To those who profit from, bet on, watch, or otherwise support horseracing, the burden falls to defend/explain the following list.

Some of the horses killed at U.S. tracks in 2019, in the words of the industry itself. Please note: I have not included California and Maryland deaths, as those states provided the most (gruesome) detail and merit stand-alone views: Cal; Maryland.

(all italics added by me) (R: Racing; T: Training; S: Stall)

Mr First Regard, Jan 4, Sunland R
internal bleeding – euthanized on track

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

Heza Wild Dragon, Jan 11, Sunland R
dead upon arrival

Get Into Mischief, Jan 12, Gulfstream T
heart attack” (two years old)

Flying Kolors, Jan 12, Sunland R
cardiovascular [and] fractured knee…died on track

Raise the Mast, Jan 15, Charles Town S
broken back

I’lbeamonkeysuncle, Jan 15, Portland R
sudden death – vessel ruptures in lungs

Ucanalwaysbebetter, Jan 23, Keeneland T
cannon fracture – bone embedded in tendons and ligament

Tripwire, Jan 26, Gulfstream R
collapsed fatally

Euro Zing, Jan 26, Turfway T
broke both front shoulders

Jubilance, Jan 27, Turf S
spinal cord trauma

Hawaiian Appeal, Jan 31, Delta R
post exertional distress, sudden death

Aeromosa, Feb 10, Tampa Bay R
sudden death” (three years old)

Queen Jeanne, Feb 22, Turfway R
[multiple] fractures; [multiple] torn veins; soft tissue damage is extensive

For Pops, Feb 26, Belmont T
collapsed and died

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

Mighty Zealous, Mar 10, Belmont S
severe respiratory distress…euthanized

Midnight Retreat, Mar 15, Emerald S
gastric rupture

Ghost Speaker, Mar 19, Retama T
sudden death on track” (two years old)

Hazel Anne, Mar 22, Hawthorne S
ruptured femoral artery – bled to death

Liberty Valance, Mar 25, Mahoning R
slab fractures [both front] knees

Miss Mimosa, Mar 28, Belmont T
cardiovascular collapse” (three years old)

Smart Daddy, Mar 28, Hawthorne T
complete fracture of neck

Tell It Ina Melody, Mar 28, Turfway R
[multiple] fractures; [torn] artery and vein

Notcho Daddy, Apr 5, Tampa Bay R
collapse, cardiac episode” (two years old)

Myrtle’s Boy, Apr 6, Hawthorne T
rider reported hearing a bone break – fracture[d] neck

Cathedral Reader, Apr 6, Keeneland R
[multiple] torn tendons and ligaments; ruptured suspensory

Kimyun, Apr 6, Remington R
paralyzed hind, unable to rise after race

yet-to-be-named filly, Apr 7, Lone Star
pneumonia/colitis/renal failure

Mandel, Apr 10, Keeneland R
[multiple] fractures; the following soft tissues were torn or ruptured: palmar annular ligament, suspensory ligament, sesamoidian ligaments, [multiple] tendons

Atomic Sealster, Apr 11, Tioga T
fell over…subsequently stopped breathing

Wiwi Celebration, Apr 13, Tampa Bay R
fracture; severed/ruptured ligament

Hoped For, Apr 18, Keeneland T
fractures; tearing of digital artery and vein

Amandine, Apr 19, Keeneland R
[multiple] displaced fractures; soft tissue damage is significant

Atlantic Slew, Apr 20, Fonner R
bled out [after falling]

Shut the Gate, Apr 22, Will Rogers R
head trauma

Amos P, Apr 26, Charles Town S
head trauma

Andariego, Apr 29, Remington R
fell, neck fracture

Wire Me a Valentine, May 4, Remington R
fractured both [back legs], pelvis

Rg I Hop Fast, May 4, Remington R
thrashed and collapsed in starting gate

Allie’s Aflirt, May 11, Fairmount R
flipped, hit head prior to race – horse died

Prue, May 15, Arlington T
horse dropped dead training

Rare Escape, May 16, Remington R
head trauma

Shanghai Billy, May 20, Emerald T
ligament rupture

Laser Lynn, May 21, Mountaineer R
collapsed – sudden death” (three years old)

Golden Julia, May 25, Saratoga T
pelvic injury, acute blood loss

Game Lad, May 27, Delaware R
acute catastrophic rupture of ligaments

Super Bound, May 27, Prairie R
crashed into gates

Iza Secret, May 27, Remington R
collapsed, tried to get up, no control of hind limbs

