NY’s Shame: The Taxpayer-Funded Killing of Beautiful Horses

The following racehorses were killed at NYS tracks in 2022. Please know, however, that this is surely but a partial reckoning, as the Gaming Commission typically only discloses deaths occurring on-site (or occasionally at equine hospitals) and those within 72 hours of injury. And, of course, nothing from the state’s private training facilities. In short, the carnage is worse than what you see below, and below are 98 dead horses – all, I remind, made possible by taxpayer subsidies.

NY’s Dead Racehorses, 2022

Viking Zim, Jan 2, Belmont S – “laminitis”
Dunph, Jan 5, Belmont T – “fracture, lameness, euthanasia”
Cara’s Daydreamer, Jan 8, Aqueduct R – “injured past the wire”
Obsessed, Jan 8, Aqueduct R – “suffered an injury approaching the 3/4 pole”
Winetastic, Jan 20, Aqueduct R – “suffered an injury, euthanized on the track”
Devils Dare, Jan 21, Belmont S – “found in stall unable to stand…euthanized”
Derby Kisses, Jan 25, Belmont T – “suffered a complete P1 fracture”
Minit Maus, Feb 1, Belmont T – “pulled up lame…euthanized”
Convert Dinario N, Feb 9, Saratoga Harness T – “possible cardiovascular collapse”
Pepe’s Pride, Feb 15, Belmont T – “humeral fracture”
Dazzle Time, Feb 18, Belmont S – “inoperable colic”
Elegant Son, Feb 20, Saratoga Harness R – “apparent broken neck”
Happy Medium, Feb 24, Belmont T – “pulled up, splint, ambulanced, euthanized”
Johnny Fontaine, Feb 26, Aqueduct R – “suffered an injury nearing 1/8 pole”
Geno, Feb 26, Belmont T – “suffered an injury while galloping – euthanized”
Herecomesangelina, Mar 14, Belmont T – “collapsed and died” (two years old)
Steadfast Love, Mar 22, Belmont T – “humeral fracture, muscle atrophy”
A Colt Named Susie, Mar 25, Aqueduct R – “suffered an injury…euthanized on track”
Cazilda Fortytales, Mar 26, Aqueduct R – “collapsed fatally” (five years old)
Noble Thought, Mar 26, Belmont T – “injured…euthanized on track”
Hot Latte, Mar 26, Belmont T – “broke down breezing, euthanized due to injuries”
Five Alarm Robin, Apr 2, Belmont T – “collapsed and died breezing” (five years old)
Lord Licorice, Apr 10, Aqueduct R – “fell heavily, euthanized on track”
Dario’s Angel, Apr 11, Belmont S – “to [hospital] via ambulance, euthanized”
Never Not Dancing, Apr 11, Saratoga Harness R – “apparent broken neck”
Sister Luck, Apr 14, Belmont T (euth Apr 17) – “suspected pelvic fracture”
Green Light Go, Apr 22, Belmont T – “unsalvageable injuries”
Baby I’m Perfect, Apr 28, Belmont R – “sustained an injury at the five-furlong pole”
Lovelee Honor, Apr 28, Finger Lakes S – “colic without resolution”
Cozy Dancer, Apr 30, Belmont S – “injured in stall after getting cast”
Not So Grimm, Apr 30, Belmont R – “vanned off, euthanized in barn”
Sinless, May 2, Finger Lakes R – “appeared in distress, fell”
Wakanda, May 2, Vernon S – “found deceased in its stall”
Pink Dress, May 3, Vernon S – “neurologic symptoms, euthanized”
yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, May 5, Belmont S – “died in his stall”
Fast Getaway, May 5, Belmont T – “injured, ambulanced, euthanized”
Kid Cash, May 8, Belmont R – “suffered injury, vanned off, [euthanized]”
No More Miracles, May 18, Finger Lakes T – “collapsed and expired after a.m. workout”
Kenny Hustle, May 20, Finger Lakes T – “suffered sudden death” (three years old)
Princessinparadise, May 20, Finger Lakes T – “injury necessitating euthanasia”
Boca Kitten, May 21, Belmont R – “went wrong, struck by foe, euthanized on track”
Life Is Great, May 24, Belmont S – “sudden death [while] recovering from surgery”
Daddy Frank, May 25, Belmont T – “collided with rail”
Starship Boardwalk, May 30, Finger Lakes T – “flipped, possible fractured spine”
Dini’s Destiny, Jun 2, Belmont R – “got vanned off, x-rayed, euthanized”
Range War, Jun 3, Saratoga T – “injured while breezing” (being prepped for first race)
Speed Alley, Jun 4, Belmont S – “large colon torsion”
Gold Panda, Jun 4, Belmont T – “suffered unknown injury at 1/8 pole”
Badgerville, Jun 12, Belmont T – “collapsed and died” (three years old)
Supernova, Jun 22, Saratoga S – “apparent peritonitis”
Mama I’m Home, Jun 30, Belmont S – “cellulitis, euthanized”
