Through a FOIA request to the Louisiana State Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks thus far this year. Please note, however, that the Commission (as usual) did not forward training or off-track deaths. So, obviously, the true toll is greater than what follows, and what follows is 23 dead horses.

Wristlet, Jan 1, Delta R – “open fracture”

Lrh Fast as Oak, Jan 4, Louisiana R – “open, displaced fracture”

Perry Train, Jan 4, Louisiana R – “acute, displaced fracture”

J Rob, Jan 9, Fair Grounds R – “fracture, bow”

Kentucky Steal, Jan 9, Fair Grounds R – “displaced fracture”

Big Shanty, Jan 11, Fair Grounds R – “displaced fracture”

Mama Caught Da Train, Jan 14, Louisiana R – “acute neurologic trauma”

All Star Flyer, Jan 15, Delta R – “compound fracture”

Jim’s Silverbullet, Jan 16, Fair Grounds R – “open, compound, displaced fracture”

Take Charge Cece, Jan 17, Fair Grounds R – “open, compound, displaced fracture”

He’s Cheeky, Jan 20, Fair Grounds R – “trauma [in gate]”

Jess a Cajun, Jan 20, Louisiana R – “acute, displaced fracture”

Selenas Jewel, Feb 6, Delta R – “acute fracture”

El Tristan, Feb 14, Fair Grounds R – “open, comminuted, displaced fracture”

Classic Covey, Feb 15, Fair Grounds R – “displaced fracture”

Prs the Game Changer, Feb 15, Louisiana R – “acute paralysis”

Fist of Rage, Feb 28, Fair Grounds R – “open, displaced fracture”

Aintnosugar Inmytank, Mar 10, Louisiana R – “acute, comminuted fracture”

Red River Chase, Mar 12, Fair Grounds R – “open, displaced fracture”

Stormie Court, Mar 14, Fair Grounds R – “open, displaced fracture”

Doorag Jimmy, Jun 10, Louisiana R – “sudden death”

Champagne Moment, Jun 19, Evangeline R – “closed fracture”

Canrunalittle, Jun 24, Evangeline R – “trauma” (chart: “collapsed in apparent distress”)

Through a FOIA request to the Louisiana State Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2019. As if anticipating my annual question, the response came with this note: “The Louisiana State Racing Commission does not track or maintain a list of deaths that occur during training hours as those are more often than not handled between the trainer and their private veterinarian.” Neither, of course, did I receive stall deaths. So, the true carnage at Louisiana racetracks is much greater than the 60 I am reporting. (This is Part 2; Part 1 here.)

(“comminuted” – bone shatters into several/many pieces; “open/compound” – break causes open wound, bone has torn through the skin; “displaced” – ends of the snapped bone no longer line up; “disarticulation” – bones are separated at the joint)

Hold the Mic, Jan 4, Delta R – “[multiple] fractures”

Hawaiian Appeal, Jan 31, Delta R – “post exertional distress, sudden death”

Don’t Tell Sarah, Apr 4, Evangeline R – “suspensory rupture”

Gg’s Gracefulgabby, Apr 12, Evangeline R – “sudden death”

Keeneway, May 3, Evangeline R – “comminuted, compound, displaced, open fracture”

Dancing Soldier, May 6, Louisiana R – “comminuted, displaced, acute fracture”

Starlite Patriot, May 11, Delta R – “radius fracture”

Mr. Carlos, May 17, Evangeline R – “sesamoid fracture”

Carolyn’s Cactus, May 22, Louisiana R – “carpal fracture”

Canek, May 25, Delta R – “sesamoid fracture”

Sidneyway, May 27, Louisiana R – “sudden death” (four years old)

A Certified Heart, May 30, Delta R – “carpal fracture”

Zoomin for Chablis, Jun 6, Delta R – “displaced fracture”

Guardianne, Jun 7, Delta R – “neurologic, paresis/paralysis”

Tressels Going Grand, Jun 8, Delta R (euthanized Jun 9) – “unknown”

Calmack, Jun 10, Louisiana R – “disarticulation – severe, acute”

Honest Bandit, Jun 11, Louisiana R (euthanized Jun 12) – “acute condylar fracture”

Spicey Corona, Jun 15, Delta R – “neurologic, paresis/paralysis”

