Through a FOIA request to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s two tracks thus far this year:

Goosing, Mar 12, Indiana T – “fractured humerus”

Ms Mags, Mar 29, Indiana S – “flipped and hit head” (two years old, yet to be raced)

Officers Club, Apr 14, Hoosier R – “died on track, heart defect”

Three Babes, Apr 15, Hoosier R – “exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage”

All on Red, Apr 19, Hoosier T – “chronic repetitive injury”

A Touch of Justice, Apr 26, Indiana T – “sesamoid [fracture], suspensory [rupture]”

Cougartown Blues, Apr 26, Indiana R – “collapsed on track after win – fatal pulmonary hemorrhage” (three years old)

Harvest, May 13, Hoosier R – “sudden death on track, suspect cardiac”

Critic, May 13, Indiana S – “advanced EPM – euthanized”

Hitthegroundrunnin, May 15, Indiana S – “gastric rupture”

Bunnings, May 26, Indiana T – “exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage”

Dover’s Arch, May 28, Hoosier S – “post-op castration, colic”

No Go West, May 28, Indiana T – “fractured shoulder” (being prepped for debut)

Elite Attraction, Jun 7, Indiana R – “flipped, skull fracture”

Krunch, Jun 16, Indiana T – “fractured sesamoid”

Sky Judge, Jun 23, Indiana R – “fractured sesamoid” (chart said, “was vanned home”)

Through a FOIA request to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s two tracks in 2020.

Indiana is a subsidy state, meaning, of course, that racing would in all likelihood not exist there without the corporate welfare. Please consider contacting the state’s three main political power brokers. Tell them to end the handouts (coming at the expense of schoolchildren); end the cruelty; end the killing. End horseracing.

Governor Holcomb: Facebook, Twitter
Senate Majority Leader Alting: Senator.Alting@iga.in.gov
House Speaker Huston: 317-232-9677; 1-800-382-9841

Texican, Mar 27, Hoosier T – “rupture of lung vessel”

Valkyrie, May 24, Indiana T – “fractured skull”

Logan, Jun 10, Indiana T – “fractured sesamoid”

Neeka’s Temple, Jun 18, Indiana T – “fractured skull”

Keep Dreamin, Jun 21, Indiana S – “colic”

Endeavor, Jun 23, Hoosier T – “dislocated hip with torn ligaments”

Shazzy B, Jun 24, Indiana T – “fractured pastern”

Augie, Jul 3, Indiana T – “broken cannon bone”

Miss Mercken, Jul 22, Indiana R – “cardiac event [and] leg fracture”

Fars Glitter, Jul 23, Indiana R – “suspensory rupture”

Serena Star, Jul 24, Indiana T – “fractured femur”

Soo Taylor, Aug 7, Indiana T – “pulmonary hemorrhage”

Major Trick, Aug 15, Hoosier R – “pulmonary hemorrhage”

Tortuga, Aug 20, Indiana R – “flipped over before race”

Rolling Sea, Aug 22, Hoosier R – “pulmonary hemorrhage”

Better Charge It, Aug 25, Indiana R – “pulmonary hemorrhage”

Race Day Cali, Sep 11, Indiana T – “pulmonary hemorrhage”

Alexandra Z Tam, Sep 16, Hoosier R – “pulmonary hemorrhage”

Braggs Escondido, Sep 21, Indiana T – “training accident”

Lucky Royal P, Oct 3, Indiana R – “fractured carpal bones”

West Sider, Oct 5, Indiana R (euthanized Oct 6) – “fractured metacarpal”

Justanillusion, Oct 7, Indiana T – “pelvic injury”

My Northern Star, Oct 14, Indiana R – “fractured sesamoid”

Sturgeon, Oct 19, Indiana R – “leg fractures”

Quite a Moonglow, Oct 20, Indiana R – “LF fractures”

Mg Macho Boy, Oct 22, Indiana R – “LF fractures”

Zooming Star V4, Oct 28, Indiana R – “head injury”

Help Me Out, Nov 2, Indiana R – “pulmonary hemorrhage”

Sheza Sunshine, Nov 4, Indiana T – “LF fractures”

Hasty Commander, Nov 17, Indiana T – “shoulder injury”

Sorority Gal, Nov 17, Indiana R – “LF fractures”

Through a FOIA request to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s two tracks (Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park) in 2019. Of note, this is the first year Indiana has released the names of the dead. Pressure – across the entire industry – has a way of doing that.

