“Injured Himself in the Starting Gate” and Others From Last Week

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

California Rone “vanned off” at Mahoning
Icomefromdowntown “went bad, vanned off” at Penn
Caliche “fell, vanned off” at Sunland
I Am the Juan “fell over rival [above], DNF” at Sunland
Far Mo Power “injured himself in the starting gate” at Parx
Russian Melody “pulled up bad, vanned off” at Penn
Izshefrosted “vanned off” at Tampa Bay
Yes I’m Evil “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Raagheb “went wrong, vanned off” at Turf
Glory March “pulled up lame, vanned off” at Charles Town
Uncle Trey “vanned off” at Sam Houston
Lets Take It Izzy “vanned off” at Tampa Bay
Striking It Lucky “vanned off” at Tampa Bay
Hot N Sweet “bled” at Turfway
Temper Mint Twist “vanned off” at Turfway
Mugaritz “vanned off” at Golden Gate
Macho Appeal “pulled up in distress, vanned off” at Oaklawn
Jim Edd Who “vanned off” at Sunland

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. Horse racing, has been going on for many years. I only knew of (SOME ) of the Deaths & Serious Injuries, through the NEWYORK POST! And even then , I wondered, How can these human “BEASTS, “ be allowed to expose these BEAUTIFUL Horses, to such Barbaric, & Brutality! These Humans are Criminals! Since then , I have learned more! This is so “HEARTLESS & Barbaric, they need to be , Undet LAW! NO LOOP-hOLES, to be BANNED! This is a Blood -CRIME! People are Petitioning against this! There are public “ OUT-CRIES to ban it! Put ALL those “MONEY-BAGS, who are behind this, & let “ THEM” RUN with “ BROKEN BONES!!!!

  2. The starting gate was invented for the convenience of the human participants involved in this egregious cruelty to horses called horseracing and Pari-mutuel wagering. It was regarded as a great invention by pro-racing people, whereas the starting gate is one more thing about this hideous cruelty to horses that causes more injuries and suffering to the horses that are forced to endure this horrendous abuse!!! It is the people involved who are causing injuries to the horses and the deaths of racehorses.

  3. We should mention that drugging goes on to give horses an advantage. So much money is involved, winning is the real game, regardless of the animal’s condition.

    • Performance Enhancing Drugs have been mentioned a lot on this site. See the post about Jeff Blea as one example.

  4. This falls under the category mf’n cheap ass sons of b*****s. Santa Anita announced they donated MEASLY 1,000 to thoroughbred aftercare in honor of Betty White’s birthday. Gee, could you spare it you sacks of s**t?

    • LOL, Bonnie! And, wait til you read about their disgusting Martin Luther King Jr. Day promotion. Even at the bitter end of their game in California, the SADT manages to sink to an all-time low. (It’s so utterly tone-deaf and cringe-worthy, it could have only come from the Stronachs:)

      By the way, was Betty White even a racing fan? She may have starred in some old Hollywood movie about the game, back in her early days when every other film was about racing. But she strikes me as someone who’d be straight-up ANTI-animal racing. (Doesn’t stop the horse-killing racing community from trying to capitalize on her passing, though, does it?) What a bunch of creeps.

    • Bonnie!!! – seriously?!? – $1,000?!? What a damn slap to the horses’ faces. Cheap, greedy pricks.

      • Joy, it is beyond despicable. They have no shame,no morals,no soul. They are pieces of S**T. Special place in hell for animal abusers. You can’t rationalize with these people,and the scary part is they never get embarrassed. That is when you KNOW you are dealing with sociopaths.

  5. “Injured himself in the starting gate” – as though humans had nothing to do with it. As a prey animal, horses are naturally claustrophobic, and the starting gate’s tight stalls exacerbate that exponentially, plus racehorses are not given any type of gentle desensitizing training – they’re forced in and given pain to make them break as quickly as possible.

  6. I have never been as disgusted with the vast majority of the human species as I have been lately, between our causing massive climate disruption, extermination and extinction of wildlife and the brutality of horse racing (and its bastard first cousin, the soring of Tennessee Walking Horses). Through out of control greed, pure meanness and uncaring and sheer stupidity, we are killing everything good and beautiful on this planet, and we just seem to find it impossible to do anything else. The HANDFUL of decent people don’t seem to be enough to stop the evil, and forget our politicians who aren’t doing anything at all and indeed, are part of the problem, either politically or personally.

    • In so many ways man is the worst and most pure evil thing that ever happened. Is it any wonder I love animals MORE? Why you ask …..well,number one they’re prettier than humans …and they are not calculated evil. Animals are pure of soul.

      • I’m with you. Animals KNOW their purpose and fulfill it, when humans do not interfere. But humans? Most have forgotten their purpose, if they ever knew it in the first place. All most live for is money and self-entitlement, and think nothing matters except them. I do not even feel like I am part of the human species anymore – I am sad to say I don’t even recognize any admirable qualities in the vast majority of them.

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