To those who profit from, bet on, watch, or otherwise support horseracing, the burden falls to justify the following in 21st Century America.

Some of the racehorses killed in 2021 (I have not included California, Maryland, and Kentucky deaths; those states provided the most detail and merit stand-alone views):

Love Train, Jan 25, Louisiana
“fell – acute head trauma”

Djokovien, Feb 23, Delaware
“severe, acute pulmonary hemorrhage coming off track”

Sisters Cartel, Mar 6, Louisiana
“fractured pelvis, severed muscle, [bled out]” (first-ever race)

Bombay Shaker, Apr 3, Louisiana
“[broke both left legs]” (two years old)

In For the Chase, May 14, Illinois
“horse dropped and died – likely due to extensive hemorrhage within the lungs”

Brakeaway Dash, May 18, Louisiana
“fell – fractured skull, fractured spine”

Scatalycat, Jun 12, Washington
“comminuted, compound fractures [both] forelimbs”

Splash, Jun 19, Delaware
“sudden death” (two years old; chart said: “stopped abruptly”)

Classy Cay, Jun 19, North Dakota
“stumbled, collapsed – fractured both front legs”

Great Scott, Jun 19, Washington
“[broke both shoulders] – comminuted, acute, severe”

Lotta Jb, Jun 19, Wyoming
“shattered knee” (two years old, second-ever race)

Shacks Your Daddy, Jun 22, Illinois
“severe diarrhea, severe colic – horse expired [not euthanized, just died] in stall”

Siesta Moon, Jul 13, New Jersey
“crashed through metal gate: humerus shattered into approximately 11 distinct fragments and numerous small, crushed fragments”

Love Conquers, Jul 16, Louisiana
“collapsed after wire – sudden death”

Commander Chachi, Jul 21, Ohio
“collapsed and died during morning workout – multiple pulmonary blood clots”

Donut Lord, Jul 29, Virginia
“acute cardio-respiratory failure, pleural hemorrhages” (two years old)

Fame to Famous, Aug 3, New Jersey
“severe, acute laminitis – all four feet” (four years old)

Son of Patriot, Aug 5, Louisiana
“acute open [through the skin] fracture in gate”

Diction, Aug 5, Washington
“[broke] both forelimbs, severely ruptured ligaments”

Abiding Star, Aug 7, New Jersey
“collapsed [and died] – severe epistaxis [bleeding from nose]”

Relentless Oatman, Aug 7, Wyoming
“fractured knee, euthanized on track” (two years old, first-ever race, won the race)

Chublicious, Aug 8, New Jersey
“wide exposure of the MC3, bone separated into three fracture components, small amount of tissue holding the site together, heavy contamination with dirt and gravel, complete rupture and tearing of multiple tendons and ligaments”

Cousin, Aug 11, Ohio
“collapsed and died – [multiple] hemorrhages, head, neck, chest”

Belle’s Cachet, Aug 16, Virginia
“extensive hemorrhages in small intestine”

The Tabulator, Aug 19, Ohio
“[multiple] open [through the skin], compound fractures”

Knockout Punch, Aug 21, New Jersey
“severe, complete neck fracture, fragments displaced into the surrounding tattered musculature”

Yeahiknow, Sep 3, Ohio
“collapsed and died” (after finishing last, 28 lengths back)

Dame of the West, Sep 11, Washington
“[broke both front limbs]”

Very Best Skunk, Sep 13, Indiana
“found deceased – abdominal hemorrhage”

King of Miami, Sep 16, Illinois
“collapsed and died – pulmonary hemorrhage”

Make the Call, Sep 22, Ohio
“collapsed, agonal breathing, died”

Wall Streete, Sep 25, Idaho
“traumatic injury after collision with inside rail” (two years old)

Executive Trust, Sep 26, New Mexico
“[broke two legs] past wire”

Three Amigos, Sep 29, Illinois
“chronic, severe degenerative osteoarthritis; no rescue would accept [him]” (four years old)

Golden Lily, Oct 5, Illinois
“came off track in respiratory and cardiac distress – collapsed, paddled, and died”

Cornstalker, Oct 6, Colorado
“acute 180° colonic torsion with rupture”

