Much is being made of California’s lower kill numbers. One of the things that the industry, led by The Stronach Group, is supposedly doing is more surgical repairs. But history says that the equine post-surgery survival rate is very low (think Barbaro). Problem is, the injured who end up being euthanized, with or without surgery, off-site will not, as a rule, show up in public records. The lost dead.

With the above as backdrop, here are 75 horses injured (in the cases of the bleeders: pulmonary hemorrhage) on California tracks since Jan 2020 and who have not been heard from since. It falls to the CHRB to tell us where these horses are.

Clubhouse Soda, 1/16/20, Golden Gate – “went wrong, vanned off”
Captivating Cartel, 1/24/20, Los Alamitos – “vanned off”
Warrens Lil Margie, 2/23/20, Golden Gate – “bled in the stretch”
Tizalwaves, 6/5/20, Santa Anita – “vanned off”
Spectator’s Dream, 6/7/20, Santa Anita – “pulled up, vanned off”
Nice Blaze, 7/3/20, Pleasanton – “fell, vanned off”
Hendavid, 7/25/20, Pleasanton – “pulled up, vanned off”
Girther, 8/8/20, Del Mar – “vanned off”
No Name Fred, 8/9/20, Del Mar – “bled”
Kr Casper, 8/16/20, Los Alamitos – “vanned off”
Verifiable, 9/5/20, Los Alamitos – “pulled up, vanned off”
Rick’s Dream, 9/7/20, Del Mar – “injured at 1/8 pole, vanned off”
Rule He Will, 9/19/20, Los Alamitos – “pulled up, vanned off”
El Aracada, 11/13/20, Los Alamitos – “vanned off”
Magnolia’s Hope, 11/27/20, Del Mar – “vanned off”
Velvet Queen, 11/27/20, Del Mar – “vanned off”
Twirling the Gold, 11/27/20, Los Alamitos – “vanned off”
Taco Twosday, 11/29/20, Los Alamitos – “pulled up, vanned off”
Princess Noor, 12/5/20, Los Alamitos – “pulled up, vanned off”
Josephin Bono, 12/6/20, Los Alamitos – “vanned off”
Colour of Money, 12/11/20, Los Alamitos – “vanned off”
Florentine Diamond, 1/16/21, Santa Anita – “vanned off”
Gowdy, 1/23/21, Los Alamitos – “vanned off”
Warm It Up, 2/26/21, Los Alamitos – “pulled up, vanned off”
Whatdidido, 3/27/21, Santa Anita – “pulled up, vanned off”
Tuxedo Flats, 5/1/21, Los Alamitos – “vanned off”
Omph, 5/9/21, Golden Gate – “was deemed unsound, vanned off”
Big Dog Daddy, 5/14/21, Santa Anita – “faltered, vanned off”
Fashin Icon, 5/22/21, Los Alamitos – “lost action, vanned off”
Eel Point, 5/28/21, Santa Anita – “injured at top of lane, vanned off”
Street Dancing, 5/31/21, Golden Gate – “pulled up, vanned off”
Lips Like Sugar, 6/19/21, Santa Anita – “vanned off”
Contagion, 7/18/21, Del Mar – “injured at 7/16 pole, vanned off”
Listen Linda, 7/18/21, Los Alamitos – “took a bad step, vanned off”
Perrys Everlasting, 7/24/21, Los Alamitos – “lost action, vanned off”
PRESTONS LADY AA, 8/13/21, Golden Gate – “bled”
Esagerare, 8/19/21, Del Mar – “had to be vanned off”
Queen Helene, 8/27/21, Golden Gate – “collapsed, bled profusely, vanned off”
C’Mon Jenna, 9/10/21, Golden Gate – “bled, vanned off”
Investment Account, 9/10/21, Los Alamitos – “injured in upper stretch, vanned off”
Bathory, 9/11/21, Golden Gate – “vanned off”
Great Power, 10/3/21, Los Alamitos – “took a bad step, vanned off”
Rocket Song, 10/10/21, Santa Anita – “vanned off”
Wild Cat Canyon, 10/16/21, Los Alamitos – “pulled up, vanned off”
Frost Warning, 10/17/21, Fresno – “pulled up, vanned off”
Favorite First Down, 10/23/21, Los Alamitos – “vanned off”
Dual Reality, 10/31/21, Santa Anita – “vanned off”
Prudent, 11/4/21, Del Mar – “vanned off”
Da Kine, 11/13/21, Del Mar – “pulled up, vanned off”
Deputy Bernardini, 11/26/21, Del Mar – “sustained late injury, vanned off”
Oro Crystal, 1/9/22, Los Alamitos – “vanned off”
Malibu Mayhem, 1/23/22, Santa Anita – “injured in deep stretch, vanned off”
Equivalence, 2/18/22, Santa Anita – “bled following the race”
Ed Gatty, 3/6/22, Los Alamitos – “pulled up, vanned off”
Viva La Fiesta, 4/1/22, Golden Gate – “pulled up, vanned off”
Intenses Suspenses, 4/3/22, Los Alamitos – “vanned off”
Savvy Gal, 4/10/22, Santa Anita – “vanned off”
Union Boy, 4/23/22, Golden Gate – “bled”
Pray to an Angel, 4/29/22, Golden Gate – “pulled up, vanned off”
Discretionary Day, 4/30/22, Santa Anita – “vanned off”
Banjo Queen, 5/15/22, Santa Anita – “pulled up, vanned off”
On Raglan Road, 5/27/22, Golden Gate – “bled”
Brittany Breeze, 5/28/22, Los Alamitos – “bad step, vanned off”
Smokinhotredhead, 6/18/22, Pleasanton – “vanned off”
I Am Not Uncertain, 7/3/22, Los Alamitos – “vanned off”
Divine Armor, 7/24/22, Del Mar – “pulled up, vanned off”
In Doubt, 7/30/22, Los Alamitos – “bled”
Sparkling Gem, 8/14/22, Los Alamitos – “took a bad step, vanned off”
Sentauro Image, 8/20/22, Los Alamitos – “fell past wire, vanned off”
Smitten by Kitten, 9/4/22, Del Mar – “went wrong, vanned off”
Trumper, 9/4/22, Los Alamitos – “fell, vanned off”
Flying Charlie, 9/25/22, Los Alamitos – “vanned off”
Weasley, 9/25/22, Los Alamitos – “pulled up, vanned off”
Teddy’s Barino, 10/2/22, Santa Anita – “bled, vanned off”
Set for It, 10/16/22, Los Alamitos – “bled”

