Cruelty, Killing – This Is Saratoga Race Course

A reminder on this, the opening weekend of Saratoga ’23…

Saratoga Race Course proudly bills itself “the oldest sporting venue in the nation” – one of the more blatant manifestations of The Big Lie. What you won’t see in all their slick marketing, however, is the cost – a cost, that is, measured in lives. Follows is a list of the horses killed at Saratoga since 2009. Remember, these are just the ones reported. Not reflected here are those euthanized off-site (for Saratoga-related injuries), nor the hundreds (probably thousands) more who raced at Saratoga and were eventually sent to slaughter once the industry was done with them. In short, this is an incomplete reckoning. (The killing, of course, is but one of the racing evils; the others, here.)

Saratoga’s 212 Dead Horses Since 2009
yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, stall – “found with fractured femur”
Aqueous, training – “fractured sesamoid”
Alexandros, racing – “fractured both RF sesamoids”
It’s My Day, racing – “flipped, fractured skull, died”
Wishful Star, stall – “inoperable colic”
Finallymadeit, training – “fractured cannon”
Executive Fleet, stall – “severe laminitis”
Possessive, racing – “fractured [both] RF sesamoids”
Todo K, racing – “[fractured] pastern”
Von Steuben, stall – “severe laminitis”
Swift Water, stall – “severe colic”
Boyhood Dream, racing – “fractured humerus”
Giant Legacy, training – “fractured tibia”
Gold Vendetta, racing – “fractured knee”
Thatcatismine, training – “cardiovascular collapse, died”
Fire the Bullet, stall – “colic”
Austintatious, training – “fractured [both] LF sesamoids”
Rani Baba, racing – “comminuted slab fracture”
Kastraki, training – “fractured cannon”
Hathors Legacy, stall – “laminitis [both] front feet”
No Ones Shadow, stall – “fractured pelvis, died from internal hemorrhage”
Bold Victory, training – “fractured [both] RF sesamoids”
Timber Reserve, racing – “fractured [both] RF sesamoids”
Jazzy Johann, training – “pulled up lame, fractured sesamoid”
Seis de Mayo, racing – “fractured [both] RF sesamoids”
Forest Whip, racing – “fell, fractured neck, died”
Daylasoul, stall – “got loose, struck by tractor trailer”
Red Rhythm, racing – “fractured cannon”
Rockettes Escapade, racing – “fractured cannon”
Shopportunity, training – “fractured cannon”
Jackson N Humboldt, racing – “fractured knee”
Doing Great, racing – “collapsed and died”
Not Now Ashley, training – “fractured both LF sesamoids”
Eric’sformalreturn, training – “fractured knee”
Boston and Maine, training – “fractured leg”
Burnin’ Ash, training – “ruptured sesamoid”
Bogal, training – “fell, fractured skull”
Shanbongus, training – “collapsed and died”
Autumn Riches, racing – “fractured knee”
Plattsburgh, racing – “fractured shoulder”
Twice the Price, racing – “fractured cannon”
Julia’s Hero, training – “fractured [both] LF sesamoids”
Regal Citizen, racing – “[multiple fractures], euthanized on track”
Sugar and Smoke, training – “fractured leg, euthanized on track”
One Note Samba, racing – “fractured leg, euthanized on track”
Pete’s Parley, racing – “fell, fractured [both] LF sesamoids”
Molly Mingun, training – “fractured humerus, euthanized on track”
Bluember, racing – “fell, fractured [both] RF sesamoids”
Live for Today, racing – “fractured [both] LF sesamoids”
The Shade, training – “fractured leg, euthanized on track”
Lovely Saratoga, training – “[multiple fractures]”
Black Rhino, training – “fractured knee”
Charmed Hour, racing – “fractured leg, euthanized on track”
Heading to Toga, racing – “fractured leg, euthanized on track”
Sarava’s Dancer, racing – “fractured leg, euthanized on track”
Kris Royal, racing – “fractured leg, euthanized on track”
Ricochet Court, training – “fell, [broke] both front legs”
Ocean Breeze, training – “fractured leg, euthanized on track”
Saginaw, racing – “fractured leg”
For Riches, training – “fractured shoulder, euthanized on track”
Lucky for You, training – “fractured leg”
