As previously relayed, a bicameral bill has been introduced in New York that would strip that state’s racing industry of most of its quarter-billion-dollar annual subsidy. And now the war (of words) is on. Because the racing people can’t rationally justify this corporate welfare – propping up an archaic gambling industry at the expense of schoolchildren is, or at least should be, a political loser – they have framed this as an animal-rights action, as if somehow that’s bad. NYRA spokesman Patrick McKenna:

“Organizations like NYClass, PETA and Horseracing Wrongs have long been philosophically opposed to horse racing and make no secret of their desire to end the sport. … [T]hese groups are only interested in how best to damage horse racing to further their own political agenda. … [T]hey cannot be trusted.” And more: The Thoroughbred Daily News: “Backed by a number of animal rights groups, two New York state lawmakers have introduced a bill….” And Horse Racing Nation: “The bill is supported by a litany of the usual suspects attempting to eradicate horse racing, including Patrick Battuello of Horseracing Wrongs….”

For its part, the coalition has chosen to fight this mainly on the economics line. And that’s fine, for on that, we’re on solid ground: The 19,000 jobs cited by the industry is almost certainly inflated. But even if not, (a) it’s still a tiny fraction of the overall workforce, (b) most of these jobs are low-paying, and (c) many of them seasonal/part-time. Besides, how many jobs could other NY industries create with $250 million/year in free money? Also, after accounting for the cost to regulate racing, the return to the state via taxes and fees is fairly negligible. And finally, each of the 11 NY tracks sits on valuable property – property that can and will be redeveloped, leading to new (probably better) jobs, new economic activity, and new tax revenue (proof here).

Still, I must ask, why should we run from the animal-rights tag? Is horseracing not, at its core, a moral issue? Are these animals not being exploited, abused, and killed by the thousands every year (see and all for nothing more than $2 bets? In my view, then, if we can agree that it is wrong – immoral – to treat horses this way, for this purpose, then the questions of how many jobs are at play or what kind of economic activity is generated are wholly irrelevant.

But here’s the thing, and contrary to what the industry believes, going after the subsidies is not a backdoor tactic. Unfortunately, hearts and minds alone will not win the day. We can, and probably already do, have most New Yorkers with us, but as long as these subsidies remain on the books, the cruelty and killing will continue (while the horse people laugh all the way to the bank). In other words, this bill is not an animal-rights ploy – it’s an absolute necessity.

(We will provide information on how best to support the bill in the near future.)

Last week, legislators in New York announced a bill that would redirect nearly a quarter-billion dollars in annual subsidies from the racing industry to public-good things like education and human services. Horseracing Wrongs, I write proudly, is part of the coalition that has made this happen. While the subsidies are wrong for other reasons – cheating schoolchildren, undermining the free market – they are mostly wrong, indeed immoral, because they have made the following possible. (While reading, please bear in mind that these are only the deaths confirmed by the Gaming Commission; i.e., this is surely not a complete reckoning.)

The 861 Horses Killed at NYS Racetracks, 2014-2021:

