In each of the past two mornings, a horse has died training at Saratoga Race Course:

3-year-old Mr Jaggers, “injury to RF leg…euthanized”
2-year-old Shirelle, “collapsed and died at 5/8 pole”

The self-styled “oldest sporting venue in the nation” now counts 18 dead horses on the summer. 18 – four over its historical average. If that doesn’t prove that “reform” – “safe racing” – is a lie, I don’t know what will.

The 5th at Thistledown yesterday: “Steel City Brieze was bounced around between horses at the start, pinched a few strides thereafter, clipped heels, fell suffering a catastrophic injury and was euthanized” (Equibase).

“bounced around between horses”

“fell suffering a catastrophic injury”

“euthanized”

Steel City Brieze was four; this was her third race (but first in almost a year).

The fall came right after the start (around 2:33 mark on video):

Chief Commander, two, was killed at Saratoga Monday – “lame after breeze, examination revealed injury to pelvis…euthanized” (Gaming Commission). He is the 16th horse killed on those hallowed grounds this summer. NYRA’s “commitment to equine safety” is smoke and mirrors, folks. Horseracing kills – full stop.

The Saratoga 16:

Cloud, Jun 18 – “sustained leg injury breezing”
Apollon, Jul 24 – “cardiovascular collapse” (two years old)
Shiny Copper Penny, Aug 5 – “experienced sudden death”
Brag On Me, Aug 11 – “tibia fracture”
Lady C, Aug 16 – “took a bad step”
First Appeal, Aug 20 – “euthanized [for] severe injuries”
Own the Outcome, Aug 28 – “fracture”
Pot of Hunny, Aug 29 – “fell heavily…euthanized on track”
Perfection, Aug 30 – “suffered a catastrophic injury”
Highly Uncertain, Aug 31 – “colic”
Obsidian Flow, Aug 31 – “[multiple] fractures”
Zunith Moon, Aug 31 – “fractured leg”
Siena’s Ticket, Sep 2 – “severe laminitis”
Samborella, Sep 4 – “took bad steps”
Giuseppe the Great, Sep 5 – “severe laminitis”
Chief Commander, Sep 14 – “lame after breeze – injury to pelvis”

To those who profit from, bet on, watch, or otherwise support horseracing, the burden falls to defend/explain the following list.

Some of the horses killed at U.S. tracks in 2019, in the words of the industry itself. Please note: I have not included California and Maryland deaths, as those states provided the most (gruesome) detail and merit stand-alone views: Cal; Maryland.

(all italics added by me) (R: Racing; T: Training; S: Stall)

Mr First Regard, Jan 4, Sunland R
internal bleeding – euthanized on track

The Pokester, Jan 7, Northfield R
broke front right leg – complete

Heza Wild Dragon, Jan 11, Sunland R
dead upon arrival

Get Into Mischief, Jan 12, Gulfstream T
heart attack” (two years old)

Flying Kolors, Jan 12, Sunland R
cardiovascular [and] fractured knee…died on track

Raise the Mast, Jan 15, Charles Town S
broken back

I’lbeamonkeysuncle, Jan 15, Portland R
sudden death – vessel ruptures in lungs

Ucanalwaysbebetter, Jan 23, Keeneland T
cannon fracture – bone embedded in tendons and ligament

Tripwire, Jan 26, Gulfstream R
collapsed fatally

Euro Zing, Jan 26, Turfway T
broke both front shoulders

Jubilance, Jan 27, Turf S
spinal cord trauma

Hawaiian Appeal, Jan 31, Delta R
post exertional distress, sudden death

Aeromosa, Feb 10, Tampa Bay R
sudden death” (three years old)

Queen Jeanne, Feb 22, Turfway R
[multiple] fractures; [multiple] torn veins; soft tissue damage is extensive

For Pops, Feb 26, Belmont T
collapsed and died

Ibetyoucanwiggle, Mar 9, Northfield R
acute collapse, heart stopped, agonal breaths, died within three mins

Mighty Zealous, Mar 10, Belmont S
severe respiratory distress…euthanized

Midnight Retreat, Mar 15, Emerald S
gastric rupture

Ghost Speaker, Mar 19, Retama T
sudden death on track” (two years old)

Hazel Anne, Mar 22, Hawthorne S
ruptured femoral artery – bled to death

Liberty Valance, Mar 25, Mahoning R
slab fractures [both front] knees

Miss Mimosa, Mar 28, Belmont T
cardiovascular collapse” (three years old)

Smart Daddy, Mar 28, Hawthorne T
complete fracture of neck

Tell It Ina Melody, Mar 28, Turfway R
[multiple] fractures; [torn] artery and vein

