Another Typical Week of Racing Ugliness

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

Joezine “vanned off” at Horseshoe
My Bad “vanned off” at Zia
Pat Pays “appeared in distress, pulled up” at Finger Lakes
Dr Zrada “went bad, fell, vanned off” at Penn
Phoenix Fire “vanned off” at Zia
Warriors Gem “vanned off” at Delta
Companys Coming “took a bad step…euthanized on the track” at Mountaineer
Backstage Bud “vanned off” at Remington
Freya’s Blessing “hit rail, DNF” at Charles Town
Ghost Maiden “vanned off” at Delaware
Candy Exchange “vanned off” at Mahoning
Paltarrevenge “vanned off” at Mahoning
Forestwood Lane “vanned off” at Aqueduct
Seb’s Welcome “fell, DNF” at Aiken
Paddock Boss “fell, euthanized” at Churchill
Princess Kokachin “vanned off” at Laurel
Rip It “fell, DNF” at Laurel
Apollitical Jet “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Mr Tres Effort “fell, vanned off” at Zia

While not all the “vanned off” end up dead, most do, as borne out by our subsequent reporting. “Bled,” “Returned Bleeding From Nostrils”: pulmonary hemorrhage.

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  1. It’s depressing that every day of every week thousands of horses are abused 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They’re abused to literal death. The abuse takes on many forms.

    The people who do this can deny it all day long, but the killing of horses doesn’t stop.

    These weekly lists show the facts which many people in this industry “deny and deflect” in order to preserve their horse-abusing, horse-doping, horse-killing lifestyle as well as their paychecks and the corporate welfare to keep it propped up. Without the government subsidies and government-directed benefits to horseracing, the white collar millionaires and billionaires with racehorses in their “portfolios” would lose a tax write-off, wouldn’t they?
    This industry of exploiting horses for racing and wagering needs to be banned!
    This sadistic abuse and killing of horses as “part of the game” is completely socially unacceptable and must be stopped!

  2. Can anyone give me an example of any other “sport” that has injuries and fatalities on the same level as horse racing?
    And what other “sport” has total impunity and a complete lack of transparency, even with repeated documented instances of illegal activity and blatant abuse of its “athletes”?

    • There are many other so-called sports that involve animal cruelty and killing. Big game hunting is one and I really don’t want to go into the details. The Boone and Crockett Club can be found on the internet, if anyone doesn’t know what that’s all about.
      In hunting, they call themselves sportsmen whereas in horseracing, they call themselves horsemen. I believe many people are aware of the fact that any true horseman or horsewoman does not subscribe to killing their horses (or knowingly subjecting horses to FATAL injuries) and calling it a sport.
      In TRUE HORSEMANSHIP, regardless of your gender, you don’t demand that a horse run at a full gallop every time they are ridden and you don’t ride yearlings. That’s only part of the heinous wrongdoings of the so-called horsemen in horseracing.

      • I was thinking more of the sports horse racing is usually compared to by apologists, like football.
        I don’t consider hunting a sport. It’s a psychiatric condition, like rodeos.

        • Greyhound racing and sled dog racing are more of a comparison to horseracing.

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