Soul Seekin, Jun 15, Louisiana R – “acute slab fracture”

Kool Yankee, Jun 19, Louisiana R – “displaced, acute sesamoid fracture”

Special Results, Jun 20, Delta R – “MCIII fracture”

D W Washburn, Jun 27, Evangeline R – “sesamoid fracture”

Avery Lynn, Jul 3, Louisiana R (euthanized Jul 4) – “unknown – Grade 3 lame”

Pilotoshinning, Jul 6, Delta R – “compound, open fracture”

Livertadora, Jul 27, Louisiana R – “displaced, acute sesamoid fracture”

Tylers Bandit, Jul 31, Evangeline R – “multiple displaced fractures”

Brutus Hughes, Aug 22, Evangeline R – “comminuted, displaced, open fracture”

Awesome Pennies, Aug 29, Evangeline R – “neurologic, paresis/paralysis” (first race)

Ks Alabama Cartel, Sep 6, Fair Grounds R – “scapula fracture”

Track Binder, Oct 11, Delta R – “comminuted, displaced fracture”

Boogie N Bacardi, Oct 18, Delta R – “P1/P2 fracture”

Wicked Proud, Nov 1, Delta R – “sesamoid fracture”

Cajun Star, Nov 9, Delta R – “P1/P2 fracture”

Doc’s Rocket, Nov 13, Delta R – “compound, displaced, open fracture”

She’sasweet Deputy, Nov 21, Delta R – “sesamoid fracture”

Eos Shez My Secret, Nov 22, Evangeline R – “open, severe disarticulation”

Sheza Piloto Habit, Nov 23, Evangeline R – “comminuted, displaced fracture”

Thf Mr Lincoln, Nov 26, Evangeline R – “carpal fracture”

Too Deadly, Nov 26, Evangeline R – “skull/spine fracture – displaced”

Painted Train, Dec 6, Evangeline R – “comminuted, compound, displaced, open”

Sea Bee Salute, Dec 8, Fair Grounds R – “sesamoid fracture”

Social Cat, Dec 11, Delta R – “compound, open fracture”

Eye Am Sizzlin, Dec 14, Evangeline R – “comminuted, displaced fracture”

Gentleman’s Prize, Dec 18, Delta R – “skull/spine”

Ballard High, Dec 21, Fair Grounds R – “humerus fracture”

Cosmic Cat, Dec 27, Fair Grounds R – “fracture, suspensory [rupture]”

Through a FOIA request to the Louisiana Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks through March 31. Please note, however, that the Commission (as usual) did not forward training or off-track deaths. So, obviously, the true toll is greater than what follows, and what follows is 14 dead horses.

Tee La Jolla, Jan 21, Louisiana Downs R – “sesamoids”
Breeze of Cinnamon, Jan 23, Delta R – “cannon fracture”
Yankee Trip, Feb 1, Delta R – “comminuted fracture carpus”
Conner Clark, Feb 2, Delta R – “open fracture sesamoids, fetlock luxation”
Brylee’s Deelite, Feb 6, Delta R – “hyperextension flexor tendons”
Doc’s Mescalero, Feb 15, Delta R – “fracture sesamoids, fetlock luxation”
Zoomin Effort, Feb 26, Louisiana Downs R – “sesamoids”
Just Richter, Feb 27, Delta R – “fracture sesamoids, fetlock luxation”
Grand Tuner, Feb 27, Delta R – “fracture sesamoids, fetlock luxation”
Simply Gucci, Feb 28, Fair Grounds R – “cannon fracture”
Oxford Comma, Mar 5, Fair Grounds R – “cannon fracture”
Rockin Sunday Mass, Mar 8, Delta R – “open, communited fracture cannon”
Monster Bea, Mar 15, Fair Grounds R – “sudden death” (five years old)
Jet Black Oil, Mar 18, Louisiana Downs R – “radius/ulna”

Through a FOIA request to the Louisiana State Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2018. Please note, however, that the Commission (as usual) did not forward training or off-track deaths. So, when assessing the carnage at Louisiana racetracks, it’s reasonable to (at least) double what you see below. (Unless otherwise noted, immediate cause of death was a snapped, shattered, ruptured, or dislocated limb part of one kind or another.)

