Killed, 2020

Horses Killed Racing or Training on U.S. Tracks, 2020. (Please note: This list will grow exponentially when I begin filing my annual FOIA requests at the end of the year. For context, please see killed lists from previous years.)

Golden Birthday, Jan 1, Santa Anita R – “took a bad step” (broken leg)
Lrh Fast as Oak, Jan 4, Louisiana Downs R – “fell, euthanized”
Perry Train, Jan 4, Louisiana Downs R – “fell after wire, euthanized”
Elegant Sundown, Jan 5, Golden Gate R – “catastrophic injury…euthanized in the van”
X Y Jet, Jan 8, Palm Meadows T – “heart attack”
J Rob, Jan 9, Fair Grounds R – “vanned off after winner’s circle, [euthanized]”
Eyell Be Back, Jan 10, Los Alamitos R (euthanized Jan 12) – “carpus”
Salambo, Jan 12, Gulfstream R – “went wrong…euthanized”
Jim’s Silverbullet, Jan 16, Fair Grounds R – “went wrong”
Harliss, Jan 17, Santa Anita R – “fractured RF ankle”
Uncontainable, Jan 18, Santa Anita R – “fractured RF ankle”

In addition, these still-very-much-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry craftily calls “non-racing” causes. Technically true, perhaps, but morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

Ruby Roundhouse, Jan 1, Los Alamitos – “gastrointestinal”
Yorkiepoo Princess, Jan 3, Belmont – “severe laminitis…euthanized in her stall”
Jest Famous, Jan 7, Los Alamitos – “gastrointestinal”
Buckstopper Kit, Jan 7, Santa Anita

The Killing Fields: Dead Racehorses at the Various Tracks (15 – and counting)

Arizona
Arizona Downs:
Rillito Park:
Turf Paradise:

Arkansas
Oaklawn Park:

California
Del Mar:
Golden Gate Fields: 1 dead racehorse
Los Alamitos Race Course: 3 dead racehorses
Santa Anita Park: 4 dead racehorses
Cal Expo:
Alameda County Fair:
Big Fresno Fair:
California State Fair:
Humboldt County Fair:
Los Angeles County Fair:
Sonoma County Fair:

Colorado
Arapahoe Park:

Delaware
Delaware Park:
Dover Downs:
Harrington Raceway:

Florida
Gulfstream Park: 1 dead racehorse
Gulfstream Park West:
Tampa Bay Downs:
Pompano Park:
Palm Meadows: 1 dead racehorse

Idaho
Cassia County Fair
Eastern Idaho State Fair
Jerome County Fair
Oneida County Fair
Pocatello Downs
Rupert Downs
Sandy Downs

Illinois
Arlington Park:
Fairmount Park:
Hawthorne Race Course:
Suburban Downs:

Indiana
Indiana Grand:
Hoosier Park:

Iowa
Prairie Meadows:

Kentucky
Churchill Downs:
Ellis Park:
Keeneland:
Kentucky Downs:
Turfway Park:
Bluegrass Downs:
The Red Mile:
Thunder Ridge:

Louisiana
Delta Downs:
Evangeline Downs:
Fair Grounds Race Course: 2 dead racehorses
Louisiana Downs: 2 dead racehorses

Maine
Bangor Raceway:
Scarborough Downs:

Maryland
Laurel Park:
Pimlico Race Course:
Rosecroft Raceway:
Ocean Downs:
Glyndon Steeplechase:
Grand National Steeplechase:
Fair Hill Steeplechase:
Legacy Chase Steeplechase:
Maryland State Fair:
Timonium:

Massachusetts
Plainridge Park:

Michigan
Northville Downs:

Minnesota
Canterbury Park:
Running Aces Park:

Montana
Great Falls:
Miles City:

Nebraska
Columbus Racing:
Fonner Park:
Horsemen’s Park:
Lincoln Race Course:

Nevada
Elko County Fair:
White Pine County Fair:

New Jersey
Monmouth Park:
The Meadowlands:
Freehold Raceway:
Far Hills Steeplechase:

New Mexico
Albuquerque:
Ruidoso Downs:
Sunland Park:
Sunray Park:
Zia Park:

New York
Aqueduct Racetrack:
Belmont Park: 1 dead racehorse
Finger Lakes Racetrack:
Saratoga Race Course:
Batavia Downs:
Buffalo Raceway:
Monticello Raceway:
Saratoga Harness:
Tioga Downs:
Vernon Downs:
Yonkers Raceway:

North Dakota
Chippewa Downs:
North Dakota Horse Park:

Ohio
Belterra Park:
Mahoning Valley:
Thistledown:
Dayton Raceway:
Miami Valley:
Northfield Park:
Scioto Downs:

Oklahoma
Fair Meadows:
Remington Park:
Will Rogers Downs:

Oregon
Crooked River Roundup:
Eastern Oregon Livestock Show:
Grants Pass:
Harney County Fair:
Tillamook County Fair:

Pennsylvania
Parx Racing:
Penn National:
Presque Isle Downs:
Harrah’s Philadelphia:
Pocono Downs:
The Meadows:

Texas
Lone Star Park:
Retama Park:
Sam Houston Park:
Gillespie County Fair:

Utah
Dixie Downs:
Laurel Brown:
Weber Downs:

Virginia
Colonial Downs:

Washington
Emerald Downs:
Sun Downs:

West Virginia
Charles Town Races:
Mountaineer Racetrack:

Wyoming
Energy Downs:
Sweetwater Downs:

Sources:
Arizona Department of Gaming
California Horse Racing Board
Colorado Department of Revenue
Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission
Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Idaho Racing Commission
Illinois Racing Board
Indiana Horse Racing Commission
Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission
Louisiana Racing Commission
Maine Department of Agriculture
Maryland Racing Commission
Massachusetts Gaming Commission
Michigan Gaming Control Board
Minnesota Racing Commission
Nebraska State Racing Commission
Nevada Gaming Control Board
New Jersey Racing Commission
New Mexico Racing Commission
New York State Gaming Commission
North Dakota Racing Commission
Ohio State Racing Commission
Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission
Oregon Racing Commission
Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
Texas Racing Commission
Washington Horse Racing Commission
West Virginia Racing Commission
Wyoming Pari-Mutuel Commission
Equibase Race Charts
Track Officials
Racing Press

“unidentified”: Currently, California, Indiana, and Minnesota redact the names of their dead, citing “confidentiality.” Any identifications from those states come via other channels.

“yet-to-be-named”: The horse had not yet been given a name.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this list. That said, my information is only as good as the information I receive. If it can be proved that a horse appears in error, I will dutifully remove.