Through a FOIA request to the Ohio State Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following 36 kills on Ohio tracks in 2015. (Please note: These are racing and training only, as Ohio did not include “non-racing” deaths – colic, laminitis, etc. – in the FOIA documents. Surely, though, there were plenty of those too.)

7-year-old Boy’s Brother Bob, January 13, Mahoning 7
disarticulated ankle

First After Me, January 21, Northfield 14
fractured limb

Beach Speech, February 5, Miami 1
displaced comminuted fracture

2-year-old Hostile Nation, February 27, Mahoning, training
complete fracture of cannon

4-year-old Hecky Dorn, March 2, Mahoning 8
fractured knee

6-year-old Had to Happen, April 1, Mahoning 5
fractured sesamoids

4-year-old Toolatetotwostep, April 2, Mahoning, training
complete open fracture of metacarpal and rupture of stifle

Gogetembrady, April 20, Northfield 2
fractured ankle

4-year-old Lia’s Miracle, April 25, Mahoning 9
fractured sesamoids

7-year-old Third Wish, May 7, Belterra, training
fractured pastern

Osborne’s Yankee, May 11, Northfield 6
fracture

4-year-old Red October, May 13, Thistledown 1
fractured sesamoids

Wilco Willy, May 18, Scioto
comminuted fracture of pastern – multiple pieces

6-year-old Trenton Street, May 22, Belterra 2
fractured pelvis

6-year-old Whiskey Rebellion, May 30, Thistledown 4
fracture

3-year-old Leader of the Pack, June 21, Belterra 8
fractured sesamoids

3-year-old River Lute, July 4, Belterra 4
suspensory apparatus failed – open fracture

8-year-old Zhivago, July 13, Thistledown, training
broke down right front leg

6-year-old Isadella, July 19, Belterra 7
fractured sesamoids

2-year-old Hardly Sweet, July 20, Thistledown, training
comminuted fracture of the humerus

Little Prince, July 20, Northfield 12
fractured sesamoids – open, comminuted, displaced

4-year-old Little Scoot, August 19, Thistledown 9
broke ankle

6-year-old Gar, September 7, Belterra 6
fractured sesamoid

7-year-old Love Bunny, September 19, Thistledown 1
fractured sesamoids

7-year-old Leisurely Stroll, September 20, Belterra 7
multiple comminuted fractures of pastern

5-year-old Boardwalk Baron, September 21, Thistledown 7
slab fracture

5-year-old Shesalilbitcountry, September 25, Thistledown 6 (euthanized Sep 26)
slab fracture

6-year-old Doyouseemecoming, October 10, Thistledown 1
luxated and fractured ankle

2-year-old Cassie Lou, October 10, Thistledown 6
fractured ankle – disarticulated, open

2-year-old Man in Black, October 11, Belterra, training
fractured sesamoid

4-year-old Spring Song, October 16, Thistledown 3
fractured ankle

6-year-old Captain Buddy L, November 3, Mahoning 7
fractured and dislocated ankle

3-year-old Can’thandletheheat, December 12, Mahoning 9
fractured cannon bone mid-shaft

4-year-old Redneck Lazy, December 19, Mahoning 4
fractured sesamoids

Rocky Mountain Guy, December 19, Dayton 4
fractured cannon bone – compound, through the skin

4-year-old No Exclusion, December 23, Mahoning 8
fractured sesamoids

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The following 43 racehorses were killed in action on Ohio tracks in 2014. This list, however, includes only those officially reported to the Ohio Racing Commission – there were surely others euthanized off-site; others, still, who simply fell through the cracks. Also, be mindful of the horses who would not have made our weekly casualty lists because Equibase had them as perfectly fine.

