Through a FOIA request to the Illinois Racing Board, I have confirmed the following 33 kills on Illinois tracks in 2015:

5-year-old Lady Angel, March 10, Hawthorne, training
“collapsed while training with copious amount of blood coming out of both nostrils”

5-year-old Take Heart, March 24, Hawthorne, training

7-year-old Sweet Elation, April 11, Hawthorne 9

5-year-old Wildwood Perfect, April 24, Hawthorne 2

4-year-old Duneside Matt, April 25, Balmoral 2
“horse started pulling up around 1/2 mile then collapsed and died”

3-year-old Super Service, May 3, Arlington, training

6-year-old So So Worth It, May 3, Arlington 1

2-year-old Wollemi, May 31, Arlington, training (being prepped for first race)

5-year-old Try a Lemon Drop, June 2, Fairmount 5

4-year-old More Honey, June 2, Fairmount 7

4-year-old Affirmed Once More, June 5, Arlington, training

6-year-old Bluegrass Dan, June 19, Arlington 6
“taken to designated area and humanely euthanized”

3-year-old Jaye’s Moondust, June 27, Arlington, training

2-year-old State Scholar, June 29, Arlington, training (being prepped for first race)

3-year-old Broken In, July 3, Arlington 6

8-year-old Cherokee Mate, July 14, Fairmount 8

4-year-old Mabee Able, August 18, Fairmount 2

2-year-old DB, August 22, Balmoral 6 (euthanized August 26)

5-year-old King’s Fortune, August 27, Arlington 5

4-year-old Dashful, October 9, Hawthorne 6
“taken to designated area and humanely euthanized”

3-year-old Mr. Kasdan, October 10, Hawthorne, training (being prepped for first race)
“suspensory apparatus failure both front legs”

4-year-old Give It to Mikey, October 10, Hawthorne 6

3-year-old One Em, October 19, Hawthorne, training
“died during surgery to repair fracture”

4-year-old Pferd, October 23, Hawthorne 8
“horse was humanely euthanized on track due to the severity of the injury”

3-year-old Bold N Grey, November 3, Hawthorne 9 (euthanized November 7)

5-year-old Dr Action, November 30, Hawthorne, training

5-year-old Freakin Rocket, December 5, Hawthorne 8
“euthanized on track due to severity of fracture”

4-year-old Oh Suzanna, December 15, Hawthorne 1

3-year-old Mine Forever, December 15, Hawthorne 3

3-year-old Zip’s Moondance, December 15, Hawthorne 7 (euthanized December 18)

4-year-old Schuylercountyline, December 18, Hawthorne 8

4-year-old Lexham, December 26, Hawthorne 6 (euthanized December 27)

5-year-old El Bandito, December 30, Hawthorne 6
“While racing the horse had open comminuted fractures…the horse flipped in the ambulance, went over the partition and had to be euthanized inside the ambulance.”

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In addition, these 3 still-active horses died on track grounds:

3-year-old A Real Ladies Man, May 29, Arlington
“died of natural causes [at three, that is] before they could load horse on trailer”

6-year-old Broome Street, August 16, Arlington
“severe laminitis 3 of 4 feet”

17-year-old Mystery Giver, October 17, Hawthorne
“pony horse” – “collapsed and died on track”

Per the Illinois Racing Commission (through a FOIA request), the following racehorses either died or were euthanized on Illinois racetracks in 2014:

8-year-old All Tanked Up, Feb 21, Hawthorne 3
9-year-old Miss Palatine, Feb 22, Hawthorne 2
2-year-old I’m a Breeze, Feb 23, Hawthorne 3
5-year-old News Bulletin, Mar 1, Hawthorne 8
3-year-old Starlight Dreamer, Mar 16, Hawthorne 1
8-year-old Yu Tiger Yu, Mar 28, Hawthorne 6
5-year-old Donttangowithmango, Apr 5, Hawthorne 5
8-year-old Casey’s On Call, Apr 9, Hawthorne 2
3-year-old Lewis City, Oct 15, Hawthorne 1
4-year-old Reinvested, Nov 12, Hawthorne 8
5-year-old Cherokee Scoots, Nov 26, Hawthorne 5
3-year-old Bonita Song, Nov 29, Hawthorne 7
11-year-old Hurta, Dec 4, Hawthorne 9
3-year-old Pistols Drawn, Dec 10, Hawthorne 1
4-year-old Sluhs Last Girl, Hawthorne, training
2-year-old She’s a Poet, Hawthorne, training
4-year-old French Colonel, Hawthorne, training
5-year-old Eyema Delight, May 18, Arlington 8
6-year-old Static Kill, May 24, Arlington 5
4-year-old Permit, Jun 1, Arlington 8
3-year-old Chief Barker, Jul 12, Arlington 9
7-year-old Peters Rock, Aug 10, Arlington 3
3-year-old Imperial Lad, Sep 1, Arlington 3
4-year-old Mop, Sep 5, Arlington 2
3-year-old Ancient Kingj, Arlington, training
5-year-old Apropos, Arlington, training
2-year-old Brillar, Arlington, training
2-year-old Lord’s Messenger, Arlington, training
4-year-old Last Nouncer, Arlington, training
4-year-old Razman, Arlington, training
2-year-old Smokey Places, Arlington, training
5-year-old No Apologizes, Arlington, training
6-year-old Tiger Mike, Jun 7, Fairmount 3
5-year-old Markyour Territory, Aug 2, Fairmount 1
3-year-old Run for Papa, Aug 26, Fairmount 1
3-year-old Back’em Down, Sep 2, Fairmount 4
6-year-old Goldmine Princess, Sep 20, Fairmount 1

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Fox Valley Absolute
Kesons Allure
Lil Annie
Ellie Anne
Blue Rock
Dolly Dancer
Lydia’s Flight
Chili Beach
Mike’s Boy

Of the 37 Thoroughbreds, the official Equibase charts had 20 as merely “vanned off,” 1 as having bled, and 2 others as having finished without incident. Only 2 were said to have “broke down,” and just 1 was reported euthanized. Add the fact that the harness charts are even less descriptive and that the training carnage is completely hidden from view, and we get this: As far as the public knew, Illinois lost but 1 racehorse last year, not the 47 we reveal today. The Big Lie on full display, yet again.