Mercusio, May 29, Delaware T
collapsed – sudden death” (three years old)

Beau Dan, May 30, Belterra R
fell at 3/16 pole – open, compound, disarticulated fracture

Irish Miss, May 31, Belterra R
horse bucked, kicked, and exhibited bunny hopping; upon stopping, her hind legs collapsed – suspect pelvic fracture, spinal cord trauma” (her first race)

Heaven Rocks, Jun 1, Buffalo R
in distress, collapsed

Coronas Al Jaguar, Jun 2, Sunray R
pulmonary hemorrhage collapse, sudden death

Glenwheresmymoney, Jun 7, Emerald R
pulmonary hemorrhage

I Miss Jumbo, Jun 9, Thistledown T
broken pelvis

[name redacted by Commission], Jun 13, Churchill S
skull fracture, spontaneous hemorrhage from both nostrils

High Beam, Jun 13, Churchill R
pulled up with severe ataxia and white mucous membranes; horse collapsed and died within few minutes – massive pulmonary hemorrhage

Spicey Corona, Jun 15, Delta R
neurologic, paresis/paralysis

Firm, Jun 15, Monmouth R
collapse on track post-race” (three years old)

Easy Livin, Jun 15, Monticello T
collapsed on track and died

Senator Tequila, Jun 16, Ruidoso T
broke back

Bless His Heart, Jun 20, Churchill T
rupture with tearing

Secret Agent Girl, Jun 22, Albuquerque T
collapsed on racetrack, sudden death

Pomera, Jun 23, Belterra R
rupture of sesamoidean apparatus and complete dislocation of fetlock joint

Doc Brown, Jun 23, Emerald T
fractures both front legs

After Jody, Jun 27, Delaware R
[multiple] catastrophic fractures

Tomy, Jun 29, Albuquerque T
collision with [another] horse

Will Call, Jun 29, Churchill R
horse collapsed and died – massive hemorrhage [in] thorax and abdomen; extensive hemorrhage [in] spine, neck, and hip

Ap Bear Lake, Jun 29, Energy R
dislocated ankle, euthanized on track

Machine Learning, Jul 4, Monmouth R
[multiple fractures with] avulsion

Watyurname, Jul 6, Ruidoso R
fractured shoulder; severe hemorrhage

Dash For The Cash, Jul 9, Monticello R
died following 2nd place win

Fight Night, Jul 12, Saratoga R
fell heavily after the wire…euthanized on track

Montezuma Ridge, Jul 13, Arapahoe S
found dead in stall with trauma” (two years old)

Jess Moonflash, Jul 14, Ruidoso R
compound fracture both front fetlocks

Fabulous Prince, Jul 15, Finger Lakes R
skull fracture

Overlord, Jul 15, Saratoga S
colonic rupture

Luckycuba, Jul 19, Delaware S
found dead with blood and foam at the nostrils

Maximum Volume, Jul 19, Prairie R
sudden death” (three years old)

High Profit, Jul 21, Arizona Downs T
head [and] spine trauma

Racy Opinion, Jul 21, Emerald R
fractured spine

Carolina Reaper, Jul 23, Mountaineer R
fell, died

Colonel Lewis, Jul 24, Thistledown R
horse dislocated ankle – open, degloved

Squeeze My Corona, Jul 27, Retama R
spinal cord fracture

Misspent Youth, Jul 27, Saratoga T
cardiovascular collapse

Sir Navigator, Aug 4, Ellis R
horse finished race, collapsed and died

Purple Flowers, Aug 15, Belterra R
complete dislocation of fetlock joint

Anything, Aug 17, Belterra R
bone fractured into multiple pieces

It’s Flashy, Aug 17, Finger Lakes T
expired after breezing

Dna Dales Cece, Aug 24, Indiana R
fractured both front ankles

Royal Inheritance, Sep 6, Belmont T
collapsed and died

Four Times Lucky, Sep 6, Harney Fair R
internal bleed

Facunda, Sep 6, Retama R
spinal cord fracture

Brave Spirited, Sep 7, Charles Town R
sudden death, pulmonary hemorrhage

Believein, Sep 13, Churchill T
[multiple] fractures; severe soft tissue damage

Tapalot, Sep 14, Emerald R
fractures both front legs

Smarter Yet, Sep 14, Northville R
cardiovascular collapse warming up for a race

Burnout B, Sep 15, Will Rogers R
fractured skull [and] spine

ShezSugarSweet A, Sep 19, Plainridge R
collapsed and died instantly, no definitive cause found