Notcho Daddy, Apr 5, Tampa Bay R
collapse, cardiac episode” (two years old)

Myrtle’s Boy, Apr 6, Hawthorne T
rider reported hearing a bone break – fracture[d] neck

Cathedral Reader, Apr 6, Keeneland R
[multiple] torn tendons and ligaments; ruptured suspensory

Kimyun, Apr 6, Remington R
paralyzed hind, unable to rise after race

yet-to-be-named filly, Apr 7, Lone Star
pneumonia/colitis/renal failure

Mandel, Apr 10, Keeneland R
[multiple] fractures; the following soft tissues were torn or ruptured: palmar annular ligament, suspensory ligament, sesamoidian ligaments, [multiple] tendons

Atomic Sealster, Apr 11, Tioga T
fell over…subsequently stopped breathing

Wiwi Celebration, Apr 13, Tampa Bay R
fracture; severed/ruptured ligament

Hoped For, Apr 18, Keeneland T
fractures; tearing of digital artery and vein

Amandine, Apr 19, Keeneland R
[multiple] displaced fractures; soft tissue damage is significant

Atlantic Slew, Apr 20, Fonner R
bled out [after falling]

Shut the Gate, Apr 22, Will Rogers R
head trauma

Amos P, Apr 26, Charles Town S
head trauma

Andariego, Apr 29, Remington R
fell, neck fracture

Wire Me a Valentine, May 4, Remington R
fractured both [back legs], pelvis

Rg I Hop Fast, May 4, Remington R
thrashed and collapsed in starting gate

Allie’s Aflirt, May 11, Fairmount R
flipped, hit head prior to race – horse died

Prue, May 15, Arlington T
horse dropped dead training

Rare Escape, May 16, Remington R
head trauma

Shanghai Billy, May 20, Emerald T
ligament rupture

Laser Lynn, May 21, Mountaineer R
collapsed – sudden death” (three years old)

Golden Julia, May 25, Saratoga T
pelvic injury, acute blood loss

Game Lad, May 27, Delaware R
acute catastrophic rupture of ligaments

Super Bound, May 27, Prairie R
crashed into gates

Iza Secret, May 27, Remington R
collapsed, tried to get up, no control of hind limbs

Mercusio, May 29, Delaware T
collapsed – sudden death” (three years old)

Beau Dan, May 30, Belterra R
fell at 3/16 pole – open, compound, disarticulated fracture

Irish Miss, May 31, Belterra R
horse bucked, kicked, and exhibited bunny hopping; upon stopping, her hind legs collapsed – suspect pelvic fracture, spinal cord trauma” (her first race)

Heaven Rocks, Jun 1, Buffalo R
in distress, collapsed

Coronas Al Jaguar, Jun 2, Sunray R
pulmonary hemorrhage collapse, sudden death

Glenwheresmymoney, Jun 7, Emerald R
pulmonary hemorrhage

I Miss Jumbo, Jun 9, Thistledown T
broken pelvis

[name redacted by Commission], Jun 13, Churchill S
skull fracture, spontaneous hemorrhage from both nostrils

High Beam, Jun 13, Churchill R
pulled up with severe ataxia and white mucous membranes; horse collapsed and died within few minutes – massive pulmonary hemorrhage

Spicey Corona, Jun 15, Delta R
neurologic, paresis/paralysis

Firm, Jun 15, Monmouth R
collapse on track post-race” (three years old)

Easy Livin, Jun 15, Monticello T
collapsed on track and died

Senator Tequila, Jun 16, Ruidoso T
broke back

Bless His Heart, Jun 20, Churchill T
rupture with tearing

Secret Agent Girl, Jun 22, Albuquerque T
collapsed on racetrack, sudden death

Pomera, Jun 23, Belterra R
rupture of sesamoidean apparatus and complete dislocation of fetlock joint

Doc Brown, Jun 23, Emerald T
fractures both front legs

After Jody, Jun 27, Delaware R
[multiple] catastrophic fractures

Tomy, Jun 29, Albuquerque T
collision with [another] horse

Will Call, Jun 29, Churchill R
horse collapsed and died – massive hemorrhage [in] thorax and abdomen; extensive hemorrhage [in] spine, neck, and hip

Ap Bear Lake, Jun 29, Energy R
dislocated ankle, euthanized on track

Machine Learning, Jul 4, Monmouth R
[multiple fractures with] avulsion

Watyurname, Jul 6, Ruidoso R
fractured shoulder; severe hemorrhage

Dash For The Cash, Jul 9, Monticello R
died following 2nd place win

Fight Night, Jul 12, Saratoga R
fell heavily after the wire…euthanized on track

Montezuma Ridge, Jul 13, Arapahoe S
found dead in stall with trauma” (two years old)

