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”

Through a FOIA request to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2017. Once again, the state redacted the names on the basis of confidentiality. The spreadsheet, incidentally, was entitled “Dead Horse Log, 2017.” (“Indiana” is Indiana Grand.)

unidentified, March 20, Hoosier, training
“craniodorsal luxation hip”

unidentified, March 29, Indiana, training
“sudden death, aneurysm”

unidentified, April 1, Indiana, training
“sesamoid fracture, luxated fetlock”

unidentified, April 12, Indiana, training
“flipped into a bench, hit head”

unidentified, April 12, Indiana, training
“humerus fracture”

unidentified, April 20, Indiana, training
“sudden death, died on track”

unidentified, April 25, Indiana, training
“cannon fracture”

unidentified, May 9, Hoosier, racing
“P1 total fracture”

unidentified, May 10, Indiana, racing
“collapsed and died on track”

unidentified, June 9, Hoosier, racing
“cannon bone fracture”

unidentified (most likely Flyin My Corona), June 9, Indiana, racing
“shoulder fracture, humeral fracture, scapular fracture”

unidentified (most likely Mandalorian), June 27, Indiana, race 2
“open fetlock fracture”

unidentified, July 8, Hoosier, racing
“collapsed and died”

unidentified (most likely E Nine), July 26, Indiana, racing
“fetlock fracture”

unidentified, July 29, Indiana, training
“loose horse collision at full speed”

unidentified, July 29, Indiana, racing
“collapsed and died after race”

unidentified (most likely Spy Dancer), August 5, Indiana, race 5
“fetlock fracture”

unidentified (most likely Sucess Is Racing), August 23, Indiana, race 7
“sudden death – collapse” (chart merely said “pulled up, vanned off”)

unidentified, September 5, Indiana, training
“died in stall after working”

unidentified, September 8, Indiana, training
“fractured shoulder”

unidentified (most likely Key to the Bank), September 23, Indiana, race 5
“fetlock fracture”

unidentified (most likely Capriza), October 7, Indiana, race 6
“cannon bone fracture”

unidentified, October 19, Hoosier, race 4
“died on the track after race”

unidentified, October 21, Indiana, training
“fractured humerus”

unidentified, October 22, Indiana, training
“seizure, cranial trauma”

unidentified (most likely Way Down the Line), October 25, Indiana, racing
“carpus fracture”

unidentified (most likely Handfuls Gem), October 27, Indiana, racing
“cannon fracture”

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, July 14, Indiana
“previous injury…not improving”

unidentified, October 7, Hoosier
“colic – died in stall”

Through a FOIA request to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Indiana tracks in 2016. The response, however, came with this proviso: “All information made confidential by IC 25-38-1-4-5.5 has been redacted.” Hence, no names. (“Indiana” is Indiana Grand.)

unidentified, March 16, Hoosier, “fractured pastern”
unidentified, April 16, Hoosier, “fractured pastern”
unidentified, May 16, Indiana training, “humerus fracture”
Just Dance With Me, June 7, Hoosier training, “drowning incident”
unidentified, June 8, Hoosier, “rupture”
unidentified (probably Hiddai), June 10, Indiana 5, “fractured fetlock”
unidentified, June 14, Indiana 2, “fractured fetlock”
unidentified, June 18, Indiana training, “suspensory”
unidentified (probably Bansky), June 24, Indiana 5, “fracture”
unidentified, June 25, Indiana training, “sudden death”
unidentified, June 25, Indiana training, “tibia fracture”
unidentified, June 29, Indiana training, “sudden death”
unidentified, July 14, Indiana, “horse flipped…suspect cranial fracture, hemorrhaged”
unidentified (probably Hey Bud), July 19, Indiana 2, “sudden death during race”
unidentified, July 27, Indiana training, “shoulder”
unidentified, August 18, Indiana training, “fracture”
unidentified (probably Conrad), August 25, Indiana 7, “fracture”
unidentified, September 24, Indiana training, “fractured pelvis”
unidentified (probably Forty Purrs), October 12, Indiana 3, “fracture”
unidentified (probably Prodding), October 26, Indiana 8, “dislocation/fracture”

In addition, the following horses died on track grounds from what the industry calls “non-racing” causes. While this may be technically true, morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

unidentified, June 15, Indiana, “diarrhea, septicemia, laminitis”
unidentified, August 8, Indiana, “colic/torso entrapment?”
unidentified, August 19, Indiana, “colic”
unidentified, September 16, Indiana, “found [italics added] in stall – suspect colic”
unidentified, September 17, Indiana, “flipped in stall – head trauma”

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There can be no justification for the killing of animals for $2 bets. End it. Now.

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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