Florida – With a Gargantuan Caveat

Through a FOIA request to the Florida Gaming Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s two remaining tracks in the second half of last year. But…

Florida’s recordkeeping is now officially the worst in the nation. In addition to the usual single-page, handwritten “reports” – reports that mostly came without causes – you will see that only one stall death was reported for both of the Florida tracks, Gulfstream and Tampa Bay. And with over 100 combined racedays from Jul-Dec, just four racing kills? Please. In addition, I have a list of 57 horses “vanned off” the two tracks last year who have not been heard from since. Where are they, Florida?

I have of course filed an official complaint and rest assured, I will not let this go. The apathy, the incompetence, is simply intolerable.

Gypsy Dancer, Jul 20, Gulfstream T – “racing-animal death” (two years old)
Angel’s Sea, Aug 9, Gulfstream S – “racing-animal death”
The Beast, Aug 21, Gulfstream R – “racing-animal death”
Beast Market, Sep 3, Gulfstream R – “racing-animal death” (two years old)
yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, Sep 4, Gulfstream T – “racing-animal death”
Spicy Empinada, Oct 1, Gulfstream T – “racing-animal death” (two years old)
North Caucasus, Nov 18, Gulfstream R – “racing-animal death”
Granny Makes Cents, Nov 19, Palm Meadows T – “racing-animal death”
Isadorable Aida, Dec 7, Palm Meadows T – “racing-animal death” (raced 44 times)
Foolish Heart, Dec 10, Tampa Bay R (euth Dec 13) – “comminuted knee fracture”
Birdnote, Dec 19, Gulfstream T – “racing-animal death”
Bridlewoodmischief, Dec 26, Gulfstream T – “broken stifle” (two years old)

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  1. Horseracing itself is a dereliction of duty to hold oneself accountable, responsible and forthcoming with the facts and with the ugly truth that nobody wants to be associated with in the public eye. Horseracing itself is a cesspool of crime and corruption. Horseracing itself is a dark underbelly of society that lives to get away with the most egregious abuses of power in BUSINESS CONDUCT and ANIMAL WELFARE LAWS. The people who engage in this corruption have NO VALID REASON TO CONTINUE in this crime and corruption. It’s all about saying one thing and doing the opposite.
    One example of this is Jeff Blea of the California Horse Racing Board saying that “one dead horse is one too many” while they violate the laws of Veterinary Medicine as though they are above the law and kill large numbers of horses.
    If they don’t kill them at the racetrack, where do they kill them??? Because we know they kill horses that can’t race and won’t be profitable in the breeding shed. Horses cost way too much money to keep for the diabolically greedy to keep crippled and disabled horses around that can’t be exploited for a profit or a business tax write-off.

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