Last Week’s Long List

Daylight “vanned off” at Mountaineer
Dontinvademyspace “injured in starting gate” at Parx
Lilbitsofdrama “vanned off” at Mountaineer
Bold Thirst “fell, vanned off” at Evangeline
Freed “vanned off” at Evangeline
Double Dare You “stopped badly, vanned off” at Canterbury
Candy Shopper “vanned off” at Evangeline
First Law “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Kw Lose the Tude “fell, DNF” at Remington
Blazen Livewire “tripped over fallen foe [above], DNF” at Remington
Guccissimo “injured past wire, vanned off” at Thistledown
Jj Five Cartel Jr “vanned off” at Delta
Rags to Richez “hit rail, DNF” at Delta
Mazzikeen “bled, vanned off” at Delta
On Raglan Road “bled” at Golden Gate
Heza Fast Mighty “fell, DNF” at Remington
Double Dare You (different horse from above) “bled” at Ruidoso
Reno Roy “vanned off” at Emerald
Malartach “vanned off” at Evangeline
Brittany Breeze “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Speedy Dansmere “vanned off” at Prairie
Sigrid’s Gold “vanned off” at Emerald
Whiskeyonhislips “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Long Ranger “vanned off” at Sunray
Keep It Rollin “fell, DNF” at Sunray

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.)

6 Comments

  1. The owners and the trainers of the horses named above didn’t care enough about their horses to stop sending their horses out to die at or on a racetrack. Our government should not be providing any type of reward for this egregious cruelty to horses. The subsidies and tax breaks to everyone involved in this industry must be stopped.

  2. For those racehorses who may have survived their horrific ordeal it’s possible that they won’t receive critical vet care and be left in their stalls to suffer.
    Horse racing continues to operate with total impunity from our Felony Animal Cruelty laws, instead, they’ve inserted their racing commissions with racing commissioners who own racehorses, who control and can manipulate the rules in their favor and against those trainers who are not training for them.
    The Maryland Horsemen’s Association Board of Directors has just announced huge purse increases, but refuse to respond to our requests as to where the money is coming from.
    There is every indication that some Maryland politicians, on the sly it seems, approved millions directly taken from public coffers.
    If true, this should be made available to the public not to mention it’s outrageous.
    There has never, that I’m aware of, been an independent accounting audit conducted on these “horsemen groups” AKA HBPA et al as our politicians continue to rubber stamp the hundreds of millions of dollars given to this deeply corrupt killing business.
    We all know what happens when purses are increased?
    It only exacerbates an already deadly situation for racehorses.
    When you break down the numbers it’s outrageous that just 1 race for a $5000 claimer is $17,000 while other allowance races will now be $70,000.
    $17,000 for just one race is equivalent to many working class Maryland residents 1 year in wages for a 2- minute race!
    What a complete and total waste of precious money from the public coffers not to mention the thousands of racehorse lives too.

    • Thank you, Gina, for pointing out the morally depraved mentality of these so-called horsemen — the kind that demand corporate welfare to continue this horse-abusing, horse-killing enterprise. This is enough to cause a person to toss their cookies; it’s vomit-worthy. How many of these politicians belong to organize crime syndicates? Just wondering…

    • 70% of Maryland purse money is from casino revenue and they’ve carried a surplus due to fewer racing days during COVID. I think I’ll open a business then whine that my competition needs to pay me when I can’t get any customers.

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