In a FOIA request to the Nebraska State Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Fonner Park last year. Please note, however, that the Commission did not forward any training deaths, and I know of at least one (Retrofit, Jun 8, via another source). So, this list is not complete.

Mac McLovin, Feb 21, Fonner R – “got hind end knocked out from underneath him resulting in compound fracture of fetlock”

Natchez Pass, Mar 6, Fonner R – “sesamoid fracture”

Inouye, Mar 8, Fonner S – “multiple-day battle with colic”

Da Streekin Mo, Mar 25, Fonner R – “sesamoid fracture, luxation of fetlock”

Whiskey Storm, Mar 29, Fonner S – “colic, several days”

Kool Kate, Apr 14, Fonner R – “compound fracture with complete luxation of joint”

Heisayankee, Apr 14, Fonner R – “sesamoid fracture, luxation of fetlock”

Memory of Swim, Apr 21, Fonner R – “broke down – this horse’s fetlock dropped to the ground…[multiple] fractures” (7 days after previous race)

Stellar Bess, May 25, Fonner R – “open, compound fractures of cannon” also noted: “track was slippery and muddy”

Be My Shadow, May 26, Fonner R – “[multiple] fractures, complete luxation of fetlock”

In a FOIA request to the Nebraska State Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Fonner Park last year. This list, however, is surely incomplete, both for Fonner and for the state as a whole. Here is what I wrote back to the Commission:

“[It] strains belief that only four horses died at Nebraska tracks last year. Where are the training/stall deaths? All four were at Fonner; what about Nebraska’s other three tracks – Columbus, Horsemen’s, Lincoln? I respectfully request all the information; if your office does not have all the records, please point me in the right direction.”

And the response: “This is the only information that I have.”

Anyhow, here are the four who were disclosed:

Sweet Richter, Mar 16, Fonner R – “compound fracture cannon”

Gambler’s Choice, Mar 30, Fonner R – “fracture of carpus”

Give Me That Wink, Mar 31, Fonner R – “fracture of carpus”

Atlantic Slew, Apr 20, Fonner R – “bled out” (chart said “fell,” so she “bled out” after falling – imagine that)

Through a FOIA request to the Nebraska Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following deaths there in 2018. Please note, however, that Nebraska is notoriously slow in responding to my request (typically takes multiple tries) and largely evasive on followup questions. In other words, this is almost certainly not the whole story…

Rum Therapy, February 25, Fonner T
“compound fracture P1”

Cimmaron Chief, February 25, Fonner R
“exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage” (74th race)

Cash Broker, March 16, Fonner T
“compound fracture shoulder”

Shesashadylady, March 18, Fonner R
“compound fracture cannon”

Lucky Kentucky, April 6, Fonner R
“cannon fracture”

My Gal Sarah, April 28, Fonner T
“head trauma fractures”

Bring the Action, June 9, Horsemen’s R
“post-race”

Through a FOIA request to the Nebraska State Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2017. Please note, however, that a single track, Columbus, accounts for four of the five results. The three other Nebraska tracks – Fonner, Horsemen’s, Lincoln – had a combined 40 racedays last year. Hard to believe that only one horse died over those 40 days (actually more, as training takes place every day, not just raceday). Best guess: sloppy and/or apathetic reporting.

Driving Miss Dixie, April 22, Fonner, training
“fractured shoulder”

Irish Keys, August 6, Columbus, race 1
“broken sesamoids, ankle gravelled”

Smokinisashame, August 12, Columbus, race 1
“fractured hock – complete, separated”

Mestizo, August 27, Columbus, race 6
“broken down on back straight”

Castana, September 2, Columbus, race 4
“RF pastern, sesamoids, tendon, knee; LF suspensory” (fourth race in less than a month; trainer, Schuyler Condon; owner, Jeffery Cox)