Mikimoto, Apr 11, Indiana S – “flipped, hit head in stall”

Doc’s Chewy, Apr 16, Indiana T – “died after training” (being prepped for first race)

Union Bowman, May 2, Indiana S – “treated for colic, died next day”
Union Bowman was 12 and had been put to the whip 96 times, the last time just four days before the onset of colic.

All About Annie, May 6, Hoosier T – “collapsed on track after training”

Bud’s Bayonet, May 14, Indiana R – “fractured ankle”

Zippy Lou, May 18, Indiana T – “pastern fracture”

A Skinnydipper, May 29, Indiana R – “fractured radius”

Rapid Assent, Jun 4, Indiana R – “fractured fetlock”

Vegas Show Girlie, Jun 25, Indiana T – “laceration” (being prepped for first race)

Hibachi, Jun 26, Hoosier T – “fracture”

Six Shooter, Jul 9, Indiana T – “fractured pastern”

All Right, Jul 13, Indiana R – “fractured shoulder”

Mickie Chase N Ty, Jul 30, Indiana R – “fractured radius”

Nicoles Classygirl, Aug 15, Indiana T – “fractured ankle”

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

Southern Slugger, Sep 26, Indiana S – “acute gastric rupture”

Sabbatarian, Oct 4, Indiana R – “fractured sesamoids”

Guyeeo, Oct 8, Indiana S – “acute colic” (last raced Sep 17)

Hoosier Monty, Oct 8, Indiana R – “fractured sesamoids”

Huntin Buddy, Oct 12, Indiana R – “tendon rupture”

Shineonmejustice, Oct 25, Indiana R – “cannon fracture”

King Offthe Mountain, Oct 26, Indiana R – “fell on track, couldn’t get back up”

Through a FOIA request to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2018. Once again, the Commission’s spreadsheet – entitled, incidentally, “Dead Horse Log” – arrived with the victims’ names redacted. Unless otherwise noted, immediate cause of death was a snapped, shattered, ruptured, or dislocated limb part of one kind or another.

unidentified (probably Jacob of Tarville or Justanotherbird), April 18, Indiana R
unidentified, April 20, Indiana T
unidentified, April 20, Indiana T
unidentified, May 12, Hoosier R – “sudden collapse after race”
unidentified (probably Halfway Decent), May 12, Indiana R
unidentified, June 1, Indiana T
unidentified, June 6, Indiana T – “sudden death after work”
unidentified, June 9, Hoosier R – “died on track after race”
unidentified, July 3, Hoosier R – “died on track prior to end of race”
unidentified, July 11, Indiana T
unidentified (probably Lucky’s Pass), July 20, Indiana R
unidentified, August 1, Indiana T
unidentified, August 3, Indiana R
unidentified, August 7, Indiana T
unidentified (probably Abby’s Aava), August 7, Indiana R
unidentified, August 22, Indiana T – “sudden death”
unidentified, August 29, Indiana T
unidentified (probably Whispering Justice), September 1, Indiana R
unidentified, September 12, Hoosier T
unidentified (probably El Monje Loco), September 12, Indiana R
unidentified, September 19, Indiana R
unidentified (probably Benny Special or Cheray), September 26, Indiana R
unidentified (probably Redtoprollen), October 19, Indiana R
unidentified, October 24, Hoosier R – “vascular rupture”
unidentified (probably Igottrumped), November 6, Indiana R – “cardio-pulmonary”

In addition, these still-very-much-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry craftily calls “non-racing” causes. Technically true, perhaps, but morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

unidentified, April 18, Indiana – “found dead in stall”
unidentified, May 6, Hoosier – “died in stall; no apparent struggle”
unidentified, June 13, Indiana – “found dead in stall”
unidentified, September 24, Indiana – “laminitis”