The Equibase line for 6-year-old Fancy Hat in the 8th Wednesday at Keeneland was, to those familiar with Racing’s euphemisms, bleak: “went bad…vanned off.” While confirmations on Kentucky kills are usually difficult to come by (their response to my FOIA request), this one, at least, was covered in the press. In reporting the death – a “fatal fracture” – the Lexington Herald-Leader added this from jockey Brian Hernandez Jr: “Just an unfortunate accident.”

Speechless – again.

The entire career of the athlete known as Hewearsthefoxhat:
March 13, Golden Gate – 9th of 10
April 3, Golden Gate – last of 8
Yesterday, Golden Gate – “broke down in deep stretch…euthanized” (Equibase)

Dead at three. The people: Steve Sherman, Ron Brewer, Jim Robinson, Russell Baze.

(At least) two other racehorses also “broke down” yesterday on American tracks:
6-year-old Attaboyatteberry in the 8th at Sunland Park
8-year-old Brassy Pete in the 8th at Turf Paradise

Both can safely be presumed dead. The people: Henry Dominguez, Carl Atteberry Jr, Joseph Milchen, Enrique Portillo Gomez (Attaboyatteberry); Ramiro Barraza Sosa, Martin Cisneros, Renny Arrieta (Brassy Pete).

Meanwhile…Finger Lakes wasted no time in recording its first kills of the season. In the week leading up to yesterday’s Opening Day, two were felled during morning training sessions: 5-year-old What the Frost – Ralph D’Alessandro, Andrew Cohen; 6-year-old Loomin’ Lori Lou – Jeffrey Englehart, Anstu Farm.

This is horseracing.

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The California Horse Racing Board has confirmed that Bully Pulpit, who was a “took an awkward step, vanned off” in the 10th Saturday at Santa Anita, is in fact dead. His people: Craig Anthony Lewis, Six-S Racing Stable, Larry Stein, Tiago Josue Pereira.

Please stop betting on animal races.