mar 6, Parx T – “[multiple] fractures and lacerations”
Super Touch, Mar 6, Turfway R – “collapsed and died – hemorrhage, shock”
Ship Quick, Mar 7, Charles Town T – “fractured sesamoid”
A P Quickly, Mar 7, Mahoning T – “fractured tibia”
Chickititas Favorite, Mar 8, Los Alamitos R
Arkyarkyarky, Mar 8, Oaklawn R – “catastrophic injury”
Krugerrand, Mar 9, Belmont S – “severe laminitis” (two years old)
Rush Express, Mar 10, Charles Town S – “flipped over, spinal fracture”
Aintnosugar Inmytank, Mar 10, Louisiana R – “acute, comminuted fracture”
Corky’s the Name, Mar 10, Mahoning S – “severe distention, declined overnight”
Red River Chase, Mar 12, Fair Grounds R – “shattered leg”
Get Like Me, Mar 12, Golden Gate R – “multiple fractures; complete ligament rupture”
Dynamite Dan, Mar 12, Oaklawn T (euthanized Mar 14) – “catastrophic injury”
Florida Boys, Mar 12, Penn R – “[multiple] fractures”
Love Totem, Mar 12, Turfway R – “epistaxis from both nostrils”
Tudox Lifting Off, Mar 13, Turfway R – “open, complete diaphyseal fracture”
Stormie Court, Mar 14, Fair Grounds R – “open, displaced fracture”
Battalion Won, Mar 14, Golden Gate T – “[broke both front legs]; open ruptures”
Gallant Bid, Mar 14, Gulfstream R – “went wrong in the right hind”
Sky Chaparral, Mar 14, Mahoning T – “bled and lame after morning work”
Nine Point Five, Mar 16, Gulfstream W T
Play Me a Memory, Mar 18, Parx T – “bone fragments protruding through the skin”
Scam, Mar 19, Gulfstream W S – “colic impaction” (ten years old, 58 races)
Emely Heart, Mar 20, Turfway R – “[multiple] fractures, extensive soft tissue damage”
Bostaleto, Mar 21, Gulfstream R – “was pulled up in distress”
A P Dancer, Mar 21, Oaklawn T – “cannon fracture”
Starting Point, Mar 22, Belmont T – “sustained leg injury – euthanasia”
Winning Knockout, Mar 23, Penn T – “[multiple] fractures”
Midday Prayer, Mar 24, Parx T – “found dead in her stall – cecal rupture”
Rox Dene, Mar 25, Gulfstream T
Creative Award, Mar 26, Gulfstream T – “fetlock failure”
Glory Stars, Mar 26, Oaklawn R – “catastrophic injury”
Morning Princess, Mar 27, Tampa Bay R
Flokie, Mar 29, Los Alamitos R
Bravely Bold, Mar 29, Tampa Bay R – “fractured P1”
Purgatory, Mar 31, Charles Town S – “infection post-surgery”
Laguna Spirit, Mar 31, Gulfstream T
The Cullinan Dream, Mar 31, Los Alamitos S – “four-day diarrhea prior to death”
Peter’s Project, Apr 1, Belmont S – “colic, worsened throughout day…euthanasia”
Chance for Cash, Apr 1, Charles Town S – “equine protozoal myeloencephalitis”
Musical Lia, Apr 1, Gulfstream T – “disarticulated fetlock, open fracture”
Royal Callan Rocks, Apr 2, Los Alamitos T
Kahului, Apr 2, Oaklawn R – “ruptured vein in the pelvic cavity, hypovolemic shock”
Smiling Ali, Apr 2, Santa Anita T – “probable cardiac event”
Lay It On the Line, Apr 3, Parx S – “illness”
Mimi and Charley, Apr 3, Parx T – “[broken] femur”
Enchanting Eva, Apr 4, Golden Gate T
Joan’s Delight, Apr 4, Oaklawn T – “sesamoid fracture”
Blessed Halo, Apr 4, Palm Meadows (FL) T
City Roc, Apr 4, Palm Meadows (FL) T
Lost for Words, Apr 5, Gulfstream T