B P Rocket, Sep 20, Keeneland T
shoulder fracture; [torn] tissues; extensive gastric ulcers” (three years old)

Queen Elsa, Sep 23, Saratoga Harness S
found deceased in stall

Southern Slugger, Sep 26, Indiana S
acute gastric rupture

Noontime Salsa, Sep 28, Delaware T
exercise-associated sudden death” (three years old)

Iana, Oct 3, Charles Town R
leg shattered

Elverson, Oct 3, Charles Town R
neck and head fractures

Stella d’Oro, Oct 4, Keeneland R
multiple fractures; massive soft tissue damage

Go Oshie Go, Oct 12, Hawthorne R
dropped dead on track

Indy’s Quick Image, Oct 13, Delaware S
found dead – acute brain hemorrhage

Call to Victory, Oct 20, Keeneland R
[multiple] open fractures; extensive soft tissue damage; extensive ulceration of stomach” (three years old)

Maggie Pie, Oct 24, Remington R
fell hard on neck – deceased in stall next day

The Keeper, Nov 2, Keeneland T
open fractures – fragments missing, large fragment embedded in ligament

Grand Peak, Nov 3, Will Rogers R
fractured skull [and] spine

Bv Tempted, Nov 8, Will Rogers R
fractured [both] front limbs

Fm Dynasty Rock, Nov 9, Lone Star R
facial/nasal fractures – massive blood loss

Tico’s Premed, Nov 11, Zia R
collapsed post race, died” (three years old)

Coronas Dashin Injun, Nov 16, Zia R
broken back

Rancers Dancer, Nov 17, Zia R
broke leg above knee, died [not euthanized] in place

Goneonamission, Nov 24, Belmont S
found deceased with apparent head injury

Tigers Rule, Nov 24, Churchill R
[multiple] fractures with tearing of artery and vein

Too Deadly, Nov 26, Evangeline R
skull [and] spine fractures

Elegant Bay, Nov 30, Churchill R
multiple fractures; soft tissue damage is severe

Fast Steppin, Dec 6, Zia T
shattered pastern

Sierra Steel, Dec 7, Turf R
fractured pelvis

Bright Diamond N, Dec 14, Yonkers R
fell over, died on racetrack

Thecaptainnshawneel, Dec 20, Sunland T
broken back

Warminister A, Dec 28, Freehold R
sudden death, cause unknown

Olly Wonder, Dec 31, Turfway R
severe tearing of tendons and ligaments

Today is Kentucky Derby Day, a day in which the The Big Lie is at its most obscene. NBC and mint juleps; “The Run for the Roses,” “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” But the truth is, today is but a hollow dog and pony show. Horseracing, everyday horseracing, is cold, violent, and merciless. And here’s another hard truth: Horseracing in America is not 100 disparate companies; it is a single entity. As such, a bet at one track is a bet at all; to patronize one race is to patronize all. In other words, if you support – watch, bet on – today’s race, you make possible the following.

Some of the horses killed at U.S. tracks in 2018, in the words of the industry itself.
(R: Racing, T: Training, S: Stall)

Papa’s Missile, January 10, Penn T
apparent heart attack – expired on track

Jess Call Me J R, January 15, Sunland S
found dead in stall” (two years old)

yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, January 16, Santa Anita T
“right forelimb: comminuted, complete, displaced fracture of the metacarpus; innumerable small fragments of bone; two large bone fragments that stayed in place; all articular surfaces of the fetlock…were covered with innumerable small irregular bone fragments; left forelimb: there was an open – 8 cm long skin tearing of the MCIII, with protrusion of a fragment of bone – comminuted, complete, displaced fracture of the MCIII; all articular surfaces of the fetlock…were covered with innumerable small irregular bone fragments” (that’s two broken legs)

Verraco, January 19, Santa Anita R
“right radius/ulna fracture, open, comminuted, complete, displaced, acute, with five major bone fragments, smaller missing fragments; avulsion of ulna from radius; bone fragment protrusion through hemorrhagic, gaping skin tear; pre-existing degenerative joint lesions; gastric ulceration chronic

Dragon Dread, February 14, Monticello S
found deceased in barn stall this morning

Game Piece, February 23, Los Alamitos R
MC3 is completely shattered into 50-100 shards and fragments; four complete fractures through the articular surface; the skin overlying the MC3 is multifocally torn with extensive subcutaneous hemorrhage and protruding shards of bone

Move Bingham, March 2, Sunland T
collision on racetrack with another horse” (see below)

Naevussquall, March 2, Sunland T
collision on racetrack with another horse” (see above)