Vindatude, Jul 3, Saratoga T – “collapsed and expired” (three years old)
Ruby Red Rocks, Jul 4, Saratoga Harness R – “broke down near 3/4 pole”
Heavy Handed Hanna, Jul 8, Buffalo R – “complete open fracture, euthanized on track”
My First Grammy, Jul 9, Belmont R – “broke leg after the wire”
Baby Got Back, Jul 26, Tioga S – “euthanized due to medical condition” (raced Jul 16)
Credit Event, Aug 6, Saratoga T – “fractured leg, euthanized”
Plurality, Aug 6, Saratoga T – “collided with another horse”
Mo Jets, Aug 9, Belmont S – “developed laminitis, euthanized” (two years old)
Practice Squad, Aug 10, Saratoga T – “sustained leg injury, euthanized on track”
Awesome Gerry, Aug 10, Saratoga R – “suffered an injury, euthanized on track”
Salt Cay, Aug 11, Saratoga R – “injured, vanned off, euthanized”
Typhonpedia, Aug 13, Tioga R – “horse collapsed on the track” (two years old)
Answer In, Aug 17, Saratoga S – “laminitis” (last raced Jul 16)
Rush to Honor, Aug 18, Saratoga R – “injured after wire, vanned off, euthanized”
yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, Aug 21, Saratoga T – “injured, pulled up, euthanized”
Stone Heart, Aug 29, Finger Lakes S – “unresolved osteomyelitis” (raced 60 times)
Lucky Sitka, Sep 3, Finger Lakes S – “expired in her stall, colic” (raced Aug 22)
Union of Thoughts, Sep 4, Saratoga T – “sustained leg injuries, euthanized on track”
Inhonorofowenjr, Sep 7, Finger Lakes R – “collapsed and expired” (five years old)
Clear the Deck, Sep 10, Saratoga T – “suffered injuries while training”
Moriah Dance, Sep 15, Belmont T – “pulled up past wire, ambulanced, euthanized”
Open Book, Sep 15, Finger Lakes T – “[multiple] fractures”
No Code, Sep 17, Belmont T – “collapsed and died after breezing” (three years old)
Catzalionbythetale, Sep 17, Finger Lakes S – “unresolved colic” (was raced Sep 13)
Ms. Kavanaugh, Sep 23, Belmont T – “suffered injury, euthanized on track”
Rocket’s Red Glare, Sep 29, Belmont R – “took a bad step, euthanized on track”
Chestnut (probably sic), Oct 3, Saratoga T – “horse euthanized at wire”
River of No Return, Oct 6, Aqueduct R – “fell heavily to ground…euthanized on track”
Magic Mamba, Oct 9, Belmont T – “sustained injury, euthanized” (two years old)
Town Square, Oct 13, Belmont T – “collision, multiple injuries, euthanized on track”
Azaria, Oct 14, Aqueduct R – “catastrophic injury…distress…euthanized on track”
Boyle’s Law, Oct 28, Finger Lakes T – “fractured cannon, euthanized”
Mountain Climber, Nov 1, Finger Lakes S – “unresolved laminitis” (two years old)
Along, Nov 7, Saratoga S – “euthanized after being hospitalized three weeks”
Towering Orbit, Nov 10, Aqueduct R – “pulled up, vanned off, [euthanized]”
Cajun Commander, Nov 12, Aqueduct R – “injured, vanned off, euthanized”
Golani Brigade, Nov 14, Finger Lakes R – “in distress…euthanized on track”
Ghost Dance, Nov 14, Yonkers R – “collapsed after race – dead on arrival”
Trinity Titoli, Nov 16, Finger Lakes R – “in distress…euthanized on track”
Thewheelsonthebus, Nov 17, Finger Lakes T – “fractured shoulder” (two years old)
Stormy Lass, Nov 19, Aqueduct R – “collapsed and died after wire” (two years old)
Biondi, Nov 20, Aqueduct R – “eased, pulled up, vanned off, [euthanized]”
Iamcuziwannab, Nov 20, Saratoga Harness S – “euthanized in stall”
Black Coffee Blues, Dec 5, Belmont T – “collided with another horse” (two years old)
Ninth Hour, Dec 10, Aqueduct R – “suffered significant injury, [euthanized]”
Tapizearance, Dec 29, Aqueduct R – “injured, vanned off, euthanized”
Martinez, Dec 29, Belmont S – “laminitis [for] four days, euthanized”

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  1. The painful and cruel deaths of these innocent horses (who were bred purely for the purpose to be exploited by the horseracing industry) is outrageous.
    Defend this you despicable people in horseracing in the state of New York.
    The New York state government is complicit in all these deaths for supporting, condoning and legalising these atrocities.

  2. The New York government should stop using taxes to support and condone the atrocities inflicted on these horses.

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