Uncle Smokey, Jan 2 (2014), Aqueduct R – “fractured cannon…euthanized on track”
Caixa Eletronica, Jan 4, Belmont T – “collision, suffered a fractured skull and died”
Six Drivers, Jan 4, Belmont T – “collision, suffered a fractured neck and died”
Shertzer, Jan 13, Belmont S – “septic tenosynovitis”
Go Canes Go, Jan 13, Belmont T – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Weis Star, Jan 22, Belmont S – “injured in stall, fractured P1”
Dixie Sparkle, Jan 26, Aqueduct R – “fell, fractured cannon…euthanized on track”
yet-to-be-named, Jan 28, Aqueduct S – “colic”
Valar Dohaeris, Jan 30, Belmont T – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Flashy in Pink, Feb 1, Belmont T – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Foreign Melody, Feb 21, Belmont S – “severe colic”
Andromeda’s Coming, Feb 22, Aqueduct R – “collision, fractured humerus”
Scottie C, Feb 22, Buffalo R – “fractured leg, inoperable”
Pay Tribute, Feb 26, Buffalo R – “fractured pastern…euthanized on track”
Sound of Drums, Mar 1, Aqueduct R – “fractured both LF sesamoids”
Changeinaction, Mar 5, Belmont T – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Hickory Louie, Mar 12, Monticello R – “died after finish, possible cardiac event”
Concept, Mar 15, Aqueduct T – “fractured humerus”
Itsagoodtendollars, Mar 15, Belmont T – “died from apparent cardiovascular collapse”
Striking Slew, Mar 23, Belmont S – “fractured humerus”
Jojonotjoelowe, Apr 3, Aqueduct T – “fractured leg”
Clawback, Apr 10, Aqueduct S – “found lying down, unable to stand, euthanized”
Corvo, Apr 10, Belmont S – “found dead in stall”
American Iron, Apr 15, Finger Lakes T – “jumped rail, no use of RF leg”
Recovered, Apr 18, Finger Lakes R – “fractured carpal”
Southwind Tabor, Apr 21, Yonkers R – “fractured fetlock, euthanized that night”
Aussi Austin, Apr 25, Aqueduct R – “spiral fracture, euthanized after operation”
Handstand, May 1, Belmont R – “fractured leg, euthanized in necropsy area”
Boston Chief, May 3, Finger Lakes T – “collapsed and died from skull fractures”
Liberty Cruise, May 5, Yonkers R – “found down after Lasix administration”
Very Very Grateful, May 13, Finger Lakes S – “fractured leg”
Lucky for You, May 18, Saratoga T – “fractured leg”
KZ Too, May 20, Monticello R – “fractured leg”
See the Music, May 21, Belmont R – “collapsed at the 3/16 pole and died”
Intense Holiday, May 25, Belmont T – “fractured leg, developed laminitis”
Just Mizzy, May 26, Finger Lakes S – “seizure-like symptoms, died”
Kingston Jamaica, May 29, Belmont T – fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Kissinginthedark, May 30, Finger Lakes R – “torn flexor tendon”
yet-to-be-named, Jun 4, Aqueduct T – “apparent cardiovascular event”
Samuels Blond Lady, Jun 5, Belmont R (euthanized Jun 8) – “slab fracture”
Lemon Sundae, Jun 7, Finger Lakes R – “collapsed and died enroute to test barn”
Faith N Moon, Jun 8, Buffalo R – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Bear’s Spirit, Jun 12, Aqueduct T – “fractured sesamoids”
Point Taken, Jun 14, Belmont S – “septic arthritis”
Fran’s Kid, Jun 18, Belmont T – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Dalglish, Jun 18, Monticello R – “collapsed and died at paddock gate”
Rock and Roll Star, Jun 20, Finger Lakes T – “fractured leg”
Run Katniss Run, Jun 23, Finger Lakes S – “flipped in washbay, fractured spine”
Roses for Romney, Jun 25, Belmont R – “fell, horse died of apparent neck trauma”
Elsaroarin, Jun 27, Finger Lakes R – “fractured pastern…euthanized on track”
Western Grit, Jun 28, Finger Lakes T – “fractured sesamoid…euthanized on track”
Michonne, Jul 4, Finger Lakes R – “broke through gate and ran into rail”
Havana Sunrise, Jul 5, Finger Lakes S – “septic infection”
This Guy Is Blue, Jul 6, Belmont R – “fractured leg, euthanized in necropsy area”
The Lucky Dream, Jul 10, Finger Lakes S – “collapsed and died in stall”
Music Maid, Jul 13, Belmont R – “fractured leg”
Indomitable Woman, Jul 17, Finger Lakes R – “fractured sesamoid”
Missy Zelliott, Jul 20, Belmont T – “collapsed and died”
Lifeguard On Duty, Jul 24, Saratoga T – “fractured sesamoids”
Double Gold, Jul 25, Saratoga T – “fell over rail, trauma to spine”
Chichita, Jul 26, Finger Lakes R – “fractured sesamoid”
Gimmeanotherwink, Jul 28, Finger Lakes R – “fractured both sesamoids”
Father Johns Pride, Jul 28, Saratoga R – “ambulanced off, euthanized in necropsy area”
Majic Laughter, Jul 29, Batavia S – “found dead in stall”
Quorum, Jul 29, Finger Lakes R – “fractured sesamoids”
Lavender Road, Jul 30, Saratoga R (euth Jul 31) – “collapsed, fractured vertebrae”
Sir William Bruce, Aug 2, Saratoga R – “collapsed after unsaddling and died”
Superbe Rulah, Aug 6, Monticello S – “found dead in stall”
Banker Bailout, Aug 8, Finger Lakes S – “foundered front legs”
Regretless, Aug 11, Saratoga R – “collapsed and died on track”
Genaro, Aug 11, Tioga S – “ruptured intestine”
Cashion, Aug 16, Belmont T – “fractured leg”
M B and Tee, Aug 21, Saratoga R – “collapsed after finish, died on track”
Rubysandpearls, Aug 22, Finger Lakes S – “post-surgical complications”
Kamarius, Aug 23, Saratoga T – “fractured leg”
Ludicrous, Aug 23, Saratoga R – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Elena Strikes, Aug 24, Saratoga T – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Makari, Aug 25, Saratoga R – “fell after going over hurdle, died on track”
Vanessa Halo, Aug 26, Finger Lakes T – “fractured pelvis”
Divine Guidance, Aug 27, Saratoga R (euthanized Aug 29) – “fractured leg”
See See See, Aug 29, Belmont S – “fractured knee”
Major Battle, Sep 5, Belmont T – “fell and died, cause unknown”
Gerryland, Sep 7, Finger Lakes T – “fractured leg”
Kitt’s Kool Katt, Sep 7, Finger Lakes T – “open fracture of humerus”
Ego Friendly, Sep 10, Belmont T – “collapsed and died”
Mulheb, Sep 10, Belmont R (euthanized Sep 12) – “carpal slab fracture”
Freddie Freud, Sep 13, Belmont T – “fractured leg”
DJ’s Hope, Sep 13, Finger Lakes R – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Tale of the Spa, Sep 19, Saratoga T – “fractured leg”
Monsterinthepaint, Sep 25, Vernon S – “colonic ulceration with colitis”
Here in a Hurry, Oct 1, Belmont T – “fractured shoulder”
G W’s Hammer, Oct 3, Finger Lakes R – “went down at finish, fractured cannon”
Stenson, Oct 8, Belmont R – “fractured sesamoids”
Endearing, Oct 9, Belmont T – “fell at wire, fractured leg”
Grand Arrival, Oct 10, Belmont T – “fell at 1/8 pole, fractured leg”
Giant Hearted Lee, Oct 13, Belmont R – “fractured leg”
Beautiful Mimi, Oct 13, Finger Lakes S – “flipped, hit head, fractured neck”
Perfect Danger, Oct 23, Belmont S – “laminitis”
Zaikov, Oct 23, Belmont T – “fell at 3/4 pole, fractured humerus”
Chase This Bandit, Oct 24, Belmont R – “fell, fractured leg, euthanized on track”
Saint Kris (sic?), Oct 25, Belmont T – “collapsed and died – pulmonary hemorrhage”
Summer Sunset, Oct 31, Aqueduct R – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Jesses Giant Dunk, Oct 31, Aqueduct R – “ligament rupture”
Alison’s Wyn, Nov 2, Finger Lakes S – “suffered avulsion, fractured leg”
Zo Sophisticated, Nov 3, Belmont T – “collapsed and died”
Antone Suavey, Nov 3, Finger Lakes R – “went down…euthanized on track”
Astronomo, Nov 4, Finger Lakes S – “fractured fetlock”
Demo, Nov 7, Finger Lakes S – “severe UTI, found dead in stall”
Pete, Nov 11, Finger Lakes T – “fractured pastern”
Knockher Off, Nov 12, Aqueduct R – “fell, died on the track, apparent neck trauma”
Santa Baby, Nov 16, Yonkers R – “fractured pastern”
Threetimes a Saint, Nov 26, Finger Lakes R – “fractured sesamoid”
Wild Perfection, Nov 27, Finger Lakes S – “found dead in stall”
Cherokee Artist, Nov 28, Aqueduct R – “fractured leg”
Keen Katana, Nov 30, Belmont S – “severe colitis and endotoxemia”
Princes On Thelake, Dec 3, Aqueduct R – “fell at 1/4 pole, fractured cannon”
Carla Sweetrevenge, Dec 3, Finger Lakes R – “went down…euthanized on track”
Warrior’s Hero, Dec 4, Aqueduct R – “fractured carpus”
Quick Money, Dec 5, Aqueduct R – “fell – died on track due to neck trauma”
Half Nelson, Dec 5, Aqueduct R – “fell over fallen horse, fractured shoulder”
Sage Valley, Dec 10, Aqueduct R – “fell after finish, died on track”
Ludo Bagman, Dec 11, Aqueduct R – “fractured sesamoids”
Deckers, Dec 15, Belmont T – “fractured sesamoids”
Celebrate We Will, Dec 26, Aqueduct R – “fractured leg”
Wicked Irish, Dec 27, Aqueduct R – “fractured sesamoids”
Soldier Inthe Rain, Dec 31, Belmont T – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Golden Bay, Jan 2 (2015), Aqueduct R – “fractured leg”
Shewreckstheplace, Jan 4, Aqueduct R – “fractured sesamoids”
Reminic, Jan 7, Monticello R (euthanized Jan 8) – “fractured leg”
Channel of Love, Jan 9, Aqueduct T – “fractured leg”
Apex, Jan 9, Aqueduct R – “fell, fractured leg”
Italian Rules, Jan 9, Aqueduct R – “torn suspensory”
You Take the Cake, Jan 15, Aqueduct R – “fell, fractured neck”
One More Chief, Jan 16, Belmont T – “fractured cannon and sesamoids”
Senso, Jan 18, Aqueduct T – “ran into rail, possible pelvic fracture”
Miss Macarena, Jan 22, Aqueduct R – “fractured leg”
Tornado City, Jan 26, Belmont T – “fractured leg”
She’s a Cowgirl, Mar 6, Saratoga Harness R (euthanized Mar 7) – “fractured leg”
Risk the Moon, Mar 12, Aqueduct R – “fell, fractured leg”
Summer Hawk, Mar 19, Belmont T – “fractured sesamoid”
Eastcoast Lights, Mar 29, Belmont S – “severe colic”
On The Brink, Apr 9, Yonkers R – “fractured leg”
Fashion Shark, Apr 9, Yonkers R – “collapsed and died – artery rupture”
Subtle Humor, Apr 12, Aqueduct R – “fractured leg”
Con Sneaky, Apr 12, Aqueduct R – “fell, fractured tibia”
Zenstone, Apr 16, Aqueduct R (euthanized Apr 17) – “fractured leg”
Make a Friend, Apr 17, Buffalo R – “fractured leg”
Uninfluenced, Apr 19, Belmont T – “fractured leg”
Morning Joe, Apr 19, Saratoga Harness S – “previously fractured pelvis, distress”
American Hero, Apr 25, Belmont T – “fractured leg”
Lunar Tales, Apr 26, Belmont T – “collapsed and died after breezing”
Spider Bride, Apr 29, Finger Lakes T – “shoulder fracture”
You Gotta Believe, May 1, Saratoga T – “impaled stifle on rail”
Jay Bird, May 5, Saratoga T – “sudden death – pulmonary hemorrhage”
Otoy, May 8, Aqueduct T – “fell while galloping, humeral fracture”
Mr Reid, May 16, Aqueduct S – “found dead – severe colic”
Prime Time City, May 16, Finger Lakes R (euth May 22) – “multiple knee fractures”
Mr. O’Leary, May 17, Aqueduct T – “fractured leg”
Sunshine Bliss, May 18, Finger Lakes R (euthanized May 19) – “injured limb”
Sin Banderas, May 19, Finger Lakes S – “lacerated tendons”
Clever King, May 20, Finger Lakes S – “found deceased in stall”
Zzaj, May 21, Saratoga T – “fractured tibia”
Fancy Pancy, May 24, Finger Lakes T – “collapsed and died on track”
Gabbole, May 28, Belmont T – “fractured sesamoid”
Big Sky Paradise, May 28, Monticello R – “severed tendon”
Icprideicpower, May 29, Finger Lakes T – “catastrophic cardiac event”
Soul House, May 30, Belmont R – “horse died – cardiovascular collapse”
Sea Fighter, Jun 2, Finger Lakes S – “chronic diarrhea, colitis, laminitis”
Hughes Next, Jun 4, Finger Lakes R – “fractured leg”
Helwan, Jun 6, Belmont R – “fractured leg”
Canadian Wish, Jun 8, Finger Lakes S – “severe diarrhea”
Ghostof Gettysburg, Jun 13, Belmont S – “severe colic and diarrhea”
Animal Kracker, Jun 20, Belmont R – “fractured sesamoids”
Coast of Carolina, Jun 22, Finger Lakes T – “fractured sesamoid”
Looks R Deceiving, Jun 28, Vernon R – “fractured leg”
Defined, Jun 30, Saratoga T – “fractured sesamoids”
Katmai Unleashed, Jul 6, Finger Lakes R – “fractured sesamoids”
