Through a FOIA request to the Texas Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following 28 kills on Texas racetracks in 2015:

2-year-old Katelynn’s the One, January 30, Sam Houston 8
“compound biaxial midbody fractures of the proximal sesamoids of right forelimb”
Although euthanized on track, (Equibase) chart merely said “pulled up, vanned off.”

5-year-old Goldonspotofgold, February 10, Sam Houston 8
“complete open fracture of metacarpus III”
Although euthanized on track, chart merely said “lost his rider, vanned off.”

3-year-old Honey Boy, February 16, Sam Houston 4
“lateral condylar fracture of right metatarsus + comminuted fracture of right hind long pastern”
Although euthanized on track, chart merely said “pulled up, vanned off.”

2-year-old Supreme Sissy, February 28, Sam Houston 1 (very first race)
“biaxial mid-body fractures of the right fore proximal sesamoids”
Although euthanized on track, chart merely said “pulled up, vanned off.”

4-year-old New Splash, March 27, Sam Houston 11
“biaxial sesamoid fracture in right front fetlock”
Although euthanized on track, chart merely said “injured, vanned off.”

3-year-old Emmett, April 2, Lone Star, training (being prepped for first race)
“right fore lateral condylar fracture and shattered medial sesamoid”

2-year-old Tres Seis Luvbug, April 4, Sam Houston 2
“complete compound fracture of the left MC II,III,IV with distal limb attached to the body by soft tissues”
Although euthanized on track, chart merely said “injured, vanned off.”

3-year-old Ziddle, April 11, Lone Star, training (being prepped for first race)
“died suddenly on track…vanned to necropsy for removal…no necropsy performed”

2-year-old Devils Splash, April 16, Lone Star, training (being prepped for first race)
“compound fracture of left fore distal cannon bone”

3-year-old Sousaytherzachance, May 2, Lone Star 4
“slab fracture of the Third carpal and comminuted fracture of the radial carpal bones”

3-year-old Slinkys Toast, May 12, Lone Star, training (being prepped for first race)
“fracture of right fore shoulder/scapula”

8-year-old Streaks in the Dirt, May 16, Sam Houston 2
“bilateral sesamoid fracture w/severe joint instability in one plane”
Although euthanized on track, chart merely said “injured, vanned off.”

3-year-old My Lesson Learned, May 25, Lone Star 10
“torn peripheral sesamoidian ligaments and torn SDF”
Although euthanized on track, chart merely said “pulled up, vanned off.”

3-year-old Centerville Slew, May 29, Lone Star 1
“comminuted fracture of pastern and biaxial proximal sesamoid fractures of [both] hindlimbs”

4-year-old Witt’s Demon, May 30, Lone Star 8
“probable LF scapular/ brachial Fx”

4-year-old Yagouti, May 31, Lone Star, training (last raced July 2014)
“CNS trauma (spine) – unable to rise – recumbent”

3-year-old Foggazzo, June 5, Retama 2 (euthanized June 6)
“biaxial fractures of the left forelimb”

3-year-old Bye Bye Creek, June 7, Lone Star 4
“biaxial proximal sesamoid fractures”

5-year-old Bijoulinn, June 11, Lone Star, training
“fractured right radius”

4-year-old All Lucky Lynn, July 4, Gillespie 2
“collided with another race animal and rail, severely lacerating/degloving proximal right forearm”
Although euthanized on track, chart said nothing, merely noting the win.

4-year-old Fiery Fast Dash, July 4, Gillespie 2
“collided with another horse and rail after crossing the finish line, severely lacerating/degloving right forearm”
Same as above – nothing on the chart.

2-year-old Wave Diamond, July 11, Retama 4
“flipped in gate with rig…acute death in gate, suspect cervical fracture”

3-year-old The Knight Arrival, July 18, Gillespie 11
“sustained severe head trauma (bled from ears and nose) from thrashing in the starting gate; collapsed on track where the horse was euthanized”

3-year-old Inseperable Holland, July 24, Retama 5
“comminuted carpal fracture”

4-year-old Oh Carter Go, October 11, Lone Star 4
“right forelimb sustained biaxial sesamoid fractures with rupture of supporting soft tissue structures and open disarticulation of the fetlock; left forelimb had uniaxial sesamoid fractures with rupture of the supporting soft tissues and open disarticulation of the fetlock”
Although euthanized on track, chart merely said “fell after wire, vanned off.”

3-year-old Wl Mr Goodtime, October 23, Lone Star 5
“carpal fracture, possible LF sesamoid fractures”

3-year-old Love That Eagle, October 29, Lone Star 4 (euthanized November 1)
“suspected hindend trauma/fracture”; “euthanized due to inability to rise”

3-year-old Rare Scheme, November 7, Lone Star 7
“open disarticulation/luxation of the left front fetlock”
Although euthanized on track, chart merely said “injured, vanned off.”

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In addition, 8 horses died on track grounds from what the industry refers to as “non-racing” causes. Technically true, perhaps, but on a moral level these animals are no less casualties of Racing than the ones above.

