Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack logged 2013 victim number 40 yesterday when 5-year-old My Lovers Eyes “broke [his] right knee while switching leads [and was] euthanized on track” (curiously, Equibase had him as pulled up and vanned off). The gelding was ridden by David Lopez, trained by Michael Ferraro, and owned by the Peters family. Since NY is still the only state to disclose deaths as they happen, one wonders how many of the other nine horses vanned off American tracks Friday are already dead.

Yesterday afternoon at Laurel Park (race 9), 6-year-old Blues Heir broke down in her 45th start. Later in the day at Delta Downs (race 3), 2-year-old Andrew’s Rose, running for the first time, “bolted on the turn then stopped badly and returned bleeding.” And in the Charles Town night card (race 4), 3-year-old Mi Cinco D Mayo “was bumped hard…dropped back…and returned bleeding.” This is horseracing.

Saturday at Aqueduct, 2-year-old Long Island Lee fractured a leg and was killed back at the barn. The filly was trained by Rick Violette Jr. Mr. Violette has now lost eight horses in NY since 2009; at the times of their deaths, nary a one was physically mature.

3-year-old Snipe, 7/21/09, Aqueduct, “bleeding as result of pelvic fx”
4-year-old Air Space, 4/23/10, Aqueduct, “training”
3-year-old Sequoya Mountain, 7/16/10, Aqueduct, “fx pelvis”
3-year-old Too Big to Fail, 10/30/10, Aqueduct, “fx RH cannon bone”
3-year-old New Pais, 1/23/11, Aqueduct, “fx both RF sesamoids”
2-year-old October First, 10/15/11, Aqueduct, “adverse drug treatment reaction”
2-year-old Spurious Precision, 9/18/12, Aqueduct, “fx L knee”

Saturday, in Charles Town’s 4th race, 8-year-old Sir Jock broke down and died. (Although Equibase stopped at “broke down,” I confirmed his death with the West Virginia vet’s office.) It was the gelding’s 82nd outing. 82nd. Here is how he arrived there:

debut, 9/1/07: trainer, Dale Romans; owner, Ed Edelberg
sold prior to 1/5/08: new owner, Purdedel Stable
claimed for $5,000 on 11/6/09: new trainer, Joe Woodard; new owner, Billy Hays
claimed for $7,500 on 12/18/09: new trainer, Jeff Talley; new owner, Texas Toyco LLC
claimed for $7,500 on 7/3/10: new trainer, Terry Berns; new owner, Theodore Mizerak
claimed for $5,000 on 11/3/10: new trainer, Vernon Coyle; new owner, Virginia Heizer
sold prior to 5/17/11: new owners, David Wilson and Vernon Coyle
sold prior to 4/13/12: new trainer, Laura Bealmear; new owner, Freddy Lewis
sold prior to 11/22/12: new owner, Laura Bealmear
claimed for $6,000 on 7/20/13: new trainer, Stephanie Beattie; new owner, Marion Wells

7 trainers, 10 owners, 17 tracks, 9 states

So, Mr. Romans, Mr. Edelberg, Mr. Woodard, Mr. Hays, Mr. Talley, Mr. Berns, Mr. Mizerak, Mr. Coyle, Ms. Heizer, Mr. Wilson, Ms. Bealmear, Mr. Lewis, Ms. Beattie, and Mr. Wells, was Sir Jock ever “like a part of your family”?

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Also from the weekend:

Penn National’s racing office said this of 3-year-old Lucky Guess, vanned off after Friday’s 9th race: “Unfortunately, the horse is deceased.” This was the filly’s second consecutive DNF (6/28), both at Penn. In her other two starts, Lucky Guess finished 7th of 8 and 9th of 9. She was ridden by Felix Pinero, trained by Gary Craig, and owned by Sabina Abell.

Saturday at Evangeline, 5-year-old Allthatjazz perished in a $3,500 claiming race. The Quarter Horse was ridden by Shandy Salgado, trained by Oscar Lopez, and owned by Jose Reyes.

And finally, there is this from Zia on Saturday: In the 7th race, 9-year-old, yes 9-year-old, Iniquitous Kid, making his 63rd start, was “taken up in the stretch and vanned off.” Two races later, 2-year-old Ask the Ghost Nice, running for the first time, was “taken up down the backstretch and vanned off.” Young, old, it matters not; racing breaks them all.

The following, unless otherwise noted, were “vanned off” American tracks last week.

Monday:
3-year-old Hold the Ransom, Turf, race 9

Tuesday:
3-year-old Western Prince (1st start), Zia, race 8

Wednesday:
3-year-old Gal About Town (after winning), Churchill, race 8
5-year-old Outlaw Josy, Evangeline, race 9
4-year-old Travel the World, Laurel, race 2 (“lame”)
4-year-old Wish You Had One To, Zia, race 3 (“fell over foe”)

Thursday:
3-year-old Perfectamente, Hollywood, race 8 (“collapsed”)
3-year-old Princess of Pearl, Hollywood, race 8
2-year-old And You Can, Fair Grounds, race 7
2-year-old Power of Eleven, Golden Gate, race 7 (confirmed dead)

Friday:
3-year-old Fort Humbug, Fair Grounds, race 2
3-year-old Mystical Mark, Golden Gate, race 8 (“pulled up lame after the finish”)
3-year-old Lucky Guess, Penn National, race 9 (2nd consec DNF – 6/28)
3-year-old Unmerited Favor, Remington, race 4 (“pulled up in distress”)

Saturday:
3-year-old Roar for More, Beulah, race 1
7-year-old Silver Spur (51st start), Beulah, race 6
8-year-old Sir Jock (82nd start), Charles Town, race 4 (“broke down”)
2-year-old Modern Day Miracle, Charles Town, race 8
5-year-old Allthatjazz, Evangeline, race 7 (confirmed dead)
3-year-old I Am Revenge, Golden Gate, race 8
6-year-old Member ofthe Tribe, Los Alamitos, race 1
4-year-old Buttertart, Mountaineer, race 5 (“broke down”)
9-year-old Iniquitous Kid (63rd start), Zia, race 7
2-year-old Ask the Ghost Nice (1st start), Zia, race 9

Sunday:
3-year-old Quiet Miracle, Aqueduct, race 9
6-year-old Triplemental, Fair Grounds, race 6
3-year-old Captain Luke, Hawthorne, race 9
4-year-old End of Discussion, Zia, race 8