Start It Up, Jul 10, Aqueduct S – “laminitis both front feet”
Lord Cashel, Jul 11, Belmont R – “fractured leg”
Retaking, Jul 11, Finger Lakes R (euthanized Jul 16) – “fractured ankle”
Vroom Hanover, Jul 11, Tioga S – “illness”
Leverage, Jul 13, Finger Lakes T – “fractured cannon”
Miss Lucky Lauren, Jul 15, Belmont T – “fractured shoulder”
Painted Poney, Jul 16, Finger Lakes S – “colitis”
Bella Bamba, Jul 17, Finger Lakes S – “history of kicking walls; fractured hip”
Bettors Curse, Jul 18, Saratoga Harness R – “ankle instability”
Imposing Figure, Jul 20, Finger Lakes R – “pulled up, vanned off”
Rainin Fire, Jul 28, Monticello T – “fell warming up, fractured shoulder”
Image of Luck, Jul 28, Yonkers R – “laceration”
Jackson N Leonard, Aug 1, Saratoga T – “fractured sesamoids”
Kathy’s Reward, Aug 1, Saratoga T – “fractured cannon”
Innovation Economy, Aug 1, Saratoga R – “fractured leg”
It’s All Your Fault, Aug 9, Batavia T – “fractured leg”
On a Snowy Evening, Aug 14, Saratoga R – “fractured sesamoid”
Big Looie, Aug 16, Saratoga T – “fractured sesamoids”
Mondor, Aug 20, Finger Lakes R – “fractured leg”
Warranee Prince, Aug 21, Tioga R – “fractured leg”
Darling Bridezilla, Aug 25, Saratoga S – “sudden death due to cardiac incident”
Divine Fortune, Aug 27, Saratoga R – “fell over last jump – fractured humerus”
Country Muse, Aug 30, Saratoga T – “fractured sesamoids”
Sicilia Nino, Aug 31, Belmont T – “fractured sesamoids”
Wild Hardships, Aug 31, Finger Lakes R – “fractured carpus”
Disappear Here, Sep 19, Belmont T – “fractured sesamoids”
Totally Discreet, Sep 22, Saratoga S – “laminitis both front feet”
Chase the Giant, Oct 1, Finger Lakes R – “fractured sesamoid”
Nine Innings, Oct 2, Batavia R – “fractured ankle”
Marked Bills, Oct 11, Belmont T – “collapsed and died while breezing”
Jade Run, Oct 15, Finger Lakes R – “unable to stand, in distress”
Dilly Magilly, Oct 16, Belmont T – “fractured sesamoids”
Logan’s Slogan, Oct 16, Finger Lakes S – “arytenoid chondritis”
Sky Devil, Oct 17, Finger Lakes R – “fell, fractured sesamoid”
Flynn Bug, Oct 19, Belmont T – “collapsed and died after breezing”
Blue Sixty Four, Oct 26, Belmont T – “crashed into rail – head trauma”
In Haste, Oct 30, Belmont T – “cardiovascular collapse”
Bam Bam, Oct 30, Belmont R – “fractured cannon”
Reyana an Reya Act, Nov 4, Aqueduct T – “carpal fracture”
Country Delight, Nov 6, Batavia S – “fractured pastern”
Delightfully Mine, Nov 6, Saratoga Harness S – “colic without resolution”
The Lewis Dinner, Nov 15, Aqueduct S – “chronic infection from throat surgery”
Rush Now, Nov 17, Finger Lakes S – “colic”
R Free Roll, Nov 27, Belmont T – “fractured leg”
D Terminata, Nov 28, Saratoga Harness R – “horse fell and died on the track”
Banker’s Boss, Nov 30, Belmont T – “fractured leg”
Fashion Fund, Dec 1, Belmont S – “comminuted femoral and pelvic fractures”
Bettor Again, Dec 5, Batavia R – “fractured sesamoid”
Little Love, Dec 17, Aqueduct R – “leg fracture”
Blooper, Dec 27, Aqueduct R – “collapsed and died”
Successful Sweep, Dec 27, Aqueduct R – “fell, dislocation of fetlock”
Sharyn’s Dream, Jan 2 (2016), Belmont T – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Uncle Duncan, Jan 10, Aqueduct R – “sesamoid fracture”
Bellamy Xpress, Jan 16, Aqueduct R – “fractured leg”
Police Camp, Jan 22, Belmont T – “fractured cannon…euthanized on track”
Mini Muffin, Jan 22, Belmont T – “fractured sesamoids”
Lemon Iceking, Jan 29, Belmont S – “found dead in stall”
Power Crazed, Jan 29, Belmont T (euthanized Mar 24) – “shoulder, nerve damage”
Songa, Jan 30, Belmont T – “fell, fractured leg, euthanized on track”
Wild Target, Feb 6, Aqueduct T – “collapsed and died after breezing”
Alysaro, Feb 7, Aqueduct R – “fractured leg”
Scatoosh, Feb 18, Belmont T – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Art of Darkness, Feb 19, Buffalo R – “fractured leg”
Kibble, Feb 21, Aqueduct R – “suspected pelvic fracture, went into shock”
Klassic Pat, Feb 24, Belmont S – “colitis”
Report For Duty N, Mar 11, Yonkers R – “fell to the ground, suspected ruptured aorta”
Basanite, Mar 20, Belmont S – “adverse drug reaction”
Fool To Cry, Mar 31, Yonkers R – “fractured cannon”
It’s Elementary, Apr 8, Belmont T – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Alexa’s Miracle, Apr 9, Belmont S – “euthanized for vertebral disease”
Cndiana Jones, Apr 9, Saratoga Harness T – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
What the Frost, Apr 10, Finger Lakes T – “fractured sesamoids”
Loomin’ Lori Lou, Apr 12, Finger Lakes T – “fractured sesamoid”
Cuantos, Apr 13, Aqueduct R – “fell, [multiple] fractures, euthanized on track”
Copper Forest, Apr 22, Finger Lakes T – “collapsed and died after breezing”
Ideal Brandi, Apr 29, Saratoga Harness R – “possibly bled internally”
Hypnotist, May 12, Yonkers R – “died on track after race”
Big Time Rocks, May 14, Buffalo R – “reared, hit head, died”
Tug River Dylan, May 15, Saratoga Harness R – “collapsed and died on track after race”
Karenina Gal, May 18, Belmont R – “[multiple] fractures”
Rock Show, May 20, Belmont R – “fracture, rupture, euthanized”
Soho Highroller A, May 23, Yonkers R – “collapsed and died after race”
Quaralia, May 26, Belmont T – “pulled up lame, [multiple] fractures”
Yodelmesomemagic, May 27, Finger Lakes S – “found dead in stall – suspect colic”
Hadeed Fi Hadeed, May 30, Saratoga T – “fractured leg”
Feels Like Magic N, May 30, Yonkers R – “shattered pastern”
Noble’s Whim, Jun 1, Belmont T – “fractured shoulder”
Precise Accusation, Jun 1, Buffalo R – “unrepairable fracture to leg”
Go Go Jo, Jun 4, Belmont S – “found recumbent in stall”
Riding the Rails, Jun 4, Belmont T – “[multiple] fractures”
Mordi’s Miracle, Jun 4, Belmont R – “ambulanced off, euthanized”
Rose Bern, Jun 8, Belmont T – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Bustin, Jun 10, Finger Lakes T – “injury to fetlock, euthanized on track”
Smile a Little, Jun 10, Tioga S – “colic”
Xtreme Marine, Jun 11, Buffalo R – “fractures of the pastern”
Majestic Joe, Jun 12, Belmont T – “[multiple] fractures”
Sixth Man, Jun 12, Saratoga Harness R (euthanized three weeks later) – “fracture”
Anchorwoman, Jun 13, Finger Lakes R – “fractured sesamoids…euthanized on track”
Bonita Luna, Jun 17, Belmont R – “leg fracture”
Escape to Vegas, Jun 18, Belmont T – “fractured seamoids”
Todo Onota, Jun 20, Belmont T – “fractured sesamoids”
Sweet Hot Toddy, Jul 5, Finger Lakes R – “fractured sesamoids…euthanized on track”
Mary’s Legacy, Jul 9, Finger Lakes R – “fractured sesamoids…euthanized on track”
Futurazo, Jul 14, Finger Lakes R – “fractured sesamoid…euthanized on track”
The Grey Bullet, Jul 14, Vernon S – “found dead in stall”
Hisnameisdash, Jul 16, Finger Lakes T – “bowed tendon – euthanized”
Squire Creek, Jul 16, Saratoga T – “fell, fractured ulna, euthanized on track”
Was It Worth It, Jul 19, Finger Lakes R (euthanized Aug 8) – “ligament rupture”
Stradivari, Jul 22, Saratoga T (euthanized Dec) – “fractured leg”
Zamjara, Jul 23, Saratoga R – “fractured leg”
Rootformejustin, Jul 23, Saratoga R – “pulled up, ambulanced off, euthanized”
Indian Nobility, Jul 27, Saratoga R – “ruptured ligaments”
Domestic Warrior, Aug 1, Saratoga R – “fractured sesamoids…euthanized on track”
Lebowski, Aug 2, Saratoga S – “found dead outside stall”
Jesse’s Story, Aug 2, Yonkers R – “horse fell, severe skull fracture, died”
Iwannabejustlikeu, Aug 3, Batavia R (euthanized Aug 20) – “fractured leg [twice]”
Jonrah, Aug 3, Saratoga T – “fractured cannon…euthanized on track”
Midnight Visitor, Aug 4, Saratoga R (euthanized Aug 5) – “fell suffering head trauma”
Wheels Up Now, Aug 5, Saratoga T – “fractured sesamoids”
Recepta, Aug 5, Saratoga T (euthanized Nov) – “fractured pelvis”
Victorious Lover, Aug 15, Finger Lakes T – “fractured sesamoid…euthanized on track”
Tighten Up, Aug 19, Yonkers R – “fractured pastern…euthanized on track”
Prince Corredor, Aug 20, Saratoga T – “collapsed and died after breezing”
Git On Bob, Aug 22, Finger Lakes R – “collapsed and died”
Elusive Neko, Aug 24, Saratoga T – “fractured cannon”
Bob Le Beau, Aug 25, Saratoga R – “fractured cannon”
Ring of Truth, Aug 25, Saratoga R – “humeral fracture…euthanized on track”
Desert Trial, Aug 28, Saratoga T – “collapsed and died”
Private Thrill, Sep 3, Finger Lakes R – “fractured sesamoid”
Sayalittlprayrfrme, Sep 7, Batavia R – “found down and in extreme distress”
McDynamite, Sep 8, Yonkers R – “pulled up, off on right hind”
Black Doblin, Sep 9, Aqueduct T – “fractured leg”
Its Only Fair, Sep 9, Saratoga T – “collapsed and died after breezing”
yet-to-be-named, Sep 17, Belmont T – “fractured humerus”
Indiana Stones, Sep 17, Finger Lakes R – “fractured knee”
Sgt. Major Ross, Sep 17, Finger Lakes R – “fractured sesamoids”
Core Competency, Sep 19, Saratoga T – “fractured leg”
Cam Dan Kadandy, Sep 23, Saratoga Harness R – “fell, [multiple] fractures”
Lost in D Shuffle, Sep 25, Finger Lakes S – “leg caught on walking machine”
Dontevnthnkaboutit, Sep 26, Finger Lakes T – “impaled shoulder on rail”
Notwhoiseemtobe, Sep 27, Finger Lakes R – “fractured sesamoids”
Apostles Creed, Sep 27, Yonkers R – “pulled up, laid down, and died”
yet-to-be-named, Sep 30, Belmont S – “found dead in stall – fractured pelvis”
Fort Smith, Oct 2, Belmont R – “fractured leg”
Onlytheshadowknows, Oct 3, Belmont T – “fractured sesamoids”
yet-to-be-named, Oct 8, Finger Lakes T – “fractured pelvis”
Willy, Oct 11, Belmont S – “colic”
Take Me Away, Oct 11, Finger Lakes R – “fractured knee…euthanized on track”
Cinder Block, Oct 15, Belmont R – “leg fracture”
The Silver Frisby, Oct 17, Belmont T – “leg fracture”
Sachicomula, Oct 17, Finger Lakes R – “suspect fractured pelvis, euthanized on track”
A Chip and a Chair, Oct 19, Belmont T – “fractured sesamoids…euthanized on track”
She’s My Ghibli, Oct 19, Belmont R – “fractured carpus”
Baccelo, Oct 20, Belmont T – “fractured leg”
Winter Games, Oct 20, Belmont T – “suffered fracture to leg”
Long Blooming Rose, Oct 21, Belmont T – “ruptured suspensory”
Surreal Dream, Nov 5, Finger Lakes S – “septicemia of unknown origin”
Spectacular Shirin, Nov 5, Finger Lakes R – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Daves Gone Bananas, Nov 12, Belmont T – “fractured leg”
Englehart, Nov 12, Belmont T – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Zingarella, Nov 16, Finger Lakes R (euthanized Nov 17) – “fractured leg”
Our Sweet Lilly, Nov 18, Aqueduct T – “leg fracture”
Actively, Nov 19, Aqueduct S – “died in stall – apparent colic”
Kim Royale, Nov 25, Aqueduct R (euthanized Nov 26) – “pelvic fracture”
Flat Out Licked Em, Nov 29, Finger Lakes R – “fractured carpus”
Justenuffaddie, Nov 30, Finger Lakes R – “fractured scapula…euthanized on track”
Flaming Fever, Nov 30, Finger Lakes R – “hard collision, fractured sesamoid”
Sinistra, Dec 5, Belmont T – “collapsed and died”
Crystal Belle, Dec 10, Belmont T – “fractured sesamoids”
Condo Prince, Dec 31, Aqueduct R – “fractured cannon…euthanized on track”
Massena, early Jan (2017), Belmont T (euthanized Jan 23) – “severe laminitis”
Fortune Faded, Jan 16, Aqueduct S – “chronic severe laminitis”
Upside Brown, Jan 17, Belmont T – “fractured leg”
Prince Zurs, Jan 21, Aqueduct R (euthanized Feb 2) – “suspensory issue”
Charming Vicky, Jan 22, Aqueduct T – “fractured sesamoids”
Lost Note, Jan 22, Aqueduct R – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Kristi Q, Jan 22, Aqueduct R – “flipped over hitting head and died”
Jules, Jan 27, Belmont S – “squamous cell carcinoma”
Yankee Tales, Jan 27, Belmont T – “fractured sesamoids”
