30 Kills (That They Admit To) in Texas Last Year

Through a FOIA request to the Texas Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks from August through December of last year (this is part 2; part 1, which ran through Aug 5, is here).

There are, you will see, only three listings. That the whole state of Texas had only three deaths after August 5 defies belief, and I said so in an email to the Commission. In response, they magically found one more (initially they had only forwarded two deaths, with no causes or locations), but that was it. In addition, there were two deaths on the first FOIA in August that were not included this time around (I asked for the entire year in order to cross-check and to make sure no horses slipped through the cracks). Bottom line, the Texas recordkeeping is slipshod at best, and I simply do not accept that the 30 kills I have for 2021 is the true toll.

Jessa Louisiana Dash, Oct 6, Sam Houston T – “sesamoid fracture”
Marmalade Candy, Oct 26, Lone Star S – “found dead” (five years old)
Kw Sally, Nov 20, Lone Star R – “comminuted carpal fracture”

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  1. Killing horses used and abused routinely as gambling chips and injured and killed as a consequence of the horrendous cruelty and torture of horses in Texas as well as all the other states that abuse and torture horses for racing and wagering revenue must be punishable by law. The laws need to be changed in order to recognize this inhumane treatment of horses!

  2. That’s the beauty of confronting these so-called regulators these days.
    They’ve operated within the corrupt shadows of this sick game for so long, they’re just not used to admitting their kills. Clearly, some can’t even handle the question being asked, so they get flustered and embarrassed and just throw a dead horse name out there:
    “Oh, you mean that’s not enough? Okay, here. Take another one! Now leave us alone.”
    In my opinion, though, the journalism giants of the racing press (ha ha) are even worse about it. Most don’t consider covering bad outcomes part of their actual jobs, so they get a little resentful about being asked:
    Me: “What’s the condition of _____? She didn’t look so good right before she collapsed.”
    Racing press member: “Don’t know, so stop asking me.”
    Me: “Okay. How about _____? He was pulled up and vanned off yesterday, and you still managed to mention him in your story several times. Is he still alive?”
    Racing press member: “I’ll get sued if I tell you, so please refer to my answer to your first question in all future queries. Good day.”
    (*Just kidding, of course; no one in the high-credibility racing press would ever say “please” and “Good day” to the likes of me;)

      • They don’t think they’re evil. They understand their ship is sinking, and I believe they’re just riding it out for a paycheck (or a pension, in the “regulators'” cases), before the whole thing goes under. It’s just that nowadays they’ve become super-defensive about their “coverage.”
        The good old days — before social media and Patrick — are gone forever. But over-litigious racehorse connections will still threaten them, right up until the bitter end: Hahahahahahahaha:)

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