Tizaprincessa, Apr 5, Tampa Bay R – “comminuted fracture”
Golden Tapit, Apr 8, Palm Meadows (FL) T
Shanghai Zeus, Apr 9, Gulfstream S – “colic, torsion”
Emery Parker, Apr 10, Mahoning T – “suspected fracture fetlock/pastern”
Blowinthebluesaway, Apr 10, Oaklawn R – “fractured shoulder”
Chromie, Apr 11, Los Alamitos R
Just a Duke, Apr 11, Tampa Bay R – “comminuted fracture”
La Dorada Czech, Apr 15, Los Alamitos S – “endotoxemia and/or septicemia”
Bird Walk, Apr 15, Mahoning S – “pneumonia, lung abscess” (coming off first race)
M C Hamster, Apr 15, Santa Anita T – “fractured ankle”
Shes Our Dasher, Apr 16, Los Alamitos T – “phalanx protruding through the skin”
Cabot Cove, Apr 16, Penn T – “[multiple] fractures”
Pals Invader, Apr 17, Belmont T – “sustained leg injury at the 7/8 pole”
Mirandus, Apr 17, Gulfstream T
Isla’s Toy, Apr 17, Los Alamitos R – “[multiple] fractures and ruptures”
Muskoka Wonder, Apr 17, Oaklawn R – “catastrophic injury”
Anita Lucky Break, Apr 17, Penn T – “fractured shoulder”
Belle Mar, Apr 18, Gulfstream T
R Moody Women, Apr 19, Gulfstream T
Richest Gifts, Apr 19, Gulfstream T
Appealing Briefs, Apr 23, Belmont S – “euthanized due to poor prognosis of cellulitis”
Dermot, Apr 23, Gulfstream R – “took a bad step”
Mrs. Miniver, Apr 24, Gulfstream R – “heart attack” (three years old)
Last Renegade, Apr 24, Santa Anita T – “hit rail, fractured pelvis, hemorrhagic shock”
Rockys Warrior, Apr 26, Oaklawn R – “carpus fracture”
Midnight Sway, Apr 26, Oaklawn R – “fetlock fracture”
Jenny D, Apr 27, Charles Town T – “hit another horse, never got up”
Sean’s Idea, Apr 30, Gulfstream R – “went wrong in the right hind”
Johnny Utah, Apr 30, Mahoning S – “colic” (eight years old, 56 races)
Irked, May 2, Gulfstream R – “pulled up in distress”
O’Bushido, May 4, Belmont S – “found deceased in stall”
Harpy Eagle, May 4, Penn T – “hoof”
Call Paul, May 6, Belmont T – “sustained injury to LH leg…necessitating euthanasia”
Missandei, May 7, Gulfstream R
Eat the Ticket, May 7, Tampa Bay S – “pleuropneumonia”
Arky Vaughan, May 8, Golden Gate T
War Bridle, May 8, Parx T (euthanized May 12) – “acute catastrophic slab fracture”
Giant Dreams, May 9, Charles Town S – “paralyzed artenoid”
Law Degree, May 9, Gulfstream W T
Rowboat Romeo, May 9, Los Alamitos T – “catastrophic fracture; severe hemorrhage”
Tap the Wire, May 9, Los Alamitos R
Ailish’s Buttercup, May 10, Golden Gate T- “[multiple] fractures and ruptures”
Echo Bay, May 10, Penn S – “colic”
Tailback, May 10, Santa Anita T – “fracture of the right front leg”
Miss Casuarina, May 13, Charles Town S – “found dead, swollen neck”
Conquest Sabre Cat, May 14, Golden Gate R – “multiple open fractures”
Gracias Adios, May 14, Parx T – “this horse collapsed and died”
Heckler’s Veto, May 15, Charles Town T – “comminuted, dislocated fracture”
Flight Deck, May 15, Tampa Bay R – “open, disarticulated fetlock”
Schiller’s Lit, May 18, Belmont T (euthanized May 21) – “acutely lame”
Lil Morning Star, May 21, Belmont T – “injury to left front leg”
Ranita, May 21, Gulfstream R (euthanized May 22)
