Go Canes Go, a 3-year-old gelding who could not finish his last race on December 29th (and came in second-to-last, 15 1/2 lengths back the start before that), broke his leg yesterday while breezing at Belmont and was killed on-track. He was trained by David Cannizzo and owned by ZRJ Stables.

Also at Belmont yesterday, 5-year-old Shertzer, trained by Robert Barbara and owned by Vincent Scalcione, died from an infected leg. NY’s 2014 Death Toll: 5.

The following, unless otherwise noted, were “vanned off” American tracks last week.

Stolicknaya, Hialeah, race 1 (not vanned but “bloody RF hoof” after “stumbling badly”)
Blonde for Ever, Parx, race 3 (confirmed dead)
Clodhopper, Turf, race 3 (“broke down”)

Practice Squad, Delta, race 2
Devils Afleet, Turf, race 3 (“broke down”)
Shoeless Jackson, Turf, race 9

Casey Lynn, Delta, race 1 (confirmed dead)
Battle Silk, Delta, race 9 (confirmed dead)

Havanadaydream, Calder, race 6 (not vanned but bled)
Holy Waters, Charles Town, race 4
Minister Machine, Los Alamitos, race 1
Slick Invader, Los Alamitos, race 7

Skip the Limit, Charles Town, race 6 (“broke down”)
Trukarma, Fair Grounds, race 3
Flat in Charge, Gulfstream, race 6
Danderek, Santa Anita, race 7 (“vanned off after the winner’s circle picture”)
Golden Archway, Tampa Bay, race 3 (“broke down”)
Lea’s Exchange, Tampa Bay, race 7

Pass the Tap, Aqueduct, race 8
Lady of Athens, Golden Gate, race 4 (not vanned but “bled from nostril”)
Ambassy, Los Alamitos, race 1
Penamaniac, Sunland, race 2
Cute N Famous, Sunland, race 5
Wakati, Sunland, race 9

Yesterday afternoon at slippery Freehold Raceway in New Jersey, the pace car lost control soon after the start of the 5th race and swerved, gate extended, into six horses, the last flipping onto the vehicle. Though an “initial inspection,” according to Freehold, found the horses “okay,” time will tell. Technically an accident (racing calls all casualties accidents), those horses would not have been there, bunched together in proximity to a car, if not for horseracing. In other words, racing is responsible for this:

Two horses were killed last night at Delta Downs. In the 1st race, a maiden claiming, 2-year-old Casey Lynn “took a bad step mid stretch.” Dead before her third birthday. (Racing advances all ages on January 1st, but Casey Lynn wouldn’t have turned three till April.) In her last start (Louisiana Downs in September), Casey Lynn finished 10th, 22 1/2 lengths back. Perhaps trainer Joe Duhon should have known something. Perhaps he did. And the same for her owner, the sadly ironic Dream Walkin Farms.

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Later in the Delta night, 3-year-old Battle Silk, another filly, went down in the 9th race. She was trained by Billy Allen and owned by Raymond McFarlin. The replays reveal little – Casey Lynn dumped her rider late, while Battle Silk pulled up early. This is horseracing.