Shame: The Taxpayer-Funded Killing of 107 Horses in NY Last Year

The following racehorses were killed at NYS tracks in 2021. While reading, please bear in mind that this is surely but a partial reckoning, as the Gaming Commission typically only discloses deaths occurring on-site (or occasionally at equine hospitals) and those within 72 hours of injury. And, of course, nothing from the state’s private training facilities. In short, the carnage is worse than what you see below, and below are 107 dead horses – the most, by the way, since 2017. So much for “reform.”

On another note, New York is, of course, a subsidy state. We are part of a broad coalition attempting to change that. I will have more information on how best to support this effort in the very near future.

Sander’s Empire, Jan 1, Aqueduct R – “suffered an injury, euthanized on track”
Escape, Jan 1, Belmont T (euthanized Jan 3) – “collapsed while breezing”
All Mo, Jan 7, Belmont T – “open distal radial fracture”
Spy Story, Jan 8, Aqueduct R – “took bad steps”
That’s Official, Jan 12, Monticello T – “collapsed…died on track”
Cerretalto, Jan 29, Belmont S – “colic…euthanized due to poor prognosis”
Oh My Papa, Feb 4, Belmont T – “suffered injuries while breezing”
Daytime Doll, Feb 6, Belmont T – “pulled up…euthanized on track”
Kj Brent, Feb 9, Monticello S – “euthanized in barn following fall and fracture”
Nisbet Beach, Feb 15, Aqueduct R – “fell heavily…euthanized on track”
Prospect Mountain, Feb 20, Belmont T – “sustained mid-body fractures”
Creative Style, Mar 7, Aqueduct R – “took a bad step”
Cam Funny, Mar 8, Monticello S – “found dead in a.m.”
Melanie’s Filly, Mar 8, Monticello R – “bad step, pastern fracture”
Whisper Wisdom, Mar 10, Belmont S – “joint infection”
Hyperactive Chris, Mar 10, Belmont T – “broke down near the wire”
Big Luther, Mar 13, Belmont T – “sustained open fractures”
Kiss Me Dave, Mar 20, Aqueduct R – “fell fatally” (two years old, first race)
Twice An Angel, Mar 22, Monticello R – “sustained injury to LF leg”
Unrelenting Force, Mar 28, Aqueduct R – “sustained injury to RF leg”
Niiji, Mar 31, Belmont S – “pleuropneumonia”
Voodoo Magic, Apr 5, Belmont S – “acute colic” (two years old)
Beastie D, Apr 13, Belmont S – “died due to injuries sustained in barn fire”
American Sailor, Apr 13, Belmont S – “died due to injuries sustained in barn fire”
Always Rock N Roll, Apr 17, Buffalo R – “injury to left back leg necessitating euthanasia”
Haikal, Apr 22, Belmont T – “injury to LF leg”
Determined Heart, Apr 22, Belmont R – “injured, vanned off, [euthanized]”
Singapore Trader, Apr 24, Belmont T – “pulled up lame”
Lady Sansa, Apr 28, Belmont T – “fetlock injury…developed laminitis post [surgery]”
Buyer’s Remorse, May 1, Belmont T – “sustained an injury at the wire”
Mama Kin, May 7, Belmont R – “lacerated tendon”
Schwarbertown, May 12, Finger Lakes T – “fractured pastern”
Sister Alexa, May 12, Finger Lakes T – “fractured fetlock”
Mister Bobby, May 13, Saratoga T – “collapsed and died” (five years old)
Latin Love Bug, May 14, Belmont R – “went wrong, fell”
yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, May 23, Belmont S – “infection, died in stall”
Dads Honor, May 23, Belmont T – “leg injury while breezing – euthanized on track”
Cin Cin Cowboy, May 24, Finger Lakes R – “took a bad step, fractured both sesamoids”
Playthatfunnymusic, May 29, Belmont R – “catastrophic injury…euthanized on track”
Teardown This Wall, May 30, Buffalo S – “colic, unresponsive to medical treatment”
Singular Sensation, May 31, Belmont R – “catastrophic injury…euthanized on track”
Lullula, Jun 1, Belmont T (euthanized Jun 6) – “left carpal injury”
Micromillion, Jun 3, Belmont S – “colic…euthanized due to poor prognosis”
Tapitena, Jun 5, Finger Lakes S – “suddenly collapsed and expired” (three years old)
Apocalypse, Jun 11, Vernon R – “heart attack” (five years old)
Greek Sonnet, Jun 16, Finger Lakes R (euthanized Jun 18) – “fractured RF”
Tia Vicky, Jun 21, Belmont S – “found deceased in its stall”
Lord Camden, Jun 22, Finger Lakes R – “fractured fetlock…euthanized on track”
Bad As Bart, Jun 24, Monticello S – “foundered”
