Last Week…

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

King of Dreams “vanned off afterward” at Parx
Iwillpersevere “vanned off” at Mahoning
Thrills and Chills “returned lame, vanned off” at Parx
Dubrovsky “vanned off” at Parx
Last Native Cat “took bad step, fell, vanned off” at Delta
Miss Super Saint “vanned off” at Turfway
Lemon Roses “was hard to load, stopped, vanned off” at Sam Houston
Fort Bridger “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Juniors Joanie “vanned off” at Oaklawn
Our Secret Habit “vanned off” at Sunland
Bustin the Rules “vanned off” at Aqueduct

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.


  1. Even those that could be saved/rehabilitated will be put down because if they can’t race them they don’t want them. Cheaper to kill them than keep them. Some may wind up in the slaughter pipeline for a few $$.
    Economics 101 of Horse racing!

  2. There is no way that LAST NATIVE CAT survived. Horseracing is inherently INHUMANE to horses. There is no getting around this basic fact of racing horses, because it is straight up ABUSE to horses to start young and underdeveloped colts and fillies out under saddle and rider and force them to perform as though they were fully developed adult horses.
    In case there is some self-proclaimed genius reading this that thinks it’s okay to ride and force long yearlings (18 months of age) and 2-year-olds to run at a FULL GALLOP just because they look big enough to ride, horses are not fully developed adult horses until they are at least SIX years old.
    One indicator that the people of The Jockey Club are not honestly interested in truly protecting horses is that they don’t do anything to stop having Futurity races for two-year-olds and they don’t stop having Derby races for three-year-olds. This is only part of the horrendous CRUELTY inflicted on horses by pseudo-horsemen and pseudo-horsewomen.
    The racing industry is fundamentally wrong even without the excessive doping; the use of illegal drugs and the illegal use of legal drugs on horses to keep them in a performance mode.

    • Wanda, I agree with you about Last Native Cat saying it would take a miracle. Not only falling and then banging his head under the railing. Sad state of affairs.

      • Nancy, I don’t always watch all the videos but I watched that video and it is obvious that he couldn’t get up. He was just there crouched with his legs bent at the joints, you know, at the knees in the front and his hocks in the rear with his head under the RAIL. He couldn’t go anywhere. He couldn’t get up. He was doomed — absolutely doomed — just like the way horses are doomed in a slaughterhouse.
        Another obvious thing is that this wasn’t a Grade One or Two level race and nobody in horseracing cares about what happens to these lower level horses. The racing press won’t even notice. No racing fan is going to make a big deal about these lower racing class level horses by saying they should be saved the way they defended saving two World Class level horses, one with a pelvic fracture and one with a Condylar fracture, in Kentucky.

        • We haven’t heard too much about the horse with the pelvic fracture. Just the trainer announcing he was going to a “farm ” to recover. Yeah right.

          • He was reported to be at Dell Ridge Farm in Lexington, KY and, of course, wouldn’t you know it, he is ‘happy’ to be there in a stall as of December ??, 2022. He was not quite well enough to be turned out to a paddock, but was reported to be taken on walks. He wasn’t healed up enough to be turned out to a paddock. I have not seen any reports since this BH article dated Dec. 15, 2022.

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