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

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

The following is a companion list to “How They Die.” While the industry attempts to dismiss these deaths (“non-racing”), make no mistake, these stabled-at-the-track, awaiting-next-race horses are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones who snap legs on raceday or rupture hearts in morning practice. Victims, all. (Again, this is but a sampling of information I annually receive from racing commissions.)

Boat Drinks: “the horse returned to the track with laminitis in all four limbs – rotated through the sole”

Cantina Butterfly: “the horse was down, depressed had labored breathing and a very swollen face with a bad odor and some nasal discharge…died before a tracheotomy could be performed; severe extensive cellulitis, severe gastric ulcers, renal papillary necrosis, severe traumatic osteoarthropathy”

Ivory Debt: “head trauma from flipping in barn September 29, severe CNS signs September 30 – euthanasia after contacting insurance company” (yes, after suffering head trauma, this horse had to wait a day before being put down – because of money)

unnamed 2-year-old: “found dead in stall, fractured pelvis with hemorrhaging”

Blow By: “found dead in the stall; pneumonia or possible head trauma during shipping”

Big Gene: “severe septicemia rear legs with necrosis – laminitis all four” (two years old)

Honest Abe: “bowel evisceration secondary to a castration surgery earlier in the day”

Quittin Time: “the horse shipped in from Arkansas with a 103 degree temperature…developed laminitis…today the horse’s coffin bone rotated out the bottom of its foot”

name withheld: “found dead in stall – the presence of an acute traumatic lesion to the left hind limb…suggests colt became uncomfortable during the night and injured his limb while rolling/becoming cast or otherwise struggling; gastric ulceration was severe enough in this case to have caused pain, in addition to the colonic lesion…large numbers of tape worms in the cecum”

Two Step Turn: “[trainer] stated that one of his workers found the horse dead on the floor”

Hoppy Hour: “marked diffuse chronic fibrinous arthritis of the left hock – the thickened joint capsule along with the abundant fibrin suggest a chronic, on-going process” (two years old)

Genaro: “colicky, unresponsive to treatment, died next day – ruptured intestine”

JC’s Dream: “broken carpus, very thin, very lame”

Olmeca: “ruptured bladder”

Lady Lucilla: “shipped in with shipping fever, abscess, and fluid in lungs”

New Ellenton: “head trauma, seizuring, hypovolemic shock”

Rainy Night: “found lame in her stall on 11/15; euthanized on 11/22 for severe hemorrhage from gastrocnemius tear/trauma”

Sayalittlprayrfrme: “rough trip in trailer to track, sustained laceration over L eye, seemed ok initially but was found down in stall and in extreme distress later that afternoon, vet treated without improvement – euthanized”

My Precious Stolita: “severe colic – horse was found dead in stall”

Bronze Bomber: “pleural pneumonia with four-feet laminitis”

Legasistic (probably sic): “evisceration of abdomen”

Mister Dark Eagle: “tracheal collapse/trauma”

Indio: “discovered dead in its stall; horse had stopped eating the day before”

Just Dance With Me: “drowning incident”

Shotgun Love: “euthanized for severe laminitis both front feet”

Sherlock’s Hope: “acute severe laminitis in all four feet”

Arrogante de Oro: “horse treated for colic on 6/11 [five days after last race]…found dead in stall at 4:00 AM by groom/night watch”

Myarchangel: “flipped in street, fractured skull”

Classic Kate: “penetrating abdominal wound – humanely destroyed”

Kershner: “sudden death; had been treated for colic, intestinal rupture”

Bigapplehereicome: “found dead in its stall”

Lovely Elle: “dead in stall 4 am”

Mongolian Eagle: “eight weeks of ataxia”

name withheld: “colic of 2-day duration…appeared to recover, then expired suddenly, most likely due to a distended or ruptured bowel”

name withheld: “horse flipped…suspect cranial fracture, hemorrhaged”

name withheld: “found in stall – suspect colic”

name withheld: “flipped in stall – head trauma”

name withheld: “dead in stall”

