Through a FOIA request to the Ohio State Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks through June 30:

Shezaflirtyshack, Jan 6, Mahoning T – “ran into chain link fence, recumbent with swelling around poll/neck, deteriorated” (two years old, being prepped for first race)

Delightful Offer N, Jan 6, Northfield R – “coming out of final turn, horse broke down”

Mama Lela, Jan 22, Mahoning R (euthanized Jan 23) – “head trauma”

Gunsandgigglesjoe, Feb 3, Mahoning T – “collided with rail, catastrophic chest injury”

Mobil’s Lemonesque, Feb 22, Mahoning S – “cast overnight; colic, suspected torsion”

Leo Meister, Feb 24, Mahoning T – “collapsed at wire and died” (four years old)

Dance Electric, Feb 24, Mahoning T – “flipped, bleeding from ear, probable skull fracture”

Rollin Inside Out, Feb 25, Mahoning R – “fractured ankle out of gate, euthanized on track”

Two Putt, Mar 2, Mahoning T – “double fracture” (had been raced 54 times)

Brainfreeze, Mar 4, Mahoning T – “displaced fracture”

A P Quickly, Mar 7, Mahoning T – “fractured tibia”

Corky’s the Name, Mar 10, Mahoning S – “colicky, severe distention, declined overnight”

Sky Chaparral, Mar 14, Mahoning T – “bled and lame after morning work” (hadn’t been raced in almost two years)

Emery Parker, Apr 10, Mahoning T – “suspected fracture fetlock/pastern”

Bird Walk, Apr 15, Mahoning S – “pneumonia, lung abscess” (coming off first race)

Johnny Utah, Apr 30, Mahoning S – “colic” (eight years old, 56 races)

I’llmakeitanywhere, Jun 11, Thistledown T – “displaced fracture”

Candy Kettle Corn, Jun 13, Thistledown R (euthanized Jun 15) – “fractures both [italics added] knees”

That’s a Bingo, Jun 20, Northfield R – “collapsed on track, died before I got there”

Ready to Rocket, Jun 27, Thistledown R (euthanized Jun 30) – “displaced slab fracture”

Opalescent, Jun 30, Thistledown R – “fractured knee”

Through a FOIA request to the Ohio State Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks in 2019. (This is Part 2; Part 1 here.) As usual, the Commission did not forward stall deaths; in addition, only one training kill was disclosed. In other words, the true toll in Ohio is much higher than what I’ve been able to report, and I’ve been able to report 47 dead horses.

Soroa, May 21, Thistledown R
“Horse fractured cannon and fell at 1/8 pole, euthanized on track.”

Beau Dan, May 30, Belterra R
“Fell at 3/16 pole. Open, compound, disarticulated fracture of the fetlock. Horse was humanely euthanized.”

Irish Miss, May 31, Belterra R
“Broke from gate unseating rider. Horse continued to travel erratically down the rail. She bucked, kicked, and exhibited bunny hopping. Upon stopping, her hind legs collapsed. Suspect pelvic fracture with nerve damage as well as spinal cord trauma. Horse was humanely euthanized.” (her first race)

I Miss Jumbo, Jun 9, Thistledown T
Broken pelvis, humane euthanasia.” (being prepped for her first race)

Coraline, Jun 11, Thistledown R
“Horse fractured ankle – displaced – during race. Blood collected before euthanasia.”

Pomera, Jun 23, Belterra R
“Mare went down at 1/8 pole. Rupture of sesamoidean apparatus and complete dislocation of fetlock joint – open, compound. Humanely euthanized.”

Colonel Lewis, Jul 24, Thistledown R
“Horse dislocated – open, degloved – ankle at 3/8 pole and was euthanized on track.”

Forza, Jul 30, Thistledown R
“Horse fractured cannon – open – at 1/8 pole and was euthanized on track.”

Quinnehtukqut, Aug 10, Thistledown R
Fractured shoulder at 3/8 pole, euthanized on track.”

