In the 6th at Parx yesterday, there were four entrants. One, Heroic Officer, “returned lame and was vanned off.” Two of the other three, Aussie Mist and Zensational Dixie, were “claimed” (bought), with ownership set to change at the race’s conclusion. One problem, though: Those claims, plus that of Heroic (yes, she too was sold), were voided by the track vet for undisclosed injuries. So, that’s 3/4 of the “field” returning (probably racing) injured.

Two years ago, Parx (along with Gulfstream) led the nation in kills with 59. This year, through just the first six months – 33 kills. In the past four-plus years, 212 horses (that we know about) have perished at Parx. This is about as bad as it gets, folks. And all of it, the abuse, the killing, is subsidized by the good taxpayers of Pennsylvania.

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In August, I chronicled James Jungquist’s leaving-welts-on-the-horse “whip violation” at Running Aces Racetrack. Later that month, Jungquist again left welts. And now, like animal hoarders who, try as they might, cannot quite shake the urge (studies indicate a near-100% recidivism rate for hoarders), Jungquist strikes anew. From the Minnesota Racing Commission: “James Jungquist was the driver of Captain Terminator in the 8th race on 9/7/21. Captain Terminator was examined for welts…by Dr. Taylor. Welts were present. This is Mr. Jungquist’s 3rd welt offense in 2021 at Running Aces. The penalty is a $500 fine and a 5-day driving suspension.”

Three times, just this year and at the same track, Jungquist has inflicted (excessive) pain and suffering on a defenseless animal – and will live to whip another day (just five days hence, that is). Can this industry be any more abhorrent? (Incidentally, another RA driver, Brady Jenson, was cited for his second “welt offense” of 2021; penalty: $200 fine and a two-day suspension.)

While I typically post a weekly list of the lame/bled/vanned off, yesterday’s charts were so egregious, I thought I’d do a daily recap. So, in addition to the one horse we know died – Honor Award at Del Mar – there were these:

(I will, of course, update as information comes in.)

Above Nike “broke through the fence” at Fairmount
Princess Mandii “fell, DNF” at Fairmount
Amani’s Kitten “bled” at Kentucky
Alice Harper “injured at the gate” at Parx
True Upgrade “fell, DNF” at Parx
Ghosted “fell, vanned off” at Prairie
Chikibaby “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Jess Savin Candy “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Awesome Debate “vanned off” at Saratoga
Tale of Reese “returned bleeding from the nostrils” at Thistledown
Mail Call “returned bleeding” at Timonium

Here is what it looked like for True Upgrade at Parx…

And Ghosted at Prairie…

And finally, Above Nike “breaking through the fence” at Fairmount…

Again, that’s just one day on American racetracks. For shame to the people who chose to spend their holiday making this cruelty and killing possible. For shame.