Last Week’s “Vanned Off”

Last week…

Tudox Rue Majestic “injured herself in the starting gate” at Parx
Moonlight Shadow “vanned off” at Mahoning
Interference “vanned off” at Mahoning
Reposado “bled and was vanned off” at Delta
Ladie Verrazano “vanned off” at Delta
I Am the Grey “pulled up in distress, vanned off” at Gulfstream
Foreverjumbonmike “vanned off” at Mahoning
Lil’s Kitten “vanned off” at Tampa Bay
Above Board “vanned off” at Delta
Miss Loveinsky “vanned off” at Delta
We Should Talk “vanned off” at Aqueduct
Naturell “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Elusive Ro “vanned off” at Tampa Bay

While not all the “vanned” end up dead, most do as borne out by our year-end FOIA reports. But even if death is not the ultimate result, the above are victims nonetheless, suffering painful injuries – in the case of the bleeders, pulmonary hemorrhage – so that some men may gamble, others chase pots of gold. (For any new confirmed deaths during the week, please see our running annual list.)


  1. I know I won’t be seeing the names of these horses in the headlines of Horse Racing Nation; that’s for sure! The racing industry participants are grinding away at their next victims of everyday abuse and everyday soreness for the horses; and eventually, more catastrophic injuries necessitating the horse(s) to be euthanized. That could be today at any given racetrack. The next victim(s) could be among the Grade One contenders “on the road to the Kentucky Derby” as they say in the industry, or the next victim(s) could be among the claiming ranks. The main thing that I can do today is hope and pray that the wagering handle dries up!!! I hope the break-even point is not met and that the races are shutdown/cancelled. It might happen at Penn National. Here’s to hoping for a race track to be shutdown today for a lack of people betting their money on the horses…👏

  2. Ack! Turf Pairo’Deaths is back. I’ve never seen so many daily VAN-OFFs as I counted last time that doomed, shitty, Arizona horse-killing hellhole ran last year. Get ready for this list to expand again:(

    • Aaaaand, once again, big round of applause for all the Arizona Horse Safety Specialists (Just kidding. There’s no such thing. If there was, they’d have been fired long ago.)
      Anyway, Day Two of Turf Pairo’Deaths’ triumphant return is done, and they’ve managed to keep their daily van-off streak intact. Not that anyone in Arizona cares. Their super-safety-conscious racing commission is too busy being coached on how to deal with their state’s betting clusterf#@* at tomorrow’s “public” meeting than to try and address their daily equine bloodbath. So we should probably just leave them alone. In fact, I only bring it up to you all as a reminder that all the Dysfunctional Desert Dinosaur Degenerates are still very active in killing off racehorses for fun and profit.

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