Waves of Fire “hit inside rail, DNF” at Delta
Candy Coma “pulled up injured, vanned off” at Thistledown
Eskendulce “suffered injury late, vanned off” at Thistledown
Pearls in Charge “vanned off” at Belterra
Helga Shmelga “vanned off” at Belterra
Afleet Melody “returned lame, vanned off” at Parx
Awesome Pegasus “vanned off” at Canterbury
Metaphar “fell over a fallen rival, DNF” at Canterbury
Imdusty “pulled up in distress, vanned off” at Evangeline
Saturday Value “vanned off” at Canterbury
Royal Galaxy “rank, pulled up, vanned off” at Evangeline
Big Red N Bodacious “vanned off” at Sam Houston
Cajun Embers “in distress, vanned off” at Gulfstream
Ujjayi “pulled up lame, vanned off” at Penn
Eel Point “vanned off” at Santa Anita
Genuine Anson “bled” at Sunray
M G Ms Victory Run “vanned off” at Sunray
Myquest “vanned off” at Delaware
Bad Monkey “bled” at Remington
Fallout “vanned off” at Remington
Favorite Blues Man “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Niall “pulled up in apparent distress, vanned off” at Lone Star
Wave Runner “bled” at Los Alamitos
Favorite Agree “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Suiza Cartel Csj “hit rail, DNF” at Sunray
First Friday “fell, DNF” at Winterthur
You’re No Better “fell, DNF” at Winterthur
Master Seville “fell, DNF” at Winterthur

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. This ABUSE and torture of horses must be punished by law and defunded. No person or group of people should be allowed to receive money from the government to ABUSE and torture horses and call it a “sport” because HORSERACING is Animal Cruelty!!! DEFUND Animal Cruelty in the UNITED STATES.

  2. Eel Point had surgery on his ankle. Wonder what quality of life that poor guy will have moving forward.

  3. Royal Galaxy was “rank”, pulled up, and vanned off. What constitutes “rank” in their book? A horse refusing to run because of the pain they’re in? A horse fighting against the abusive flailing of the jockey? Or a horse that just won’t run as fast as they think he should?

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