Last Week: “Returned Lame,” “Bled From Both Nostrils, Fell,” “Went Wrong,” “Went Bad,” and Many Others

I Want a Picture “vanned off” at Louisiana
Shesa Little Bigtime “bled” at Prairie
Jilliana “returned bleeding from nostrils” at Belterra
Artic Tears “bled” at Mountaineer
Rodeo Red “fell, vanned off” at Parx
Df Fabulous Zanbo “bled, vanned off” at Arizona
Sky Judge “vanned off” at Indiana
Inclunation “returned lame, vanned off” at Parx
Jesses Sign “vanned off” (after being “very fractious”) at Sam Houston
Afleeting Glance “vanned off” at Belmont
Take Charge Erica “vanned off” at Churchill
Dream Car “vanned off” at Sam Houston
Rm Im That Chick “bled, vanned off” at Sam Houston
Helga Shmelga “bled from both nostrils, fell” at Belterra
Chispita “vanned off” at Monmouth
Made It Happen “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Sir Wishalot “bled, vanned off” at Sam Houston
Crown Me Jackson “fell, appeared to suffer catastrophic injury” at Evangeline
Blu Candy “hit the rail, DNF” at Monmouth
Threeohtwocassie “vanned off” at Monmouth
Repeat Repeat “fell, vanned off” at Percy Warner
Arch My Boy “fell, DNF” at Percy Warner
Super de Shine “went wrong, vanned off” at Ellis
Banana Pepper “vanned off” at Energy
Beta Lake “went bad, vanned off” at Lone Star
Custom Pancho “fell while injured, vanned off” at Louisiana
Ts Tres My Dust “vanned off” at Prairie
Shine Jack’s Dream “vanned off” at Prairie

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. The chartwriters are sure circling the wagons and are tight lipped about admitting to deaths! “Appeared to have a catastrophic injury”?! Pretty hard to miss that!
    And what I read about Super de Shine is that “it was a horrible breakdown”, and “his (her, actually) leg was flopping wildly”. Did you think a wildly flopping leg wasn’t fatal, Chartwriter?
    So much for the much-touted transparency, pro racing folks! They are sure afraid of letting the public know about their disgusting weekly (daily) deaths.
    Thank you, Patrick, for bringing all these horrible reports to the public’s attention.
    The “industry” sure as hell won’t!

  2. It’s too hot to force horses to run in training and in races. Horseracing is all abuse anyway, but triple-digit heat is a disaster waiting to happen of horses dropping dead from heat stroke in addition to the other horrible atrocities of horseracing.

  3. Horse racing and any ‘so called sports’ using animals should be banned all over the world. Humans have never been better educated and there is no excuse for animal cruelty. We should know better!!!!

  4. For the week June 13-19, 4–year-old Babe Reed was a DNF at Evangeline Downs – “stopped”, was “distanced”, “[lost contact]”, was “hopelessly beaten”.

    That was June 17. On June 21, he was in a killpen. His racing owner, Lori Culotta – trainer, Ray Culotta.

    • Was anyone able to rescue BABE REED from the killbuyer/killpen that you know of, Joy?

      • He was updated as sold (some “rescues” then mark them “Safe” but we’ve seen that isn’t always true) – so we can only hope he’s found his forever home.

        • So, until someone can confirm that BABE REED truly is safe in an honestly good home, he is sort of like a MIA. I read in the chart of his last race that there were two other horses that stopped before the race was over and jogged or walked across the finish line. I’ve never seen a race where 3 horses stopped during the race. That sounds so ghastly pathetic, but a spill and being vanned off is much worse, of course.

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