Jess Moonflash, Jul 14, Ruidoso R
compound fracture both front fetlocks

Fabulous Prince, Jul 15, Finger Lakes R
skull fracture

Overlord, Jul 15, Saratoga S
colonic rupture

Luckycuba, Jul 19, Delaware S
found dead with blood and foam at the nostrils

Maximum Volume, Jul 19, Prairie R
sudden death” (three years old)

High Profit, Jul 21, Arizona Downs T
head [and] spine trauma

Racy Opinion, Jul 21, Emerald R
fractured spine

Carolina Reaper, Jul 23, Mountaineer R
fell, died

Colonel Lewis, Jul 24, Thistledown R
horse dislocated ankle – open, degloved

Squeeze My Corona, Jul 27, Retama R
spinal cord fracture

Misspent Youth, Jul 27, Saratoga T
cardiovascular collapse

Sir Navigator, Aug 4, Ellis R
horse finished race, collapsed and died

Purple Flowers, Aug 15, Belterra R
complete dislocation of fetlock joint

Anything, Aug 17, Belterra R
bone fractured into multiple pieces

It’s Flashy, Aug 17, Finger Lakes T
expired after breezing

Dna Dales Cece, Aug 24, Indiana R
fractured both front ankles

Royal Inheritance, Sep 6, Belmont T
collapsed and died

Four Times Lucky, Sep 6, Harney Fair R
internal bleed

Facunda, Sep 6, Retama R
spinal cord fracture

Brave Spirited, Sep 7, Charles Town R
sudden death, pulmonary hemorrhage

Believein, Sep 13, Churchill T
[multiple] fractures; severe soft tissue damage

Tapalot, Sep 14, Emerald R
fractures both front legs

Smarter Yet, Sep 14, Northville R
cardiovascular collapse warming up for a race

Burnout B, Sep 15, Will Rogers R
fractured skull [and] spine

ShezSugarSweet A, Sep 19, Plainridge R
collapsed and died instantly, no definitive cause found

B P Rocket, Sep 20, Keeneland T
shoulder fracture; [torn] tissues; extensive gastric ulcers” (three years old)

Queen Elsa, Sep 23, Saratoga Harness S
found deceased in stall

Southern Slugger, Sep 26, Indiana S
acute gastric rupture

Noontime Salsa, Sep 28, Delaware T
exercise-associated sudden death” (three years old)

Iana, Oct 3, Charles Town R
leg shattered

Elverson, Oct 3, Charles Town R
neck and head fractures

Stella d’Oro, Oct 4, Keeneland R
multiple fractures; massive soft tissue damage

Go Oshie Go, Oct 12, Hawthorne R
dropped dead on track

Indy’s Quick Image, Oct 13, Delaware S
found dead – acute brain hemorrhage

Call to Victory, Oct 20, Keeneland R
[multiple] open fractures; extensive soft tissue damage; extensive ulceration of stomach” (three years old)

Maggie Pie, Oct 24, Remington R
fell hard on neck – deceased in stall next day

The Keeper, Nov 2, Keeneland T
open fractures – fragments missing, large fragment embedded in ligament

Grand Peak, Nov 3, Will Rogers R
fractured skull [and] spine

Bv Tempted, Nov 8, Will Rogers R
fractured [both] front limbs

Fm Dynasty Rock, Nov 9, Lone Star R
facial/nasal fractures – massive blood loss

Tico’s Premed, Nov 11, Zia R
collapsed post race, died” (three years old)

Coronas Dashin Injun, Nov 16, Zia R
broken back

Rancers Dancer, Nov 17, Zia R
broke leg above knee, died [not euthanized] in place

Goneonamission, Nov 24, Belmont S
found deceased with apparent head injury

Tigers Rule, Nov 24, Churchill R
[multiple] fractures with tearing of artery and vein

Too Deadly, Nov 26, Evangeline R
skull [and] spine fractures

Elegant Bay, Nov 30, Churchill R
multiple fractures; soft tissue damage is severe

Fast Steppin, Dec 6, Zia T
shattered pastern

Sierra Steel, Dec 7, Turf R
fractured pelvis

Bright Diamond N, Dec 14, Yonkers R
fell over, died on racetrack

Thecaptainnshawneel, Dec 20, Sunland T
broken back

Warminister A, Dec 28, Freehold R
sudden death, cause unknown

Olly Wonder, Dec 31, Turfway R
severe tearing of tendons and ligaments