Equibase reports that three horses (at least) “broke down” yesterday on American tracks. For those who may be uninitiated, “broke down” almost invariably means dead.

First, at Tampa Bay, 3-year-old Gabby’s Warrior went down in the 4th. In her penultimate race on September 12 at Mountaineer, Gabby “wilted” (after being “pressed”) to a second-to-last finish – 49 lengths back.

Later in the day at Charles Town:

Diamond Dozen “broke down shortly after the start” of the 3rd. Stupefyingly, Diamond’s racing “debut” came in September – at 9 1/2 years old. In that race – claiming, of course – he finished 9th of 10; in his second and only other race (also claiming), he finished 8th of 9. Unraced till 9 1/2, dumped immediately into claiming hell, hopelessly bad (though still earning – CT is a racino), broken down three races in. Just when I think the racing people have hit their depraved nadir, the bar gets moved.

And – 3-year-old Forged in Gold “led early [in the 8th] and broke down entering the turn.” In her penultimate race three weeks ago (also at CT), Forged finished 7th of 8.

Charles Town has now had three breakdowns in two days. Thursday night, it was 3-year-old Silver Sundara in the 6th.

This is horseracing.

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In the Equibase notes for the 4th race at Golden Gate November 19, 3-year-old Gem of a Gal was a “pulled up, vanned off.” In truth, the young filly never made it onto the ambulance alive. The CHRB reports that Gem “expired on the track” that day. Dead.

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In addition:

The Stewards Minutes for Los Alamitos, week end November 22 report “one equine death due to racing injuries.” Name withheld. And including the disclosure in its most recent minutes, Del Mar’s Fall ledger looks like this:

Oct 19-Oct 26: 1 dead
Nov 2-Nov 8: 5 dead
Nov 9-Nov 16: 2 dead
Nov 16-Nov 22: 1 dead

That’s 9 horses who either died on Del Mar grounds or while being prepped off-site for upcoming Del Mar races.

And finally, on the harness end, this from Cal Expo:

DRIVER LUKE PLANO, WHO DROVE “KABLOOIE” IN THE SECOND RACE ON APRIL 4, 2015 AND HAVING APPEARED AT A FORMAL HEARING ON NOVEMBER 12, 2015…IS HEREBY FINED $300 FOR VIOLATION OF CALIFORNIA HORSE RACING BOARD RULE #1734 “WHIPPING” CAUSING VISIBLE INJURY (WHIP WELT).

“Causing visible injury.”

This is not the first time Mr. Plano has been “reprimanded” for abusing horses:

http://horseracingwrongs.com/2014/10/27/no-suspensions-for-multiple-whipping-bleedingwelts-violations/

http://horseracingwrongs.com/2015/03/20/hoosier-park-where-abusers-are-allowed-to-keep-abusing/