Last Week…

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

(This was Christmas week, so far less racing.)

Private Sector “vanned off” at Parx
Bourbon Frontier “bled” at Penn
Red Bottom Rebel “vanned off” at Turf
Myuddermamasapaint “vanned off” at Turfway
Deb’s All Out “vanned off” at Mahoning
Elvis Just Elvis “pulled up in distress and bled, vanned off” at Turfway
Dubai Key “vanned off” at Gulfstream

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. Wow, short list. Who’d have thought that fewer tracks, fewer races, and fewer horses being run into the ground equals fewer equine injuries and fatalities?
    (Keep up the good work, HISA;)

  2. The chart says RED BOTTOM REBEL was “pulled up, vanned off” (at Turf Paradise Racetrack) with no explanation whatsoever of why, and in the video she doesn’t fall down.
    Therefore, I am assuming that she slowed down on her own due to a pulmonary hemorrhage, but it doesn’t say that in the chart. Why would a horse that is running in front of the rest of the horses be pulled up??? I don’t think the jockey literally pulled her up. I believe that it is convenient to say that she was “pulled up” because it’s literally two words. Evidently, it’s a rule that the chartwriter shall not use more words than absolutely necessary to describe the end result, or consequence, of a horse being forced to endure the extreme demands of racing. Not using too much space in a chart to describe the outcome of what happened to a horse EVIDENTLY takes priority over any laws and regulations against abusing and exploiting horses to the detriment and total destruction of a horse. In other words, killing a horse is treated as a less serious violation of ANIMAL WELFARE LAWS in this industry than using too many words to describe the horror in the charts.

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