Lifeguard On Duty, training – “fractured [both] RF sesamoids”
Double Gold, training – “fell over rail, trauma to spine”
Father Johns Pride, racing – “ambulanced off, euthanized in necropsy area”
Lavender Road, racing – “collapsed, fractured vertebrae”
Sir William Bruce, racing – “collapsed after unsaddling and died”
Regretless, racing – “collapsed and died on track”
M B and Tee, racing – “collapsed after finish, died on track”
Kamarius, training – “fractured leg”
Ludicrous, racing – “fractured leg, euthanized on track”
Elena Strikes, training – “fractured leg, euthanized on track”
Makari, racing – “fell, died on track”
Divine Guidance, racing – “fractured leg”
Tale of the Spa, training – “fractured leg”
You Gotta Believe, training – “impaled stifle on rail”
Jay Bird, training – “sudden death: pulmonary hemorrhage”
Zzaj, training – “fractured tibia, euthanized on track”
Defined, training – “fractured [both] RF sesamoids”
Jackson N Leonard, training – “fractured [both] LF sesamoids”
Kathy’s Reward, training – “fractured cannon, euthanized on track”
Innovation Economy, racing – “fractured leg”
On a Snowy Evening, racing – “fractured sesamoid”
Big Looie, training – “fractured both LF sesamoids”
Darling Bridezilla, stall – “sudden death due to cardiac incident”
Divine Fortune, racing – “fell over last jump – fractured humerus”
Country Muse, training – “fractured both RF sesamoids”
Totally Discreet, stall – “laminitis both front feet”
Hadeed Fi Hadeed, training – “fractured leg”
Squire Creek, training – “fell, fractured ulna, euthanized on track”
Stradivari, training – “fractured leg”
Zamjara, racing – “fractured leg”
Rootformejustin, racing – “pulled up, ambulanced off, euthanized”
Indian Nobility, racing – “ruptured ligaments”
Domestic Warrior, racing – “fractured sesamoids, euthanized on track”
Lebowski, stall – “found dead”
Jonrah, training – “fractured cannon, euthanized on track”
Midnight Visitor, racing – “fell suffering head trauma”
Wheels Up Now, training – “fractured sesamoids”
Recepta, training – “fractured pelvis”
Prince Corredor, training – “collapsed and died after breezing”
Elusive Neko, training – “fractured cannon”
Bob Le Beau, racing – “fractured cannon”
Ring of Truth, racing – “humeral fracture, euthanized on track”
Desert Trial, training – “collapsed and died”
Its Only Fair, training – “collapsed and died after breezing”
Core Competency, training – “fractured leg”
Lakalas, training – “collapsed and died”
Queen B, training – “fractured leg”
Wanztbwicked, training – “suspensory rupture”
Angels Seven, racing – “fractured leg, euthanized on track”
Howard Beach, training – “fractured leg”
Positive Waves, training – “[multiple fractures]”
Brooklyn Major, racing – “collapsed after wire and died”
Marshall Plan, training – “fractured condylar”
Fall Colors, racing – “died on track from trauma sustained in fall”
Munjaz, racing – “fractured leg”
Lakeside Sunset, training – “fractured leg”
Unbroken Chain, racing – “fractured leg, euthanized on track”
Duquesne Whistle, stall – “colic”
Sweetneida, racing – “fractured [both] LF sesamoids”
Meteoroid, racing – “[multiple fractures], euthanized on track”
Sayonara Rose, racing – “fractured sesamoids, euthanized on track”
Travelin Soldier, training – “fractured leg”
That Mr. P, stall – “acute colic”
Aggie’s Honor, training – “fractured cannon”
Somekindasexy, training – “fractured both RF sesamoids”
Roberta Brooks, training – “fractured cannon”
Run Rate, training – “injury to knee”
Presumptuous, training – “sustained [multiple] fractures”
Heartspoke, racing – “horse collapsed on track”
Macho Citizen, racing – “fractured [both] RF sesamoids”
Frosty Gal, stall – “sustained [multiple] injuries”
Master Manipulator, stall – “collapsed and died”
Biz Boss, training – “fractured [both] LF sesamoids”
Indifference, training – “injured, vanned off, euthanized”
Bowie, racing – “horse injured, euthanized on track”
Ready for Rye, stall – “colic”
Royal Blessing, stall – “found dead: ileal rupture”
