The NYS Gaming Commission reports that High Knuckles was killed while training Tuesday at Belmont: “pulled up severely lame at 3/8 pole, splint applied and ambulanced to barn where examination revealed necessity for euthanasia.” He was two years old and had been put to the whip three times.

The New York Racing Association, home to “demonstrably safer racing,” has now hosted 70 equine kills this year. 70. And all in the name of gambling. Look folks, I realize there’s lots going on, but this is carnage, and it is immoral – and it must end.

Voice your outrage: Link this post. Cite data from this website. Tell them horseracing is animal cruelty; horseracing must end.
Governor Cuomo
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On February 22, 2019, in her 28th turn under the whip, Nova Nation was “vanned off” at Penn National with an unspecified injury. At the time, she was five years old. Less than three weeks later, she was spotted, lame, in a Pennsylvania kill pen. Here she is – all four racing places intact – after she was euthanized by rescuers in order to save her from being shipped to slaughter. Her trainer/owner as of that February 22 race was Carlos Rodriguez. She was bred by Rick Sutherland. Draw your own conclusions.

The Melbourne Cup, one of the planet’s most famous races, has killed, again. Anthony Van Dyck, a multi-million-dollar-winning colt from Ireland, broke down in yesterday’s edition and was euthanized. “The Race That Stops a Nation” has, in recent years, averaged one dead horse each time out. Imagine that. Kristin Leigh of our sister organization Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses summed it well to the ABC: “As much as people are going through hard times I still think they don’t want to see animals abused and being killed in the name of gambling products. We’ve proven this so-called sport cannot be made kind.” Indeed, Kristin. Indeed.

Anthony, soon to be dead…

In the 5th yesterday at Golden Gate, Look At My Hooves, says the chartwriter, “was seriously injured after the race and had to be vanned off.” We now know (CHRB) that he is dead – euthanized for said “serious injury.” Look At My Hooves was four; ’twas his 9th time under the whip. California Racing has been super-busy lately congratulating itself on the supposed decline in deaths; with this latest, California Racing counts 88 dead horses on the year. Progress, horseracing style.

Last week on U.S. flat tracks (racing only).

“Vanned Off”: horse required an ambulance to get off the track; while not all the “vanned” end up dead, most do, as borne out by my FOIA reports

“Bled”: typically indicates pulmonary hemorrhage

A Little Irradic “bled” at Indiana
Maddy Black “in distress, pulled up,” dead at Finger Lakes
Fleetwood Graduate “vanned off” at Mahoning
Full Regalia “vanned off” at Emerald
Take the Spoon Max “vanned off” at Zia
True Champion “vanned off” at Gulfstream W
Boondoggle “returned bleeding” at Laurel
Samicean “vanned off” at Remington
Windsors for It “came back bleeding from the nose” at Charles Town
Sir Winsalot “vanned off” at Churchill
Wf Kissin N Dashin “vanned off” at Lone Star
Kauai “vanned off” at Remington
Romantic Pursuit “vanned off” at Churchill
Look At My Hooves “seriously injured,” dead at Golden Gate
Stranglehold “vanned off” at Lone Star
Renegade River “fell, DNF” at Pennsylvania
Le Chevalier “fell, DNF” at Pennsylvania