The Week That Was

Chart notes from U.S. Thoroughbred and QuarterHorse races last week.

“Vanned Off”
I Walk Alone at Arapahoe
Its Five Somewhere at Arizona
Ceduna at Presque Isle
Stephen’s Empire at Horseshoe
Oneprettything at Thistledown
Diezs Daylight at Albuquerque
My Dior at Belterra
Mutaraafeq at Gulfstream
Mulligan at Arizona
Azure Fire at Charles Town
La Chicana at Sweetwater

While not all the vanned end up dead, most do, as borne out by our FOIA reports. (For any new confirmed deaths during the week, please see our running annual list.)

Other “Incidents”
Cash For The Soul “flipped in gate, scratched” at Charles Town
Big Stock Winner “returned bleeding from the nostrils” at Thistledown
Hidden Persuasion “sore” at Charles Town
Chasing Artie “bled” at Kentucky
Exhilarator “DNF” at Sweetwater

“Bled,” “Returned Bleeding From Nostrils”: typically indicates pulmonary hemorrhage.


  1. the slaughter at the racetracks goes on. horses dying in great numbers every day across america

    • Wanda, though it’s possible that Exhilarator was walked off no doubt he suffered an injury/condition that prevented him from finishing the race.
      Given the statistics, highly likely he suffered a serious injury and is dead.
      The horror show continues for these innocent horses.

      • The chart notes are very skimpy for all of the horses in this race at Sweetwater Downs in Rock Springs, Wyoming. It’s evident that EXHILARATOR made it to the 1/2, but he didn’t make it to the stretch. Other than that, there are no clues as to what happened during the race or afterwards for this particular Gelding. Wyoming is a redneck cowboy state which leads me to think that they just wanted to see how they could act tough (like the “cowboys” think they’re cool to be brutally rough with livestock or just about anything else).

  2. I think there’s a pretty obvious corollary to the “While not all the vanned end up dead, most do…” mantra. And it’s this:
    “Not all the vanned (or the on-track euthanized, or the paddock/gate injured, or the collapsed/suddenly dead, or the pulmonary hemorrhaged…) get admitted in the official Equibase chart.”
    So if the trusty, racing-employed chartwriter “didn’t see it,” it’s not publicly reported. (At least not by those upstanding track officials, and their super-journalistic cohorts in the highly credible racing press.)

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