Sassy Coyote, Oct 8, Illinois
“hit head, seized, and bled from nose, mouth, and ears”

Kings Beach, Oct 10, Ohio
“fractured bone into at least nine fragments, tissues torn and shredded”

Ghost Dancer, Oct 11, New Mexico
“sick three days; found deceased in stall” (two years old)

She’s All I Need, Oct 11, Oklahoma
“explosion fracture”

Briannas Gift, Oct 20, Louisiana
“fell – [broke both front legs]” (second-ever race)

Hail Michigan, Oct 23, Virginia
“fell over a jump and was dead by the time vet arrived”

Cajun Moon, Oct 28, Illinois
“jockey heard a pop: [multiple] fractures”

Insane Lifestyle, Nov 1, Illinois
“collapsed on track dead with blood in nostrils”

Flash Patriarch, Nov 23, Ohio
“found dead in stall around 7 am – cecal rupture” (three years old)

Mora Valley, Nov 26, Illinois
“yesterday the horse had profuse bloody diarrhea; found dead this morning”

Shark Control, Nov 29, Ohio
“suddenly broke cannon when asked to accelerate…caught after about 200 yards”

Half Cocked, Nov 30, Arizona
“severe, acute avulsion fracture; joint is disarticulated with bone exposure and hemorrhage in surrounding tissue”

Naughty Swagger, Dec 14, Arizona
“collapsed, fell, and died past wire: complete fracture of the second cervical vertebrae with exposure of the spinal cord – [cord] partially severed”

Pocket Money, Dec 31, Louisiana
“fractured pelvis, fractured femur” (second-ever race)

To those who profit from, bet on, watch, or otherwise support horseracing, the burden falls to justify the following in 21st Century America.

Some of the racehorses killed thus far in 2021, in the words of the industry itself. Please note: I have not included California and Maryland deaths, as those states provide the most (gruesome) detail and merit stand-alone views.

(all italics mine)

Treasured Bond, Jan 3, Ohio
“collapsed on track, deceased when arrived”

Doc Gardner, Jan 4, Ohio
“found dead at 6 am – cecal rupture, exsanguination [bled out]”

From the Get Go, Jan 5, Arizona
“sudden death” (two years old)

He Doesnt Listen, Jan 7, Arizona
“severe fractures, ruptured tendons, ruptured ligament, extensive hemorrhage”

Taylor’s Addiction, Jan 14, Arizona
“LF limb fractured into greater than 7 pieces, digital flexor torn”

Favored, Jan 15, Florida
“fell, and perished on the track” (first ever race)

Jd El Muneco, Jan 18, Arizona
“complete, comminuted fracture through the neck of the right scapula; other findings: chronic gastric ulcers and stomach worms” (just a year old)

Abby Swan, Jan 27, Arizona
“severe, acute, open fracture of the RF fetlock with dislocation; severe subcutaneous hemorrhage; torn tendon; torn ligament; displaced distal limb”

All About Stella, Jan 27, Ohio
“The horse was being transported to the racetrack after being purchased at a sale. She kicked out the window…and hung her leg over the ramp. This resulted in severing the tendon, joint capsule, and artery.”

Da Alpha, Feb 7, Florida
“fractured neck [presumably in starting gate]”

Trivial, Feb 17, Illinois
“After returning [to barn] it was noted that the horse did not seem right and was wobbly. The horse [then] collapsed dead in the stall.”

Rockshaw, Feb 25, Arkansas
“dropped dead after training”

Lunar Heat, Mar 2, Ohio
“found dead at 6 am – dark, red froth and bloody liquid drain from both nostrils”

Daddy’s Angel, Mar 6, Arkansas
“collapsed and died while training” (four years old)

Ramona Lover, Mar 8, Arizona
“P1 has been obliterated and is in multiple fragments, some of which protruded through the skin”

Cambassador, Mar 9, Ohio
“shattered pastern into numerous small fragments; no large pieces to anchor or plate together”

Goodgolly Mismolly, Mar 11, Ohio
“Mare found unstable in stall. Mare became violently painful, cast herself, and died. The second cervical vertebra was fractured in half with compression of the spinal cord. The left side of head had multiple, massive hemorrhages.” (two years old)

