33 (That We Know About) Racehorse Kills in Indiana Last Year

Through a FOIA request to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s two tracks last year (this is part 2; part 1 here).

Five Star Colonel, Jul 21, Indiana R – “fractured sesamoid”
Big Stick of Love, Jul 29, Hoosier S – “sudden death in stall”
Watching Rachel, Aug 6, Indiana S – “trailer injury” (two years old, not yet raced)
Strong Words, Aug 12, Indiana T – “[multiple] fractures”
Nicol Shard N, Aug 15, Hoosier R – “sudden death – pulmonary hemorrhage”
Sounds Dangerous, Sep 9, Indiana T – “comminuted P1 fracture”
Very Best Skunk, Sep 13, Indiana S – “found deceased – abdominal hemorrhage”
Plexus, Sep 13, Indiana R – “[multiple] comminuted fractures”
Candy Store, Sep 16, Indiana R – “[multiple] fractures”
Mitch McGuire N, Oct 8, Hoosier R – “comminuted fracture, lacerated tendon”
Graceful Holiday, Oct 11, Indiana R – “[multiple] fractures” (first ever race)
Big Hat No Cows, Oct 20, Indiana T – “sesamoid fracture”
Jug Rock, Oct 28, Indiana R – “carpal fracture”
Corner Tap, Nov 3, Indiana T – “sudden death” (two years old)
Powerupjustice, Nov 3, Indiana R – “open metacarpal fracture” (after “winning” race)
The Doctor, Nov 6, Indiana S – “infected coffin bone”
Stalking Moon, Nov 16, Indiana T – “sesamoid fracture”

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  1. VERY BEST SKUNK found deceased in Stall with abdominal hemorrhage. This is definitely Abuse and Neglect of a horse. This is a man-made horror show that must be punishable by law.
    All of the horses listed above did not deserve this abuse and torture. The people who are involved in this industry should be arrested for FELONY ANIMAL CRUELTY.
    Stop the CORPORATE WELFARE to this dark underbelly of criminal activity!

    • A lousy name for a horse,a lousy way to pass away, a lousy life he had for a short period of time and a LOUSY bunch of connections that did this.

      • Yes, “very best skunk” is a weird name for a horse although I do like skunks. Baby skunks are so cute. Another thing about the term/name “skunk” is that it could have had something to do with the horse’s color pattern/markings. If you want to read more about the “Coloured Thoroughbreds” and the Rabicano gene, there’s a Facebook post. Google THE TALE OF THE SKUNK TAIL: the secret of white ticking. I was doing a search for VERY BEST SKUNK on Equibase, but that exact name would not come up. I still don’t know when this horse was born.

        • Wanda, I love all creatures. But I would have come up with a different name for a horse!!!

          • Also, you would not be subjecting the horse to the ABUSE, neglect, torment, torture and agonizing death of “racing” either.

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