Brennivin, May 22, Charles Town T – “injured starting gate – head and neck”
I’ll Dash for Gold, May 22, Golden Gate S – “spinal cord compression, severe ataxia”
Pump Room, May 23, Gulfstream R – “[multiple] fractures”
unidentified, May 24, Los Alamitos T – “comminuted, complete, displaced fracture”
Jabber Now, May 24, Los Alamitos R (euthanized May 26)
Shock Therapy, May 25, Belmont S – “pleuropneumonia, laminitis”
Bluegrass Jamboree, May 28, Belmont T – “cardiovascular collapse – expired on track”
Malibu Morning, May 29, Los Alamitos R – “injured, euthanized”
Bronze Star, May 30, Penn T – “[multiple] fractures”
Lady Love, May 30, Tampa Bay R – “pelvic fracture”
Truck Salesman, May 31, Belmont T – “leg injury while breezing, euthanized on track”
Brahe, May 31, Belmont T – “injuries to both front legs…euthanasia on track”
Abraxan, May 31, Belmont T – “leg injury necessitating euthanasia”
Alittlevodka, May 31, Churchill R – “comminuted fractures”
Grimm Resolve, Jun 2, Los Alamitos S
Shared Silence, Jun 2, Mountaineer R – “fractured sesamoids”
Too Fast to Pass, Jun 3, Belmont R (euthanized Jun 12) – “injury to left front”
Mary Jane’s Double, Jun 3, Lone Star R – “leg fracture, extensive hemorrhage”
Chouchou de Boo, Jun 4, Belmont T – “several injuries…euthanized”
Freedom Prince, Jun 5, Belmont S – “taken to hospital…euthanized”
Jive Talkin, Jun 6, Golden Gate T
Talako, Jun 7, Belmont R – “catastrophic injury…euthanized on track”
I Love Sorrento, Jun 7, Los Alamitos T
Lightsaber, Jun 7, Santa Anita T – “unrecoverable fracture…humanely euthanized”
Retrofit, Jun 8, Fonner T
Always Secret, Jun 8, Lone Star R – “heat stress in test barn after race”
Finally the One, Jun 8, Palm Meadows (FL) T
Jackies Dream, Jun 8, Tampa Bay T – “fractured humerus”
Giant Pulpit, Jun 9, Lone Star T – “heart attack” (six years old)
Doorag Jimmy, Jun 10, Louisiana R – “sudden death”
I’llmakeitanywhere, Jun 11, Thistledown T – “displaced fracture”
Sky High Interest, Jun 12, Finger Lakes S – “flipped…sustained head injury”
Billy, Jun 12, Tampa Bay S
Last Shani, Jun 13, Glenwood at Middleburg R – “collapsed and died”
Wire to Wire Tigah, Jun 13, Golden Gate R – “went wrong”
Autobahn Express, Jun 13, Parx T – “numerous comminuted vertebral fractures”
Candy Kettle Corn, Jun 13, Thistledown R (euthanized Jun 15) – “fractures both knees”
Put It On Detti, Jun 14, Gulfstream R – “went wrong”
Pajama Tops, Jun 16, Penn T – “[multiple] fractures”
Mystical Song, Jun 17, Belmont S – “found dead in stall…gastrointestinal disease”
For D’s Knight, Jun 17, Lone Star R – “[multiple] fractures; torn tendons and ligaments”
Transistor, Jun 17, Palm Meadows (FL) T
Koa Kani, Jun 17, Tampa Bay S – “colic”
Smidge, Jun 18, Belmont R – “sustained injury to left rear leg”
yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, Jun 18, Gulfstream T
Leggolas, Jun 18, Los Alamitos T
Big Red Valentine, Jun 18, Santa Anita S
Cloud, Jun 18, Saratoga T – “sustained leg injury breezing”
Champagne Moment, Jun 19, Evangeline R – “closed fracture”
