The California Horse Racing Board has disclosed the deaths of the following three horses – two from the same race – all originally reported as merely “vanned off”:

3-year-old Zuni Tunes (“lateral condylar open fracture”) in the 8th race August 16th at Golden Gate – jockey Pedro Terrero, trainer Victor Trujillo, owners Frank/Jeff Edmunds.

7-year-old There Goes Kevin – jockey Gary Boag, trainer Jerry Wallace, owner Richard Barker – and 5-year-old Kevinator – jockey Vinnie Bednar, trainer Edwin Sirin, owner Ruben Garcia – in the 1st race August 17th at Los Alamitos. Although, as mentioned, Equibase had Kevinator “injured…vanned off after the race,” the CHRB says the gelding was euthanized where he lay. This is horseracing.

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3-year-old Kitagal is dead after “falling after the wire” of the 3rd race at Louisiana yesterday. Being raced for the sixth time, she had yet to “break maiden.” (She was “for sale” at $5,000 on her death day.) Kitagal was ridden by Eguard Tejera, trained by Charles Grappe, and owned by James Hutzel.

To those who wager on horseracing, we implore you to reconsider. And ultimately, you hold all the cards: no more bets, no more races; no more races, no more kills. And – no more separating foals and moms, no more abusing unformed bodies, no more confining, no more whipping, no more drugging, no more doping, no more buying and selling and trading and dumping. No more auctions, no more kill-buyers, no more transport trucks, no more abattoirs. No more pain, no more suffering. No more.

In a landscape that abounds with other gambling options – casinos, lotteries, real sports involving autonomous human beings – hasn’t the time at long last arrived to let the racing horse be? You, the bettor, have within the capacity for mercy. We ask only that you exercise it. Please. For the horses.


2-year-old Divine Guidance, reported as “vanned off” in her racing debut Wednesday afternoon at Saratoga (5th race), was euthanized yesterday due to her injury. Divine Guidance is the 12th athlete to die this summer at “one of the world’s greatest sporting venues” (per Sports Illustrated). The equine child was ridden by Wilmer Garcia, trained by Rodrigo Ubillo, and owned/bred by Chester and Mary Broman.

The Saratoga 12:

4-year-old Lifeguard On Duty, July 24, training
3-year-old Double Gold, July 25, training
3-year-old Father Johns Pride, July 28, race 7
3-year-old Lavender Road, July 30, collapsed after being scratched
2-year-old Sir William Bruce, August 2, race 5
4-year-old Regretless, August 11, race 4
3-year-old M B and Tee, August 21, race 7
2-year-old Kamarius, August 23, training
2-year-old Ludicrous, August 23, race 4
3-year-old Elena Strikes, August 24, training
7-year-old Makari, August 25, race 1
2-year-old Divine Guidance, August 29, from race 5 August 27

Also, 4-year-old See See See – trained by Osvaldo Rojas, owned by Thomas Cespuglio – was euthanized at Belmont yesterday after x-rays revealed a fractured left knee. The fracture, as it turns out, occurred two weeks prior in a claiming race (the 4th) at Monmouth (though Equibase had her finishing that race without incident – “no rally”). These two deaths serve to remind how effectively racing deceives: If not for the only-one-in-the-nation NYS database, both Divine Guidance and See See See would simply have disappeared from the charts, final fates unknown. This is “The Sport of Kings.”

Del Mar recorded its 16th kill of the meet Thursday morning when 3-year-old Cause Im a Bigshot collapsed and died following a 50-second workout. According to U-T San Diego, she was felled by a “heart attack or aneurysm.” Trainer, Philip D’Amato; owner, Slam Dunk Racing. Cause Im a Bigshot is the second 3-year-old – comparable to a human pubescent – to simply drop dead (Chattering Gambler). Oh, and 2-year-old Mont Saint Michel was found dead in her stall back in July. This is horseracing.

The Del Mar 16:

4-year-old Corlett Drive, July 13, training
4-year-old Kokaltash, July 17, race 5
2-year-old Mont Saint Michel, July 24th, found dead in stall
3-year-old Dance With Fate, July 24, training
4-year-old Yes She’s Unusual, July 25, race 6
5-year-old Longview Drive, July 25, race 7
5-year-old Lil Swiss Echo, July 26, race 5
3-year-old J Kat, July 26, race 9
2-year-old Chilled Mousse, July 27, training
3-year-old Chattering Gambler, August 2, race 3
3-year-old Steppingood, August 13, race 8
4-year-old Serious, August 14, from July 31 race 7
3-year-old Bayview Drive, August 16, race 10
2-year-old Little Tower, August 22, race 3
7-year-old Magic Beam, August 24, training
3-year-old Cause Im a Bigshot, August 28, training