Disciple, Mar 23, Ohio
“multiple large fractures left knee”

Acting Sweet, Mar 31, Oklahoma
“cervical fractures”

Deal the Lady In, Apr 1, Oklahoma
“head fracture”

Silvanus, Apr 2, Arizona
“severe, open, comminuted fracture of tibia and fibula; sharp piece of bone protruding out of wound; multiple fragments of tibia within the hock joint”

Lethal Glory, Apr 3, New Mexico
“broke neck”

Fortified Effort, Apr 7, Arizona
“fetlock fracture followed by traumatic dislocation of joint, collateral and annular ligaments ruptured”

Hakman, Apr 10, Ohio
“Horse fell over fallen rival. Horse was unable to stand, and…deteriorated with paralysis and evidence of spinal fracture. Horse was euthanized on the track.”

Quality Line, Apr 13, Arizona
“open fracture that contains dirt and hair; right side of the face and neck bloody and covered in dirt and debris; two ticks in the deep left ear canal; four ticks in the right ear canal; significant chronic ulceration in the stomach”

T C’s Image, Apr 19, Oklahoma
“cerebrum hemorrhage”

Allgorilla, Apr 24, Florida
“collapsed, sudden death” (had just turned four)

Cougartown Blues, Apr 26, Indiana
“collapsed on track after win – fatal pulmonary hemorrhage” (three years old)

Brandywines Secret, Apr 28, Pennsylvania
“suffered catastrophic injuries to both front legs [but] was walked into ambulance”

S K Flyer, Apr 30, Florida
“fell to the track, sudden death” (three years old)

Zeke the Streak, May 3, Ohio
“groom arrived at 3:30 am and found horse deceased in stall – cecal perforation”

Jess Good Advice, May 8, Oklahoma
“extensive gastric rupture”

yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, May 13, Florida
“fell and split rear legs”

Charlie’s Heir, May 22, Illinois
“horse went down, had a few spasms, and died”

Geometrico, May 24, Florida
“found [dead] at 4:20 am” (three years old)

Pearls in Charge, May 25, Ohio
“Exhibited distress and began to ease herself from race. Jockey continued to ride her out. Just prior to finish line, she pulled herself up, collapsed and died.”

Incredible Shark, May 29, New Jersey
“severely comminuted and displaced skull fracture”

Horseyoucameinon, Jun 2, West Virginia
“fractured both tibias”

Elite Attraction, Jun 7, Indiana
“flipped, skull fracture”

Hush’s Storm, Jun 10, New Mexico
“horse died in stall, colic – no vet needed” (11 years old, had been raced 86 times)

G Q Girl, Jun 14, Ohio
“After the race she became distressed…became very lame, then collapsed and died. This mare died from blood loss coming from a major artery.” (she bled out)

Big Cypress, Jun 16, Pennsylvania
“suffered catastrophic injuries to both front legs”

B’s Wild Man, Jun 16, West Virginia
“severed spinal cord”

Straightupp, Jul 6, New Mexico
“collapsed, hemorrhage, sudden death” (two years old)

Canary Islands, Jul 25, Illinois
“pelvic trauma: both back legs would not move and horse stood knuckled over”

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 2020, in the words of the industry itself.

(R: Racing; T: Training; S: Stall)

Golden Birthday, Jan 1, Santa Anita R
“[multiple] comminuted fractures, [multiple] severe ruptures”

Yukon Eric, Jan 3, Pimlico T
“horse pulled up and appeared to be exhausted…fell to the track and died”; also: “stomach: acute ulcers – presumptive stress” (two years old)

Token Vow, Jan 4, Hawthorne R
“dropped dead at 1/4 pole – copious amount of blood from nostrils”

Little Bit Country, Jan 16, Laurel T
“flipped, recumbent, unable to move hind limbs”; Dr. Sorum: “I found the horse down…and [he] appeared in shock. [H]e didn’t have movement to his hind legs. He was also dribbling urine.”