Every Intention, March 10, Meadowlands S
severe injury to ankle, open wound into fetlock joint – euthanized in pit

Shelby’s Ideal, March 13, Monticello S
found dead following treatment for acute colic the day prior

Portent, March 14, Charles Town R
both ankles fractured [and] dislocated

Boom Boom Bango, March 18, Santa Anita R
“open, comminuted, completed, displaced fracture, MCIII; open, comminuted displaced fracture, medial proximal sesamoid bone; avulsion fracture, lateral proximal sesamoid bone; rupture, intersesamoidean ligament; marked fraying, flexor tendons; marked fraying, suspensory apparatus; marked fraying, straight distal sesamoidean ligament; marked fraying and transection, cruciate sesamoidean ligaments; transection, collateral sesamoidean ligaments; comminuted, complete, displaced fracture of the proximal phalanx; cartilage erosion – chronic [in both front limbs]” (that’s one horse, one death)

Dial Me In, March 23, Santa Anita R
complete, comminuted fracture of the scapula through the neck and distal end of the spine; the major distal fragment is split into two major fragments by a fracture that enters the glenoid and splits the glenoid into halves; the caudal fragment is split into three major fragments longitudinally

Ready Poncho, March 24, Hawthorne T
collapsed dead on track…exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage

Anchor, April 6, Belmont S
horse was found dead in stall

Hazel Ann I Am, April 14, Keeneland R
[two broken legs]

Carulli, April 20, Los Alamitos R
“open, comminuted, complete, displaced condylar fracture with rupture of the articular capsule, annular ligament and collateral fetlock ligaments; open, comminuted, complete, displaced fracture of the medial proximal sesamoid bone with avulsion fracture of the tip and avulsion fracture of the axial surface; rupture of the intersesamoidean ligament; deep gastric ulcers

Xten, April 20, Santa Anita T
“horse collided with another horse, fell; given several hours to attempt to rise, unable to; exhibited tremors post-injury; a severe, comminuted (+40 fragments) fracture of the thoracic vertebrae; extensive hemorrhages in the spinal canal, bones and adjacent skeletal muscle; due to the large numbers of fragments, it was not possible to evaluate for predisposing lesions”

Bs Cartel, April 24, Remington S
found dead in stall – stomach rupture” (two years old)

Mr Dynasty, April 29, Turf T
head trauma – fractured skull, brain bleed

Top Street, May 3, Penn R
horse dropped dead post-race

Formal Summation, May 15, Delaware S
terminally lame: complete cartilage erosion of both front metacarpal IIIs” (five years old)

Terry O Geri, May 18, Belmont S
found dead in stall two days after having colic surgery

Fast Munny, May 19, Santa Anita R
horse was trailing field and suddenly collapsed and expired at the wire – extensive hemorrhages of the left caudal lobe, hemorrhages in multiple organs; chronic gastric erosions/ulcers

Baby Lightweight, May 21, Finger Lakes S
laminitis both front limbs – euthanized” (three years old, yet to be raced)

Right On the Nose, May 28, Remington R
fell, hindquarters wouldn’t move

Major Hit, May 29, Thistledown R
fractured both knees during race

Hokie Fever, May 31, Penn T
open fracture of radius with large fracture piece found on the ground

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

Waya Ed, June 2, Santa Anita R
catastrophic fracture of the tibia; several variable size bone fragments within the two main bone fragments; severe tearing and hemorrhage of the muscles

Cash Poor, June 3, Saratoga Harness R
horse collapsed and died after finishing fourth

Amada Rafaela, June 7, Santa Anita R
horse staggered and collapsed, rapid onset of agonal breathing with white mucus membranes [and] large amount of red-tinged froth in the trachea – severe pulmonary hemorrhage; [also:] pelvic fracture, vertebral fractures

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

Dauns First Desirio, June 10, Arapahoe R

Divine Order, June 10, Monmouth S
severe colic, toxic, severe pain

Tiffany Diamond, June 17, Santa Anita R
catastrophic fetlock failure – over 40 bone fragments, extensive hemorrhage

Mr. Euro, June 18, Delaware R
[multiple] fractures, complete rupture of the flexor tendon, torn suspensory branches, and an open wound

Dashing Roja, June 23, Pleasanton R
complete rupture of the sesamoidean ligaments

Imperial Legacy, June 30, Los Alamitos R
[multiple] fractures; hemorrhage and fraying of suspensory ligament; rupture of intersesamoidean and palmar annular ligaments; rupture of medial collateral ligament of the fetlock; rupture of medial collateral sesamoidean ligament; gastric ulcers