Not That Brady, Jun 26, Belmont T – “RH injury, ambulanced off, euthanized”
Charge Into War, Jun 26, Belmont R – “fracture, cardiac arrest after surgery”
Trucking Baron, Jun 29, Saratoga S – “chronic laminitis”
Fiddlers Girl, Jul 13, Belmont T – “pelvic fracture, euthanized”
Strong Moment, Jul 16, Saratoga R – “catastrophic injury…euthanized on the course”
Independent One, Jul 17, Tioga R – “RH injury…euthanized by track vet”
Pleasure Luck, Jul 18, Saratoga R (euthanized Jul 19) – “took a bad step”
Fattoria, Jul 19, Saratoga T – “pelvic injury necessitating euthanasia”
Solo Story, Jul 23, Tioga T – “sustained broken leg, euthanized by track vet”
Fiya, Jul 31, Saratoga T – “injury to RH leg…euthanized”
Arlene’s Kitten, Aug 2, Finger Lakes T – “tender and sore, pelvic fracture located”
Twisted Gratitude, Aug 4, Finger Lakes S – “expired in her stall – probable colic”
Butter Lou, Aug 5, Saratoga R – “injur[ed] after wire, vanned to barn, euthanized”
Allstar Energy, Aug 7, Batavia R – “[multiple] fractures”
Fifth Avenue Red, Aug 7, Saratoga T – “pulled up, vanned off, euthanized”
Volpaia, Aug 10, Saratoga T – “fell over rail, multiple injuries, euthanized”
Big Smoove, Aug 15, Batavia S – “found laying in the stall…passed away on his own”
Red Roll, Aug 15, Batavia R – “fractured left fore [in crash], euthanized”
Informed Risk, Aug 16, Belmont S – “laminitis” (had training session four days prior)
Go With Honor, Aug 17, Finger Lakes T – “received a fracture”
Matt Major, Aug 18, Monticello R – “fractured pastern”
Olympico, Aug 21, Saratoga T – “RH condylar injury”
Quick Nick, Aug 25, Belmont T – “shoulder injury, euthanized”
Wasn’t Me, Aug 26, Saratoga T – “possible heart attack” (two years old)
America’s Joy, Aug 29, Saratoga T – “fracture while breezing, broke neck in fall”
Tri Saint Lorenzo, Sep 1, Belmont S – “was walked to [hospital], euthanized”
Everyoneloveslily, Sep 5, Belmont T – “broke down after wire – euthanized on track”
Tivoli Twirl, Sep 5, Saratoga S – “euthanized due to severe health complications”
Cirona, Sep 10, Saratoga T – “pulled up lame, suspected pelvic…euthanized”
He’s a Lucky Devil, Sep 11, Belmont T – “horse fell – euthanized on track”
Wellbehavedman, Sep 14, Finger Lakes T – “received fracture…euthanized on track”
Baltimore Bucko, Sep 16, Belmont R – “fell fatally to the ground”
Kj Chico, Sep 21, Monticello R – “fell during race…euthanized”
Happy Happy B, Sep 26, Belmont R – “fell heavily…euthanized on track”
Tavernette, Sep 28, Finger Lakes S – “unresolved and worsening EPM”
Madrone, Oct 8, Saratoga S – “neurologic disorder, euthanized due to poor prognosis”
Gabriela’s Miracle, Oct 15, Belmont S – “succumbed to pneumonia [after two weeks]”
On the Dean’s List, Oct 15, Saratoga S – “anaphylactic reaction to antibiotics”
Work Out, Oct 17, Belmont R (euthanized Oct 28) – “euthanized in stall due to injuries”
Malibu Luna, Oct 27, Belmont S – “suffered a trauma after falling”
Advance Notice, Oct 28, Belmont R – “went wrong”
Wicked Amber, Oct 31, Belmont R – “suffered an injury, bobbling heavily”
Engineers Report, Nov 1, Finger Lakes R – “appeared in distress…euthanized on track”
Cozzy’s Attitude, Nov 5, Belmont T – “leg injury, euthanized on track”
Flip the Script, Nov 7, Belmont R – “pulled up lame after the wire…euthanized”
Electric Guitar, Nov 11, Finger Lakes T – “fractured scapula…[euthanized] on track”
Postino’s Vow, Nov 14, Belmont T – “injured, euthanized during surgery”
Ekhtibaar, Nov 17, Belmont S – “was found DOA [inside] van”
So Enchanting, Nov 21, Belmont T – “leg injury…euthanized on track”
Letmeno, Nov 24, Belmont S – “laminitis post-surgery”
Genetic Gem, Nov 28, Aqueduct R – “injury freezing hind end, euthanized on track”
Wicked Indeed, Nov 30, Belmont S – “collapsed [twice], ongoing seizures, euthanized”
Dom’s Feisty Girl, Dec 3, Belmont T – “broke down”
Rosey’s Peach, Dec 6, Aqueduct S – “injured in stall, found in distress, euthanized”
Noli Temere, Dec 9, Aqueduct R – “broke down”
Sweet Mary Lou, Dec 16, Aqueduct R – “pulled up, vanned off, later died”
Bringitonhome N, Dec 27, Monticello T – “collapsed”
Big Little Risk, Dec 30, Aqueduct R – “took a bad step”