Obligated to None, Jan 19, Turf R
“horse finished last, 36 back; once the horse returned to its stall, it laid down and could not get back up: complete pelvic fracture that resulted in extensive hemorrhage that involved the majority of the LH limb”

Data Force, Jan 20, Sam Houston T
“sudden death – died on track” (two years old)

Celtic Warrior, Jan 25, Turf R
“multiple fractures with bone exposure, skin degloved”

Rumers Are True, Feb 3, Charles Town S
“found dead” (five years old)

Birdies Honor, Feb 8, Laurel R
“finished the race…suddenly the horse collapsed and died” (four years old)

Roses for Laura, Feb 8, Turf T
“open fracture RF fetlock”; also: “there are multiple areas of gastric ulceration and hemorrhage in the stomach, which is common finding in racing horse”

Buddy Princess, Feb 9, Rillito R
“open avulsion injury, segments of bones are missing; over 30% of distal metacarpal bone is exposed; surfaces of the bone, soft tissue, and tendons are covered in dirt; suspensory ligament is completely ruptured”

Adorned, Feb 9, Turf S
“fractured neck”

Miss Romania, Feb 12, Santa Anita T
“comminuted, complete, displaced fracture; muscles severely torn; massive hemorrhage”

Major Flirt, Feb 15, Laurel R
“dislocation of fetlock; comminuted, displaced sesamoid fractures; soft tissue damage; [torn] ligaments”; also: “chronic gastric ulcer” (three years old)

Smokey, Feb 16, Oaklawn S
“died due to cerebrum hemorrhage”

Harlan Selection, Feb 19, Sam Houston R
“hypovolemic shock – died on track”

Cowgirl Barbie, Feb 19, Turf T
“horse was working on the main track when it stumbled, fell and could not get back up – [cause of death] not determined” (she was just one year old)

Senor Grits, Feb 19, Turf R
“open fracture covered in dirt, sand, and mud; ruptured tendon; ruptured ligament”; also: “severe, chronic degenerative joint disease [in same leg that broke]”

Street Machine, Feb 21, Los Alamitos R
“large open wound with exposure of MCIII, [multiple] complete ruptures”

Sedona Moon, Feb 21, Turf T
“comminuted fractures, tendon rupture” (he was just one year old)

Chosen Vessel, Feb 29, Santa Anita R
“[multiple] fractures, [multiple] ruptures, [bone] broken through skin”

Abelard Hanover, Mar 2, Dover R
“acute aortic rupture”

Super Touch, Mar 6, Turfway R
“collapsed and died – hemorrhage, shock”

Love Totem, Mar 12, Turfway R
“skull fracture, epistaxis from both nostrils”

Supercross, Mar 18, Pimlico T
“ran into a wall and died”; Dr. Meittinis: “The horse died on his own from head trauma before I could get there.”

Baddowndasher, Mar 19, Remington R
“horse collapsed – severed spinal cord”

Fantasy First Down, Mar 21, Remington S
“suffered severe head trauma while tied to gate” (note: not euthanized, just died)

Kahului, Apr 2, Oaklawn R
“ruptured vein in the pelvic cavity, hypovolemic shock”

Smiling Ali, Apr 2, Santa Anita T
“sudden death: extensive hemorrhages in the lung”; also: “stomach: chronic ulcers, multiple” (two years old)

M C Hamster, Apr 15, Santa Anita T
“complete luxation of fetlock with protrusion of distal MCIII through skin”

Gotaheadache, Apr 22, Laurel T
“returned to barn in distress, collapsed and died”; Dr. Daniel: “She had very large volumes of blood in both thoracic and abdominal cavities.”

Tailback, May 10, Santa Anita T
“compound, comminuted fractures of MCII, MCIII, MCIV”

Miss Casuarina, May 13, Charles Town S
“found dead, swollen neck”

Valkyrie, May 24, Indiana T
“fractured skull”

Bluegrass Jamboree, May 28, Belmont T
“cardiovascular collapse – expired on track”

Grimm Resolve, Jun 2, Los Alamitos S
“found dead in stall” (two years old)

Jive Talkin, Jun 6, Golden Gate T
“[multiple] fractures, [multiple] ruptures”; also: “there was blood in the peritoneal and thoracic cavities, focal hemorrhage and tearing of the diaphragm, hemorrhage in the eyes; gastric ulceration diffuse and severe” (three years old)