Much is being made of California’s lower kill numbers. One of the things that the industry, led by The Stronach Group, is supposedly doing is more surgical repairs. But history says that the equine post-surgery survival rate is very low (think Barbaro). Problem is, the injured who end up being euthanized, with or without surgery, off-site will not, as a rule, show up in public records. The lost dead.

With the above as backdrop, I present the horses “vanned off” California tracks over the past 2 1/2 years and who have not been heard from since. It falls to the California Horse Racing Board to tell us where these horses are.

Clubhouse Soda, 1/16/20, Golden Gate
Captivating Cartel, 1/24/20, Los Alamitos
Warrens Lil Margie, 2/23/20, Golden Gate (not reported as vanned, but “bled”)
Tizalwaves, 6/5/20, Santa Anita
Spectator’s Dream, 6/7/20, Santa Anita
Nice Blaze, 7/3/20, Pleasanton
Hendavid, 7/25/20, Pleasanton
Girther, 8/8/20, Del Mar
No Name Fred, 8/9/20, Del Mar (not reported as vanned, but “bled”)
Kr Casper, 8/16/20, Los Alamitos
Verifiable, 9/5/20, Los Alamitos
Rick’s Dream, 9/7/20, Del Mar
Rule He Will, 9/19/20, Los Alamitos
El Aracada, 11/13/20, Los Alamitos
Magnolia’s Hope, 11/27/20, Del Mar
Velvet Queen, 11/27/20, Del Mar
Twirling the Gold, 11/27/20, Los Alamitos
Taco Twosday, 11/29/20, Los Alamitos
Princess Noor, 12/5/20, Los Alamitos
Josephin Bono, 12/6/20, Los Alamitos
Colour of Money, 12/11/20, Los Alamitos
Florentine Diamond, 1/16/21, Santa Anita
Gowdy, 1/23/21, Los Alamitos
Warm It Up, 2/26/21, Los Alamitos
Whatdidido, 3/27/21, Santa Anita
Tuxedo Flats, 5/1/21, Los Alamitos
Omph, 5/9/21, Golden Gate
Big Dog Daddy, 5/14/21, Santa Anita
Fashin Icon, 5/22/21, Los Alamitos
Eel Point, 5/28/21, Santa Anita
Street Dancing, 5/31/21, Golden Gate
Lips Like Sugar, 6/19/21, Santa Anita
Contagion, 7/18/21, Del Mar
Listen Linda, 7/18/21, Los Alamitos
Perrys Everlasting, 7/24/21, Los Alamitos
PRESTONS LADY AA, 8/13/21, Golden Gate (not reported as vanned, but “bled”)
Esagerare, 8/19/21, Del Mar
Queen Helene, 8/27/21, Golden Gate
C’Mon Jenna, 9/10/21, Golden Gate
Investment Account, 9/10/21, Los Alamitos
Bathory, 9/11/21, Golden Gate
Great Power, 10/3/21, Los Alamitos
Rocket Song, 10/10/21, Santa Anita
Wild Cat Canyon, 10/16/21, Los Alamitos
Frost Warning, 10/17/21, Fresno
Favorite First Down, 10/23/21, Los Alamitos
Dual Reality, 10/31/21, Santa Anita
Prudent, 11/4/21, Del Mar
Da Kine, 11/13/21, Del Mar
Deputy Bernardini, 11/26/21, Del Mar
Oro Crystal, 1/9/22, Los Alamitos
Malibu Mayhem, 1/23/22, Santa Anita
Equivalence, 2/18/22, Santa Anita (not reported as vanned, but “bled”)
Ed Gatty, 3/6/22, Los Alamitos