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  1. Many young colts and fillies are exploited to literal death before they are named. This industry feeds the sickness of compulsive gambling by brutally abusing horses as gambling chips. This must be stopped as much as possible. Taxpayers’ dollars must be spent on things that don’t make it easier for people to be sick and evil.

  2. SHUT DOWN unconscionably CRUEL & vile industry — HORROR behind the scenes is jaw dropping — most do NOT know the depraved, merciless BRUTALITY to Horses — on top of that, Taxpayers are paying for sadistic attitudes & methods — GOVT TAXES must be used elsewhere and NOT support Horseracing — we MUST BAN Horseracing PERMANENTLY

    • Bravo. Couldn’t have been said better. This will be a stain on humans forever. Go to hell you people who claim this sick twisted torture industry as your “job” you all have blood on your hands.

  3. Aside from the horrendous brutality and endless Kill Lists are, of course, the subsidies.
    A recent neutral accounting firm decided to investigate the subsidies and the financial propping up of this industry with taxpayers money and it’s beyond acceptable what they’ve been given to keep them going.
    Aside from the casino subsidies which generates 240 million they uncovered all sorts of indiscretions including: 1) not following acceptable accounting practices knows as GAAP for the sole purpose of misrepresenting and/or manipulating the financials 2) millions in tax breaks paid for by NY taxpayers unknowingly to the tune of over 4 million for horse racing 3) leasing this ultra valuable land for $1 per year including property tax deferrals 4) all metrics are down despite what horse racing puts out there. 5) not paying promised pensions and they can’t even get to the bottom of that. 5) not paying taxes on racehorses bought and sold. They estimate that to be at least 5 million per year, but it could be much more than that if they consider the BILLIONS Fasig-TIpton has made at the Saratoga sales and didn’t pay one dime in taxes.
    Anyways the report goes on and on and it becomes very clear that horse racing is a money pit for the state of New York and that will never change.
    There’s also a long history of wage theft that is finally being addressed in the courts and it involves the top trainers such as Chad Brown and Steve Asmussen.
    The ole boys club, that cut these deals in the back boardrooms with little public involvement or scrutiny, are the ones reaping the financial benefits of the state coffers handing over millions including huge salaries.
    Horse racing takes and takes from the racehorses until they are permanently mangled or drop dead and, not surprisingly, takes and takes from the taxpayers.
    They are parasites and it’s the poor racehorses that are the ones truly paying every step of the way.

