Through a FOIA request to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s two tracks thus far this year:

Goosing, Mar 12, Indiana T – “fractured humerus”

Ms Mags, Mar 29, Indiana S – “flipped and hit head” (two years old, yet to be raced)

Officers Club, Apr 14, Hoosier R – “died on track, heart defect”

Three Babes, Apr 15, Hoosier R – “exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage”

All on Red, Apr 19, Hoosier T – “chronic repetitive injury”

A Touch of Justice, Apr 26, Indiana T – “sesamoid [fracture], suspensory [rupture]”

Cougartown Blues, Apr 26, Indiana R – “collapsed on track after win – fatal pulmonary hemorrhage” (three years old)

Harvest, May 13, Hoosier R – “sudden death on track, suspect cardiac”

Critic, May 13, Indiana S – “advanced EPM – euthanized”

Hitthegroundrunnin, May 15, Indiana S – “gastric rupture”

Bunnings, May 26, Indiana T – “exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage”

Dover’s Arch, May 28, Hoosier S – “post-op castration, colic”

No Go West, May 28, Indiana T – “fractured shoulder” (being prepped for debut)

Elite Attraction, Jun 7, Indiana R – “flipped, skull fracture”

Krunch, Jun 16, Indiana T – “fractured sesamoid”

Sky Judge, Jun 23, Indiana R – “fractured sesamoid” (chart said, “was vanned home”)

Through a FOIA request to the Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks thus far this year. Please note, however, that there was zero detail provided: each horse given but a one- (or two-) word note of “injury,” “illness,” etc. (Where possible, I have supplemented from the Equibase charts.) Why? “Your request is granted in part and denied in part. Necropsy reports are part of an investigation. Therefore, PDA has withheld specific information that is exempt from disclosure by law.” Nonsense, of course. In any event, below is what I do have.

On another note, our work has resulted in more widespread media coverage of racehorse deaths, with some outlets even filing their own FOIA requests. None has been more diligent than The Philadelphia Inquirer, which, you may recall, published a board editorial – heavily influenced by me – calling for racing “to be put out of its misery.” Wednesday, the Inquirer covered the abomination that is Parx: 31 kills in just six months. The article – here – also quoted me. So thank you, PI.

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Trust Fund Girl, Jan 3, Parx T – “injury” (two years old, coming off second race)

Credit Cycle, Jan 5, Parx R – “took a bad step”

Private Union, Jan 6, Parx R – “suffered a catastrophic injury near the 5/16 pole”

Rockin Ruth, Jan 8, Penn R – “pulled up lame”

Dream’n Demon, Jan 10, Parx T – “injury” (“bled profusely from nostrils” in 2020 race)

Kiss My Note, Jan 20, Penn R – “suffered a catastrophic injury to his left front”

Saucy Don, Jan 25, Parx R – “injured near half-mile marker” (10 years old, 68th race)

Cattys Box, Jan 27, Parx T – “injury” (two years old, being prepped for debut)

Jewel’sindian Girl, Feb 3, Penn R – “suffered a catastrophic injury and fell”

Smarty Pi, Feb 5, Parx T – “injury” (had been raced 39 times)

Tally Mo, Feb 14, Parx S – “illness” (was raced Jan 13)

My Lilly Pad, Mar 10, Penn R – “catastrophic injury to her left front – [but] was walked into ambulance”

Velozes, Mar 20, Parx T – “injury” (two years old, coming off second race)

Raileegotaholdonme, Mar 24, Meadows S – “colic” (not euthanized, just died)

O’Kram, Mar 30, Parx R – “was injured badly, fell, euthanized”

Chart Caller, Apr 1, Penn T – “injury”

To the Flag, Apr 2, Parx S – “colic” (had been raced 89 times, most recent Mar 24)

Fastroadahead, Apr 10, Parx T – “injury” (three years old)

Skookie, Apr 12, Parx R – “injury”

Moe Trouble, Apr 19, Penn S – “colic” (last raced Nov 2020)

Our Dixie Blue, Apr 20, Parx R – “had her heels clipped, injury to a rear leg”

Mr Classical, Apr 21, Parx T – “unknown” (not euthanized, just died)

Valley of Sin, Apr 25, Pocono R – “injury”

Drosselmagic, Apr 26, Parx R – “was injured past half-mile marker” (74th race)

Brandywines Secret, Apr 28, Penn R – “suffered catastrophic injuries to both [italics added] front legs [but] was walked into ambulance”

Tuff Gong, May 1, Parx T – “injury” (coming off first race)

Communicator, May 3, Penn T – “sudden death” (just four years old)

Baffin Bay, May 4, Parx T – “injury” (hadn’t been raced since Dec 2019)

Adulation, May 9, Parx T – “unknown” (not euthanized, just died)

Princess Mikayah, May 10, Parx R – “suffered injury to her LF leg” (58th race)

Runs for Luck, May 11, Parx R – “collapsed, sudden death” (10 years old, 85th race)

Luvinmeiseasy, May 12, Parx T – “injury” (had been raced 59 times)

Goggles Paisano, May 13, Meadows S – “unknown” (not euthanized, just died)

Night Dreamer, May 14, Meadows R – “injury”

Lucky Olivia Rose, May 18, Parx T – “injury”

Call Me Daddy, May 18, Parx R – “was vanned off following the finish”

Crazy Cables, May 22, Penn T – “injury” (was being prepped for debut)

Lucky Lion, May 29, Parx T – “injury” (was being prepped for debut)

Happyascanb, Jun 2, Parx T – “injury”

Babbo Babbo Babbo, Jun 7, Parx R – “suffered an injury to his LF leg”

Accomplish, Jun 12, Penn T – “unknown” (two years old; not euthanized, just died)

Woodbury, Jun 15, Parx R – “suffered a catastrophic injury…subsequently euthanized”

Big Cypress, Jun 16, Penn R – “suffered catastrophic injuries to both [italics added] front legs and fell”

Baby Bam Bam, Jun 22, Parx T – “injury”

Inclunation, Jun 23, Parx R – “returned lame”

Fashion Nova, Jun 28, Parx R – “suffered an injury to her LF leg”

Baby Bleu Janes, Jun 30, Penn T – “injury” (two years old, being prepped for debut)

Freight Train, Jun 30, Penn R – “suffered a catastrophic injury to his right hind leg – [but] was walked into the van”

This from the stewards at Colonial Downs Monday: “War Film broke down at the finish and was…euthanized.” WF was five and under the whip for the 18th time. He was also only one of four horses “vanned off” at Colonial that day. Four.

Colonial Downs originally opened in 1997 but had to close in 2014 because of failing fortunes, joining, of course, a host of other tracks. But owing to pressure from “horsemen” and their lobbyists, the shortsighted Virginia General Assembly approved “Historical Racing Machines” – aka slot machines – and, presto, Colonial was back in business (2019). Now, as with the great majority of racing states, we have a situation where the good people of Virginia are subsidizing animal cruelty/killing. And the thing is, most have no idea they’re doing it. Vile.

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In a FOIA request to the Nebraska State Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Fonner Park thus far this year. Please note, however, that the Commission did not forward any stall deaths, nor were there any deaths (of any kind) reported for the state’s several other tracks. So, this list is surely not complete.

Aquina’s Advice, Feb 28, Fonner R – “racing breakdown left front, after the wire”

Mucho Super Girl, Mar 13, Fonner R – “broke down in stretch on a sloppy track”

Captain Bob, Mar 25, Fonner T – “fractured cannon” (two, being prepped for debut)

Ted W, Apr 2, Fonner T – “RF suspensories, dropped on ground” (10 years old)