El Borracho: “found dead in am, no signs of struggle”

Bettarun Realfast: “horse had laminitis of greater than 7 days duration…developed colic today – not responsive to any medications…euthanasia”

Citizen Ofthe West: “found dead – colic”

Silver Bullet Rf: “found dead in stall; 360-degree torsion of colon”

Nacimientos Clasic: “horse died during night – colic”

Wagon #1 (probably sic): “found dead in stall”

Speedy Trick: “colic – died in stall overnight”

Asophisticatedmomma: “horse was found dead – horse was insured”

Sms First Dibs: “found dead”

Carmon’s Trick: “found in stall dead”

Quick Coconut: “being treated for a cold – found dead in stall”

Freudian Dilemma: “found deceased in stall – gastric/digestive issues”

Rip Loves Maize: “collapsed in stall and expired”

Lemon Iceking: “being treated for recurring bronchopneumonia without resolution – found dead in stall”

Yodelmesomemagic: “found dead in stall – suspect colic”

Mias Mark: “flipped in washrack, fractured skull – dead on arrival”

The Grey Bullet: “found dead in stall”

Lebowski: “found dead outside stall, treated previous day for gastrointestinal issue”

Jade Run: “found down in stall, unable to stand; in distress; possible reaction to pre-race [left blank] – euthanized”

Morning Joe: “previously fx near LR pelvis, stall rest prescribed; 2 months later his health took a turn for the worse…found down in stall…got horse standing…demonstrated considerable distress – decision made to euthanize”

Mr Reid: “found dead in stall; previous surgery for severe colic…predisposed to colic”

Clever King: “found deceased in stall – being treated for colic”

Start It Up: “laminitis both front feet”

Totally Discreet: “laminitis both front feet”

Fashion Fund: “found down in stall & removed to clinic where filly was diagnosed with comminuted left femoral & pelvic fractures”

The Lucky Dream: “collapsed and died in stall – suspected heart failure or aneurysm”

Majic Laughter: “found dead in stall – history of colic”

Superbe Rulah: “horse not feeling well; found dead in stall – suspected acute colic”

Monsterinthepaint: “died after being removed from trailer – colonic ulceration with colitis”

Beautiful Mimi: “flipped in stall – hit head fracturing neck…died”

Demo: “being treated by vet for lumbosacral neuropathy with rectal/urinary disfunction; developed severe UTI and was found dead in stall”

Wild Perfection: “horse found dead in stall – unattended death”

Hawaiian Move: “sudden death post-exercise on equine wheel…died shortly after returning to barn”

Warair: “found deceased in stall”

Eye Opening Dream: “found deceased in barn” (was raced just three days prior)

Special Jessie: “dead in stall”

Floyd Hanover: “[trainer] found horse dead in barn”

Platinum Sensation: “found dead in stall”

Ladys Bad Boy: “[found] the horse dead in his stall”

Kettle’s Kid: “shipping fever”

Rangersleadtheway: “severely neurologic”

Built Bok Tuff: “horse was found dead in stall…with apparent signs of severe colic; Dr. Robinson reportedly treated the horse for colic [the day before]”

Sally Ali: “horse was found dead in barn on backside in early morning hours; showed signs of colic, endotoxemia; exact cause of death unknown – no necropsy performed”

Jumpn On Glass: “horse found dead in stall – signs of colic and endotoxic shock” (was raced just three days prior)

Jenny Cartel: “died in stall after being treated for several days for respiratory/lung disease”

My Lucky Shot: “horse died of colic and arrived at clinic deceased”

Miss Executive Gray: “found dead in stall…history of pleuritis with pulmonary abscessation”

D’forest Diva: “found dead in stall”

Phoebe Moon: “colic, enteritis – found dead in stall”

Waverly Force: “neurologic disease”

Catana: “found dead in stall”

Temple of Doom: “found dead in stall”

Hard Play: “found dead in stall – cause unknown”