Through a FOIA request to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following 23 deaths on or at Indiana tracks in 2015. The document, however, came with this: “As was the case in your request last year, please be advised that the names of the horses have been redacted as confidential pursuant to IC 38-1-4-5.5.” (Unless otherwise noted, fatal injury was a leg/foot fracture of one kind or another.)

unidentified, March 27, Hoosier
“colic symptoms”

unidentified, April 28, Indiana, training

unidentified (probably 3-year-old Temple Fever), May 12, Indiana 2

unidentified (probably 7-year-old Najaseehimnajadont), May 19, Indiana 1

unidentified, June 6, Indiana, training

unidentified (probably 5-year-old Far Away Moon), June 9, Indiana 3
“sudden death – collapsed on track”

unidentified, June 30, Hoosier, training
“sudden death – collapsed on track”

unidentified (probably 6-year-old Comotion Nda Ocean), June 30, Indiana 4

unidentified (probably 3-year-old Fixated), July 14, Indiana 4

unidentified (probably 4-year-old Cowgirl Rose), July 16, Indiana 9

unidentified, July 24, Indiana, training
“exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage”

unidentified (probably 5-year-old Summer Secret), August 11, Indiana 4

unidentified, August 15, Indiana
“dead in stall”

unidentified (probably 6-year-old Punch the Bookie), August 18, Indiana 2

unidentified (probably 4-year-old Hope On the Rocks), August 25, Indiana 2

unidentified (probably 5-year-old Michael With Us), August 28, Indiana 3
“sudden death on track”

unidentified (3-year-old Thunder Deville), September 1, Indiana 5
“fractured neck”

unidentified, September 5, Indiana, training

unidentified (probably 4-year-old Lilmissrita), September 8, Indiana 1
“sudden death on track”

unidentified (probably 2-year-old A Oh K), September 25, Indiana 6

3-year-old Irish Nuggets, September 30, Indiana 8

unidentified (probably 4-year-old Jukebox Johnny), October 3, Indiana 7
“sudden death on track”

unidentified (probably 4-year-old Apple Moonshine), October 30, Indiana 2

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Sunday afternoon at Aqueduct, 5-year-old Alysaro was said (by Equibase) to have “[taken] some bad steps” in the 7th – then “vanned off.” We now learn, however, that the gelding is in fact dead – euthanized back in the barn for a broken leg.

This is horseracing.


From the Los Alamitos Stewards Minutes, January 23:

“Jockey Efrain Hernandez was in to review the third race on Saturday evening where he struck his horse [Sibernation] four times right handed approaching the far turn. Mr. Hernandez explained that he just lost track of the crop strokes, and thought his horse was lazy and needed some encouragement.”

“…thought his horse was lazy and needed some encouragement” – fine: $100

“Jockey Jesus Rios Ayala was in to review his ride on Uno Corona Mas in the third trial for the Winter Derby on Saturday evening. During the heated battle for the win, Mr. Ayala got a little carried away and struck his mount approximately eight or nine times in the shadow of the wire. He admitted to his over zealous actions, but was too excited about getting the victory.”

“…got a little carried away…but was too excited about getting the victory” – fine: $100

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