Last Week’s Long List

Jess No Foolin “bled” at Indiana
Our Dixie Blue “vanned off” at Parx
Triple Vodka Jess “bled, vanned off” (after “winning”) at Turf
Dontmesawithsister “returned bleeding” at Penn
Wild and Golden “took a bad step, vanned off” at Will Rogers
Undetectable “collided with another foe, fell, DNF” at Belmont
Sailor’s Treasure “collided with a fallen foe, fell, DNF” at Belmont
Northern “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Mizz Destiny “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Moro Jetsetter “went bad, vanned off” at Lone Star
Awesome Butterfly “vanned off” at Pimlico
Boss Life “pulled up lame, vanned off” at Pimlico
Eye Am a Fancy Pyc “bled” at Remington
Long Gun “vanned off” at Turf
Oceanographer “fell, DNF” at Charlotte
Western Crusader “fell, DNF” at Charlotte
Hayabusa One “fell, DNF” at Charlotte
Sportswear “fell, DNF” at Charlotte
Arch My Boy “fell, DNF” at Charlotte
Bodes Well “fell, DNF” at Charlotte
Big Bend “went lame, vanned off” at Charlotte
Hook Her Up “vanned off” at Hawthorne
Louden’s Gray “in apparent distress, vanned off” at Oaklawn
Attack At Dawn “vanned off” at Sam Houston
Pleasant Wish “fell to the track after race, vanned off” at Tampa Bay
Bee Merry “slammed into rivals, DNF” at Fonner
Justin’s Quest “vanned off” at Oaklawn
Gentle Night “vanned off” at Oaklawn
Uno Tigress “bled” at Pimlico
Who’s Counting “returned bleeding” at Pimlico

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. I know this comment does not in any way compare to your list but I thought I would share it anyway. There were actually some other horses that finished in distress and some others that the track veterinarians actually caught. Remington Park returned my email about a horse that looked ill after winning his race. And SHOCK OF ALL SHOCKS, Oaklwawn Park actually gate scratched a horse (I did not catch) on Saturday. So, when I told the Racing Office that “every horse breakdown and death put another nail in the coffin of racing” I did start to see more late gate scratches. So the racing offices do get the messages. Believe it. More people have to use the Contact Us forms provided by the tracks. I send a message every day. And you DON’T have to be polite either. You may not get a message back but you can be sure they got the message. Try it.

  2. All these horses were victims of abuse!!!!
    What was done to these horses was NOT HORSEMANSHIP!!!!!! It was ABUSE!!!!!
    These horses are most likely dead. If any of these HORSES are alive, it is highly possible and probable that some of them have or will disappear from the racetrack by being sold to those people who have contracts with those companies that “process” and sell horse meat.

  3. Yet another horrific list of racehorses who were crippled, permanently mangled and/or killed in action.
    Horse racing has lost its social license.
    In my view, it all started with the public breakdown of EIGHT BELLES (poor Angel) in 2008 who had BOTH front ankles sustain compound fractures (bone fragments flying and dangling) struggling to get up on her knees.
    Most of us know this happened after the finish line of the Kentucky Derby with millions watching.
    Nevertheless, right after the breakdown I was on social media platforms perusing public comments and most of the general public were expressing disbelief and shock.
    They thought this never went on in horse racing and that the breakdown of Eight Belles was an anomaly.
    Of course this public sentiment was fueled by a carefully construed pro-horse racing public relations campaign that was relentless over the years and lack of transparency permitted this to be very effective.
    Most of us know, especially now, that racehorses die like this all the time.
    It’s not uncommon for racehorses to snap their bones-off crumbling to the ground and this site has been instrumental in providing the indisputable facts that horse racing could once brush off as zealot animal rights activists lying to garner your sympathy.
    We finally have news outlets covering racehorse breakdowns and you would have to be living in a cave to not be aware, in some capacity, that horse racing kills racehorses – plenty of them.
    Now when I peruse social media sites there is a zeitgeist movement to shut it down.
    It’s not just animal rights activists or even animal advocates, but every day people who will no longer accept the egregious acts of racehorse cruelty (whipping) and killing on full display.
    It’s long overdue for our politicians to END the billions in casino profits, taxpayers money and/or subsidies that is, more or less, life jackets to a business that is drowning in their own inhumanity.

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