Sterling Warrior, January 11, Fair Grounds R
Be Nice Rose, January 12, Fair Grounds R
Itsbouttime, January 19, Delta R
Gussie’s Girl, February 8, Delta R
All Day Trip, February 9, Fair Grounds R
Ldn Dalaws Comment, February 11, Louisiana R
Custom Ridge, February 17, Delta R
A P’s Diana, February 21, Delta R
Aubrey’s Mission, March 7, Delta R
Cash Ticket, March 11, Fair Grounds R
Ellashoo, March 15, Fair Grounds R
Gemacho, March 18, Fair Grounds R
Star Guitarist, April 7, Evangeline R
Damthaluck, May 2, Delta R
Southern Temptation, May 11, Delta R
Bubbassecondchance, May 12, Evangeline R
Frazier Double, May 16, Evangeline R
Mr Louisiana Chrome, May 30, Delta R
Custom Paint Job, June 8, Evangeline R
Going Noble, June 9, Delta R – “broken back”
Cha Cha Charlie, June 12, Louisiana R
Black Lexus Star, June 13, Delta R – “broken back”
One Smart Fdd, June 15, Delta R
Loaded Dynamite, June 20, Louisiana R
Goodrockingirl, June 21, Evangeline R
Moonin for Diamonds, June 23, Delta R
Mda Hezareal Holland, June 27, Delta R
First Corona Prize, June 28, Delta R
Exotic Sin, June 29, Evangeline R
Rlr Ultimate Corona, July 4, Delta R
Stella’s Honor, July 9, Louisiana R
D’cruisin Patrona, July 14, Evangeline R
Wild Lil Rebel, July 18, Louisiana R
Jonas G., August 14, Louisiana R
Senators Dreams, August 16, Fair Grounds R
Dazzlin Tom, September 2, Louisiana R
Hangem High, September 7, Fair Grounds R
A Special Faith, September 12, Louisiana R
Blame Logan, September 24, Louisiana R
Dixieland Grand, October 20, Delta R – “sudden death during race” (two years old)
Mp Cheerful Boy, October 25, Evangeline R
Half Sexy, November 9, Delta R
Ms Melanie, November 15, Delta R
Runaway Roulette, November 16, Evangeline R
Babyface Ransom, November 24, Delta R
Brileys Toast, December 1, Evangeline R
Ragazza Ritmo, December 13, Delta R

Through a FOIA request to the Louisiana Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2017. Please note, however, that the Commission did not forward training deaths (nor, for that matter, “non-racing” deaths). When I questioned, this was their response: “We do not track or maintain a list of deaths that occur during training hours as those are more often than not handled between the trainer and their private veterinarian.” Please. In any event, it’s a good bet that the carnage in Louisiana was probably double what you see below. And below are 65 dead racehorses.

Jrs Runaway Tonight, January 7, Louisiana, race 5
“carpal fracture”

Divine Kaleb, January 14, Fair Grounds, race 7
“sesamoids fracture”

Call Me an Illusion, January 16, Louisiana, race 2
“ran into rail; rail into pleural [lung] space” (chart merely said “lost rider, vanned off”)

Cinnamon Apple, January 21, Fair Grounds, race 6
“fetlock disarticulation”

Pass Me One Too, January 23, Louisiana, race 1
“carpal fracture”

Corona Makes Amends, January 23, Louisiana, race 7
“fetlock – complete, open”

Henry Is Henry, January 29, Fair Grounds, race 2
“sesamoids fracture”

Sir Prize, February 4, Louisiana, race 6
“fetlock – closed, displaced”

Chocopologie, February 11, Delta, race 10
“cannon fracture”

Ttt the Conquistador, February 12, Louisiana, race 4
“MCIII – complete, displaced”

Vivi’s Magic, February 23, Delta, race 5
“cannon fracture”

Don’t Undermind Me, February 25, Delta, race 4
“cannon fracture”

Theboyzproudntrue, February 25, Delta, race 9
“carpal fracture”

Mda Gold Chick, February 25, Louisiana, race 5
“MCIII – complete, open” (one year old, first race)

Jet for Yonder, February 27, Louisiana, race 4
“shoulder”

Three Tootsies, March 2, Fair Grounds, race 8
“condylar fracture”