Tun Tun, Jun 20, Charles Town R – “returned lame, euthanized on track”
That’s a Bingo, Jun 20, Northfield R – “collapsed on track, died before I got there”
Strictly Biz, Jun 20, Santa Anita R – “fractured knee”
Liam’s Lucky Charm, Jun 22, Gulfstream T
Handsome Coyote, Jun 22, Tampa Bay R – “disarticulated fetlock, ligament damage”
Bonspiel, Jun 23, Belmont T – “fracture, surgery failed, euthanized”
Hellagood, Jun 23, Grants Pass R – “busted an aneurysm”
Young Dasher, Jun 23, Los Alamitos S – “severe pneumonia, two weeks duration”
Canrunalittle, Jun 24, Evangeline R – “trauma” (chart: “collapsed in apparent distress”)
Hawks Main Interest, Jun 24, Grants Pass R – “fractured front leg”
Huntington Drive, Jun 24, Penn R – “[multiple] fractures, torn ligament”
Up and Ready, Jun 26, Los Alamitos S – “acute laminitis following castration”
Equilibrio, Jun 26, Los Alamitos R – “injured, pulled up, euthanized”
Option Value, Jun 27, Belmont T – “sustained injury, vanned off, euthanized”
Dapper Dan, Jun 27, Great Meadow R – “hit stone wall and fell…euthanized on course”
Prince Jet, Jun 27, Lone Star S – “colic”
Nana Shila, Jun 27, Los Alamitos R – “fatally injured”
Blissful Breeze, Jun 27, Parx T – “[multiple] fractures, ligaments completely ruptured”
Mr Dejavu, Jun 27, San Luis Rey T
Ready to Rocket, Jun 27, Thistledown R (euthanized Jun 30) – “displaced slab fracture”
Wild Indy, Jun 29, Lone Star R – “open, complete, highly comminuted fractures”
Bucky Be Lucky, Jun 29, Parx R – “[multiple] severe fractures”
Street Gambler, Jun 30, Golden Gate S – “complete hip fracture; hemorrhage”
Opalescent, Jun 30, Thistledown R – “fractured knee”
Warren, Jul 2, Los Alamitos S – “colic, distended intestine, extensive hemorrhages”
This Is Us, Jul 3, Los Alamitos R – “open fracture, complete luxation of the fetlock”
Jess Bet Me, Jul 5, Los Alamitos R – “[multiple] fractures, [multiple] complete ruptures”
Arties Game, Jul 6, Louisiana R – “fell…euthanized”
Exclamation Point, Jul 8, Delaware R
Kelly’s Secret, Jul 8, Finger Lakes T – “fracture to LF sesamoid – euthanized”
Lovely Lilia, Jul 11, Del Mar T – “[multiple] fractures; [multiple] complete ruptures”
Alltime Favorite, Jul 11, Los Alamitos R (euth Jul 13) – “multiple displaced fractures”
Ilchester Cheetah, Jul 11, Monmouth R – “injured, pulled up, euthanized”
Eagle Down, Jul 11, Ruidoso R – “bled out” (after “winning”)
Celebration, Jul 12, Belmont S – “euthanized after battling pleuropneumonia”
Yellow Brick Road, Jul 12, Belmont T – “suffered injury near finish line – euthanized”
Crater Rim, Jul 12, Belmont R – lacerated tendon”
Tacy, Jul 12, Los Alamitos R – “open fracture; complete rupture, [multiple] ligaments”
Bourbon High, Jul 14, Belmont T – “sesamoid fracture”
Hopper Hunter, Jul 16, Thistledown R – “suffered a catastrophic injury…euthanized”
Cleon Jones, Jul 20, Belmont S – “chronic severe laminitis…euthanized”
The Armenian, Jul 21, Del Mar S – “focal serosal hemorrhages [in] colon”
Miss Mercken, Jul 22, Indiana R – “clipped heels and fell”
Apollon, Jul 24, Saratoga T – “cardiovascular collapse” (two years old)