Lightsaber, Jun 7, Santa Anita T
“hit the rail – complete tibia fracture, massive hemorrhage, muscles severely torn”

Always Secret, Jun 8, Lone Star R
“heat stress in test barn after race”

Kiss My Bling, Jun 9, Fair Meadows R
“acute exsanguination after showing signs of distress” (she bled out)

Aljohn, Jun 9, Laurel S
“horse was being treated for an infected right foot for approximately 10 days; [the trainer] discovered that the horse’s right foot had fallen off” (yes, that’s right, “the horse’s right foot had fallen off”)

Giant Pulpit, Jun 9, Lone Star T
“spinal fracture, head and neck trauma”

Absolutely Flashing, Jun 14, Ruidoso R
“muscle tear, bleeding rupture”

Mystical Song, Jun 17, Belmont S
“found dead in stall…gastrointestinal disease”

For D’s Knight, Jun 17, Lone Star R
“[multiple] fractures: comminuted, open, displaced, complete; tendons and ligaments are torn, frayed, and covered in dirt”

Neeka’s Temple, Jun 18, Indiana T
“fractured skull”

Big Red Valentine, Jun 18, Santa Anita S
“traumatic, highly comminuted fracture of spine; complete transection of spinal cord; open fracture of cannon; MCIII snapped into two halves; transverse rupture of suspensory ligament; highly comminuted fracture of rostral bones of upper jaw”

Cheers and Prayers, Jun 21, Fair Meadows S
“hit head on concrete wall, [died]”

Elektracutioner, Jun 22, Prairie R
“internal pulmonary hemorrhage”

Yuma Thurman, Jun 23, Arapahoe R
“horse died after finishing 2nd – congestive heart failure” (11 years old, 93rd race)

Endeavor, Jun 23, Hoosier T
“dislocated hip with torn ligaments”

Equilibrio, Jun 26, Los Alamitos R
“complete fracture of the neck of the scapula, severe hemorrhage associated with rupture[d] muscles” (two years old, first race)

Nana Shila, Jun 27, Los Alamitos R
“open, comminuted fractures; complete rupture [multiple] ligaments/tendons; broken neck; massive hemorrhage within spinal canal”

Mr Dejavu, Jun 27, San Luis Rey T
“rider heard loud pop and jumped off: complete, displaced, comminuted fracture; rupture[d] biceps; massive hemorrhage”

Constitutional Pal, Jul 4, Monmouth R
“[multiple] complete, displaced fractures; ulceration and dissection of the articular cartilage”

Ilchester Cheetah, Jul 11, Monmouth R
“sudden death: rupture, right lung” (three years old)

Tricks R For Real, Jul 13, Ocean R
“collapsed and died” (three years old)

Miners Quest, Jul 14, Laurel S
“acute laminitis, rotation of the foot” (nine years old, had been raced 72 times)

Hopper Hunter, Jul 16, Thistledown R
“fractured cannon while leaving the gate”

All Call, Jul 18, Arlington S
“found dead in stall – ruptured stomach”

Diamond Darlin, Jul 20, Delaware S
“hit head, fractured skull, ruptured major artery – died”

Gospel Cherokey, Jul 21, Fair Meadows R
“fell – skull fracture” (died – not euthanized – next day)

Apollon, Jul 24, Saratoga T
“cardiovascular collapse” (two years old)

Gin and Platonic, Aug 1, Monmouth R
“dropped dead: rupture, right lung” (three years old)

Turbulent Eyes, Aug 1, Wyoming R
“stifle locked up, broke back”

Withholder, Aug 2, Monmouth T
“pulled up lame, collapsed into hypovolemic shock – pelvic fracture with severe and extensive hemorrhage” (two years old)

Bird Call, Aug 4, Mountaineer R
“lung hemorrhage” (chart said “fell into the rail”)

Shaggy Kid, Aug 5, Delaware S
“terminally ill – colon torsion, toxic” (three years old)

Shiny Copper Penny, Aug 5, Saratoga S
“experienced sudden death”

Final Offer, Aug 7, Northfield R
“collapsed in stall after race and passed”

My Lila, Aug 8, Laurel R
“[multiple] compound, comminuted fractures and dislocation, LF fetlock; rupture in the skin through which a portion of cannon bone protrudes; sand and debris packed into the hole in the skin”; also: “chronic synovitis in all [four] carpal joints; chronic degeneration in all four distal cannon bones; chronic, active joint disease both hind fetlocks” (My Lila was declared “racing sound” before each and every one of her 15 races, including the one in which she died. She was but three years old.)

