“Acute Aortic Rupture”; “Terminally Ill – Laminitis”; “Fractured Skull” – Delaware, 2020

Through a FOIA request to the Delaware Dept. of Agriculture, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks in 2020.

Abelard Hanover, Mar 2, Dover R – “acute aortic rupture” (12 years old)

Cheri’s Win, Jun 24, Delaware R – “comminuted fracture LF”

Exclamation Point, Jul 8, Delaware R – “comminuted fracture”

Diamond Darlin, Jul 20, Delaware S – “hit head, fractured skull, ruptured major artery – died” (note: not euthanized, just died)

Shaggy Kid, Aug 5, Delaware S – “terminally ill – colon torsion, toxic”

Star Fitzstall, Aug 10, Delaware S – “terminally ill – colic”

Along Came Betty, Aug 24, Delaware S – “terminally ill – laminitis” (three years old)

Thekidsback, Sep 5, Delaware R – “colic [after race]”

Sleeplessdreammore, Oct 4, Delaware S – “terminally ill – cause undetermined”

Dreams of Shirley, Oct 8, Delaware R (euthanized Oct 10) – “fracture RF”

Cali Girl, Oct 9, Delaware T (euthanized Oct 10) – “sesamoid fracture”

Creme de Cerise, Oct 11, Delaware T – “humerus fracture”

Micaro, Nov 19, Delaware T – “knee fracture” (2-year-old being prepped for first race)

Back to Back, Dec 4, Delaware S – “terminally ill – colic”

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  1. For Sleeplessdreammore I don’t think the cause was “undetermined” it was more “disinterested”.
    The number of colic cases in racehorses is beyond disgusting! As an Arabian owner, I know they are prone to colic, but PROPER, PREVENTATIVE CARE can go a long way. Of course, that would mean actually caring for your horse beyond what few dollars you can wring out of him while he is still able to stand.

    • Isn’t it odd how, with NON-RACING horse owners, we keep our animals around, and pay for their expensive care throughout their lives. But racehorse owners not only expect their animals to pay their own way, but dump them at an obscenely young age when they can’t.
      Hey, racing creeps: Your cast-off, broken-down babies who somehow manage to survive all your torture aren’t getting a forever home with a real horsewoman like Rebecca. But be sure to keep proudly trumpeting it out to the world (in the one-in-a-thousand cases) when that actually happens, okay?

      • Kelly..its called love and you forgot to mention yourself. Of course you wouldn’t mention yourself because that is your moral compass. So I’ll do it for you.

      • Exactly, Kelly – dump them AND expect money for their used-up racehorses that will require surgery to remove chips, etc…and the apologists praise them as “good owners”.

        Most are enraged when an old dog is dropped off at the animal shelter because his owner wants a new pup – disgusted because the owner doesn’t want the additional expense that comes with an aged dog and old Rover just isn’t fun anymore…how could they be so cold and uncaring! Yet, that’s EXACTLY what racing owners do – again and again and again. In fact, it’s the norm for them that the “new pup” will become the “old dog” and his time WILL come when he will have to go, too.

        But they love them like their own children.

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