Last Week…

Bernin Sensation “bled” at Turf
Dynamo Kid “vanned off” at Delta
Emit “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Khalid “vanned off” at Sam Houston
Wrapping “vanned off” at Tampa Bay
Slews Hymn “vanned off” at Turf
Cartel Dragon “vanned off” at Remington
Mason’s Song “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Captain Carnegie “fell, DNF” at Hawthorne
Forfiftyfiverocket “vanned off” at Laurel
Mantra “pulled up in distress, vanned off” at Santa Anita

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.)

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  1. The ten horses listed above are the victims of the abuse, brutality, cruelty and callous exploitation inherent to the dirty business of using horses as gambling chips. This abuse and killing must be terminated from all government approval!!! It must be terminated from all government funding of any kind and source, including subsidies and tax breaks and loopholes.

  2. Yet another horrific list of racehorses dying.
    PLEASE anybody PLEASE be aware that the Idaho “Horsemen Group” AKA HBA lobbied the government HARD in Idaho to get a bigger chunk of revenue from the public coffers to support horse racing.
    Rep. Brent Crane, R-Nampa — chairman of the State House Affairs Committee — refused to have the bill heard.
    Thank-you Brent Crane as he cited that this money would be coming out of the money to support public education if you can imagine that !!
    He stated that their coffers are under intense pressure due to Covid-19 and he also stated this:
    “At some point, the horsemen have got to realize that they are in an industry that is dying — live horse racing in the state of Idaho is dying,” Crane told the Idaho State Journal. “I’m not responsible for that, no one in the Legislature is responsible for that. If they can’t put people in the stands that want to come watch their races, that is their problem, not my problem.” NO KIDDING NOT TO MENTION THE KILLING GOING ON.
    So the HBPA didn’t quit there (they are a bunch of conniving corrupt racehorse killers who want their millions in wagering income while not even giving one dime to racehorse aftercare.)
    Anyways, they probably paid-off Sen. Jim Guthrie, R-Inkom, to sponsor the bill in the Senate, where it passed. Now, the bill will head back to the house, but Crane remains against it.
    PLEASE write and thank Rep. Crane for his stance and get this parasitic scum horsemen groups out of our public coffers, get their fingers out of the community and education public coffers.
    I know you may think, but this is in Idaho and I don’t live in Idaho, but you know that state lines don’t make a difference when it comes to killing racehorses.
    Also, the horsemen groups won’t let up they won’t even let 1 state stop the funding because they know it will quickly become a trend that if just 1 politician would care about their constituents and their community then they would not fund horse racing and many politicians would follow across communities in North America.
    It’s LONG OVERDUE to stop this funding and this is all for just 15 days of horse racing.
    This is insane and SHAME ON YOU Sen. Jim Guthrie!

    • Gina, thank you for bringing this information up here! I do live in Idaho and I was not aware of this report in the southern part of the State of Idaho. The Treasure Valley (and the Treasure Valley Racing Association) is in southern Idaho. They have their race meets at the various County Fairgrounds in Treasure Valley.
      In 1966, before Bill Gates invented Personal Computers, there was a race meet of Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses at the old Lewiston Roundup Grounds in North Lewiston bordered by the Clearwater River. The story goes that they didn’t make enough money to continue to have live horseracing in Lewiston, Idaho after that one summer of racing; [Lewiston Morning Tribune, summer, 1966]. They did continue to use the rodeo grounds and the racetrack as a training track for several years, until 1981. The Roundup Grounds were moved to a different location. In 1982, there was a big push to have a racetrack and live horseracing at the new grounds on Tammany Creek Road. They even had a name and phone number published in the phonebook for the horseracing track on Tammany Creek Road in Lewiston, Idaho. For whatever reason, the whole thing fell through and there was no name and phone number for live horseracing in Lewiston published in the phonebook in 1983 or any year thereafter.
      Attending a live race meet at a local track in 1966 certainly was much less glamorous than watching the Kentucky Derby on ABC Wide World of Sports on television back then. I did not see any horses suffer any broken bones in person in 1966. No horses went down that I know of. I had no idea at the time that racing could be as horrible and ugly as it really is. Racing and rodeos are pre-programmed animal abuse and people need to know to what extent horses and cattle suffer for these depraved businesses. There are ways to earn an income and spend your time that don’t include animal abuse.

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