Through a “Public Records Act” request, I have confirmed the following 23 deaths at Louisiana’s Delta Downs in 2014 (note: the Commission did not forward training deaths, so this list is far from complete):

3-year-old Doughtie Cash, January 4, Delta 2, “displaced, multiple fractures”
chart said finished fine

6-year-old Practice Squad, January 8, Delta 2, “displaced fracture”
chart said “pulled up, vanned off”

3-year-old Stout Heart, January 8, Delta 4, “slab fracture, head laceration”
chart said finished fine

2-year-old Casey Lynn, January 9, Delta 1, “open, displaced fracture”
chart said “bad step, euthanized”

3-year-old Battle Silk, January 9, Delta 9, “multiple fracture”
chart said “pulled up in distress, euthanized”

3-year-old Salesman, February 19, Delta 8, “fracture”
chart said “stumbled, vanned off”

9-year-old Bluehard, February 27, Delta 2, “failure/rupture fetlock”
chart said “pulled up, vanned off”

5-year-old Museum Tour, February 27, Delta 4, “trauma, sudden death”
chart said “fell”/DNF

2-year-old Zoomin to the Moon, April 26, Delta 7, “comminuted compound fracture”
chart said “down at wire, vanned off”

2-year-old Vaquero Guapo, May 1, Delta 5, “compound fracture”
chart said “fell, vanned off”

2-year-old Cashininafantasy, May 2, Delta 4, “compound fracture”
chart said “bad step, vanned off”

3-year-old Bb Cc Quik Wagon, May 24, Delta 7, “sudden death”
chart said “lost rider, vanned off”

2-year-old Who Dat Bug, May 30, unknown cause

2-year-old Heza Streakin Flyer, June 21, Delta 1, “fracture”
chart said “vanned off”

2-year-old Jumpn Streaker, June 21, Delta 2, “compound fracture”
chart said “vanned off”

3-year-old Toomers Oaks, June 27, Delta 9, “compound fracture”
chart said “lost rider, vanned off”

3-year-old Second Down Patriot, June 28, Delta 2, “sudden death”
chart said “lost rider, vanned off”

5-year-old Royal Dash Special, July 2, Delta 10, “trauma – unknown extent”
chart said “lost rider, vanned off”

2-year-old Sheza Freak, October 17, Delta 7, “open compound fracture”
chart said “pulled up in distress, euthanized”

5-year-old Salty Forecast, October 24, Delta 8, “fracture”
chart said “pulled up, vanned off”

2-year-old Bald Charm, November 25, Delta 5, “fracture”
chart said “fell, vanned off”

3-year-old Precocious Kitty, December 3, Delta 8, “fracture”
chart said “pulled up, euthanized”

5-year-old My Debit Card, December 22, Delta 2, “fracture”
chart said “pulled up, vanned off”

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Of the 22 racing deaths, 18 were initially reported (on the official track charts) as either finishing without incident or as merely being “vanned off”; only 4 were reported dead. They deceive, folks, because they have to – dead horses are bad for business, and business can’t afford much more bad.