98 Dead at NY Tracks Last Year

New York’s dead racehorses in 2020, according to the Gaming Commission. The number, 98, comes in at almost exactly the same as the previous two calendar years (99 in both ’18, ’19) – giving the lie (yet again) to “reform.” Horseracing kills. Full stop.

Yorkiepoo Princess, Jan 3, Belmont S – “severe laminitis…euthanized in her stall”
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”
A Freud of Mama, Jan 24, Belmont T (euthanized Feb 8) – “passed after complications”
Quizzical Cajun, Jan 25, Aqueduct R – “catastrophic injury…euthanized on track”
yet-to-be-named, Jan 30, Belmont T – “shaft fracture…euthanized on the track”
Montauk Memories, Feb 29, Aqueduct R – “leg injury”
Krugerrand, Mar 9, Belmont S – “severe laminitis” (two years old)
Starting Point, Mar 22, Belmont T – “sustained leg injury – euthanasia”
Peter’s Project, Apr 1, Belmont S – “colic, worsened throughout day…euthanasia”
Pals Invader, Apr 17, Belmont T – “sustained leg injury at the 7/8 pole”
Appealing Briefs, Apr 23, Belmont S – “euthanized due to poor prognosis of cellulitis”
O’Bushido, May 4, Belmont S – “found deceased in stall”
Call Paul, May 6, Belmont T – “sustained injury to LH leg…necessitating euthanasia”
Schiller’s Lit, May 18, Belmont T (euthanized May 21) – “acutely lame”
Lil Morning Star, May 21, Belmont T – “injury to left front leg”
Shock Therapy, May 25, Belmont S – “pleuropneumonia, laminitis”
Bluegrass Jamboree, May 28, Belmont T – “cardiovascular collapse – expired on track”
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”
Too Fast to Pass, Jun 3, Belmont R (euthanized Jun 12) – “injury to left front”
Chouchou de Boo, Jun 4, Belmont T – “several injuries…euthanized”
Freedom Prince, Jun 5, Belmont S – “taken to hospital…euthanized”
Talako, Jun 7, Belmont R – “catastrophic injury…euthanized on track”
Sky High Interest, Jun 12, Finger Lakes S – “flipped…sustained head injury”
Mystical Song, Jun 17, Belmont S – “found dead in stall…gastrointestinal disease”
Smidge, Jun 18, Belmont R – “sustained injury to left rear leg”
Cloud, Jun 18, Saratoga T – “sustained leg injury breezing”
Bonspiel, Jun 23, Belmont T – “fracture, surgery failed, euthanized”
Option Value, Jun 27, Belmont T – “sustained injury, vanned off, euthanized”
Kelly’s Secret, Jul 8, Finger Lakes T – “fracture to LF sesamoid – euthanized”
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”
Bourbon High, Jul 14, Belmont T – “sesamoid fracture”
Cleon Jones, Jul 20, Belmont S – “chronic severe laminitis…euthanized”
Apollon, Jul 24, Saratoga T – “cardiovascular collapse” (two years old)
Pasta, Jul 30, Belmont S – “injuries sustained in fall necessitated euthanasia”
Shiny Copper Penny, Aug 5, Saratoga S – “experienced sudden death”
Brag On Me, Aug 11, Saratoga T – “tibia fracture”
Wicked Mistress, Aug 12, Finger Lakes T – “slab fracture while breezing”
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”
Con He Win, Aug 26, Finger Lakes R – “broke through the gate, ran through the rail”
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”
Perfection, Aug 30, Saratoga R – “suffered a catastrophic injury…euthanized”
Highly Uncertain, Aug 31, Saratoga S – “colic”
Obsidian Flow, Aug 31, Saratoga T – “[multiple fractures]”
Zunith Moon, Aug 31, Saratoga T – “fractured leg”
Siena’s Ticket, Sep 2, Saratoga S – “severe laminitis”
Samborella, Sep 4, Saratoga R – “took bad steps…euthanized”
Giuseppe the Great, Sep 5, Saratoga S – “severe laminitis”
Chief Commander, Sep 14, Saratoga T – “lame after breeze – pelvis…euthanized”
Mr Jaggers, Sep 18, Saratoga T – “injury to RF leg…euthanized”
Shirelle, Sep 19, Saratoga T – “collapsed and died after breezing” (two years old)
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) – “euthanized after injury”
Unrighteous, Sep 26, Saratoga T – “collapsed and died” (three years old)
Gold Star Babs, Sep 30, Tioga S – “unresolved colitis”
Fancy Twirl, Oct 3, Saratoga S – “laminitis in all four feet”
Tikhvin Flew, Oct 4, Belmont R – “took bad steps”
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”
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”
Niente, Oct 11, Belmont R – “injury to the right front”
It’s Cold Out, Oct 17, Finger Lakes S – “found deceased in stall 9”
Harris Bay, Oct 19, Belmont T – “comminuted fractures”
Hedda, Oct 21, Saratoga T – “euthanized on the track”
Annapolis Hall, Oct 22, Batavia S – “presumed colic worsened”
Patriot Lady, Oct 23, Finger Lakes S – “unresolved colic”
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”
High Knuckles, Nov 3, Belmont T – “pulled up severely lame…euthanized”
Beautiful Amaila, Nov 5, Belmont T – “injury to it [sic] legs, euthanized on track”
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
Mr. Tag, Nov 22, Aqueduct R – “exam revealed necessity for euthanasia”
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”
Dorothy’s Star, Dec 10, Belmont T – “humeral fracture”
Linkjack Hanover, Dec 18, Yonkers R – “euthanasia necessitated by [racing] injury”
Hit It Once More, Dec 19, Aqueduct R – “dual sesamoid fracture”
Vermont Billy, Dec 23, Belmont T – “LF leg injury…euthanized due to poor prognosis”

9 Comments

  1. I can’t help but think that there were more horses killed in 2020 as well as every year; horses that were horseracing industry casualties and that they just somehow, for whatever reason, did not make it on this list. We know the industry really doesn’t want all the dead horses to show up on the list of dead horses that were injured and died or were euthanized by racing participants, including veterinarians that partake and participate in the unethical exploitation of horses.

  2. NO Horse should EVER go to slaughter because of these greedy,lazy,asshole, pieces of SH**. Every lazy S.O.B., involved in this “not a real job” industry. It is pure evil, and it is killing INNOCENT ANIMALS. Period,end of story.

      • Nancy, EVERYDAY these innocent equines are in peril. It breaks my heart worrying about these INNOCENTS. It’s gotta go, it’s gotta go. Full Stop. #EndTheSystematicTorture

          • At least they have a chance, even if it is a slim one, to be retired/adopted here. They have zero chance in Korea. Selling to Korea et al, is definitely a premature death sentence and the sellers know this. Yet these people spew nonsense such as their horses are like family members.
            Sure they are!!!!
            The business is populated by animal abusers, liars, cheaters and worse.

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