Purple Flowers, Aug 15, Belterra R
“Mare broke down at finish line. Breakdown of sesamoidean apparatus with complete dislocation of fetlock joint. Mare was humanely euthanized.”

Anything, Aug 17, Belterra R
“Filly pulled up just past 1/4 pole. 3rd carpal bone had fractured into multiple pieces. Horse was humanely euthanized.”

Tango Lima, Aug 20, Thistledown R
“Horse fractured cannon bone – open, displaced – and was euthanized on track.”

Uncle Lite A (sic), Aug 31, Northfield R
“Horse collapsed at 1/2 – comminuted, open fracture of cannon bone. Gave [meds] prior to euthanasia for shock and pain.”

Wicked Drive, Sep 2, Thistledown R (euthanized Sep 3)
Comminuted, displaced knee fracture. Owner elected euthanasia.”

Carol Marie, Sep 9, Belterra R
“Filly bobbled at 1/4 pole. Multiple carpal bones fractured. Humanely euthanized.”

Blues Story, Sep 10, Thistledown R
“Horse fractured ankle – displaced – at wire, euthanized on track.”

She’s Flat Out, Sep 11, Thistledown R
“Horse fractured ankle at 3/8 pole, vanned and [euthanized].”

Beltway, Sep 11, Thistledown R
“Horse fractured ankle – comminuted, open – at 1/2 pole. Blood collected before euthanasia.”

Fashion Shot, Sep 13, Belterra R
“Pulled up at 1/16 pole. Bilateral sesamoid fractures. Horse was humanely euthanized.”

Super Franchise, Oct 26, Mahoning R
“Horse pulled up very lame after race…vanned off. Owner elected euthanasia.”

Valparaiso Hanover, Oct 28, Northfield R
Comminuted P1/P2 fracture. Blood drawn prior to euthanasia.”

Iamthebest, Oct 29, Mahoning R
“Horse fractured right knee – multiple, comminuted, loss of column support – after 3/8 pole, euthanized on track.”

Arabella, Dec 7, Northfield R
Comminuted, open fracture of pastern joint. 200 cc euthasol.”

Macca Tree, Dec 14, Mahoning R
“Horse fractured cannon bone – open, displaced – at 3/16 pole. Blood collected before euthanasia.”

Whisper Barrow, Dec 14, Mahoning R
“Horse ruptured DDFT during race. Blood collected before euthanasia.”

Vertifiable, Dec 17, Mahoning R
“Horse fractured sesamoids – comminuted, displaced – at 5/16 pole, euthanized on track.”

Rooster Did It, Dec 21, Mahoning R
“Horse rebowed LF during stretch run, vanned…humane euthanasia.”

Through a FOIA request to the Ohio State Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks from January to mid-May:

Skip Royale, Dec 22, Mahoning R (euthanized May 15) – “fractured sesamoid; while recovering developed laminitis and was humanely euthanized”

The Pokester, Jan 7, Northfield R – “broke front right leg – complete”

Admiral Grace, Jan 29, Mahoning R – “displaced slab fracture”

Broadway Man, Feb 19, Mahoning R – “fractured right hind pastern”

Volume One, Feb 20, Mahoning T – “fell, broke shoulder”

Burton, Feb 26, Mahoning R (euthanized Feb 27) – had prior knee surgery

Ibetyoucanwiggle, Mar 9, Northfield R – “acute collapse, heart stopped, agonal breaths, died within three mins”

New Express, Mar 12, Mahoning R – “horse fractured left knee”

Tiz Mattie, Mar 18, Mahoning R – “comminuted fracture sesamoids”

Liberty Valance, Mar 25, Mahoning R (euthanized Mar 26) – “slab fractures [both front] knees”

Patann Redemption, Jan-Apr, Mahoning T (euthanized April 9) – “follow[ing] track injury, ruptured [illegible] – developed founder in opposite leg…humane euthanasia”

Mama’s Hope, April 15, Mahoning R – “fractured and dislocated left front ankle…euthanized on track”

