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”

Through a FOIA request to the Louisiana Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Louisiana tracks in 2016. Please note, however, that (as in the past) the Commission did not forward training deaths, claiming they “do not track or maintain a list of deaths that occur during training hours.” So, when reading, be mindful that the 50-horse list below can easily and reasonably be doubled.

Cool Chic, January 7, Delta 6, “open bilateral sesamoids”
Sweet Zarb, January 16, Delta 6, “sesamoid”
Hidden Closer, January 21, Delta 4, “open cannon”
Jump Jump, January 22, Delta 7, “cannon”
Ticfaw, January 29, Delta 8, “open fetlock”
Royals Magic Touch, February 5, Delta 10, “cannon”
Hot Time Tonite, February 5, Delta 10, “shoulder”
Bella Stella, February 6, Louisiana 5, “carpal”
Classic Flair, February 11, Fair Grounds 9, “suspensory”
My Pal Lily, February 19, Delta 4, “open sesamoids, suspensory”
Chapter and Verse, February 20, Fair Grounds 1, “condylar”
Panchos Jess Special, February 23, Louisiana 2, “MCIII, MTIII”
Beatie Eyed Peatie, February 24, Delta 3, “shattered carpus”
Georgia’s Genie, March 11, Delta 2, “cannon”
A Running Ghost, March 12, Delta 10, “both LF sesamoids”
Go Car Cosino, March 21, Louisiana 9, “P1/P2”
Lil Noon, April 8, Evangeline 2, “MCIII, bilateral sesamoids”
French Celebrity, April 9, Evangeline 7, “bilateral sesamoids”
Favorite Passage, April 23, Delta 5, “carpus”
Prior Restraint, May 4, Evangeline 9, “bilateral sesamoids”
Deadly Swingin Jess, May 5, Delta 4, “broken back”
Noblejesselie Inview, May 18, Delta 2, “proximal”
Classicsoutherngal, May 20, prior to Evangeline 3, “flipped on track prior to race”
Sweet Yankee, May 30, Louisiana 6, “distal limb”
Chick Call Kay, June 8, Delta 2, “carpal”
Sneaky Choice, June 8, prior to Louisiana 1, “sudden death”
Flyintotheparty, June 16, Delta 3, “open sesamoid”
Senior Rapidor, June 17, Evangeline 5, “bilateral sesamoids”
Julias Girl, June 18, Evangeline 3, “MCIII, open spiral”
Mr. Bo Jingles, June 30, Louisiana 3, “sesamoids”
Fast Slimey, July 6, Evangeline 4, “open, disarticulated fetlock”
All in the Art, July 15, prior to Louisiana 2, “sudden death”
Dollar Signs, July 16, Evangeline 1, “bilateral sesamoids”
Margie’s Gold Coin, July 28, Louisiana 4, “joint fetlock”
Mon Verset, July 30, Evangeline 2, “disarticulated fetlock”
Carlita Shake, August 19, Evangeline 5, “bilateral sesamoids”
Horatio Jetta, August 19, Louisiana 3, “sesamoids”
Logans Mystery Man, August 25, Fair Grounds 5, “sesamoid”
Hez Royal William, August 25, Fair Grounds 7, “sesamoids, fetlock disarticulation”
Jla Strictly Busines, September 2, Fair Grounds 8, “bilateral carpal”
Time’s Concern, September 7, Louisiana 3, “sudden death” (11 years old, 85th race)
Flying Carlos, September 16, Louisiana 5, “carpal”
My Fast Sensation, September 29, Evangeline 9, “open fetlock”
First Prize Denim, October 29, Evangeline 4, “multiple carpal”
Sequoyah Lightning, November 5, Delta 3, “sesamoid”
Delta Code, November 10, Delta 10, “bilateral sesamoids”
Wealwayshave Paris, November 17, Delta 4, “open fetlock”
Cole’s Magic Vow, December 1, Delta 4, “open fetlock”
Maisla, December 10, Delta 10, “carpal”
Mandevillian, December 14, Delta 1, “both LF sesamoids”

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