Last Week…

Horses “vanned off” U.S. tracks, Feb 20-26:

Saratoga Banker, Aqueduct (“fell heavily,” then vanned)
Lamarvelous, Laurel (not reported as vanned, but “fell, DNF”)
Dodger Blue, Turf
Fabozzi, Sunland
La Muneca, Mahoning
Laynes Knight, Parx (not reported as vanned, but “fell, DNF”)
Teche Solution, Delta (fell, then vanned)
Souvenir Channel, Delta (not reported as vanned, but “fell over rival, DNF”)
Bistenau Belle, Delta (not reported as vanned, but “fell over rival, DNF”)
King Tuff, Fair Grounds
Rusty Pistol, Tampa Bay
Natural Harbor, Fair Grounds
Tizmet, Gulfstream
Max Player, Oaklawn
Flap Jack, Oaklawn
Witt and Whiskey, Sam Houston (not reported as vanned, but “in distress”)
Kia Kai, Sunland (not reported as vanned, but “fell, DNF”)
Cause and Effect, Turf
Amman, Aqueduct
Poppy’s Boys, Gulfstream
Iron Soul, Rillito
Juana Gallo, Turf (fell, then vanned)
Gypsy Rosie, Turf (not reported as vanned, but “fell, DNF”)
Lexophilia, Turf

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. LAMARVELOUS fell near the inside rail at Laurel on February 20, 2023. I saw a very short clip of the race especially the part where LAMARVELOUS drops down to the ground. The video I saw showed the side view only, from the inside rail. In the chart, it says something about LAMARVELOUS bounding back up to gallop to the stretch, then controlled by the outrider and walked off. He allegedly clipped heels during the race causing him to fall nearing the 3 Furlong marker.
    This colt was born on April 26, 2020 and has been raced three times so far. He won his second race and Did Not Finish his third race. I’m wondering if he was injured. It’s hard to believe that he wasn’t injured somehow.

  2. Another long, ugly list. Southern California’s two Death Tracks cancelled their cards because of bad weather, so I guess the nation’s remaining horse-killing venues had to step it up a notch, or twenty.
    Good thing (the ironically-named) HISA is now in full-blown Horse Safety mode. Way to go, HISA Heroes;)

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