First Prize Choice, June 30, Wyoming Downs R
collision with rail – catastrophic head injury

Seared, July 8, Los Alamitos R
“pulled up racing, collapsed on ambulance, pulled from ambulance unable to rise: comminuted, complete, displaced fracture with compression of spinal cord

Bookofmatches, July 14, Los Alamitos R
comminuted, complete, displaced fracture of the L5 vertebra with extensive hemorrhages

El Gran Noel, July 19, Penn S
rupture of internal carotid

Lady Jodie Perry, July 21, Ruidoso T
severed tendons and ligament

Bobby Abu Dhabi, July 22, Del Mar T
[multiple] fetlock and cervical fractures

Intrepid Humor, July 28, Arlington T
fracture with lacerated femoral artery

Unusual Kiddy, July 29, Los Alamitos R
fell leaving gate, paralyzed: comminuted fracture of the spine with extensive hemorrhages in the adjacent musculature and connective tissue

Irish Spring, August 4, Del Mar R
fell…dead upon arrival: complete, comminuted, displaced fracture of C3 with complete transection of the spinal cord and extensive hemorrhages

Giant Breeze, August 5, Arlington R
“after racing the horse became recumbent…they got the horse up…it went down and never got up again…severe heat stroke…euthanized”

Get Mad Gracie, August 11, Fairmount R
fractured ankle – shattered

Magic Mangus, August 17, Monmouth R (euthanized August 31)
right dorsal displacement; [also:] laminitis, pneumonia, colic

Sunnysyde, August 17, Ruidoso R
bled, died on way to barn

Happy Andyversary, August 19, Harrah’s R
suffered a seizure and expired

Geremel Hanover, August 21, Plainridge R
fell over another horse, pulmonary hemorrhage, died instantly

Mischief Maker, August 28, Tioga T
shatter[ed] his pastern

Mz Brown, September 2, Del Mar R
catastrophic breakdown of the fetlock; fractures of the proximal sesamoid bones; full thickness, transverse rupture of the palmar annular ligament; full thickness, transverse and longitudinal rupture of the intersesamoidean ligament”

Royal Blessing, September 4, Saratoga S
was found dead in his stall – ileal rupture

Valley Child, September 6, Los Alamitos T
“left front carpus failure, [multiple fractures]; right front carpus failure, [multiple fractures]” (that’s multiple fractures in two legs)

Chazelle, September 6, Penn S
found expired in stall” (three years old)

Bronson, September 8, Kentucky Downs R
multiple fetlock fractures; extensive soft tissue damage; chronic, gastric ulceration

Cool Breeze De Vie, September 8, Tioga R
collapsed and died immediately following the race

Cruzin Wrangler, September 9, Prairie R
tibial fracture, skull fracture, DOA…the result of a mid-race collision

Chloes Smoke N Fame, September 9, Sweetwater Downs R
chest impalement

G P’s Girl, September 20, Arlington R
collapsed on track…horse was in agonal breathing and the mucus membranes were white…stopped breathing within seconds of arrival

Claret Jug, October 4, Remington R
collapsed at the finish line, died two minutes later” (three years old)

St. Barts, October 6, Saratoga T
collapsed – pulmonary hemorrhage

Jess Pure Class, October 14, Turf R
[broke both front legs]

Next Dance, October 17, Keeneland R
“horse pulled up and fell – open, comminuted fracture…numerous small fragments of bone embedded in the connective tissues

Beau Square, October 18, Santa Anita R
[multiple] complete fractures; [multiple] ligament ruptures

Semper Frey, October 21, Hawthorne T
horse went down and was dead before [vet got there]

E Licious, October 26, Penn R
horse collapsed just past the finish line – was dead when vet reached [her]” (three years old)

KJ Henry Michael, October 27, Monticello S
found deceased in stall early morning” (two years old)

Hashtag Fast, October 28, Will Rogers S
found dead in stall – presumed choke

Love to Party, November 8, Charles Town R
shattered MCIII

Andesine, November 11, Aqueduct R
collapsed and died after being unsaddled

Thurman, November 24, Hawthorne R
complete rupture of [multiple] ligaments

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

The Last Factor, December 7, Turfway R
[two broken legs]

Unusual Champ, December 12, Turf R
collapse – pulmonary hemorrhage

Printscess Hunt, December 27, Charles Town S
head trauma

Running Wildcat, December 27, Charles Town S
cast in stall, broken jaw