“Was Pulled Up Bleeding From Both Nostrils”

Last week…

The Circle Game “was pulled up while bleeding from both nostrils” at Laurel
Key to the Nile “pulled up injured” at Mahoning
Sacatone “vanned off” at Turf
Wonder Run “bled and was vanned off” at Delta
Smarty J and B “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Between the Arches “vanned off” at Sam Houston
Passion Plus “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Ellie Arroway “bled after the race” at Santa Anita
Blessed Villana “vanned off” at Fair Grounds
Gowdy “vanned off” at Los Alamitos

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 think any horse that bleeds from his or her nostrils doesn’t need much “pulling up” from their jockey. I think any horse with bleeding nostrils slows down automatically on his or her own. It is a very CRUEL THING to run horses in the FORCED MANNER in which horses exploited for racing are FORCED TO RUN. If horses are allowed to be horses, they would NEVER, NEVER RUN THEMSELVES TO THE POINT OF BLEEDING FROM THEIR NOSTRILS!!!!!

    • Wanda, I think you have a gift for phrasing your comments. I almost always know it is you, even before I see your name. I agree 100% with you.

  2. The owners should show more concern for the horse as a family member and stop this evil practice of abusing and killing their horse. These people are greedy and evil!

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