Supercharged, Jul 25, Charles Town R – “taken up lame…euthanized on track”
Muffins Revenge, Jul 30, Arlington R – “took a bad step…euthanized on track”
Pasta, Jul 30, Belmont S – “injuries sustained in fall necessitated euthanasia”
Snow Pack, Aug 2, Golden Gate R – “complete rupture of [multiple] ligaments”
Shiny Copper Penny, Aug 5, Saratoga S – “experienced sudden death”
Bf Field Notes, Aug 7, Los Alamitos S – “spinal cord compression, aortic rupture”
Endowment, Aug 8, Ellis R – “slab fracture” (of previously operated-on leg)
My Lila, Aug 8, Laurel R – “catastrophic injury…euthanized on track”
Secret Tonight, Aug 8, Los Alamitos R – “complete fracture of the scapula”
Libertyrun, Aug 9, Ellis R – “went wrong, fell”
Brag On Me, Aug 11, Saratoga T – “tibia fracture”
Jumped Bail, Aug 11, Thistledown R – “eased due to catastrophic injury…euthanized”
Wicked Mistress, Aug 12, Finger Lakes T – “slab fracture while breezing”
Galaxy Master, Aug 13, Golden Gate S – “horse started shaking, collapsed and died”
Lady C, Aug 16, Saratoga R – “took a bad step”
Rebel Teen, Aug 19, Batavia R – “collapsed and expired on the track”
Determined One, Aug 19, Belmont T – “cardiovascular collapse”
First Appeal, Aug 20, Saratoga R – “euthanized [for] severe injuries”
New Day Dawning, Aug 22, Belmont T – “sesamoid fracture…euthanized”
Peek It Up, Aug 22, Los Alamitos R – “injured…requiring euthanasia”
My Sweet Lou, Aug 23, Golden Gate R – “multiple fractures [and] complete ruptures”
Vvr Barn Find, Aug 23, Sweetwater R – “dislocated shoulder”
El Divo Moves, Aug 23, Sweetwater R – “broken back”
Skinny Love, Aug 23, Sweetwater R – “broken back”
Irreproachable, Aug 24, Del Mar T – “[multiple] fractures and ruptures”
Con He Win, Aug 26, Finger Lakes R – “broke through the gate, ran through the rail”
Heraway, Aug 26, Parx R – “suffered a catastrophic injury…euthanized”
Cook Memories, Aug 27, Arlington R – “took a bad step, flipped, euthanized”
Adriatic Son, Aug 27, Los Alamitos S – “found dead in stall – colon rupture”
Market Garden, Aug 28, Ellis R – “comminuted fractures, tearing of ligaments”
Allurstra, Aug 28, Gulfstream R – “suffered a catastrophic injury”
Own the Outcome, Aug 28, Saratoga T – “fracture…euthanized”
Pot of Hunny, Aug 29, Saratoga R – “fell heavily…euthanized on track”
Ready to Escape, Aug 30, Belmont S – “colic…euthanized”
Streets, Aug 30, Golden Gate T (euthanized Aug 31)
Perfection, Aug 30, Saratoga R – “suffered a catastrophic injury…euthanized”
Plum Dandy, Aug 31, Del Mar S – “accident”
Highly Uncertain, Aug 31, Saratoga S – “colic”
Obsidian Flow, Aug 31, Saratoga T – “[multiple fractures]”
Zunith Moon, Aug 31, Saratoga T – “fractured leg”
All About Clara, Sep 2, Louisiana R – “fell…euthanized”
Siena’s Ticket, Sep 2, Saratoga S – “severe laminitis”
Happyandiknowit, Sep 4, Penn R – “catastrophic injury, fell, humanely euthanized”
Samborella, Sep 4, Saratoga R – “took bad steps…euthanized”
Island Rock, Sep 5, Charles Town R – “returned lame, euthanized on track”
Mean Sophia, Sep 5, Del Mar R – “fractured leg”