Big Unit, Feb 8, Buffalo R – “pulled up, trailered off – fractured leg”
Blameiton Brooklyn, Feb 10, Aqueduct R – “carpal fracture”
Frat Star, Feb 12, Aqueduct R – “fell, [multiple] fractures, euthanized on track”
Regulus, Feb 12, Aqueduct R – “fractured sesamoids…euthanized on track”
Wheretheparty’sat, Feb 21, Monticello R – “fractured pastern”
Fabulous Kid, Feb 26, Belmont S – “severe laminitis”
Missy’s Hat Trick, Feb 27, Belmont T – “fractured shoulder”
Shotgun Love, Mar 7, Aqueduct S – “severe laminitis both front feet”
Read the Dream, Mar 12, Aqueduct R – “carpal fracture…euthanized on track”
Maelstrom, Mar 28, Saratoga Harness S – “severe colic”
Second City, Apr 1, Aqueduct R – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Incognito, Apr 1, Saratoga Harness R – “disrupted distal sesamoidian ligament”
Mac’s Posse, Apr 9, Belmont T – “fell, severe traumatic back/pelvic injury”
Cespedes, Apr 10, Aqueduct T – “fractured leg”
Receiver, Apr 22, Belmont T – “ligament rupture”
Flatterfly, Apr 23, Aqueduct R – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
All Class, Apr 24, Finger Lakes T – “flipped and fractured its back”
Mere Aglise, Apr 27, Finger Lakes T – “horse collapsed and died on track”
Rich ‘n’ Tuck, Apr 28, Belmont S – “severe colic”
Cornedbeefncabbage, Apr 28, Belmont T – “fractured sesamoids, euthanized on track”
Choice Indian, Apr 29, Finger Lakes T – “collapsed”
Aragonite, Apr 30, Belmont R – “suffered a musculoskeletal injury”
Puissant, May 7, Belmont T – “fractured cannon”
Silk Spinner, May 15, Finger Lakes R – “fractured sesamoid”
Classy Chris, May 17, Belmont R – “ran through rail, fractured leg”
Quick Coconut, May 19, Finger Lakes S – “found dead in stall”
Yo Adrienne, May 22, Finger Lakes T – “horse lethargic after training, fell and died”
R Sleeping Beauty, May 24, Finger Lakes R – “severe suspensory ligament tear”
On the Deadline, May 27, Finger Lakes R – “suffered catastrophic injury, fetlock”
Storm the Shore, May 28, Belmont R – “fractured leg”
Lakalas, May 28, Saratoga T – “collapsed and died”
Happy Match, Jun 3, Belmont R – “fractured sesamoids”
Sharp as a Tack, Jun 10, Tioga T – “death in barn following an on-track warm up”
Chrome Finish, Jun 18, Buffalo R – “struck head, collapsed and died”
Malibu Squeeze, Jun 21, Belmont S – “severe laminitis”
Sporty Big Boy, Jun 22, Saratoga Harness R – “collision with another horse”
Non Stop, Jun 25, Belmont R – “fracture, ligament rupture”
Flying Bullet, Jun 27, Belmont T – “fractured leg”
Adirondack Dancer, Jun 28, Belmont S – “severe laminitis”
Hidden Accounts, Jun 29, Belmont S – “horse spooked, fell awkwardly”
Ed’s Dream, Jun 29, Saratoga Harness R – “died on track after race”
Dream Player, Jul 2, Belmont R – “flipped over inside rail sustaining blunt trauma”
Small Print, Jul 3, Finger Lakes T – “torn/ruptured tendon”
Queen B, Jul 6, Saratoga T – “fractured leg”
Sapporo, Jul 14, Belmont R – “carpal fracture”
Regal Babe, Jul 15, Buffalo R – “multiple fractures”
Rule the City, Jul 16, Belmont R (euthanized Sep 29) – “euthanized following surgery”
Wanztbwicked, Jul 22, Saratoga T – “suspensory rupture”
Fashion Delight, Jul 23, Yonkers R – “shattered pastern…euthanized on track”
Dr. Stone, Jul 26, Finger Lakes S – “fell backwards, began to have seizure, euthanized”
Angels Seven, Jul 28, Saratoga R – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Howard Beach, Jul 29, Saratoga T – “fractured leg”
Positive Waves, Jul 29, Saratoga T – “fractured leg”
Brooklyn Major, Jul 31, Saratoga R – “collapsed after wire and died”
Marshall Plan, Aug 2, Saratoga T – “fractured condylar”
Fall Colors, Aug 3, Saratoga R – “died on track from trauma sustained in fall”
Munjaz, Aug 3, Saratoga R – “fractured leg”
Lakeside Sunset, Aug 5, Saratoga T – “fractured leg”
Unbroken Chain, Aug 6, Saratoga R – “fractured leg…euthanized on track”
Duquesne Whistle, Aug 7, Saratoga S – “colic”
Cougar Hanover, Aug 9, Monticello R – “collapsed and died after race”
Love You Bad, Aug 9, Monticello R – “collapsed and died in stall after racing”
Hot Cajun Sauce, Aug 10, Finger Lakes T – “sustained spinal injury”
Sweetneida, Aug 11, Saratoga R – “fractured sesamoids”
Meteoroid, Aug 16, Saratoga R – “injured leg…euthanized on track”
Sayonara Rose, Aug 17, Saratoga R – “fractured sesamoids…euthanized on track”
Travelin Soldier, Aug 19, Saratoga T – “fractured leg”
That’s Amore, Aug 23, Finger Lakes R (euthanized Aug 25) – “carpal fracture”
Girlslovechocolate, Aug 25, Finger Lakes S – “laminitis”
That Mr. P, Aug 26, Saratoga S – “acute colic”
Wanna Rock N Roll, Aug 30, Batavia R – “horse collapsed and died”
Alpha Dance, Aug 30, Finger Lakes R – “pulled up, exited track, collapsed and died”
Aggie’s Honor, Aug 31, Saratoga T – “fractured leg”
Karen Kan, Sep 1, Belmont T – “fractured humeral bone”
Irish Prayer, Sep 2, Belmont T – “fractured sesamoids”
Bay City Blues, Sep 4, Finger Lakes R – “fractured sesamoid…euthanized on track”
Timber, Sep 6, Finger Lakes S – “paralyzed arytenoids”
Ice Maker, Sep 12, Finger Lakes S – “colic”
Top Fortitude, Sep 17, Belmont R – “fell at 3/8 pole…euthanized on track”
Hank Who, Sep 18, Finger Lakes R – “fractured sesamoids”
Somekindasexy, Sep 18, Saratoga T – “fractured sesamoids”
Submit, Sep 20, Belmont R – “fractured cannon…euthanized on track”
Legal Tendora, Sep 21, Finger Lakes R – “fractured sesamoid…euthanized on track”
Madgirl, Sep 22, Belmont T – “fractured sesamoids”
Al’s Nightmare, Sep 23, Belmont T – “injury to cannon bone”
Sherlock’s Hope, Sep 25, Belmont S – “acute severe laminitis in all four feet”
Scootin Bay, Sep 27, Batavia R – “came off track, collapsed”
Red Cash, Sep 29, Saratoga Harness R – “fractured pastern”
Falcon’s Chance, Oct 7, Saratoga Harness R – “fractured pastern”
Hold On Momma, Oct 14, Belmont S – “severe case of colic”
Roberta Brooks, Oct 14, Saratoga T – “fractured cannon”
Freudian Dilemma, Oct 18, Finger Lakes S – “found deceased in stall – gastric issues”
Judge Maggie, Oct 18, Finger Lakes R – “fractured limb…euthanized on track”
Bourbonfuhrme, Oct 21, Belmont R – “fractured cannon”
Rip Loves Maize, Oct 24, Finger Lakes S – “collapsed in stall and expired”
Saratoga Swayz, Oct 26, Belmont T – “humeral fracture”
Hyde Park Express, Oct 31, Belmont T – “struck by horse, euthanized on track”
Elite Kid, Oct 31, Belmont T (euthanized Nov 11) – “collided with [above]”
Ronnie’s Whey, Oct 31, Finger Lakes R – “fractured limb…euthanized on track”
Papa Freud, Nov 3, Aqueduct R – “vanned off and euthanized”
Left the Galaxy, Nov 6, Finger Lakes T – “fractured sesamoid”
Hy Brasil, Nov 11, Aqueduct R – “suffered a fatal musculoskeletal injury”
Ogan’s Runner, Nov 16, Belmont T (euthanized Nov 17) – “fracture”
Momma’s Moonshine, Nov 16, Finger Lakes T (euth Dec 1) – “fractures, both front legs”
Turcotte, Nov 18, Belmont T – “condylar fracture”
Act Surprised, Nov 20, Finger Lakes R – “fractured shoulder…euthanized on track”
Iggy Loco, Nov 22, Aqueduct R – “vanned off and euthanized”
Rainy Night, Nov 22, Belmont S – “severe hemorrhage from tear/trauma”
Winter Wish, Nov 24, Finger Lakes R – “fractured sesamoids…euthanized on track”
Bail, Nov 25, Belmont T – “[multiple] fractures”
Fusaichi Red, Dec 9, Aqueduct R – “fractured P1”
Lucky Sugar, Dec 9, Belmont T – “fractured cannon…euthanized on track”
Steve’s Image, Jan 7 (2018), Belmont S – “horse died in stall from apparent colic”
Alex the Terror, Jan 9, Belmont T – “fractured sesamoids”
Old Dubai, Jan 19, Belmont T – “euthanized on track due to compound fracture”
Sing the Dream, Jan 27, Aqueduct R – “fell at the 3/8 pole…euthanized on track”
Purring On Empty, Jan 28, Aqueduct R – “ambulanced to barn, euthanized”
Jeter, Feb 6, Aqueduct S – “horse died – acute colic”
Dragon Dread, Feb 14, Monticello S – “found deceased in stall this morning”
Ladies Day, Feb 16, Belmont S – “was recumbent and could not rise”
Ciaran, Mar 6, Belmont T – “fracture, vanned off, euthanized”
A Fleet Attitude, Mar 10, Aqueduct R – “bad step, fractured cannon”
Motown Sound, Mar 11, Aqueduct R – “pulled up, vanned off, euthanized”
Shelby’s Ideal, Mar 13, Monticello S – “found dead – acute colic”
Lawgiver Hanover, Mar 13, Yonkers R – “broke cannon bone”
Threefortyfive, Mar 15, Aqueduct T (euthanized Mar 16) – “fractured cannon”
Tipitina, Mar 29, Yonkers R – “hooked wheels [with other buggies]”
Pappy’s Pal, Apr 2, Yonkers R – “fractured pastern”
You’llrememberwhen, Apr 3, Finger Lakes S – “died in stall – possible colic”
Anchor, Apr 6, Belmont S – “horse was found dead in stall”
Milo Milo, Apr 7, Aqueduct R (euthanized Apr 9) – “euthanized for a leg injury”
Clooney Drummond, Apr 11, Buffalo R – “comminuted P2 fracture”
Overdraft, Apr 13, Aqueduct R (euthanized Jun 3) – “fractured pelvis”
Yosemite Camn, Apr 28, Buffalo R – “ambulanced off track and euthanized”
Belt High, May 3, Belmont T – “[multiple] fractures, euthanized on track”
Desert Affair, May 6, Belmont R – “suffered a fatal musculoskeletal injury”
The Berber, May 14, Finger Lakes T – “catastrophic injury to shoulder”
Terry O Geri, May 18, Belmont S – “found dead in stall two days after surgery”
Run Rate, May 18, Saratoga T (euthanized Jun 7) – “injury to knee”
Baby Lightweight, May 21, Finger Lakes S – “laminitis both front limbs”
Mark My Style, May 24, Belmont T – “suffered a soft tissue injury”
Magnum Moon, Jun, Belmont T (euth Oct 4, 2019) – “year-long battle with laminitis”
Cash Poor, Jun 3, Saratoga Harness R – “horse collapsed and died after finishing”
Fairway Tom, Jun 6, Finger Lakes S – “colic”
Montauk, Jun 7, Belmont T – “fractured shoulder”
Seasoned Saint, Jun 9, Yonkers R – “fractured carpus”
Schomberg, Jun 12, Finger Lakes T – “fractured sesamoid”
Classy Cara, Jun 14, Belmont T – “fractured sesamoid”
Freeze the Account, Jun 17, Belmont R – “[multiple] fractures, euthanized on track”
Run Juja Run, Jun 19, Finger Lakes R (euth Jun 27) – “laminitis without resolution”
Mary Pray for Us, Jun 21, Finger Lakes R – “DNF – euthanized on the track”
New Pass, Jun 23, Belmont R – “fractured cannon…euthanized on track”
Luzinski, Jun 27, Belmont R – “pulled up…euthanized on track”
Dream Host, Jul 4, Finger Lakes R – “went down, euthanized on track”
David’s Elaine, Jul 7, Finger Lakes R – “broke down, euthanized on track”
Presumptuous, Jul 7, Saratoga T – “sustained fractures”
Livid Luke, Jul 22, Monticello S – “found unresponsive”
Heartspoke, Jul 25, Saratoga R – “horse collapsed on track”
Macho Citizen, Jul 28, Saratoga R – “fractured sesamoids”
Charlonique, Jul 30, Belmont T – “[multiple] fractures”
My Flying Dragon, Jul 30, Finger Lakes S – “suffered major head injury”
Maddie’s Revenge, Jul 30, Finger Lakes R – “pulled up, vanned off, euthanized”
Frosty Gal, Aug 1, Saratoga S – “ran loose…sustained injuries”
Gabriella, Aug 6, Belmont T – “pelvic fracture”
Master Manipulator, Aug 6, Saratoga S – “collapsed and died”
My Perfect Gem, Aug 8, Finger Lakes R – “pulled up, euthanized”
Biz Boss, Aug 17, Saratoga T – “fractured sesamoids”
Indifference, Aug 20, Saratoga T – “injured, vanned off, euthanized”
Bowie, Aug 26, Saratoga R – “horse injured…euthanized on track”
Check My Pulse, Aug 27, Monticello R – “injury to pastern, necessitating euthanasia”
Mischief Maker, Aug 28, Tioga T – “knuckled over, shattering pastern”
Thunderbird Wings, Aug 30, Finger Lakes S – “colic without resolution”
Swift One, Aug 30, Finger Lakes T – “fractured sesamoid”
Cleo’s Reign, early Sep, Finger Lakes T (euthanized Sep 13) – “fractured sesamoids”
Ready for Rye, Sep, Saratoga S – “colic”
Royal Blessing, Sep 4, Saratoga S – “found dead in his stall – ileal rupture”