Mahanco, March 9, Delta, race 2
“carpal fracture”

Tf Eyesa Firefighter, March 18, Louisiana, race 5
“medial and lateral sesamoids”

Lots of White, March 21, Louisiana, race 3
“carpal fracture”

Pure Joy, March 25, Fair Grounds, race 1
“carpal fracture”

Great Wit, March 30, Fair Grounds, race 4
“fetlock fracture”

Aaron of Goshen, March 30, Fair Grounds, race 6
“cannon fracture” (coming off consecutive last-place finishes, combined 48 back)

Jeff and J’s Dream, April 2, Fair Grounds, race 9
“fetlock fracture”

Mudbug, April 27, Delta, prior to race 5
“hip/femur fracture”

Tee Mata, May 4, Delta, race 6
“back fracture”

Grey Guarters, May 6, Louisiana, race 5
“complete fetlock luxation”

Mystic Beach, May 11, Delta, race 10
“cannon fracture”

TG Julio, May 18, Delta, race 1
“all 4, hit rail, lacerated”

Songfortheofficer, May 19, Evangeline, race 9
“sesamoids” (raced 5 times coming in: 1 “DNF,” 4 finishes averaging 16 lengths back)

Ttt El Vago, May 25, Delta, prior to race 8
“muscle lacerations”

Nl Linda Zoomin, May 25, Delta, race 8
“distal limb fracture”

Fast Dash for Credit, June 3, Delta, race 6
“sesamoids fracture”

Squeeky Cat, June 3, Evangeline, race 7
“fracture, disarticulation”

Don’ttakemelightly, June 3, Louisiana, race 1
“sesamoids”

Built Lika, June 9, Delta, race 8
“hock fracture”

El Jarocho, June 10, Delta, race 6
“suspensory rupture, sesamoids fracture”

Pilototechick, June 17, Delta, race 13
“cannon fracture”

Willieverwin, June 30, Evangeline, race 4
“fracture”

His First Love, July 1, Delta, prior to race 10
“fetlock joint, disarticulated”

Miss Contempt, July 5, Evangeline, race 1
“fracture, instability”

Banging With Stoli, July 7, Delta, race 5
“carpus, open”

The Great Bambina, July 7, Delta, race 10
“carpal fracture”

Tonto’s Sister, July 11, Louisiana, race 7
“fetlock – open, disarticulation”

Steam Burner, August 5, Evangeline, race 6
“fracture”

Chatain’s Tank, August 9, Louisiana, race 6
“complete fetlock luxation – open fracture”

Charm the Lute, August 14, Louisiana, race 3
“complete fetlock luxation – open”

Smokealittlesmoke, August 24, Evangeline, race 4
“distal limb fracture” (13th race of 2017)

Happy High Porto, September 2, Evangeline, race 2
“fracture”

Firstprizelove, September 8, Fair Grounds, race 8
“fetlock disarticulation”

Fast Talkin Man, September 9, Louisiana, race 11
“fetlock fracture”

Cherishabull, September 12, Louisiana, race 1
“fetlock fracture”

Mi Padre, September 16, Louisiana, race 2
“tibia – displaced”

My Man Colton, September 25, Louisiana, race 2
“mid-shaft MCIII – open”

Mps Miss Zaza, October 27, Evangeline, race 8
“MCIII below carpus – open”

Charbonnet, November 2, Delta, race 1
“cannon bone fracture” (first race)

Debbyz Wingz, November 4, Delta, race 4
“cannon/condylar fracture”

Combined, November 18, Fair Grounds, race 8
“carpal fracture”

Toast Him Above, November 21, Evangeline, race 1
“sesamoids – disarticulation, open”

Mesoma, November 23, Fair Grounds, race 9
“MCIII and fetlock fracture”

Wonwonwon, November 24, Delta, race 3
“sesamoids fracture” (first race)

Arsene Wenger, December 2, Evangeline, race 6
“carpus”

Sky Stanza, December 9, Fair Grounds, race 4
“fetlock fracture” (49th race)

Independence B, December 16, Evangeline, race 10
“MCIII – open, displaced”

My Girl Janelle, December 16, Fair Grounds, race 7
“MCIII fracture”

Late Again, December 28, Delta, race 10
“sesamoids, open”