    • The taxpayers will wish they had their money back when they see what’s going to happen to the price of gas because of short man over in the East. Even more than that …. look at the poor people who have to rent to have a place to live. #manufacturedwar =(Russia).

  4. KATHY HUCHUL governor of New York is a paid puppet for the horse racing industry.
    She’s made it clear that she’s an ally of horse racing and will go to no lengths to ensure their subsidies.
    When it comes to horse racing there are always a plethora of attorneys protecting horse racing and most of them own racehorses and represent their clients who get doping positives like Clark Brewster.
    Horse racing always tries to be a step ahead of everybody else by ensuring that they put politicians in place who will support their obscene amounts of subsidies.
    They hit a goldmine with Kathy.
    I’m wondering if she’s able to have any legal influence over the Bill currently being proposed to redirect subsidies from horse racing into other areas?
    Not sure of the political process in New York.
    Does anybody know or can explain please.

    • They are all the same (politicians)🤮. I can honestly say the only one I know is Tom Wolf , Pennsylvania Governor. He made his feelings KNOWN. He might have been able to get it done,if he had EVER had a state legislature majority. He NEVER once had the legislature (state house) majority … not ONCE. And, believe you me … they didn’t want him to accomplish any of his agenda. Tom Wolf,as far as I know, is the only Governor who came right out and said it. (Very Publicly).

      • The more I read & absorb from others on this Form, the more I learn we NEED MORE People on board — we may have someone like Tom Wolf who’s ANTI Horseracing but he does not have enough in Govt to support him 7 thus the cruelty continues — we MUST KEEP pushing & informing the world of the EVILS of Horseracing

    • Did not know this fact — I’m surprised — is Kathy Hochul aware of the horrors? — I just may write her — I wonder her response? — The more I read & absorb from others on this Form, the more I learn we NEED MORE People on board — we may have someone like Tom Wolf who’s ANTI Horseracing but he does not have enough in Govt to support him 7 thus the cruelty continues — we MUST KEEP pushing & informing the world of the EVILS of Horseracing.

      • Oh, believe me, I’ll never give up on this CAUSE. I wish you guys could ask people close to me … I’m like a Pit Bull when it comes to things I want . #NoOneWillOutlastMe I’m ALL in when it comes to THIS fight. Progress is like waves … wearing down the evil

  5. While receiving millions in subsidies, tax breaks and in wagering horse racing continues to betray racehorses on a daily basis including no mandatory financial contribution to aftercare.
    Right now, as I write this, there are 15 racehorses listed on Andrew Wilson Online Sales.
    Several are still listed as ‘ACTIVE’ by the racing authority.
    Some have never been raced.
    Others have been raced as recently as December 2021.
    Two horses do not even have a reserve.
    Several remain at serious risk of being purchased by kill buyers.
    Some are fillies, some are geldings and most are under 5 years old.
    Their faces paint a story of despair and they know that they are in peril, they feel it, and they are the real faces of horse racing and their unwanted racehorse mess that they expect everybody else to clean up.
    All will end up in the hands of strangers, with the sellers having no idea or control as to what their lives will be like and their eventual fate will be.
    A good life expectancy of a horses is 25 plus years, yet the horse racing industry dumps them, on average, after 3 years due to serious injuries and/or unable to perform.
    As expected, outrage from the public in the comment section and this is one auction of hundreds all over the USA where, every single damn day, there are racehorses standing in kill pens waiting for rescue that almost never comes from their racehorse breeders, parasites, exploiters that are directly responsible for their fate.

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