Through a FOIA request to the Louisiana State Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2021. Please note, however, that the Commission (as usual) did not forward training or stall deaths. So, obviously, the true toll is greater than the 55 reported below.

Love Train, Jan 25, Louisiana R – “fell – acute [head] trauma”
Weavemeawinr, Feb 4, Delta R – “scapula fracture”
Shinning Time Up, Feb 8, Louisiana R – “[multiple] fractures”
Get the Net, Feb 15, Fair Grounds R – “compound fracture, soft tissue rupture”
Hilton Magic, Feb 16, Fair Grounds R – “[multiple] fractures, [multiple] ruptures”
Trichrome, Feb 28, Fair Grounds R – “tibia fracture” (first race)
Sisters Cartel, Mar 6, Louisiana R – “fracture, severed muscle, [bled out]” (first race)
Shaundas First Prize, Mar 7, Louisiana R – “fell – acute displaced fracture”
Route Step, Mar 8, Louisiana R – “bad step at wire – acute fracture” (first race)
Paint I Ain’t, Mar 10, Delta R – “open, compound, displaced fracture”
Jlc Fly Pancho Fly, Mar 13, Louisiana R – “acute displaced fracture” (first race)
Peace Broker, Mar 21, Fair Grounds R – “comminuted, compound, displaced fracture”
Tucker the Grouch, Mar 26, Fair Grounds R – “compound fracture”
Make Me Smile, Mar 27, Fair Grounds R – “compound fracture”
Bombay Shaker, Apr 3, Louisiana R – “[broke both left legs]” (two years old)
Laneys Love, Apr 13, Delta R – “open, comminuted, displaced fracture”
Big Em C, May 1, Evangeline R – “acute displaced fracture”
Swift Shock, May 7, Evangeline R – “displaced fracture”
My Pal Torres, May 15, Evangeline R – “acute displaced fracture” (nine years old)
Brakeaway Dash, May 18, Delta R – “fell – skull [and] spine fractures”
Misty Malice, May 19, Louisiana R – “acute fracture, acute rupture RF” (second race)
Saintsgotrobbed, May 19, Louisiana R – “acute fracture”
Imdusty, May 26, Evangeline R – “acute compound fracture”
Jrs Matteos Tee, May 27, Delta R – “acute displaced fracture”
Cheveyo, Jun 4, Evangeline R – “pulled up in distress, fracture”
Stormy Black, Jun 8, Delta R – “displaced, comminuted fracture”
Mr Copper Wind, Jun 9, Delta R – “displaced, comminuted fracture”
I Want a Picture, Jun 21, Louisiana R – “acute fracture”
Crown Me Jackson, Jun 26, Evangeline R – “fell – open, compound fracture”
Custom Pancho, Jun 27, Louisiana R – “fell – acute open, displaced fracture”
Ce Mi Esperanza, Jun 28, Delta R – “comminuted fracture”
Tf Hez That Guy, Jul 1, Delta R – “displaced tibia fracture” (second race)
Miss Guretta, Jul 8, Evangeline R – “cardiac – died”
R T’s Dude, Jul 9, Evangeline R – “displaced fracture”
Blood Sweat N Beers, Jul 10, Delta R (euthanized Jul 12) – “acute grade 3”
Tiz the Time, Jul 16, Evangeline R – “fell – acute fracture”
Love Conquers, Jul 16, Evangeline R – “collapsed after wire – sudden death”
Mj Cash Train, Jul 20, Delta R – “displaced, comminuted fracture”
Mas O Menos, Jul 21, Evangeline R – “open, displaced fracture”
Miss Ram, Jul 27, Delta R – “grade 4”
Son of Patriot, Aug 5, Evangeline R – “acute open fracture [in gate]”
Mischievous Bull, Aug 7, Evangeline R – “displaced fracture”
Cousin Dario, Aug 28, Evangeline R – “pulled up in distress – acute fracture”
King Zippy, Aug 28, Louisiana R – “[multiple] fractures”
Ray’s Kimua, Sep 6, Louisiana R – “LF fracture”
Violent Ways, Oct 14, Delta R (euthanized Oct 15) – “grade 3”
Briannas Gift, Oct 20, Delta R – “fell – [broke both front legs]” (second race)
Custom Chasse, Oct 28, Delta R – “fell – acute compound fracture” (second race)
Magic Butterfly, Nov 3, Evangeline R – “fell after wire – open fracture” (first race)
Caught His Eye, Nov 12, Delta R – “[injured both front legs]”
Degrasse, Nov 25, Fair Grounds R – “RH fracture”
California Katie, Dec 3, Fair Grounds R – “sudden death” (three years old)
Frank Leroy, Dec 10, Delta R – “open, comminuted fracture”
Bojanglez, Dec 30, Evangeline R – “open, displaced fracture”
Pocket Money, Dec 31, Fair Grounds R – “fractures, pelvis [and] femur” (second race)

Through a FOIA request to the Louisiana State Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2020 (this is part 2; part 1 here). Please note, however, that the Commission (as usual) did not forward training or off-track deaths. So, obviously, the true toll is greater than the 46 reported on these pages.

Snapper Bite, Jul 1, Evangeline R – “medial fracture”

Captain Tyree, Jul 2, Evangeline R – “distal limb fracture”

Queen Leda, Jul 3, Evangeline R – “displaced fracture”

Arties Game, Jul 6, Louisiana R – “acute, open, comminuted, displaced fracture”

Apolitical Rose, Jul 24, Delta R – “trauma [before race]”

Divine Power, Aug 29, Evangeline R – “lame” (three years old, first race)

All About Clara, Sep 1, Louisiana R – “acute, open, displaced fracture”

Where’s Rufus, Sep 5, Louisiana R – “acute fracture”

No Debate, Sep 9, Louisiana R – “slab fracture”

San Lorenzo Flash, Oct 1, Evangeline R – “open, displaced fracture”

Carbonero Train, Oct 15, Evangeline R – “fetlock disarticulation”

Jess Reb, Oct 15, Evangeline R – “fetlock disarticulation”

Nastygram, Oct 22, Evangeline R – “fracture”

Toastintrescoronas, Nov 13, Evangeline R – “lame: acute, grade 5”

Andesite, Nov 26, Fair Grounds R – “fracture, soft tissue [rupture]”

Presleys Corona, Dec 3, Evangeline R – “unknown” (two years old)

Zoomins Jewel, Dec 3, Evangeline R – “fracture”

Hardly Blue, Dec 5, Fair Grounds R – “open, compound, displaced fracture”

Visions of Gold, Dec 5, Fair Grounds R – “fracture, soft tissue [rupture]”

Tlaloc, Dec 10, Fair Grounds R – “comminuted fracture” (two years old, second race)

Miss Classy Tee, Dec 16, Evangeline R – “fracture” (two years old, first race)

Scrappy, Dec 17, Evangeline R – “acute, open, displaced fracture”

Caramel Latte, Dec 26, Fair Grounds R – “open, displaced fracture”

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]”