Plain Tales, Aug 16, Belterra S
“found dead in the morning with large amounts of froth and bloody discharge from the nasal passages”

Rebel Teen, Aug 19, Batavia R
“collapsed and expired on the track”

Cam’s Legacy, Aug 21, Remington T
“expired upon completion of workout” (two years old)

Irish Crossing, Aug 22, Laurel R
“three major fractures of left scapula, approximately 15 fragments; severed biceps; copious hemorrhage; jockey stated horse was nervous prior to start of race”

Peek It Up, Aug 22, Los Alamitos R
“fractured [back]: multiple fragments within spinal canal, complete transection of the spinal cord, massive hemorrhage”

Battle Weary, Aug 23, Ruidoso R
“flipped in gate, blunt force trauma to the head”

El Divo Moves, Aug 23, Sweetwater R
“collapsed, broke back”

Nuttinholdinmeback, Aug 24, Arlington T
“tibia shattered into 2 large and at least 48 small fragments”

Con He Win, Aug 26, Finger Lakes R
“ran through the rail”

Flash for Corona, Aug 30, Arlington S
“found dead in stall – severe, gangrenous pleuropneumonia”

Plum Dandy, Aug 31, Del Mar S
“flipped, fractured skull, bled from nose, died”

Bobble Doit, Aug 31, Emerald T
“displaced fracture, severe ligament laceration, tendon lacerations”; also: “chronic osteoarthritis, gastric ulceration” (two years old)

Billy the Hott, Sep 5, Los Alamitos R
“pelvic fractures, sacral fractures, lumbar fractures, occipital fractures, massive hemorrhage, acute hypovolemic shock”

Long March, Sep 7, Pimlico T
“flipped over and struck his [head] on the starting gate – trauma was so severe that [he] was immediately euthanized on the track” (being prepped for first race)

Polar Bear Pete, Sep 10, Laurel R
“five fractures, multiple pieces; traumatic avulsion; intramuscular hemorrhage”; also: “acute gastric ulcers (acute stress); chronic degenerative joint disease all four fetlocks” (three years old)

Bob E McGee, Sep 13, Los Alamitos R
“fell past wire: humeral fracture, biceps and triceps ruptures, massive hemorrhage”

One Fat Kat, Sep 18, Laurel R
“both [sesamoids] shattered”; Dr. Daniel: “Filly was very reluctant to come to the paddock [before start of race].”

Peves Candy Chickman, Sep 18, Will Rogers S
“skull fracture”

Shirelle, Sep 19, Saratoga T
“collapsed and died after breezing” (two years old)

Eve’s Medal, Sep 20, Monmouth T
“dropped dead: aortic rupture” (three years old)

Sea Sparkle, Sep 23, Belmont S
“horse found dead – colic of undetermined duration”

Talent Scout, Sep 24, Pimlico R
“blunt trauma, catastrophic fractures, LF fetlock; open wound into joint, copious amount of blood, RF fetlock” (that’s both front ankles); Dr. Daniel: “Talent Scout had an open fracture of the LF fetlock and a severe rundown/wound of the RF fetlock. The horse was unstable and in severe pain.” When asked horse’s condition when acquired, trainer said, “Fine – old ankles.” (just five years old)

Unrighteous, Sep 26, Saratoga T
“collapsed and died” (three years old)

Great Gasby, Oct 1, Emerald R
“severe blunt-force trauma: skull fracture, comminuted, acute, severe”

Cool Hunter, Oct 1, Golden Gate R
“multiple fractures, [multiple] ruptures”; also: “multiple chronic gastric ulcers throughout the stomach”

Oasis Beauty, Oct 1, Remington R
“collapsed after race, died in shedrow [next day]” (two years old, first race)