Southwick, April 17, Mahoning R – “fractured right knee…euthanized on track”

Caonavo, May 1, Thistledown R (euthanized May 4) – “became lame after returning to barn – [multiple] fractures”

Breakin the Fever, May 1, Thistledown R – “fell, fracturing shoulder – euthanized on track”

American Deluxe, May 8, Thistledown R – “fractured sesamoid, ruptured suspensory…euthanized on track”

Almighty Afleet, May 12, Belterra R – “slab fracture with collapse of joint integrity”

In addition, these still-very-much-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry craftily calls “non-racing” causes. Technically true, perhaps, but morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

No Excuses Please, Feb 16, Miami Valley – “hit his head coming out of the trailer…became agitated and fell in the stall…seizures…euthanized”

Sports Reporter, May 2, Thistledown – “was being treated for colic and passed in the stall”

My Baby T, May 13, Belterra – “fell on blacktop fracturing pelvis…humanely euthanized due to grave prognosis”

Through a FOIA request to the Ohio State Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2018. Please note, however, that the Commission did not send “non-racing” deaths, so this list tells but a part of the story.

Electric Alphabet, January 8, Mahoning R
“fractured cannon (open, displaced), euthanized on track”

Honor the Empire, January 9, Mahoning R
“fractured knee (comminuted); blood drawn before euthanasia”

Oversized, January 10, Mahoning R
“fractured sesamoids”

Saenger, January 26, Mahoning T
“double sesamoid fracture”

Barbwirebilly, February 6, Mahoning R
“fractured sesamoid”

Forever Just, February 19, Northfield R
“comminuted P2 fracture”

Paiges Magic Man, February 24, Mahoning R
“fractured cannon (open, comminuted, displaced)”

Caladonia, March 2, Mahoning R
“fractured cannon, euthanized on track; blood collected before euthanasia”

Western Tryst, March 5, Mahoning R
“fractured cannon (open, displaced); blood collected before euthanasia”

Warren’s Tricia R., March 7, Mahoning R
“fractured/disarticulated ankle; blood collected before euthanasia”

Troublewithatee, March 12, Mahoning R
“fractured/dislocated ankle, euthanized on track; blood drawn before euthanized”

Irst, March 16, Mahoning R
“fractured knee (multiple bones); vanned and euthanized after xrays”

Getaway Car, March 31, Mahoning R
“fractured ankle and ruptured tendon after wire”

Russian Greek, April 2, Mahoning R
“fractured ankle (open, dislocated), euthanized on track”

Lastofthe Moniqns, April 11, Mahoning T
“fractured ankle”

Rockin Finish, April 17, Miami Valley R
“pulled up lame, grave prognosis – owner agreed to euthanasia”

Up Front Out the Door, April 23, Miami Valley R
“fractured P1 – euthanized at the owner’s request”

Hatter’s Run, April 29, Thistledown T
“complete, open fracture ankle”

Hold On Hattie, May 13, Belterra R
“bilateral fracture of sesamoidean apparatus”

Ollygundon, May 23, Belterra T
“fractured shoulder”

Put It Back Jack, May 23, Thistledown R
“fractured [and] dislocated ankle; blood collected before euthanasia”

Major Hit, May 29, Thistledown R
“fractured both [italics added] knees during race; blood collected before euthanasia”

Un Bandido, May 30, Thistledown T
“fractured pastern”

Tasmania, June 2, Belterra R
“fractured both sesamoids, avulsed ligaments, dislocated fetlock joint”

My Erin, June 9, Belterra R
“fetlock was completely dislocated, open fractures, sesamoids and supporting ligaments completely avulsed”

Winning Edge, June 13, Thistledown R
“fractured and dislocated ankle; blood collected before euthanasia”

El Chiflado, June 20, Thistledown R
“fractured and dislocated ankle; blood collected before euthanasia”

Frensham, June 29, Belterra R
“sesamoid fracture and tendon avulsion”

Clever Thunder, June 30, Belterra R
“sesamoid fracture with avulsion of ligaments”