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Thoroughbreds:

Mystery Taste, Jan 14, Beulah 7, “complete comminuted cannon fracture…bone exposed”

Royal Affair, Jan 29, Beulah 1, fractured leg

Flyingpalm, Feb 1, Beulah, “snapped leg” while training

El Altanero, Mar 17, Beulah 7, “comminuted compound fracture of fetlock”

Ruby Lite, Apr 19, Thistledown, fractured sesamoids while training

Revelling, May 11 (euthanized May 18), Thistledown 5, undisclosed (according to chart, finished without incident)

Catawba Gray, May 18, Belterra 7, “comminuted compound fracture and luxation of fetlock” (according to chart, merely “vanned off”)

Sweet Teri K, Jun 7, Belterra 4, fractured sesamoid, ruptured distal suspensary, “unsalvageable”

Old World Order, Jun 8, Belterra 8, undisclosed shoulder injury (according to chart, merely “eased, vanned off”)

Lava Lei, Jun 8, Thistledown 8, fractured knee

Birthday Wish, Jun 21, Belterra 7, fractured sesamoids

Let’s Face It, Jun 27, Thistledown 7, fractured knee (according to chart, merely “pulled up lame, vanned off”)

Commandeer, Jun 28, Belterra 2, fractured fetlock, “comminuted sesamoid fractures”

Cozy Kieran, Jul 6, Belterra, “complete tibia fracture” while training

Piskacha, Jul 19, Belterra 4, fractured sesamoid

Lite Up My Dream, Aug 2, Thistledown 6, fractured sesamoid (according to chart, finished without incident)

Felixia, Aug 6, Thistledown 2, fractured leg (according to chart, finished without incident)

Mary’s Vow, Aug 20, Thistledown 8, “slab fracture, multiple pieces” (according to chart, merely “distanced, walked off”)

Runaway Bridle, Aug 31, Thistledown 4, fractured sesamoids

Florida Bull, Sep 3, Thistledown 8, fractured ankle

Funnys Man Dream, Sep 11, Belterra 1, fractured tibia

Kingliest, Sep 11, Belterra 6, fractured cannon

Tale of Lucknfame, Sep 12, Belterra 7, fractured sesamoids

Matched Ruler, Sep 13, Thistledown 8, fractured cannon

Squall Line, Sep 14, Belterra 3, fractured fetlock, fractured sesamoid (euthanized on-track but according to chart, finished without incident)

Lipstick Promises, Sep 15, Belterra, fractured leg/sesamoid while training

Tangible Assets, Oct 3, Thistledown 8, fractured sesamoids, dislocated/fractured ankle

Looklistenandlearn, Oct 4, Belterra 3, fractured sesamoid (according to chart, merely “vanned off”)

Bizzy EF, Oct 5, Thistledown 1, fractured knee

Locks of Gold, Oct 19, Belterra 3, fractured sesamoid (according to chart, merely “eased, vanned off”)

Mongol Boy, Nov 1, Thistledown, fractured sesamoids while training

Avalon Rose, Nov 1, Thistledown 5, fractured leg (according to chart, merely “pulled up lame, vanned off”)

Ansilta, Nov 2, Thistledown 8, fractured cannon

Unabiding Citizen, Nov 5, Thistledown 6, fractured cannon

Next Right Thing, Nov 8, Thistledown 6, “open disanticulated ankle”

Lefty Closer, Dec 10, Mahoning 7, fractured ankle

Sky Kerridge, Dec 10, Mahoning 8, “collapsed and died” (according to chart, merely “eased to the wire”)

(Although not killed in action, Lean On Lexi succumbed to colic at Mahoning December 2nd.)

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Standardbreds:

Ciem, Feb 4, Northfield, “collapsed and died in paddock immediately after race – gums white, no heartbeat detected”

Mega Hall, Feb 19, Northfield, fractured leg

I Ride Western, Mar 3, Northfield, fractured leg

Racetrack Diva, Jun 12, Northfield, fractured ankle

Hall’n Chips, Jun 17, Northfield, fractured pastern

To Tell the Truth, Sep 5, Northfield, fractured distal phalanx