Through a FOIA request to the Oregon Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s only regularly-running track, Grants Pass, in 2020. (GP conducted only 25 live-racing dates last year. Still, as with Illinois and other states, I am almost certain that this list is incomplete.)

Hawks Main Interest, Jun 24, Grants Pass R – “open, comminuted fracture LF limb”

Jemsek, Nov 3, Grants Pass T – “severe, comminuted fracture; severe soft tissue hemorrhage”

Papa Said Ya, Nov 9, Grants Pass R – “multiple, traumatic fractures; severe hemorrhage; ulcerated cartilage”

Through a FOIA request to the Oregon Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks in 2019. Please note that Portland Meadows, the only regularly-running racetrack in Oregon, closed for good in February. Progress.

I’lbeamonkeysuncle, Jan 15, Portland R – “sudden death (vessel ruptures in lungs)”
I’lbeamonkeysuncle was almost 11 and this was his 63rd time under the whip.

Four Times Lucky, Sep 6, Harney Fair R – “internal bleed”
Four Times Lucky was almost 8 and this was her 61st time under the whip.

Through a FOIA request to the Oregon Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Portland Meadows in 2018.

Sexy Momma, January 7, Portland R
“ankle fracture”

Captain Shaddock, January 30, Portland R
“ankle fracture”

Storm the Channel, September 12, Portland T
“fractured cannon bone”

Memphis Mobster, October 30, Portland R
“pastern fracture” (11 years old, 80th race)

Bellicose Boy, November 10, Portland T
“cannon fracture”

Ozark Daredevil, November 12, Portland R (euthanized November 19)
“injury that a week later resulted in euthanasia”

Hot Tub, November 27, Portland R
“ankle fracture” (8 years old, 65th race)

Coming in Hot, December 4, Portland R
“sudden death/collapse due to circulatory failure”

To the Brink, December 16, Portland R
“shoulder injury”

Polished Rock, December 31, Portland T
“fractured ankle” (finished last five times in final six races)

In addition, this still-very-much-active racehorse died on track grounds from what the industry craftily calls a “non-racing” cause. Technically true, perhaps, but morally she is no less a casualty of this vile business than the ones above.

Gold On Tap, September 9, Portland
“died in stall due to reaction to a vitamin injection by trainer’s vet” (two years old)

Through a request to the Oregon Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following deaths at Portland Meadows in 2017.

Cinematic Cat, September 30
“colic” (last raced September 3)

Rome New York, October 25
“kicked at the farm and got worse on walker at the track – tibial fracture” (last raced October 3)

Semiprecious, October 31, race 6
“limb fracture”

Regalstone, November 27, race 6
“carpal fracture”

Through a FOIA request to the Oregon Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Oregon tracks in 2016. (Notably, the Commission did not forward any training deaths – though surely there were some.)

Stardemalion, January 11, Portland 8, “fractured leg”

Chick Meter, June 11, Oregon Livestock 8, “collapse – sudden death” (after winning)

Jess a Lil Lacey, July 2, Grants Pass 5, “fractured leg”

Itsastormynight, September 25, Portland 6, “fractured leg”

Wizsito, October 3, Portland 2, “fractured leg”

TNT Party, November 21, Portland 3, “fractured front legs” (plural)

Fnf Bruja, December 26, Portland 2, “fractured leg”

Rolling Thunder, December 26, Portland 4, “fractured leg”

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