Northernstreetgal, Sep 7, Belmont S – “chronic septic tendon sheath infection”
Quaff, Sep 8, Belmont T – “removed from track via ambulance – euthanasia”
Cool Breeze De Vie, Sep 8, Tioga R – “collapsed and died following the race”
Business Expense, Sep 13, Saratoga T – “[multiple] fractures”
Hard Study, Sep 16, Saratoga T (euthanized Sep 18) – “fractured sesamoids”
Loose, Sep 21, Belmont R – “fractures necessitating euthanasia”
Forbade, Sep 24, Saratoga T – “condylar fracture”
Kieran Street, Sep 27, Finger Lakes R – “broke down…euthanized on track”
Aqua Bel Sar, Sep 30, Belmont T – “collapsed in area of 1/16th pole”
A True Giant, early Oct, Belmont T (euthanized Oct 28) – “severe laminitis”
Panchester United, Oct 5, Saratoga Harness R – “fractured pastern”
Charnley River, Oct 6, Finger Lakes R – “collapsed and died after the finish”
St. Barts, Oct 6, Saratoga T – “collapsed – pulmonary hemorrhage”
Carradine, Oct 7, Finger Lakes S – “colic without resolution”
K’s Cabernet, Oct 10, Aqueduct T – “fractured cannon…euthanized on track”
Field Sense, Oct 12, Finger Lakes S – “colic without resolution”
Miss Technicality, Oct 14, Belmont T – “to barn via ambulance, euthanized”
Tell You What, Oct 14, Belmont R – “fractured cannon, euthanasia on track”
Flirtin N Flashin, Oct 18, Finger Lakes R – “broke down in the stretch”
Love Poochie Loo, Oct 25, Finger Lakes S – “colic without resolution”
Rahy’s Bandit, Oct 26, Belmont T – “fracture to leg, euthanized on the track”
KJ Henry Michael, Oct 27, Monticello S – “found deceased in stall early morning”
Gotcha Gabin, Nov 4, Aqueduct T – “sesamoid, euthanized on track”
Buddy’s Tiz, Nov 5, Belmont T – “collapsed and died”
Smooth Move, Nov 8, Aqueduct T – “pelvic fracture”
Tizz Hip, Nov 8, Finger Lakes T – “fractured sesamoid”
Andesine, Nov 11, Aqueduct R – “collapsed and died walking down the track”
R Caan, Nov 13, Monticello S – “injury during shipment”
Last Chant, Nov 15, Finger Lakes R – “fractured condylar”
Malibu Strings, Nov 29, Belmont T – “injured, poor prognosis, euthanasia”
Three Perfections, Dec 1, Aqueduct R – “fatal musculoskeletal injury to front leg”
Frankies Rockngirl, Dec 7, Batavia R – “ambulanced off track and euthanized”
Formal Event, Dec 7, Belmont S – “found deceased in stall”
Bluegrass Flash, Dec 8, Aqueduct R (euthanized Dec 9) – “sheath laceration”
Consensus Thinking, Dec 20, Aqueduct R – “sustained injury, euthanasia on track”
Big Mischief, Dec 23, Aqueduct R – “sustained injury – euthanized on track”
Three Eighty Eight, Dec 25, Belmont S – “pneumonia of approximately two weeks”
Whata Hustler, Jan 2 (2019), Monticello S – “severe chronic right forelimb infection”
Doyouknowsomething, Jan 8, Belmont S – “sustained left elbow injury in stall”
Westerdale, Jan 12, Aqueduct R – “suffered RH fracture…euthanized on track”
Speke, Jan 19, Belmont T – “suffered a fracture to his shoulder…euthanized on track”
Regal Delight, Jan 23, Monticello R – “fractured LF distal limb”
Tommy T, Jan 27, Aqueduct R – “fractured sesamoids…euthanized on track”
Catpsalm, Jan 29, Belmont S – “protozoal myeloencephalitis”
Miss Marion, Feb 3, Belmont T – “fractured cannon bone…euthanized on track”
Chronos, Feb 3, Belmont T (euthanized Feb 4) – “fractured RF leg”
Tracey’s Desire, Feb 7, Yonkers R – “collapsed on track”
Tiger Man, Feb 8, Aqueduct R (euthanized Feb 9) – “sustained injury to LF leg”
Celebrity Tsipras, Feb 10, Monticello S – “euthanized following fall”
For Pops, Feb 26, Belmont T – “collapsed and died” (four years old)
Queen Bode, Mar 3, Belmont T – “euthanized at hospital”
Queen of Umaill, Mar 9, Aqueduct T – “pulled up lame…euthanized”
Mighty Zealous, Mar 10, Belmont S – “severe respiratory distress…euthanized”
Miss Marilyn, Mar 23, Belmont T – “leg injury…euthanasia on the track”
Bonafide Bandit, Mar 26, Finger Lakes S – “cast in stall”
Miss Mimosa, Mar 28, Belmont T – “cardiovascular collapse” (three years old)
Shooby Said, Mar 30, Buffalo R – “took bad step at finish, ambulanced off, euthanized”
Pretty Enuff, Apr 1, Belmont T – “suffered a leg fracture…euthanized”
Owen’s Express, Apr 2, Finger Lakes T – “fractured right shoulder”
Luz Mimi, Apr 4, Belmont T – “suffered a leg fracture…euthanized”
La Manche, Apr 11, Belmont T – “suffered a fracture and was euthanized”
Atomic Sealster, Apr 11, Tioga T – “fell over…subsequently stopped breathing”
Twincreeks Jack, May 1, Monticello R – “euthanized following severe injury”
Noble Cause, May 11, Belmont R – “injuries necessitating euthanasia”
Facade, May 11, Finger Lakes S – “colic”
Classiesistar N, May 14, Monticello R – “broke down, euthanasia administered”
Anne’s Song, May 24, Belmont R – “ambulanced off, euthanized due to poor prognosis”
Golden Julia, May 25, Saratoga T (died May 30) – “acute blood loss, pelvic injury”
Heaven Rocks, Jun 1, Buffalo R (died three days later) – “in distress, collapsed”
Investment Analyst, Jun 7, Saratoga T – “sustained leg injury necessitating euthanasia”
Successful Mission, Jun 9, Belmont T – “sustained fractures while breezing”
Inflection, Jun 9, Belmont R – “pulled up, vanned off, euthanized”
Easy Livin, Jun 15, Monticello T – “collapsed on track and died”
Ro Bear, Jun 16, Belmont S – “died in the barn from an apparent impaction colic”
Rumor Goin Round, Jun 20, Yonkers R – “sustained injury to LH leg”
With Caution, Jun 28, Belmont T – “P1 fracture…died from complications”
Fancy Persuasion, Jun 30, Belmont R – “went down dead on the track” (two years old)
Gattino Marrone, Jul 3, Saratoga T – “fractured sesamoids – euthanized”
Dash For The Cash, Jul 9, Monticello R – “died following 2nd place win”
Ransom Note, Jul 10, Finger Lakes R – “fractured 3rd carpel”
yet-to-be-named, Jul 11, Belmont T – “fractured sesamoids – euthanized”
She’sakittykat, Jul 12, Finger Lakes S – “laminitis”
D Emcee, Jul 12, Finger Lakes T – “fractured sesamoid necessitating euthanasia”
Fight Night, Jul 12, Saratoga R – “fell heavily after the wire…euthanized on track”
Total Fidelity, Jul 14, Saratoga T – “fracture to LF sesamoids – euthanized”
Fabulous Prince, Jul 15, Finger Lakes R – “flipped in the gate, skull fracture”
Overlord, Jul 15, Saratoga S – “colonic rupture”
Freespin N, Jul 18, Monticello R – “broke down in stretch – euthanized”
Verravanni, Jul 25, Saratoga S – “pleuropneumonia”
La Fuerza, Jul 27, Belmont T – “fractured humeral, ambulanced to barn, euthanized”
Misspent Youth, Jul 27, Saratoga T – “cardiovascular collapse” (five years old)
Umetuka, Jul 31, Saratoga T – “injured, vanned off, euthanized”
Avon Gold, Aug 3, Finger Lakes T – “suffered a fracture to the pastern”
Divine Miss Grey, Aug 3, Saratoga R (euth Aug 26) – “complications [after] surgery”
Sundae On Sunday, Aug 4, Saratoga R – “collapsed…euthanized on track”
Frosty Millions, Aug 13, Finger Lakes R – “unresolved splint and suspensory injuries”
It’s Flashy, Aug 17, Finger Lakes T – “expired after breezing”
Take Charge Jamie, Aug 24, Finger Lakes T – “injury to leg necessitating euthanasia”
Go Big Or Go Home, Aug 28, Saratoga R – “went wrong”
Sister Beauty, Aug 31, Saratoga T – “inoperable fracture – euthanized”
Borough Boy, Sep 2, Saratoga R – “took a bad step, fell heavily, euthanized on track”
Warrens Vengeance, Sep 3, Finger Lakes R – “fracture[d] limb”
Royal Inheritance, Sep 6, Belmont T – “collapsed and died” (five years old)
Passporttovictory, Sep 6, Belmont R – “bad steps”
Mo Moxie, Sep 7, Belmont T – “sustained a fracture and was euthanized on track”
So Surprising, Sep 7, Saratoga T – “fractured sesamoids”
Deft, Sep 12, Belmont R – “fell…suffering a fatal injury”
Rhode Island, Sep 14, Belmont R – “vanned off…subsequently euthanized”
Noble Spirit, Sep 16, Saratoga T – “sustained injury…subsequently euthanized”
Coffee Crush, Sep 19, Belmont T – “apparent cardiovascular collapse” (four years old)
Have Another, Sep 20, Belmont S – “severe laminitis”
Meet Me in L A, Sep 21, Belmont R – “went wrong…euthanized”
Chazy, Sep 23, Finger Lakes R – “took a bad step – catastrophic injury to limb”
Queen Elsa, Sep 23, Saratoga Harness S – “found deceased in stall” (raced Sep 19)
Grady, Oct 7, Finger Lakes R – “broke down…euthanized on track”
Sweet Timing, Oct 9, Belmont T (euthanized Nov 29) – “pelvic injury”
Corey Q, Oct 9, Finger Lakes S – “euthanized due to worsening pneumonia”
E Z for You to Say, Oct 10, Belmont S – “severe laminitis [both front] feet”
B B Molly, Oct 10, Finger Lakes R – “carpal slab fracture necessitating euthanasia”
Mo Fun, Oct 14, Belmont T – “suffered a cardiovascular collapse” (three years old)
Bet U Cant Find Me, Oct 25, Finger Lakes T – “sustained injury to leg”
Maytime Terror, Oct 26, Saratoga Harness R – “broken pastern”
Iswear I’ll Behave, Nov, Belmont T (euthanized Dec 21) – “suspensory injury…laminitis”
Kid Robin Hood, Nov 2, Belmont T – “sustained a fracture at the 5/16 pole”
Darken a Day, Nov 10, Belmont T – “sustained injury requiring euthanasia on track”
Candy Smile, Nov 20, Aqueduct R – “injury to left front”
Long Haul Bay, Nov 21, Belmont S – “euthanized due to severe colic”
Goneonamission, Nov 24, Belmont S – “found deceased with apparent head injury”
Clear the Ramp, Nov 27, Aqueduct R – “suffered a catastrophic injury”
Giant Sandy, Nov 27, Finger Lakes R – “sustained injury…euthanized”
Gio Game, Dec 6, Belmont T – “cardiovascular collapse” (four years old)
Dino Three O Nine, Dec 8, Belmont T – “injury to RF leg…necessitat[ing] euthanasia”
Bright Diamond N, Dec 14, Yonkers R – “fell over, died on racetrack”
Riot Worthy, Dec 16, Belmont T – “sustained leg injury…necessitat[ing] euthanasia”
Outside Influence, Dec 21, Belmont T – “compound, open distal fracture”
Solar Fire, Dec 29, Belmont S – “sustained an elbow injury in his stall”
Yorkiepoo Princess, Jan 3 (2020), Belmont S – “severe laminitis”
Dark N Cloudy, Jan 20, Aqueduct R – “broke down…euthanized on track”
Jewel Can Disco, Jan 20, Belmont T – “sustained an injury while breezing…euthanized”
A Freud of Mama, Jan 24, Belmont T (euthanized Feb 8) – “passed after complications”
Quizzical Cajun, Jan 25, Aqueduct R – “catastrophic injury…euthanized on track”
yet-to-be-named, Jan 30, Belmont T – “shaft fracture…euthanized on the track”
Montauk Memories, Feb 29, Aqueduct R – “leg injury”
Krugerrand, Mar 9, Belmont S – “severe laminitis” (two years old)
Starting Point, Mar 22, Belmont T – “sustained leg injury – euthanasia”
Peter’s Project, Apr 1, Belmont S – “colic, worsened throughout day…euthanasia”
Pals Invader, Apr 17, Belmont T – “sustained leg injury at the 7/8 pole”
Appealing Briefs, Apr 23, Belmont S – “euthanized due to poor prognosis of cellulitis”
O’Bushido, May 4, Belmont S – “found deceased in stall”
Call Paul, May 6, Belmont T – “sustained injury to LH leg…necessitating euthanasia”
Schiller’s Lit, May 18, Belmont T (euthanized May 21) – “acutely lame”
Lil Morning Star, May 21, Belmont T – “injury to left front leg”
Shock Therapy, May 25, Belmont S – “pleuropneumonia, laminitis”
Bluegrass Jamboree, May 28, Belmont T – “cardiovascular collapse – expired on track”
Truck Salesman, May 31, Belmont T – “leg injury while breezing, euthanized on track”
Brahe, May 31, Belmont T – “injuries to both front legs…euthanasia on track”
Abraxan, May 31, Belmont T – “leg injury necessitating euthanasia”
Too Fast to Pass, Jun 3, Belmont R (euthanized Jun 12) – “injury to left front”
Chouchou de Boo, Jun 4, Belmont T – “several injuries…euthanized”
Freedom Prince, Jun 5, Belmont S – “taken to hospital…euthanized”
Talako, Jun 7, Belmont R – “catastrophic injury…euthanized on track”
Sky High Interest, Jun 12, Finger Lakes S – “flipped…sustained head injury”
