Busy Vans…

Last week on U.S. flat tracks (racing only):

Emerald Rocket “lame, vanned off” at Colonial
Amnicalola “lame, vanned off” at Colonial
Sir Dashin Effort “vanned off” at Delta
Successful Cure “injured himself in the starting gate” at Parx
Zoomin for Kisses “vanned off” at Arizona
Bubba Bay “appeared to hit the rail, DNF” at Arizona
Sizzlin Grace “bled, vanned off” at Delta
Miss Ram “fell, vanned off” at Delta
Ruben’s Big Legacy “showed little [because injured?] and was vanned off” at Delaware
Sheza Strawfly “bled, vanned off” at Sam Houston
Martha’s Banner “vanned off” at Charles Town
King of Speed “vanned off” at Del Mar
Keeper Real “vanned off” at Indiana
Beastie Bok “bled, vanned off” at Sam Houston
Eyema Travelin Gal “bled, vanned off” at Sam Houston
Bernie’s On Fire “vanned off” at Pimlico
Primal Instincts “vanned off” at Pocatello
Namgis Kissinmischka “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Show Time “vanned off” at Sam Houston
Candy Carlos “returned lame [after ‘winning’], vanned off” at Delaware
Fast Dashin Diamond “vanned off” at Delta
Achievopiloto “vanned off” at Delta
Frolic More “bled” at Ellis
Thegrayspider “vanned off” at Louisiana
E J’s Gold “vanned off” at Ruidoso

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. It is unjust to allow this treacherous abuse and killing of racehorses to continue without impunity.
    The Motto of the California State Assembly in Latin is:
    Legislatorum est justas leges condere —
    “It is the duty of legislators to enact just laws.”

    • CORRECTION: I misspoke. I should have said, “… with impunity — without fear of real punishment.”

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