Planned Escape, July 4, Thistledown R
“fractured knee; blood collected before euthanasia”

Lady Arya, August 12, Belterra R
“fracture of sesamoids, subluxation of fetlock joint”

Dallas Seelster, August 14, Northfield R
“fracture P2, distal large slab”

Rise Above It, August 18, Thistledown R
“fractured/dislocated ankle; blood collected before euthanasia”

Tootsonine, August 26, Belterra T
“sesamoidean apparatus failed and fetlock joint completely luxated; jockey ok”

Incense, September 2, Belterra T
“ruptured ligament in stifle”

Gotanorangecrush, September 2, Belterra R
“open, compound [fracture] of cannon”

Pay My Feed Bill, September 5, Thistledown R
“fractured and dislocated ankle; blood collected before euthanasia”

Windy Cape, September 29, Belterra R
“fracture with avulsion of sesamoidean apparatus”

Financing Dreams, October 13, Thistledown R
“fractured cannon and sesamoid; blood collected before euthanasia”

Tiz Hot, October 17, Thistledown R
“fractured sesamoids, euthanized on track; blood collected before euthanasia”

Very Elegant, November 3, Mahoning R
“fractured ankle, euthanized on track; blood collected before euthanasia”

Protostar, November 6, Mahoning R
“fractured ankle, euthanized on track; blood collected before euthanasia”

Trigger Warning, November 19, Mahoning R (euthanized November 20)
“fractured ankle; surgery [next day]…complications”

Dowager Countess, November 24, Mahoning R
“fractured knee, euthanized on track; blood collected before euthanasia”

Gonnarockyourworld, December 1, Northfield R
“fracture cannon bone”

La Relampago, December 4, Mahoning R
“fractured knee (comminuted); blood collected before euthanasia”

Major Drama, December 10, Mahoning R
“fractured sesamoids, euthanized on track; blood collected before euthanasia”

The Hero Within, December 26, Mahoning R
“broke down suspensory/ankle; previous fracture of knee; vanned and euthanized; blood collected before euthanasia”

Through a FOIA request to the Ohio State Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills there in 2017. (Note: The Commission did not forward what the industry calls “non-racing” deaths. Surely, though, there were plenty of those, too.)

Ruhl Paul, January 3, Mahoning, race 5
multiple fractures – euthanized on track

Jackie Jo, January 7, Mahoning, race 5
(previous two races: last of 11, last of 10 – combined 48 lengths back)

Super Rich, January 10, Mahoning, race 2
(previous five races: combined 102 lengths back)

Judith’s Novel, January 20, Mahoning, training
“broke shoulder”

Kiasma, February 6, Northfield, race 11
“vanned off – euthanized”

Furious Lil Miss, February 13, Mahoning, race 6
“[euthanized] on the racetrack” (chart merely said “went wrong, vanned off”)

Callmeback, March 14, Mahoning, race 8
(60th race)

Johannah Jo, April 5, Mahoning, race 2
“broke down around half mile pole then continued to run half mile; repeated trauma caused ankle to [become] dislocated and destroyed soft tissues; ran to finish line where she was put down on track”

Cobra Kiss, May 13, Thistledown, race 2
“[euthanized] on the racetrack”

Danika P, May 16, Scioto, race 6
“suffered fracture – euthanized on the grounds”

Greelaterra, May 27, Thistledown, training
“broke [leg] at the wire during work” (two years old, being prepped for first race)

Sentosa Island, June 3, Scioto
“bandaged and trailered from racetrack – euthanized later that night”

Erascritto, June 11, Belterra, race 6
“catastrophic breakdown sesamodian apparatus with luxation of fetlock”

Sky Princess, June 18, Belterra, race 2
(breakdown came a mere 8 days after finishing last – almost 20 lengths back – at Churchill; trainer, Madelyn Royal)

Deliberate Diamond, June 24, Thistledown, training
“horse fractured ankle [at wire] of morning work”

