Through a FOIA request to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Prairie Meadows in 2022.

yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, Jun 11, training – “sudden death” (again, two years old)
Gfr Gone N Dun It, Jun 25, racing – “slipped at start, stepped on, fractured shoulder”
Whos Your Favorite, Jul 2, stall – “poliomyelitis”
Max’s Heart, Jul 11, racing – “fractured cannon”
Wake Up Angel, Jul 15, racing – “[multiple] fractures”
Spurwink Lane, Jul 23, racing – “[multiple] fractures”
Magic Wanda, Aug 1, racing – “fractured carpus past wire”
Marty James, Aug 5, racing – “unable to stand, euthanized”
Humero d’Oro, Aug 8, racing – “[multiple] fractures past wire”
Rockymountain Brew, Aug 15, racing – “sudden death at finish line” (three years old)
Finish Line, Aug 20, racing – “fracture, rupture past wire”
Taffadahl, Aug 24, training – “[multiple] fractures”
We’re All Nuts, Aug 26, training – “fractured carpus”
Luckyapril, Aug 27, racing – “[multiple] fractures”
Jesst You Watch, Aug 31, stall – “[found dead], suspect colic” (two years old)
Strolln Down Welch, Sep 3, racing – “fractured knee”
No One Cares, Sep 19, racing – “fractured knee”

The NYS Gaming Commission reports that Woodmere Skyroller died in her stall at Yonkers Friday. No other details were given, but we do know that Woodmere was five years old and scheduled to be raced Tuesday.

Young, still-active horses dying on the backside – this, too, is horseracing.

Sunday, The Maine Monitor published a piece on that state’s harness industry. It’s good work, and I encourage you to take a look (and not just because I am quoted in it). As usual, the other side gives us plenty of fodder. A couple highlights:

Racing Commission board member and chairman of the local chapter of the U.S. Trotting Association (i.e., a racer insider) Don Marean: “We, the industry, are supporting and regulating, and governing ourselves with our own money.”

Not true, of course. The racing in Maine, like most other states, is being subsidized by the casino located at Bangor Raceway.

Then this on “aftercare” and the giant elephant in the room – slaughter: “Marean said the Maine Harness Horsemen’s Association, an organization representing owners, breeders, trainers and drivers of standardbred horses in Maine, allocates $5,000 annually to help care for [retired] horses.” Imagine that. As most of you know, $5,000 barely covers (if it does at all) the annual cost of care for one horse. Last year, the article notes, 669 horses raced in Maine. These people are disgusting.