Through a FOIA request to the Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks in 2020 (this is part 2, part 1 here). Please note, however, that for the vast majority, immediate causes of death were not disclosed. (Where possible, I have supplemented with notes from the race charts.) In fact, information-wise, this is the thinnest disclosure I’ve yet received from PA – certainly a far cry from the detail-laden 2016 report. Why? Well, here’s their explanation: “Your request is granted in part and denied in part. Pursuant to 7 Pa. Code ยง407.3 (f) of the Commission’s regulations, necropsy reports are deemed investigatory documents. Therefore, necropsy reports have been withheld as they are exempt from disclosure by law.” Nonsense, of course. In any event, here is what I do have:

Iwon’tbedenied, Jan 7, Parx S – “colic”

Diagonal, Mar 7, Parx R (euthanized Mar 12) – “injury, euthanized”

Lay It On the Line, Mar 31, Parx S – “degenerative arthritis” (just four years old)

Mr. My Way, Jun 13, Parx T – “injury, euthanized”

Zero the Hero, Jul 3, Meadows T – “acute vascular hemorrhage”

Golden Chance, Jul 3, Penn R – “pulled up lame”

Micro Margarita, Jul 7, Parx T – “injury, euthanized”

Dereya, Jul 7, Parx R – “twisted colon [post race]” (chart said “fractious in gate”)

Fratello Del Nord, Jul 17, Parx S – “right hock displacement” (had been raced 55 times)

Bourbon Honey, Jul 17, Parx S – “chronic osteoarthritis in fetlock” (just six years old)

Telling You Twice, Jul 21, Penn S – “lameness”

Weed Wacker, Jul 27, Presque Isle T (euthanized Aug 12) – “injury, euthanized”

Copper Rain, Jul 29, Pocono R – “sudden death”

Doctor McSwing, Jul 31, Harrah’s R – “sudden death”

Trusty Roll, Aug 6, Presque Isle T – “injury, euthanized”

Can American, Aug 7, Presque Isle T – “injury, euthanized”

Billy’s Jump Start, Aug 12, Parx T – “injury [not euthanized, just died]”

One Honey Bell (possibly sic), Aug 16, Presque Isle S – “injury, euthanized”

Heraway, Aug 26, Parx R – “suffered a catastrophic injury”

Sir Elton, Aug 27, Parx T – “injury, euthanized”

Sweet Lullaby, Sep 2, Meadows S – “unknown [not euthanized, just died]”

Geleta, Sep 2, Parx T – “injury, euthanized”

Happyandiknowit, Sep 4, Penn R – “suffered catastrophic injury, fell, euthanized”

Make ‘Em Smokey, Sep 12, Penn T – “injury, euthanized”

Anxious, Sep 16, Parx T – “injury, euthanized”

Won and Done, Sep 19, Parx S – “laminitis post-surgery”

Thisonesfordougie, Sep 24, Presque Isle R – “clipped heels, fell”

Natasha Fatale, Sep 29, Parx S – “pneumonia [not euthanized, just died]”

Dynamic Dynasty, Oct 5, Parx R – “injury, euthanized”

Louis the Sixtieth, Oct 7, Parx T – “injury, euthanized”

Field Reality, Oct 12, Presque Isle R – “injury, euthanized”

Relentless Albert, Oct 14, Presque Isle R – “injury, euthanized”

Ms Purlin’s Musket, Oct 20, Parx T – “injury, euthanized”

Best Bud, Oct 21, Presque Isle R – “injury, euthanized”

Millies Party Boy, Oct 30, Penn R – “vanned off lame, euthanized” (after “winning”)

Tootsie Jones, Nov 6, Parx T – “injury, euthanized”

Kitty in the Woods, Nov 14, Penn T – “injury, euthanized”

Barcode, Nov 16, Parx R – “suffered a catastrophic injury”

Bearing Secrets, Nov 23, Parx R – “suffered an injury leaving the backstretch”

Snowy Morning, Dec 4, Penn R – “pulled up lame”

Whizzer, Dec 8, Parx T – “sudden death” (two years old)

Bioness, Dec 15, Meadows S – “unknown illness [not euthanized, just died]”

In the grand scheme of things, it is a minor deception. I mean compared to “The Big Lie” – horseracing as sport – this hardly registers. But it merits mention nonetheless. Sealy Hill was a hugely successful racehorse – over $1.7 million “earnings,” one-time “Horse of the Year,” “Hall of Famer” – and later, a lucrative breeding machine. She died Tuesday from what industry mouthpiece BloodHorse is calling “infirmities as she advanced in age.” The Paulick Report was less subtle: “euthanized due to the infirmities of old age.” So exactly how old was this poor animal? All of 16. That’s 16 – or what should be the prime of equine life. Vile.

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has disclosed the death of Winning Impression in the 9th at Churchill November 12:

“The rider pulled the horse up abruptly after the wire and dismounted. The on track KHRC vet summoned the ambulance and administered a sedative/analgesic to assist loading onto the ambulance. The gelding was ambulanced to his barn where the private veterinarian took radiographs. After consultation, the decision was made to euthanize the horse due to the severity of the injuries and a poor prognosis.”

“comminuted biaxial sesamoid fractures…large amount of hemorrhage and edema”; also: “ulceration of the squamous mucosa of the stomach”

Winning Impression was three; ’twas his 11th time under the whip.