Viva La Fiesta, 4/1/22, Golden Gate
Intenses Suspenses, 4/3/22, Los Alamitos
Savvy Gal, 4/10/22, Santa Anita
Union Boy, 4/23/22, Golden Gate (not reported as vanned, but “bled”)
Pray to an Angel, 4/29/22, Golden Gate
Discretionary Day, 4/30/22, Santa Anita
Banjo Queen, 5/15/22, Santa Anita
On Raglan Road, 5/27/22, Golden Gate (not reported as vanned, but “bled”)
Brittany Breeze, 5/28/22, Los Alamitos
Smokinhotredhead, 6/18/22, Pleasanton
I Am Not Uncertain, 7/3/22, Los Alamitos

The horses “vanned off,” or had other issues at, NYS tracks since Jan 1, 2020, and who have not been heard from since. It falls to NY Racing to tell us where these horses are. (Note: These are just raceday. How many of the training injured are missing?)

Assault and Pepper, 1/17/20, Aqueduct (not reported as vanned, but “DNF”)
Nonsensical, 1/19/20, Aqueduct (not reported as vanned, but “protected” after race)
Spectre Bond, 1/24/20, Aqueduct
Plebe, 1/30/20, Aqueduct (not reported as vanned, but “DNF”)
Mo Lightning, 2/8/20, Aqueduct (not reported as vanned, but “DNF”)
Accabonac Harbor, 2/17/20, Aqueduct
Takeoff, 2/22/20, Aqueduct
Lucky E, 3/6/20, Aqueduct
Geta Lode of Lucky, 3/13/20, Aqueduct (not reported as vanned, but “DNF”)
Come On E. V., 6/13/20, Belmont
Traveling, 6/14/20, Belmont
Lord Cadbury, 6/26/20, Belmont
Kiki N King, 7/22/20, Finger Lakes
Quantum Computing, 7/24/20, Saratoga
Must See The Doc, 8/13/20, Saratoga
Leaky Cup, 8/14/20, Saratoga
Ranger Wrote, 8/25/20, Finger Lakes (not reported as vanned, but “DNF”)
Tote Board, 8/26/20, Finger Lakes (not reported as vanned, but “DNF”)
Critical Data, 8/26/20, Saratoga
Rocket Heat, 8/28/20, Saratoga (not reported as vanned, but “fractious”)
Variant Perception, 9/24/20, Belmont
Missle Bomb, 9/25/20, Belmont
J D’s Victory, 9/30/20, Finger Lakes
Vincero, 10/9/20, Belmont
Currency Chrome, 12/4/20, Aqueduct
Rockin Jo, 12/20/20, Aqueduct
We Should Talk, 1/1/21, Aqueduct
El Potro, 1/9/21, Aqueduct
Much Trouble, 3/14/21, Aqueduct
Jo’s Bold Cat, 4/17/21, Aqueduct
Mrs. Phelps, 5/19/21, Finger Lakes
Afleeting Glance, 6/24/21, Belmont
Rosies Surprise, 8/2/21, Finger Lakes
Okie Roughneck, 8/4/21, Saratoga
Recidivist, 8/20/21, Saratoga
Whitmore, 8/28/21, Saratoga
Graceful Princess, 8/28/21, Saratoga (“returned bleeding from nostrils”)
Full Salute, 8/29/21, Saratoga
Awesome Debate, 9/6/21, Saratoga
Notorious Flirt, 9/25/21, Belmont
Chance It, 9/25/21, Belmont
Miss Teheran, 9/25/21, Belmont
Sharp Prospect, 10/16/21, Belmont
Majestic Clarisse, 11/10/21, Finger Lakes (“bled”)
Cantrell Hill, 11/13/21, Aqueduct
Golden Essence, 12/4/21, Aqueduct
Heavy Roller, 12/31/21, Aqueduct

