In addition to the 12 horses (see bottom list) who were killed this summer at Saratoga, there were the following:

Jul 14: “Street Copper fell while being walked back to barn.” (has raced since)
Jul 16: “Fort Ticonderoga was vanned off after wire.” (has trained since)
Jul 20: “French Light was vanned off in distress.” (has not been seen since)
Jul 20: “Iranistan bled.” (has not been seen since)
Jul 20: “Pistol Whipped bled, vanned off.” (has not been seen since)
Jul 23: “Tough Street was vanned off while reported to have bled.” (has raced since)
Jul 24: “Neon Summer was vanned off.” (has raced since)
Jul 27: “Amadevil was vanned off while reported to have bled.” (has trained since)
Jul 28: “Ring of Fire was pulled up after finish, vanned off.” (has not been seen since)
Jul 30: “Bad Guy was vanned off.” (has trained since)
Aug 3: “Burn The Evidence was vanned off.” (has not been seen since)
Aug 5: “Tiz the Bomb injured knee.” (has not been seen since)
Aug 6: “Tunnel Vision fell at the wire training.” (has not been seen since)
Aug 6: “Veselsky collided with another horse [who died].” (has not been seen since)
Aug 7: “Promise of Hope was vanned off.” (has trained since)
Aug 10: “Grey Giant was vanned off.” (has not been seen since)
Aug 10: “On Our Way Boyz fell after contact with another horse.” (has trained since)
Aug 14: “Pioneer Mission leg injury, transported to hospital.” (has not been seen since)
Aug 21: “My Girl Lexi was vanned off after the finish.” (has not been seen since)
Sep 2: “Nyshares was vanned off.” (not enough time has passed)

And the Dead:

Range War, training
Supernova, stall
Vindatude, training
Credit Event, training
Plurality, training
Practice Squad, training
Awesome Gerry, racing
Salt Cay, racing
Answer In, stall
Rush to Honor, racing
yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, training
Union of Thoughts, training

I first reported on Salt On the Rim in June. At the time, the 12-year-old was being readied for her 102nd race. The abuse, of course, continued, and continues: In the 5th race at Mountaineer tonight, Salt is set to go under the whip for the 106th time. As I previously wrote, knowing what we know about the effects of this vile industry – 4-, 3-, even 2-year-olds plagued with osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease; over 90% of active racehorses suffering from ulcers – imagine what this poor, old (for racing) lady’s body must look and, more important, feel like.

Look, I know this is repetitive, but if every person reading this today – and we have thousands of site visitors daily – called, pressured, harangued the relevant authorities, we may just get a measure of justice. At the least, they’ll know we’re here, and not going away. Please, for Salt.

West Virginia Executive Director Joe Moore: 304-558-2150; joe.k.moore@wv.gov
West Virginia Commissioners: phones, emails
Mountaineer Chief Steward Jim O’Brien: 304-387-8371; jim.o’brien@wv.gov
Mountaineer Investigator Bret Smith: 304-387-8530; bret.smith@wv.gov
Mountaineer Contact Form; 800-804-0468 (ask for racing office)