Fancy Twirl, Oct 3, Saratoga S
“laminitis in all four feet” (just two years old)

Superficial, Oct 6, Santa Anita S
“skull fracture; significant blood loss from both nostrils; ataxic and unwilling to stand; appeared to be suffocating on blood” (two years old)

Lucerito, Oct 7, Laurel S
“severe arthritis, chronic degenerative joint disease [all four] fetlocks” (just three years old)

Alysinawonderland, Oct 9, Belmont S
“horse was found dead in the stall”

Infinitypowersiwin, Oct 13, Charles Town S
“natural death” (was only three; was raced just four days prior: last, 23 lengths back)

Cinnamon Latte, Oct 14, Monmouth R
“complete rupture [multiple] ligaments, massive and extensive hemorrhage”

Dancewiththedevil, Oct 14, Thistledown R
“fracture MCIII; piece of metal in cavity – possible screw fragment or drill bit”

It’s Cold Out, Oct 17, Finger Lakes S
“found deceased in stall 9”

Candy Classic, Oct 19, Thistledown R
“horse fractured both front limbs – euthanized on track” (again, both front limbs)

Vine Master, Oct 19, Zia R
“false break at gate – head injury”

Hit It Up, Oct 23, Los Alamitos R (died Oct 28)
“locked up [during] race, ambulanced to stall; found dead five days [later]: catastrophic lumbar fracture; multiple, variably shaped fragments within spinal canal; massive hemorrhage; complete transection of the spinal cord”

Verdad, Oct 29, Northfield S
“broken neck”

Look At My Hooves, Nov 1, Golden Gate R
“comminuted, complete, displaced fracture; complete rupture of flexor tendon and [multiple] ligaments”

Enemy Runner, Nov 2, Mahoning R
“collapsed after race, had agonal breathing then died” (three years old)

Teller James, Nov 3, Zia R
“collapsed, died on track after race” (two years old)

Rebuff, Nov 5, Churchill R
“multiple open, disarticulated fractures both front legs” (again, that’s both front legs)

Mister Riptide, Nov 7, Lone Star R
“fractured both front [legs]” (again, that’s both front legs)

Dear Theodosia, Nov 9, Keeneland S
“tongue laceration/amputation”

yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, Nov 18, Santa Anita S
“stomach rupture”

Dr. Feelgood, Nov 19, Laurel T
“[multiple] devastating fractures, bone protruding through skin, copious amount of blood”; also: “chronic degenerative arthritis in all limb joints; extensive scar tissue around tendons; previous surgery RF ankle” (five years old)

Moochie, Nov 19, Laurel R
“[multiple] fractures, [bone] displaced and through skin; devastating damage to almost all structures of affected joint”; also: “chronic, degenerative arthritis [in all four feet], stomach ulcers” (just two years old)

Tied Up, Nov 27, Aqueduct R
“returned in distress, collapsed fatally” (five years old)

Just Ribbing You, Nov 28, Laurel T
“compound fracture left tibia with the sharp end of a bone fragment protruding through the ruptured skin”; also: “chronic degenerative joint disease affecting most joints; history of bowed tendons; previous surgery RH ankle” (four years old; hadn’t yet been raced because of those tendons)

Racing N Lace, Dec 5, Los Alamitos R
“catastrophic lumbar fracture, spinal cord compression, hemorrhage in spinal canal”

Father’s Luck, Dec 8, Charles Town S
“founder, all four feet” (just four years old)

Adversary Seelster, Dec 13, Northfield S
“got loose, hit pole – instant death”

Penelope Rose, Dec 16, Santa Anita T
“comminuted, complete, displaced fracture; muscles severely torn; massive hemorrhage”

Super Dancer, Dec 18, Laurel R
“complete fracture of leg, bone exposed up to mid-cannon, area covered in dirt and dried blood; tendons shredded; muzzle, tongue, and teeth coated in dirt, incisor broken at gum line”; Dr. Sacksen: “Limb was clearly fractured and swinging when we approached. A large segment…completely fractured free.”

Delightful Pride, Dec 26, Mahoning S
“twisted large intestine”

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