Mystical Song, Jun 17, Belmont S – “found dead in stall…gastrointestinal disease”
Smidge, Jun 18, Belmont R – “sustained injury to left rear leg”
Cloud, Jun 18, Saratoga T – “sustained leg injury breezing”
Bonspiel, Jun 23, Belmont T – “fracture, surgery failed, euthanized”
Option Value, Jun 27, Belmont T – “sustained injury, vanned off, euthanized”
Kelly’s Secret, Jul 8, Finger Lakes T – “fracture to LF sesamoid – euthanized”
Celebration, Jul 12, Belmont S – “euthanized after battling pleuropneumonia”
Yellow Brick Road, Jul 12, Belmont T – “suffered injury near finish line – euthanized”
Crater Rim, Jul 12, Belmont R – “lacerated tendon”
Bourbon High, Jul 14, Belmont T – “sesamoid fracture”
Cleon Jones, Jul 20, Belmont S – “chronic severe laminitis…euthanized”
Apollon, Jul 24, Saratoga T – “cardiovascular collapse” (two years old)
Pasta, Jul 30, Belmont S – “injuries sustained in fall necessitated euthanasia”
Shiny Copper Penny, Aug 5, Saratoga S – “experienced sudden death”
Brag On Me, Aug 11, Saratoga T – “tibia fracture”
Wicked Mistress, Aug 12, Finger Lakes T – “slab fracture while breezing”
Lady C, Aug 16, Saratoga R – “took a bad step”
Rebel Teen, Aug 19, Batavia R – “collapsed and expired on the track”
Determined One, Aug 19, Belmont T – “cardiovascular collapse”
First Appeal, Aug 20, Saratoga R – “euthanized [for] severe injuries”
New Day Dawning, Aug 22, Belmont T – “sesamoid fracture…euthanized”
Con He Win, Aug 26, Finger Lakes R – “broke through the gate, ran through the rail”
Own the Outcome, Aug 28, Saratoga T – “fracture…euthanized”
Pot of Hunny, Aug 29, Saratoga R – “fell heavily…euthanized on track”
Ready to Escape, Aug 30, Belmont S – “colic…euthanized”
Perfection, Aug 30, Saratoga R – “suffered a catastrophic injury…euthanized”
Highly Uncertain, Aug 31, Saratoga S – “colic”
Obsidian Flow, Aug 31, Saratoga T – “[multiple fractures]”
Zunith Moon, Aug 31, Saratoga T – “fractured leg”
Siena’s Ticket, Sep 2, Saratoga S – “severe laminitis”
Samborella, Sep 4, Saratoga R – “took bad steps…euthanized”
Giuseppe the Great, Sep 5, Saratoga S – “severe laminitis”
Chief Commander, Sep 14, Saratoga T – “lame after breeze – pelvis…euthanized”
Mr Jaggers, Sep 18, Saratoga T – “injury to RF leg…euthanized”
Shirelle, Sep 19, Saratoga T – “collapsed and died after breezing” (two years old)
Tatterazzi, Sep 21, Belmont T – “[multiple] fractures”
Sea Sparkle, Sep 23, Belmont S – “horse found dead – colic of undetermined duration”
Gideon Seelster, Sep 24, Monticello R (euthanized Sep 25) – “euthanized after injury”
Unrighteous, Sep 26, Saratoga T – “collapsed and died” (three years old)
Gold Star Babs, Sep 30, Tioga S – “unresolved colitis”
Fancy Twirl, Oct 3, Saratoga S – “laminitis in all four feet”
Tikhvin Flew, Oct 4, Belmont R – “took bad steps”
Bustin Scones, Oct 5, Belmont S – “euthanized for colic”
Miss Jill, Oct 5, Finger Lakes R – “fracture to right front limb”
Eddie’s Gift, Oct 6, Finger Lakes T – “fractured shoulder”
Kaliche Gold, Oct 6, Finger Lakes T (euthanized Oct 20) – “fractured tibia”
Nero’s Fiddle, Oct 8, Belmont R – “took bad steps”
Blackjack, Oct 9, Belmont S – “cervical vertebral stenotic myelopathy”
Alysinawonderland, Oct 9, Belmont S – “horse was found dead in the stall”
Niente, Oct 11, Belmont R – “injury to the right front”
It’s Cold Out, Oct 17, Finger Lakes S – “found deceased in stall 9”
Harris Bay, Oct 19, Belmont T – “comminuted fractures”
Hedda, Oct 21, Saratoga T – “euthanized on the track”
Annapolis Hall, Oct 22, Batavia S – “presumed colic worsened”
Patriot Lady, Oct 23, Finger Lakes S – “unresolved colic”
Hemlock, Oct 25, Belmont T – “displaced, comminuted fractures; euthanized on track”
Maddy Black, Oct 27, Finger Lakes R – “fractured limb, euthanasia on track”
Rock N Warrior, Nov 1, Belmont T (euthanized Dec 30) – “condylar fracture”
High Knuckles, Nov 3, Belmont T – “pulled up severely lame…euthanized”
Beautiful Amaila, Nov 5, Belmont T – “injury to it [sic] legs, euthanized on track”
Golden Zapper, Nov 8, Belmont T – “sustained injury…euthanized”
Unbridled Mischief, Nov 9, Belmont T – “multiple fractures…euthanized on track”
Red Ice, Nov 10, Belmont S – unknown
Mr. Tag, Nov 22, Aqueduct R – “exam revealed necessity for euthanasia”
Sky of Hook, Nov 22, Aqueduct R – “injuries necessitating euthanasia”
Stay Fond, Nov 27, Aqueduct R – “suffered an injury to her right front leg”
Tied Up, Nov 27, Aqueduct R – “returned in distress, collapsed fatally” (five years old)
Thursday, Nov 29, Aqueduct R – “fractured both sesamoids LF leg”
Dorothy’s Star, Dec 10, Belmont T – “humeral fracture”
Linkjack Hanover, Dec 18, Yonkers R – “euthanasia necessitated by [racing] injury”
Hit It Once More, Dec 19, Aqueduct R – “dual sesamoid fracture”
Vermont Billy, Dec 23, Belmont T – “LF leg injury…euthanized due to poor prognosis”
Sander’s Empire, Jan 1 (2021), Aqueduct R – “suffered an injury, euthanized on track”
Escape, Jan 1, Belmont T (euthanized Jan 3) – “collapsed while breezing”
All Mo, Jan 7, Belmont T – “open distal radial fracture”
Spy Story, Jan 8, Aqueduct R – “took bad steps”
That’s Official, Jan 12, Monticello T – “collapsed…died on track”
Cerretalto, Jan 29, Belmont S – “colic…euthanized due to poor prognosis”
Oh My Papa, Feb 4, Belmont T – “suffered injuries while breezing”
Daytime Doll, Feb 6, Belmont T – “pulled up…euthanized on track”
Kj Brent, Feb 9, Monticello S – “euthanized in barn following fall and fracture”
Nisbet Beach, Feb 15, Aqueduct R – “fell heavily…euthanized on track”
Prospect Mountain, Feb 20, Belmont T – “sustained mid-body fractures”
Creative Style, Mar 7, Aqueduct R – “took a bad step”
Cam Funny, Mar 8, Monticello S – “found dead in a.m.”
Melanie’s Filly, Mar 8, Monticello R – “bad step, pastern fracture”
Whisper Wisdom, Mar 10, Belmont S – “joint infection”
Hyperactive Chris, Mar 10, Belmont T – “broke down near the wire”
Big Luther, Mar 13, Belmont T – “sustained open fractures”
Kiss Me Dave, Mar 20, Aqueduct R – “fell fatally” (two years old, first race)
Twice An Angel, Mar 22, Monticello R – “sustained injury to LF leg”
Unrelenting Force, Mar 28, Aqueduct R – “sustained injury to RF leg”
Niiji, Mar 31, Belmont S – “pleuropneumonia”
Voodoo Magic, Apr 5, Belmont S – “acute colic” (two years old)
Beastie D, Apr 13, Belmont S – “died due to injuries sustained in barn fire”
American Sailor, Apr 13, Belmont S – “died due to injuries sustained in barn fire”
Always Rock N Roll, Apr 17, Buffalo R – “injury to left back leg necessitating euthanasia”
Haikal, Apr 22, Belmont T – “injury to LF leg”
Determined Heart, Apr 22, Belmont R – “injured, vanned off, [euthanized]”
Singapore Trader, Apr 24, Belmont T – “pulled up lame”
Lady Sansa, Apr 28, Belmont T – “fetlock injury…developed laminitis post [surgery]”
Buyer’s Remorse, May 1, Belmont T – “sustained an injury at the wire”
Mama Kin, May 7, Belmont R – “lacerated tendon”
Schwarbertown, May 12, Finger Lakes T – “fractured pastern”
Sister Alexa, May 12, Finger Lakes T – “fractured fetlock”
Mister Bobby, May 13, Saratoga T – “collapsed and died” (five years old)
Latin Love Bug, May 14, Belmont R – “went wrong, fell”
yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, May 23, Belmont S – “infection, died in stall”
Dads Honor, May 23, Belmont T – “leg injury while breezing – euthanized on track”
Cin Cin Cowboy, May 24, Finger Lakes R – “took a bad step, fractured both sesamoids”
Playthatfunnymusic, May 29, Belmont R – “catastrophic injury…euthanized on track”
Teardown This Wall, May 30, Buffalo S – “colic, unresponsive to medical treatment”
Singular Sensation, May 31, Belmont R – “catastrophic injury…euthanized on track”
Lullula, Jun 1, Belmont T (euthanized Jun 6) – “left carpal injury”
Micromillion, Jun 3, Belmont S – “colic…euthanized due to poor prognosis”
Tapitena, Jun 5, Finger Lakes S – “suddenly collapsed and expired” (three years old)
Apocalypse, Jun 11, Vernon R – “heart attack” (five years old)
Greek Sonnet, Jun 16, Finger Lakes R (euthanized Jun 18) – “fractured RF”
Tia Vicky, Jun 21, Belmont S – “found deceased in its stall”
Lord Camden, Jun 22, Finger Lakes R – “fractured fetlock…euthanized on track”
Bad As Bart, Jun 24, Monticello S – “foundered”
Not That Brady, Jun 26, Belmont T – “RH injury, ambulanced off, euthanized”
Charge Into War, Jun 26, Belmont R – “fracture, cardiac arrest after surgery”
Trucking Baron, Jun 29, Saratoga S – “chronic laminitis”
Fiddlers Girl, Jul 13, Belmont T – “pelvic fracture, euthanized”
Strong Moment, Jul 16, Saratoga R – “catastrophic injury…euthanized on the course”
Independent One, Jul 17, Tioga R – “RH injury…euthanized by track vet”
Pleasure Luck, Jul 18, Saratoga R (euthanized Jul 19) – “took a bad step”
Fattoria, Jul 19, Saratoga T – “pelvic injury necessitating euthanasia”
Solo Story, Jul 23, Tioga T – “sustained broken leg, euthanized by track vet”
Fiya, Jul 31, Saratoga T – “injury to RH leg…euthanized”
Arlene’s Kitten, Aug 2, Finger Lakes T – “tender and sore, pelvic fracture located”
Twisted Gratitude, Aug 4, Finger Lakes S – “expired in her stall – probable colic”
Butter Lou, Aug 5, Saratoga R – “injur[ed] after wire, vanned to barn, euthanized”
Allstar Energy, Aug 7, Batavia R – “[multiple] fractures”
Fifth Avenue Red, Aug 7, Saratoga T – “pulled up, vanned off, euthanized”
Volpaia, Aug 10, Saratoga T – “fell over rail, multiple injuries, euthanized”
Big Smoove, Aug 15, Batavia S – “found laying in the stall…passed away on his own”
Red Roll, Aug 15, Batavia R – “fractured left fore [in crash], euthanized”
Informed Risk, Aug 16, Belmont S – “laminitis” (had training session four days prior)
Go With Honor, Aug 17, Finger Lakes T – “received a fracture”
Matt Major, Aug 18, Monticello R – “fractured pastern”
Olympico, Aug 21, Saratoga T – “RH condylar injury”
Quick Nick, Aug 25, Belmont T – “shoulder injury, euthanized”
Wasn’t Me, Aug 26, Saratoga T – “possible heart attack” (two years old)
America’s Joy, Aug 29, Saratoga T – “fracture while breezing, broke neck in fall”
Tri Saint Lorenzo, Sep 1, Belmont S – “was walked to [hospital], euthanized”
Everyoneloveslily, Sep 5, Belmont T – “broke down after wire – euthanized on track”
Tivoli Twirl, Sep 5, Saratoga S – “euthanized due to severe health complications”
Cirona, Sep 10, Saratoga T – “pulled up lame, suspected pelvic…euthanized”
He’s a Lucky Devil, Sep 11, Belmont T – “horse fell – euthanized on track”
Wellbehavedman, Sep 14, Finger Lakes T – “received fracture…euthanized on track”
Baltimore Bucko, Sep 16, Belmont R – “fell fatally to the ground”
Kj Chico, Sep 21, Monticello R – “fell during race…euthanized”
Happy Happy B, Sep 26, Belmont R – “fell heavily…euthanized on track”
Tavernette, Sep 28, Finger Lakes S – “unresolved and worsening EPM”
Madrone, Oct 8, Saratoga S – “neurologic disorder, euthanized due to poor prognosis”
On the Dean’s List, Oct 15, Saratoga S – “anaphylactic reaction to antibiotics”
Work Out, Oct 17, Belmont R (euthanized Oct 28) – “euthanized in stall due to injuries”
Malibu Luna, Oct 27, Belmont S – “suffered a trauma after falling”
Advance Notice, Oct 28, Belmont R – “went wrong”
Wicked Amber, Oct 31, Belmont R – “suffered an injury, bobbling heavily”
Engineers Report, Nov 1, Finger Lakes R – “appeared in distress…euthanized on track”
Cozzy’s Attitude, Nov 5, Belmont T – “leg injury, euthanized on track”
Flip the Script, Nov 7, Belmont R – “pulled up lame after the wire…euthanized”
Electric Guitar, Nov 11, Finger Lakes T – “fractured scapula…[euthanized] on track”
Ekhtibaar, Nov 17, Belmont S – “was found DOA [inside] van”

