Through a FOIA request to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Prairie Meadows in 2019. (Please note: The Commission did not forward any stall deaths – e.g., colic, laminitis – though surely there were several of these too.)

Tarpys Zapper, May 2, training – “radius”
Moonlight Party, May 25, training – “sesamoids”
Super Bound, May 27, racing – “crashed into gates – basisphenoid and parietal bone”
Harkins Hall, May 30, racing – “sesamoid and suspensory”
Mysterious Kingdom, Jun 7, racing – “carpal fracture”
Heroic Street Boss, Jun 8, racing – “carpal fracture”
Rockin Rudy, Jun 27, racing – “condylar”
Rebel Rouser, Jun 28, racing – “condylar, suspensory, sesamoids”
Maximum Volume, Jul 19, racing – “sudden death” (three years old)
Go Spread the Word, Jul 25, training – “carpal fracture”
Noho, Jul 25, training – “carpal fracture”
Essie’s Reward, Jul 26, racing (euthanized Jul 31) – “sesamoids”
Run Baby Run, Aug 9, training – “carpal fracture”
Rm U Bet the Rocket, Sep 6, training – “ligament rupture”
Fantastic Feelyn, Sep 29, racing – “sudden death – fluid around heart” (three years old)
Hermajestythequeen, Sep 30, training – “sudden death” (three years old)
Hez Opinionated, Oct 5, racing – “sesamoid and fetlock disarticulation”

Through a FOIA request to the Iowa Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Prairie Meadows in 2018.

Glendo, April 25, Prairie T
“humerus fracture”

Oh My Gravy, April 29, Prairie R
“pastern and cannon fractures”

Raegen Harper, May 18, Prairie R
“bow”

Proud Hunter, June 3, Prairie T
“pelvic fracture”

Secret Voodoo, June 17, Prairie R
“pastern fracture”

Summer King, July 5, Prairie R
“carpal slab fracture”

Oliver’s Bull, July 15, Prairie R
“sesamoid and DDF fractures”

Sir Smack, July 26, Prairie R
“cannon fracture”

Oh Dear Lord, August 9, Prairie R
“sesamoid fracture” (this race came six days after previous)

Have to Go, August 9, Prairie R
“carpal slab fracture”

Justa Minyun, September 9, Prairie R
“pastern subluxation…the result of a mid-race collision [see below]”

Cruzin Wrangler, September 9, Prairie R
“tibial fracture, skull fracture, DOA…the result of a mid-race collision [see above]”

Hiclass Return, October 5, Prairie R
“carpal slab fracture”

Kaige Fighter, October 11, Prairie R
“carpal slab fracture”

Ls Prince, October 13, Prairie R
“bilateral, compound carpal 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.

Bee Boppin Baby, April 20, Prairie
“shipped in with P1 fracture” (last raced at Oaklawn March 2; she was “claimed” before that race)

Quick Study, April 22, Prairie
“shipped in with stifle fracture” (last raced at Oaklawn April 12; she was “claimed” before that race)

Transformative, May 2, Prairie
“pneumonia” (last raced April 7)

Felony Pursuit, June 2, Prairie
“colic, ulcers, peritonitis”

Another Grey, June 15, Prairie
“flipped in stall”

Spring Special, June 28, Prairie
“down in stall – fractured ilium” (last raced June 15)

Rodeo Blues, July 6, Prairie
“died after treatment for EPM – acute hemorrhage”

Jett Bound, August 3, Prairie
“flipped in barn – acute hemorrhage”

T a Senator, August 13, Prairie
“shock after IV vitamin jug”

Through a FOIA request to the Iowa Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Prairie Meadows in 2017. Please note, however, that the Commission did not forward any training deaths, so this, surely, is but a partial reckoning.

Steamroller, May 18, Prairie, race 5
“suspensory and sesamoids”

Cowboy Prince, May 19, Prairie, race 4
“suspensory and sesamoids”

Chicken Noodle, June 4, Prairie, race 3
“cannon”

Radiant Angel, June 30, Prairie, race 9
“condylar”

Cooper Road, July 21, Prairie, race 5
“carpal slab”

Dont Gang Up On Me, August 6, Prairie, race 6
“cannon compound”

Crushed Ice, August 6, Prairie, race 6
“spinal cord after hitting rival” (above)

Un Tres Able, August 26, Prairie, race 5
“spinal cord”

Burst of Dash, September 2, Prairie, race 2
“cannon compound” (both front legs)

Through a FOIA request to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Prairie Meadows in 2016. (Notably, the Commission did not forward any training fatalities, though surely there were some.)

Tagged, April 30, Prairie 1, “sesamoid fracture, tendon laceration”
Ventures Galore, May 13, Prairie 7, “multiple carpal fractures”
Arch Adversary, May 26, Prairie 4, “sesamoid fracture”
Victory Arch, June 10, Prairie 8, “sesamoid fracture, tendon rupture”
Jayne Wayne, June 12, Prairie 8, “complete open carpal and metacarpal fracture”
Stormy Equinox, June 15, Prairie 3, “sesamoid fracture, suspensory sprain”
Eee I Eee I Oh, June 18, Prairie 9, “scapula fracture”
Doc Galore, July 2, Prairie 6, “acetabulum fracture”
Looking At Hershey, July 8, Prairie 5, “suspensory rupture”
Brockabyebaby, July 14, Prairie 7, “slab fracture”
Freakin Pistol, July 22, Prairie 7, “sesamoid fractures, flexor tendon rupture”
D D Chicks Piloto, October 15, Prairie 4, “carpal fractures”
R Slick Talker, October 15, Prairie 7, “sesamoid fractures”

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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 Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, I have confirmed the following track-related kills at Prairie Meadows in 2015:

3-year-old Sab Vision, April 24, race 3
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury”

4-year-old Afleet’s Hot Copy, May 10, race 7
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury”

4-year-old US Scout, June 4, race 9
“catastrophic hemorrhagic event”

4-year-old Propulsion, June 11, race 9
“catastrophic hemorrhagic event”

4-year-old Jamisonsjester, June 12, race 7
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury”

8-year-old Bully Bullette, June 19, training
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury” (last raced five days prior)

3-year-old Tiz Fee, July 16, training
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury” (last raced June 25)

3-year-old Docs My Friend, August 22, race 3
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury”

2-year-old Hawkeye Cartel, August 23, training
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury” (being prepped for first race)

8-year-old Mr Hempens Feature, September 11, race 7
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury”

None of the above deaths could have been gleaned from the official charts – not even a single “broke down.” Yet another example of Racing trying mightily to hide its dead.

In addition, five horses died on track grounds from what the industry calls “non-racing” causes. While this may be technically true, morally – and that’s all that really matters – they are no less casualties of this sordid business than the ones above.

2-year-old Mooch Meister, April 18
“acute abdomen” (yet to be raced)

5-year-old Shadow Heart, April 28
“respiratory disease” (last raced August 2014)

4-year-old Eddings, July 27
“neurological” (last raced April)

2-year-old Hatinthewater, September 5
“neurological” (yet to be raced)

4-year-old Valiant Chickie, September 5
“acute abdomen” (last raced August)

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