Through a request to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, I have confirmed the following deaths at Plainridge (Mass’ only remaining racetrack) in 2015:

Something Good, June 12
“ulcerative enterocolitis”

Four Starz Skate, September 2, racing
“fracture C3 vertebra”

Kiss My Cruiser, November 9, racing
“pulmonary edema”

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Touchdown Kitten’s final four races:

April 17, Gulfstream – last of 8, 36+ lengths back

May 7, Gulfstream – DNF

June 14, Gulfstream – last of 9, 17+ lengths back

July 4, Gulfstream – last of 10, 34+ lengths back

And then:

August 11, Gulfstream – (per FOIA document) Dead in barn B, stall 33. No additional information was forwarded.

This is horseracing.


11 (soon to be 12)-year-old Sun City has been put to the whip 137 times. The 137th came this past Monday in a $2500 claiming race (all but 7 of her races have been claiming) at Portland Meadows; she finished last.

And so the question becomes, when? As in when will this old – by racing standards, that is – soul break?

Current trainer/owner: Debbie Van Horne.

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