Billy the Hott, Sep 5, Los Alamitos R
Giuseppe the Great, Sep 5, Saratoga S – “severe laminitis”
Snake Doctor, Sep 7, Kentucky R – “fractures, massive amount of soft tissue damage”
Bob E McGee, Sep 13, Los Alamitos R – “fell”
Chief Commander, Sep 14, Saratoga T – “lame after breeze – pelvis…euthanized”
New Delhi, Sep 17, Gulfstream R – “suffered a catastrophic injury, fell heavily”
Steel City Brieze, Sep 17, Thistledown R – “fell, suffering a catastrophic injury”
One Fat Kat, Sep 18, Laurel R – “sustain[ed] an injury…euthanized on the track”
Mr Jaggers, Sep 18, Saratoga T – “injury to RF leg…euthanized”
Shirelle, Sep 19, Saratoga T – “collapsed and died after breezing” (two years old)
She’s Got Heart, Sep 20, Golden Gate T
Tatterazzi, Sep 21, Belmont T – “[multiple] fractures”
Sea Sparkle, Sep 23, Belmont S – “horse found dead – colic of undetermined duration”
Gideon Seelster, Sep 24, Monticello R (euthanized Sep 25)
Talent Scout, Sep 24, Pimlico R – “sustained an injury, euthanized on the track”
Thisonesfordougie, Sep 24, Presque Isle R – “fell” (first race)
Unrighteous, Sep 26, Saratoga T – “collapsed and died” (three years old)
Tormenta, Sep 27, Churchill R – “[multiple] fractures, severe soft tissue damage”
Gold Star Babs, Sep 30, Tioga S – “unresolved colitis”
Cool Hunter, Oct 1, Golden Gate R – “euthanized after injuring his fetlock”
Fancy Twirl, Oct 3, Saratoga S – “laminitis in all four feet”
Tikhvin Flew, Oct 4, Belmont R – “took bad steps”
Bold Escape, Oct 4, Foxfield R – “possible broken neck”
Bustin Scones, Oct 5, Belmont S – “euthanized for colic”
Miss Jill, Oct 5, Finger Lakes R – “fracture to right front limb”
Eddie’s Gift, Oct 6, Finger Lakes T – “fractured shoulder”
Kaliche Gold, Oct 6, Finger Lakes T (euthanized Oct 20) – “fractured tibia”
Superficial, Oct 6, Santa Anita S – “stable accident” (two years old)
Nero’s Fiddle, Oct 8, Belmont R – “took bad steps”
Blackjack, Oct 9, Belmont S – “cervical vertebral stenotic myelopathy”
Alysinawonderland, Oct 9, Belmont S – “horse was found dead in the stall”
Ministers of Money, Oct 9, Golden Gate R – “major injury to the left foreleg”
Niente, Oct 11, Belmont R – “injury to the right front”
unidentified, Oct 11, Los Alamitos S – “cardiovascular”
It’s Cold Out, Oct 17, Finger Lakes S – “found deceased in stall 9”
Harris Bay, Oct 19, Belmont T – “comminuted fractures”
Candy Classic, Oct 19, Thistledown R – “suffered catastrophic injury”
Hedda, Oct 21, Saratoga T
Annapolis Hall, Oct 22, Batavia S – “presumed colic worsened”
Patriot Lady, Oct 23, Finger Lakes S – “unresolved colic”
Hit It Up, Oct 23, Los Alamitos R (euthanized Oct 28) – “[possible] spine injury”
Heeza Prince, Oct 23, Will Rogers R – “broke down”
Dulce Suenos, Oct 23, Will Rogers R – “broke down”
Satish, Oct 24, Great Meadow R – “hit fence, fell, vanned off, euthanized”
Hemlock, Oct 25, Belmont T – “displaced, comminuted fractures; euthanized on track”
Maddy Black, Oct 27, Finger Lakes R – “fractured limb, euthanasia on track”
Rock N Warrior, Nov 1, Belmont T (euthanized Dec 30) – “condylar fracture”