Stef and Me, June 25, Belterra, race 8
“tendon attachment ruptured causing [it] to deviate laterally” (40th race, but third in 16 days – trainer/owner, Daniel O’Hallaron)

Strange Brew, July 8, Belterra, race 6
“severe slab fracture – humanely euthanized” (previous two races: last, last – combined 60 lengths back; trainer/owner, Jac Tomasello)

Crown Domenica, July 12, Thistledown, race 1
“vanned off – euthanized”

Baytown Princess, July 14, Belterra, race 4
“compound, open, complete transverse fracture of both front cannon bones just below the knees” (three previous, and only, races: combined 60 lengths back)

Cherokee Callie, July 14, Belterra, race 5
“closed, compound transverse fracture of pastern”

Leathers Slappin, July 15, Thistledown, race 2
“vanned off – euthanized”

Bobby Z, July 17, Thistledown, race 3
“horse broke ankle at 1/4 pole”

Cold Hearted Shark, July 18, Northfield, race 11
“fractured pastern (multiple, displaced) – he was euthanized on track”

Sonof a Monstercat, July 20, Belterra, race 6
“multiple fractures of the sesamoids as well as subluxation of the fetlock; horse was loaded on ambulance – humanely euthanized”

Evasive Maneuver, July 26, Thistledown, race 6
“[euthanized] on the racetrack”

Mister Tom Tom, July 26, Thistledown, race 8
“horse fractured limb – [euthanized] on the racetrack” (chart said “walked off”)

Limoges, July 28, Belterra, race 5
“complete, open, compound fracture just above mid-cannon”

Raysunett, August 9, Thistledown, race 5
“[euthanized] on the racetrack”

Straitouttathefunk, August 12, Thistledown, race 2
“vanned off – euthanized”

Ronson, August 19, Thistledown, race 4
“fractured sesamoids (open, disarticulated) and was euthanized on track”

Dreamy, August 19, Thistledown, race 8
“[euthanized] on the racetrack”

Mizz Quoted, August 23, Thistledown, training
“horse involved in head-on collision during morning training hours; fractured shoulder and was euthanized”

Color Me Blush, August 26, Belterra, race 5
“slab fractures in both the upper and lower row of carpal bones with deviation of accessory carpal bone with drop of fetlock”

Cody Coy, September 6, Northfield, race 10
“vanned off – euthanized”

Lady Lilyann, September 12, Thistledown, race 4
“horse fractured cannon (open, displaced)…euthanized on track”

Zulu Echo, September 15, Belterra, race 5
“multiple fractures [of pastern]…unable to bear weight; the left hock was also lacerated and the joint was exposed (most likely caused by right rear leg when horse was scrambling to recover)”

What’s Up JP, September 20, Thistledown, race 1
“vanned off, euthanized”

Beeswacker, September 26, Thistledown, race 3
“horse fractured ankle and cannon bone (open, displaced)…euthanized on racetrack”

Ouray, September 27, Thistledown, race 4
“horse fractured ankle (open, dislocated) at finish line…euthanized on track”

Tizquick, September 30, Belterra, race 7
“broke from gate and rider immediately tried to pull horse up – sesamoidean fracture with subluxation of fetlock; rider was unable to pull up until middle of first turn – this may have contributed to severity of injury” (this was Tizquick’s third race in 24 days)

Princess Bossy, October 4, Belterra, race 6
(five races leading up to death: combined 88 lengths back)

Ruth’s Lotus, October 30, Mahoning, race 3
“horse fractured both knees at 3/8 pole – euthanized on track”

Granites Peak, November 1, Mahoning, race 8
“horse fractured knee at 1/8 pole and euthanized on track”

Black Jules, November 21, Mahoning, race 4
“horse fractured knee at 1/4 pole and was euthanized on track”

Classic Reward, November 22, Mahoning, race 4
“horse fractured both sesamoids left front ankle with severe displacement and disarticulation of joint”

Jury Wise, December 13, Mahoning, race 6
“fractured left front cannon bone (open, displaced) and right front sesamoid (open)”