7-year-old Great Rising Star, May 23, Lone Star
“laryngeal paralysis severe enough to cause difficulty eating and swallowing leading to chronic respiratory infection and debilitation”

3-year-old Arrogante de Oro, June 12, Lone Star
“horse treated for colic on 6/11/15 [five days after last race]…found dead in stall at 4:00AM by groom /night watch – no necropsy performed”

5-year-old Hawaiian Move, June 25, Lone Star
“sudden death post-exercise on equine wheel…died shortly after returning to barn – no autopsy performed” – this, after last being raced in February 2014

2-year-old Jenny Cartel, July 14, Retama
“died in stall after being treated for several days for respiratory/lung disease”

5-year-old My Lucky Shot, September 22, Retama
“horse died of colic and arrived at clinic deceased” – was scheduled to be raced September 25

5-year-old Freakin Hot, October 14, Lone Star
“horse died due to colic” – was scheduled to be raced the next day

4-year-old Special Fixin, October 15, Retama
“severe colic” – was scheduled to be raced October 16…after having just been raced October 11

3-year-old Miss Executive Gray, October 17, Lone Star
“found dead in stall…history of pleuritis with pulmonary abscessation – no necropsy performed”

Ball back in your court, apologists.

Through an “Open Records” request, I have confirmed the following 27 deaths on or at Texas racetracks in 2014:

2-year-old Eyes a Stoli, March 27, Sam Houston 7
Equibase merely said “injured, fell, vanned off.”

4-year-old Stop Talking, April 10, Lone Star 6 (euthanized April 24)
Equibase had him as finishing without incident.

3-year-old La Jolla Surprise, April 19, Sam Houston 3
Equibase merely said “fell after wire, vanned off.”

4-year-old Prowess, April 19, Lone Star, training
Final four races (Sep-Feb): last of 7, last of 10, 6th of 7, 10th of 12

4-year-old Moneyatlast, May 1, Lone Star 7
Equibase merely had her as “pulled up in distress, vanned off.”

3-year-old Tree Top Society, May 3, Lone Star, training
Dead after only one race (4/3, Oaklawn).

1-year-old Talking Man, May 7, Lone Star, training
This colt was put to the whip twice as a 1-year-old (2/22, 3/19, Louisiana Downs)

3-year-old It’s too Easy, May 8, Lone Star 7
Equibase merely had him as “went wrong early, vanned off.”

4-year-old Jess a Whisper, May 9, Sam Houston, unknown – “barn area”
A throwaway $5,000 claimer, hadn’t raced since previous October.

5-year-old Turbalo, May 9, Lone Star 7
Equibase merely said “went wrong early, vanned off.”

3-year-old Skyrunner, May 23, Lone Star, training
Still being raced at the maiden claiming level when killed on the practice track.

3-year-old Pink Gold, June 1, Lone Star 8
Equibase merely had her as “vanned off.”

3-year-old Part N Ways, June 10, Retama, training
In her last race – a $5,000 claiming at Remington in April – finished last of 10.

2-year-old Fishy Wagon, June 13, Retama 8
Equibase merely had her as “vanned off.”

3-year-old Shanes Social Cat, June 21, Lone Star 2
Reported as “broke down.”

4-year-old Halos Wild, June 28, Lone Star 9
Reported as “broke down.”

4-year-old Gleaming Girl, July 3, Lone Star 8
Reported as “broke down, euthanized.”

2-year-old He’s the Shot, July 12, Lone Star, unknown – “barn area”
Never raced.

2-year-old Dm Fly Belle Fly, August 9, Retama, training
Never raced.

6-year-old Miss Mulligan, August 16, Retama, training
41 career times under the whip; in last race (7/3, Lone Star), finished last of 11.

3-year-old Matagorda Bay, August 24, Gillespie 2
Reported as “broke down.”

4-year-old Strategic Player, September 12, Retama 5
Reported as “broke down.”

3-year-old Men Dee Go, September 26, Lone Star 3
Reported as “fell, euthanized.”

1-year-old Desiro/Fire Made, October 6, Lone Star, unknown – “barn area”
This yearling didn’t even have a name yet.

2-year-old Easy Cash Fenimore, October 18, Lone Star 5
Equibase merely said “injured, vanned off.”

3-year-old Chloe’s Posse, November 28, Retama 4
Equibase merely said “injured himself, vanned off.”

8-year-old Empire House, November 29, Retama 2
Equibase merely said “fell, vanned off.”

Of the 17 raceday kills, only 6 could have been gathered from the charts (and that’s only if you know that “broke down” is racing-speak for dead). Of the other 11, 10 were merely said to have been “vanned off,” while 1 was reported as finishing fine. Add the utterly unknowable 7 training/3 “non-track” deaths, and we’re left with this: As far as the public knew, only 6 racehorses died on or at Texas tracks in 2014, not the 27 we reveal today. The Big Cover-Up – again.

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