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]”

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”