Not that anyone reading should need it, but here is further motivation to sign and share this petition to shutter Camarero in Puerto Rico. Yes, it is graphic – practically unwatchable. If you do, however, get to the end, I’d be curious to know whether you have the same bad thoughts as I toward the people just milling about as this horse suffers and dies. How humans lose their way – their (innate) compassion, their hearts, nay, their souls – is one for the psychologists and sociologists. (While I do know that this death occurred at Camarero, I cannot, unfortunately, provide any other details.)

While it may be hard to believe, the North Carolina legislature is actually considering a bill – the “North Carolina Derby Act” – that would introduce Thoroughbred racing to that state. (There are steeplechases in NC; one, Charlotte, recently recorded a kill.) Yes, that’s right, some tone-deaf politicians aim to bring a cruel, increasingly moribund industry to the great state of North Carolina. And so the battle is joined.

After reading a favorable board editorial in the News & Record, North Carolina’s third largest paper, I submitted my own, focusing, of course, on the cruelty and death. It was accepted and published today. I thank the editors for this wonderful opportunity to educate. (While the full text appears below, please clink on the link – again, here – to show our support for the paper.)

As the General Assembly considers whether to legalize horseracing in North Carolina, it is crucial that citizens and legislators be presented with all the information, starting with the fact that this proposal is about 70 years too late.