HW has been filing annual “Killed” lists since 2014; we are the first to ever do this. Here are the eight-year (’14-’21) totals across the nation, and at some of our most conspicuous tracks. Please note, however, that these figures are at a minimum: More, surely, were euthanized off-site or simply fell through record-keeping cracks. Not reflected, either, are the horses killed at the nation’s 200+ private training facilities. And finally, these numbers say nothing of the tens of thousands who were bled-out and butchered upon “retirement.” In short, this is but a partial reckoning.

Arizona
total all tracks: 309 dead racehorses
Turf: 285 dead racehorses

Arkansas (just one track) (note: AR did not honor FOIA requests from ’14-’18)
Oaklawn: 72 dead racehorses

California
total all tracks: 821 dead racehorses
Del Mar: 96 dead racehorses
Golden Gate: 212 dead racehorses
Los Alamitos: 203 dead racehorses
Santa Anita: 246 dead racehorses

Colorado (just one track)
Arapahoe: 65 dead racehorses

Delaware
total all (two) tracks: 144 dead racehorses
Delaware Park: 132 dead racehorses

Florida
total all tracks: 808 dead racehorses
Gulfstream: 410 dead racehorses
Tampa Bay: 191 dead racehorses

Illinois
total all tracks: 240 dead racehorses
Hawthorne: 114 dead racehorses

Indiana
total all (two) tracks: 218 dead racehorses
Horseshoe: 185 dead racehorses

Iowa (just one track)
Prairie: 113 dead racehorses

Kentucky
total all tracks: 387 dead racehorses
Churchill: 145 dead racehorses
Keeneland: 85 dead racehorses

Louisiana (just racing; LA does not disclose training/stall deaths)
total all tracks: 470 dead racehorses
Delta: 155 dead racehorses
Evangeline: 112 dead racehorses
Fair Grounds: 96 dead racehorses
Louisiana Downs: 107 dead racehorses

Maryland
total all tracks: 315 dead racehorses
Laurel: 243 dead racehorses
Pimlico: 53 dead racehorses

Minnesota
total all (two) tracks: 99 dead racehorses
Canterbury: 96 dead racehorses

Nebraska (NE record-keeping is particularly bad)
total all tracks: 48 dead racehorses

New Jersey
total all tracks: 171 dead racehorses
Monmouth: 141 dead racehorses

New Mexico
total all tracks: 574 dead racehorses

New York
total all tracks: 873 dead racehorses
Aqueduct: 114 dead racehorses
Belmont: 322 dead racehorses
Finger Lakes: 177 dead racehorses
Saratoga: 134 dead racehorses

Ohio
total all tracks: 409 dead racehorses
Belterra: 92 dead racehorses
Mahoning: 134 dead racehorses
Thistledown: 125 dead racehorses

Oklahoma
total all tracks: 370 dead racehorses
Remington: 236 dead racehorses

Pennsylvania
total all tracks: 741 dead racehorses
Parx: 353 dead racehorses
Penn: 263 dead racehorses

Texas
total all tracks: 254 dead racehorses
Lone Star: 125 dead racehorses

Washington (just one track)
Emerald: 133 dead racehorses

West Virginia
total all (two) tracks: 676 dead racehorses
Charles Town: 458 dead racehorses
Mountaineer: 218 dead racehorses

all other states: 205 dead racehorses