Last week on U.S. flat (Thoroughbred/Quarterhorse) tracks, according to Equibase.

Baladera “vanned off” at Lone Star
Lady Lucy Lu “went through the rail, DNF” at Parx
Hit’n Time “vanned off” at Prairie
Aintthatrightuhhuh “vanned off” at Arapahoe
Girls Got Track “vanned off” at Belterra
Accountable “vanned off” at Colonial
Painted Canyon “vanned off” at Canterbury
Kismet Kid “appeared in distress” at Finger Lakes
Saint Michael “lame, vanned off” at Penn
Custom Gulch “vanned off” at Evangeline
Battle Ready “bled” at Laurel
Insane Lifestyle “vanned off” at Arlington
Sir Louisiana Dash “vanned off” at Delta
Bl Lisas Dash “vanned off” at Retama
Peves Jackpot Jack “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Gin and Platonic “collapsed, vanned off” at Monmouth
Nilsby “bled and was vanned off” at Ellis
Snow Pack “went wrong, vanned off” at Golden Gate
Dot Dot Dot “bled and was vanned off” at Prairie
Phantom Fury “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Moonachie “vanned off” at Saratoga

“Vanned Off”: Horse required the “equine ambulance” to get off the track. While not all of these horses end up dead, most do, as borne out by my year-end FOIA reports.

“Bled/Returned Bleeding From Nostrils”: Typically indicates pulmonary hemorrhage.

From the NYS Gaming Commission, Belmont Park, Thursday: “[Pasta] was deliberately let out of her stall by ex-employee, ran loose and fell. Injuries sustained in fall subsequently necessitated euthanasia.” Pasta was two years old and was being prepped for her first race. According to an account in Newsday, Pasta took that fatal fall on a nearby street. The former employee, Ramzan Antooa, was arrested and charged with “burglary” and “reckless endangerment of property.”

There are those, of course, who will say that this story doesn’t belong on this site. The horse, they will argue, was a victim of a crime committed outside (because the miscreant was an ex-employee) Racing’s purview. In other words, not on us. But the key lies in the aforementioned charge: “endangerment of property.” Indeed, property. Pasta was a thing, a piece of chattel wholly and utterly controlled by Horseracing, making all that befell her in her two miserable years on this planet – including, obviously, her death – wholly and utterly Horseracing’s responsibility. Period.

On February 13, the Paulick Report posted a piece on twin Thoroughbreds, Custom Pete and Halo Carlos, getting ready for their “debuts” at Delta Downs the following day. The pair, a rarity in the (ugly) breeding trade, were born March 9, 2017, making them two on raceday. The race itself did not live up to the hype: Custom Pete finished second-to-last, Halo Carlos last. Then, nothing – until, that is, one of the brothers, Custom Pete, was found in the Stanley Brothers feedlot in Bastrop, Louisiana. Yes, one half of this Racing feel-good story was headed to slaughter.

The June 19 “bail” plea succeeded, and Pete was delivered to quarantine on the 27th. He was, no surprise, lame, apparently having been injured in that February race – an injury, it turns out, he was forced to suffer for months.

As is all too common, however, Pete’s injury was too far gone (in addition, as you see above, he was ataxic), and he was euthanized in mid-July. The rescuer: “It’s with great sadness that I have to let everyone know that Custom Pete did not survive his battle to overcome all the bad things that have happened to him.”

The horrible human beings who dumped (directly or indirectly, it matters not) this terrified, suffering animal into the slaughter pipeline are trainer Thomas Nixon and owner Lary Nixon, themselves brothers. And yes, they still have Pete’s twin, Halo Carlos. What do you suppose that poor animal’s future holds?

As for the Paulick Report, not a word followed on Custom Pete’s fate. Nothing about the injury, the kill-lot, the death. Nothing. All the worse because Ray Paulick markets himself as one of the good guys, someone who cares. He isn’t; he doesn’t. In fact, by being perhaps the foremost (media) promoter of this vile industry, Paulick is every bit as complicit as the ones doing the racing, killing, dumping, and slaughtering.

(Once again, a special thanks to Joy Aten, our vice president and chief cruelty investigator, for her contributions to this post.)

The 8th at Arlington yesterday, as reported by Equibase: “MUFFINS REVENGE broke slowly, trailed the field from the two path around the first turn, continued up the backstretch far behind the field, took a bad step at the half mile pole…and was humanely euthanized on the track.”

“Humanely Euthanized” – perhaps the most obscene of Racing’s euphemisms. (Though “took a bad step” ranks high, too.) Muffins Revenge was three; ’twas her fourth time under the whip.

According to Equibase, in the 3rd at Indiana Grand eight days ago, Miss Mercken “clipped heels and fell and was vanned off.” We now learn (Racing Commission) that the 5-year-old mare was indeed euthanized. The dead horse’s jockey (Orlando Mojica), by the way, has been suspended 30 days for “careless riding.”

This is horseracing.