Look At My Hooves, Nov 1, Golden Gate R – “seriously injured after the wire”
High Knuckles, Nov 3, Belmont T – “pulled up severely lame…euthanized”
Beautiful Amaila, Nov 5, Belmont T – “sustained injury to it legs, euthanized on track”
Rebuff, Nov 5, Churchill R – “broke down”
Celtic Miracle, Nov 6, Los Alamitos R
Absolutely Aiden, Nov 7, Keeneland R – “suffered an injury and fell”
Giovante, Nov 7, Mahoning R – “suffered a catastrophic injury”
Zanzi Win, Nov 7, Pine Mountain R – “fell…euthanized on the course”
Just a Whim, Nov 7, Pine Mountain R – “fell…euthanized on the course”
Golden Zapper, Nov 8, Belmont T – “sustained injury…euthanized”
Unbridled Mischief, Nov 9, Belmont T – “multiple fractures…euthanized on track”
Red Ice, Nov 10, Belmont S
Winning Impression, Nov 12, Churchill R – “bad step, broke down”
Duchamp, Nov 13, Golden Gate T
Barcode, Nov 16, Parx R – “suffered a catastrophic injury near the quarter pole”
Awesome Elaine, Nov 18, Santa Anita S – “colic”
Moochie, Nov 19, Laurel R – “sustained an injury, euthanized on the track”
Mr. Tag, Nov 22, Aqueduct R – “vanned off,” euthanized
Sky of Hook, Nov 22, Aqueduct R – “injuries necessitating euthanasia”
Stay Fond, Nov 27, Aqueduct R – “suffered an injury to her right front leg”
Tied Up, Nov 27, Aqueduct R – “returned in distress, collapsed fatally” (five years old)
Thursday, Nov 29, Aqueduct R – “fractured both sesamoids LF leg”
Dream High, Dec 2, Turfway R – “open fracture”
Racing N Lace, Dec 5, Los Alamitos R
Dorothy’s Star, Dec 10, Belmont T – “humeral fracture”
Mesmerizingpegasus, Dec 11, Charles Town R – “pulled up lame, euthanized on track”
And He’s Loose, Dec 13, Hawthorne R – “took a bad step…euthanized on track”
Thru Lady, Dec 16, Los Alamitos S
Penelope Rose, Dec 16, Santa Anita T – “fractured humerus”
Super Dancer, Dec 18, Laurel R – “suffered a catastrophic injury, euthanized on track”
Linkjack Hanover, Dec 18, Yonkers R – “euthanasia necessitated by [racing] injury”
Hit It Once More, Dec 19, Aqueduct R – “dual sesamoid fracture”
Love Wins, Dec 19, Golden Gate S
Cairo Beauty, Dec 20, Belmont T (euthanized Dec 30) – “complication during surgery”
Vermont Billy, Dec 23, Belmont T – “LF leg injury…euthanized due to poor prognosis”
Dudes Got Game, Dec 26, Gulfstream R – “heart attack” (two years old)
Ebeko, Dec 27, Santa Anita R – “sustained an injury to his left front leg”

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    Without your diligence of gathering all of the information and the names of all of the horses exploited, injured and killed in the racing industry (in the USA) and by the racing participants, all of the horses listed above would be swept under the rug, except for those most high profile horses. Even then, the racing people would act like it was okay for them to have died, for whatever reason. A horse in racing is reduced to a slave for greedy people to make money off of and that fact cannot be denied. It isn’t rocket science.
    X Y JET was doped to death, but what person addicted to betting on horses cares about that…?