Business Expense, training – “[multiple] fractures”
Hard Study, training – “fractured [both] RF sesamoids”
Forbade, training – “condylar fracture”
St. Barts, training – “collapsed – pulmonary hemorrhage”
Golden Julia, training – “pelvic injury, acute blood loss”
Investment Analyst, training – “sustained leg injury necessitating euthanasia”
Gattino Marrone, training – “fractured [both] LF sesamoids”
Fight Night, racing – “fell heavily after the wire, euthanized on track”
Total Fidelity, training – “fractured [both] LF sesamoids”
Overlord, stall – “colonic rupture”
Verravanni, stall – “pleuropneumonia”
Misspent Youth, training – “cardiovascular collapse”
Umetuka, training – “injured, vanned off, euthanized”
Divine Miss Grey, racing – “complications [after] surgery”
Sundae On Sunday, racing – “collapsed, euthanized on track”
Go Big Or Go Home, racing – “fractured [both] LF sesamoids”
Sister Beauty, training – “inoperable fracture”
Borough Boy, racing – “fell heavily, euthanized on track”
So Surprising, training – “fractured [both] LF sesamoids”
Noble Spirit, training – “sustained injury, subsequently euthanized”
Cloud, training – “sustained leg injury breezing”
Apollon, training – “cardiovascular collapse”
Shiny Copper Penny, stall – “experienced sudden death”
Brag On Me, training – “tibia fracture”
Lady C, racing – “vanned off with left hind injury, euthanized”
First Appeal, racing – “euthanized [for] severe injuries”
Own the Outcome, training – “condylar fracture”
Pot of Hunny, racing – “fell heavily, euthanized on track”
Perfection, racing – “suffered a catastrophic injury”
Highly Uncertain, stall – “colic”
Obsidian Flow, training – “[multiple] fractures”
Zunith Moon, training – “fractured leg”
Siena’s Ticket, stall – “severe laminitis”
Samborella, racing – “took bad steps”
Giuseppe the Great, stall – “severe laminitis”
Chief Commander, training – “lame after breeze – [fractured] pelvis”
Mr Jaggers, training – “injury to RF leg”
Shirelle, training – “collapsed and died after breezing”
Unrighteous, training – “collapsed and died”
Fancy Twirl, stall – “laminitis in all four feet”
Hedda, training – “euthanized on the track”
Mister Bobby, training – “collapsed and died”
Trucking Baron, stall – “chronic laminitis”
Strong Moment, racing – “catastrophic injury, euthanized on course”
Pleasure Luck, racing – “took a bad step”
Fattoria, training – “pelvic injury necessitating euthanasia”
Fiya, training – “injury to RH leg”
Butter Lou, racing – “injured after wire, vanned to barn, euthanized”
Fifth Avenue Red, training – “pulled up, vanned off, euthanized”
Volpaia, training – “fell over rail, multiple injuries”
Olympico, training – “RH condylar injury”
Wasn’t Me, training – “possible heart attack”
America’s Joy, training – “broke neck in fall”
Tivoli Twirl, stall – “euthanized due to severe health complications”
Cirona, training – “pulled up lame, suspected pelvic”
Madrone, stall – “neurologic disorder, euthanized due to poor prognosis”
On the Dean’s List, stall – “anaphylactic reaction”
Range War, training – “injured while breezing”
Supernova, stall – “apparent peritonitis”
Vindatude, training – “collapsed and expired”
Credit Event, training – “fractured leg, euthanized”
Plurality, training – “collided with another horse”
Practice Squad, training – “sustained leg injury, euthanized on track”
Awesome Gerry, racing – “suffered an injury, euthanized on track”
Salt Cay, racing – “injured, vanned off, euthanized”
Answer In, stall – “laminitis”
Rush to Honor, racing – “injured after wire, vanned off, euthanized”
yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, training – “injured, pulled up, euthanized”
Union of Thoughts, training – “sustained leg injuries, euthanized on track”
Clear the Deck, training – “suffered injuries, [euthanized]”
Upgrade, training – “death on track”
Along, stall – “euthanized after being hospitalized three weeks”
Kaon, stall – “yet-to-be-raced horse euthanized”
Ami’s Curlin, stall – “laminitis in all four feet”