While there was a time when horseracing was popular, those days are long gone. The “Foal Crop” – the number of new Thoroughbreds entering the system each year – is about half of what it was just 30 years ago. All other metrics – racedays, races, field sizes, and, yes, attendance and handle (amount wagered) – are also down.

Demographically, things could not be worse: the typical horseplayer (regular bettor) is a middle-aged man; the younger generations are simply not interested. The reason for this is twofold: changing sensibilities, which we’ll get to later, and, of course, competition for the gambling dollar – lotteries, casinos, and now sports (real ones, that is) betting. And the effect has been devastating: Since 2000, 39 U.S. racetracks have been shuttered; only one new one has opened – and that only because it is being heavily subsidized by the state. In fact, the bulk of the American horseracing industry subsists entirely on corporate welfare, with wealthy owners pocketing public funds that should be going to general-good issues like education and infrastructure.

But equally if not more important is the moral aspect to all this. Self-serving, romantic rhetoric aside, stripped to its core horseracing is ugly and mean and cruel:

The typical racehorse is torn from his mother as a mere babe, thrust into intensive training at 18 months – years before his body is fully developed – and first raced at two, the rough equivalent of a first-grader. From there, the incessant grinding – again, on an unformed skeleton – begins, because if he’s not racing, he’s not earning. He is pumped, legally and otherwise, with myriad performance-enhancing, injury-masking, and pain-numbing chemicals. He is confined (alone, in a tiny stall for over 23 hours a day), commodified (lip tattoos, auctions, “claiming races”), controlled (cribbing collars, nose chains, tongue ties, blinkers), and cowed (bits and whips). And quite often, killed.

Through FOIA, Horseracing Wrongs has documented over 7,000 deaths at U.S. tracks just since 2014; we estimate that over 2,000 horses are killed racing or training across America every year. Cardiovascular collapse, pulmonary hemorrhage, blunt-force head trauma, broken necks, severed spines, ruptured ligaments, shattered legs. Over 2,000. Every year. In addition, hundreds more die back in their stalls from things like colic, laminitis, or, simply, “found dead in the morning.” And to be clear, this is not just a “cheap track” problem: Saratoga, which bills itself the “oldest sporting venue in the nation,” averages 15 dead a summer. Santa Anita, another elite track, has averaged 50 kills annually since 2007. And at Churchill Downs, home of America’s most celebrated race, the Kentucky Derby, 86 horses have perished over the past four years.

Then, too, slaughter. Two separate studies indicate that most – some 10,000-20,000 annually – spent or simply no-longer-wanted racehorses are mercilessly bled-out and butchered at “career’s” end. In truth, horseracing needs slaughter. In 2019, HorseRace Insider, a pro-racing publication, admitted the following: “The Jockey Club will not support a slaughter-free industry because it will cost $120 million per year to fund the care of the 20,000+ horses bred each year.” Again, The Jockey Club, Racing’s most prominent and powerful organization, will not support a slaughter-free industry – and for proof we need look no further than its refusal to endorse the SAFE Act, a bill that would prohibit the slaughter of American horses – because of cost. Imagine that.

As mentioned at the top, sensibilities toward animal exploitation, most especially regarding entertainment, are rapidly evolving. In just the past few years:

– Ringling Bros. has closed its doors for good, ending over a century of animal abuse.

– SeaWorld, after being exposed by the film Blackfish, has ended the captive-breeding of orcas and remains in slow, steady decline.

– There are rodeo bans in cities as diverse as Pittsburgh, San Francisco, St. Petersburg, and Fort Wayne.

– Both New York and Illinois have outlawed the use of elephants in any form of entertainment; New Jersey, Hawaii, and California have forbidden all wild-animal acts.

– And most relevant to the issue at hand, after the historic (and overwhelming) referendum vote in Florida in 2018, dogracing in America is all but dead. In fact, dogracing is outright prohibited on moral grounds in 41 of our 50 states.

Clearly, the winds of change are blowing in one direction. And despite its desperate marketing – “tradition,” “beauty,” “The Sport of Kings” – horseracing will not be spared. Indeed, in just the past year, two of the nation’s most influential papers – The Washington Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer – have called for racing’s outright end.

So, this is no time to look back, North Carolina. Horseracing in 2021 is an economic nonstarter. But of far more import, it is simply wrong. North Carolinians are known for their warmth, kindness, and generosity. We are only asking that that be extended to these intelligent, sensitive creatures. Please say no to horseracing.