    Horseracing is EXTREMELY CRUEL TO HORSES and must be ended.
    To gambling addicts: Stop gambling on horses. Let the wagering handle dry up. Let the horses have a life of being turned out to a paddock or pasture, at least occasionally. Let the horses have a chance to enjoy life.

  2. Yes, thank you. All of their lives mattered. ALL. We here on this site, see all of you majestic horses, who got a raw deal in life. Take note Apologists, how unbelievably LONG this list is. It’s not fair.

      • You and ME both Nancy!!! I saw so much of myself in him. He was a very sensitive horse, and other horses acting up would bother him to no end. He was a most beautiful boy and soul,he was like a highly tuned machine. I always knew #BeautifulSensitiveSoul. I cry just thinking about him.

  3. Patrick &Co.. THANK YOU! We remember them all and weep…the ultimate betrayal in full display. Innocent lives taken senselessly.
    I met a Canadian couple a few days ago… we started talking about nothings until she mentioned Casinos and how they enjoyed going to the Woodbine race track and… BET…on horses… as a weekend pastime.. once in a while. I felt my blood boiling. But, decided to try and educate rather than crucify.. if the audience was open to that. Oh, and I told them everything they should know about horse racing. Everything I have learned from HW and the wonderful people here. The result… she started crying and said they NEVER would have imagined the atrocities…they thought the horses were treated “like royalty” I begged for them to STOP going to the races, to tell their friends and their families to do the same. I truly believe many bettors have no idea what they are contributing to and it is my hope and expectation there are now at least 2 educated humans who will make the right choice. All I can do is hope…

    • Thank you Andrea!! The education of the general public is so important. Most people don’t know the reality, and it is usually very eye opening when they find out. I know this was true with me when I became involved in racing.
      I had a similar experience with some new coworkers recently. We were discussing racing and rescue, and when they heard the things I’ve seen, or even what’s been shared here, my one coworker said she will stick to blackjack. She even said she never realized it was this bad. The other coworker asked, “well why can’t they put them in a cast!”. I told her – nicely – that when a horse’s leg is laying on the track no longer attached to the horse, there’s no way to fix it. She was shocked. She had no idea horses are killed if they catastrophically injure themselves racing. She also said she will never go to a track again.
      There is a lot of misconception In the public regarding racing. We need to educate as much as we can, and make folks realize in reality it’s not mint juleps, party day, and pretty hats at the track every day.

      • This has to be the means to the end NOT letters and calls to those who laugh and deep 6 concerns
        People who are in the public who can hear from our advocates the nonglam side of casual trips to the track
        (My punctuation key gave up sorry)

        • Nancy, that is a very fitting description to say “deep-six” when governors and other politicians reject the idea of termination of any type of government subsidy to the horse racing industry.
          If everyone could see the necropsy photos, the gruesome injuries of shattered bones and torn ligaments, it would make people think twice about how race horses are treated!!! If people could see the degenerative joint disease and ulcers in racehorses that are unseen by just looking at the outside of a horse, that would be something!
          I totally agree that educating the general public on the pain, suffering and injuries to horses exploited for racing is absolutely essential to getting people to understand that it is wrong to pour money into the bank accounts of racing participants through the Pari-Mutuel wagering handle with $2 bets or $1 bets.

  4. This reads like an injury list of horses involved in a high speed freeway accident or found during a literal war, not horses living in stalls and running on a soft, even dirt track. Nobody involved in the racing industry has ever been able to explain how their horses can suffer such atrocities – nor do they care. The only explanation ever offered is “that’s just horse racing”, as if that should be enough to wipe the blood from their hands and cover the agony and terror these horses died with.

  5. No doubt every single horse mentioned on this list has already been FORGOTTEN by their owners, trainers and jockeys… know….the ‘people’ that claim to love their horses like family and are absolutely ‘heart-broken’ when a horse gets killed or badly injured!!!! What utter BS these ‘people’ utter…..

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