The Killing, by Year
2009: 11 dead horses at Saratoga
2010: 15 dead horses at Saratoga
2011: 9 dead horses at Saratoga
2012: 16 dead horses at Saratoga
2013: 9 dead horses at Saratoga
2014: 14 dead horses at Saratoga
2015: 13 dead horses at Saratoga
2016: 19 dead horses at Saratoga
2017: 21 dead horses at Saratoga
2018: 15 dead horses at Saratoga
2019: 16 dead horses at Saratoga
2020: 21 dead horses at Saratoga
2021: 16 dead horses at Saratoga
2022: 15 dead horses at Saratoga
2023: 2 dead horses at Saratoga (thus far)

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  1. Politicians think it is okay to take money from lobbyists. When the government is “in bed with” the industry insiders and lobbyists, we have unjust atrocities with very negative consequences.

  2. I find it especially vile and disgusting when the industry tries to put a pretty face on racing as it does at places like Saratoga, Keeneland, and Del Mar. It doesn’t matter if it’s Parx or Saratoga – killing is killing. Thank you Patrick and others for reminding people of this by your protests.

    • I saw some of these obits include the barbaric Steeplechase. This week, they will be running the Steeplechase at coveted Saratoga. So the list will.undoubtedly increase in numbers. Having mentioned before, the number of starters at the Steeplechase rarely shows the same number of finishers. It is a barbaric form of abuse running a huge distance jumping the fences with a human on your back in the heat. And getting beaten in the meantime. Please Saratoga..stick to your restaurants, history and Long Island Ice teas for your tourists.

      • Steeplechase/jumps horses make something that’s very difficult look easy if they can last the whole distance of a steeplechase/jumps race. Steeplechase/jumps horses carry weight in the range of 150 pounds on their backs and run a distance of three or four miles all while expected to clear the hurdles. That’s crazy. That’s insane. The times are not as fast paced as flat track racing (22 seconds for a quarter-mile fraction on the flat) but it is still way too demanding for the horses.
        Most of the jockeys appear to be obsessed with whipping the horses between jumps. This racing of horses on the flat or over hurdles is abusive, barbaric, cruel and completely unnecessary.

  3. I will not be attending Saratoga this year. Or next year. Or the year after, or, for that matter, AT ALL for the foreseeable future. AS an old racing buddy friend of mine once said to me, “we wait all year for this meet”

    Yeah, we do. Or DID. I had front row, finish line seats at my table in the upstairs dining room every year and I thoroughly enjoyed betting the races, along with the whole ‘scene’, particularly at Saratoga – it was the best racing product of the year. Probably still is. And, as most regular posters on this site know, I no longer bet the races, having been made full aware of the abject cruelty that abounds in this industry day after day, year after year, but sadly, is both slyly and very effectively hidden from 90% of the general public thanks to the racing industry’s desperate attempts to shore up their rapidly dying sport.

    Yup, for the longest time, I too, thought it was all just another case of “those crazy animal activists” at it again, but videos, stats, facts, and confirmation of the many deaths and abuse just don’t lie.

    I realize that most posters on this site are fully aware of this, but it’s my hope that some bettors and horse racing fans who may be reading can be made aware of the dark underbelly that is horse racing. Let’s face it, the town of Saratoga is very pretty folks, with the cool mountain air, the lush upstate New York scenery, the many restaurants and night life in town, and all the accouterments that make for a wonderful vacation, including, the “great” horse racing this time of year.

    Great? Well, killing, maiming, abuse and slaughter of sentient beings just ‘ain’t my idea of fun’, kids, and if one pores through this site pretty carefully and [if you like], double checks the facts that Mr. Battuello posts here, you might, like me, get soured on this sport, and pretty quickly, too.

    The racing industry’s defense when hit with these atrocities is pretty weak, and while some casual fans may just be in denial, not wanting to accept the inevitable killing, the industry knows it’ll never change. But the end of horse racing means, to them, the end of their $$$ money train.

    I firmly believe it’s gotten worse than ever, and the higher-ups know this. But they’ll do their level best to wring that last dollar out of it while they still can. No, I never thought it was this bad. But face reality folks, it IS – and hiding your head in the sand won’t make it go away.

    To racing bettors, I say: switch your gambling instincts to safer forms of betting, ones where no sentient being gets killed on regular basis. There have never been more opportunities for gambling as there is today, such as video lotteries, sports betting, online casinos, land based casinos, slots, card games table games – and tons more to slake your betting thirst..

    Why keep killing these poor horses?

  4. Thank you.
    While I no longer bet on horse racing, I wouldn’t take any bet, at ANY odds, on seeing this industry thriving, let alone surviving too many more years.

  5. Joe, I agree with your assessment. In the meantime though, several thousand young Thoroughbreds will be produced, abused, brutalized, doped, overexerted overworked, injured and killed by the racing industry people. The same will be true of the other racing breeds of horses.

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