Thousand Percent “vanned off” at Parx
Queen Air “pulled up bleeding from the nostrils” at Thistledown
Blameworthy “vanned off” at Belterra
Sakura Alexa “vanned off” at Evangeline
Gas Money “vanned off” at Laurel
Imogene Malvina “vanned off” at Churchill
Ttt Shiney Ivan “bled, vanned off” at Delta
Galli Attack “fell, DNF” at Fairmount
Chancellor Bay “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Five Bar Knockout “bled” at Los Alamitos
Smokinhotredhead “vanned off” at Pleasanton
Dashin Maxx “vanned off” at Sam Houston
Kodiak Sky “vanned off” at Louisiana
Revenir “vanned off” at Prairie

While not all the “vanned” end up dead, most do, as borne out by our year-end FOIA reports. But even if death is not the ultimate result, the above are victims nonetheless, suffering painful injuries – in the case of the bleeders, pulmonary hemorrhage – so that some men may gamble, others chase pots of gold. (For any new confirmed deaths during the week, please see our running annual list.)

3-year-old Miss Yum Yum was scratched by the track vet just prior to the 6th at Delaware Park Saturday. The reason: She was dead. From the Stewards’ Report:

“Miss Yum Yum was injured in the paddock and was euthanized. The horse ambulance was summoned to the paddock. The four-horse field was allowed to go to the track to get away from the incident to warm up…. Once everyone was in place the riders remounted and loaded in the gate.”

Cancel the rest of the card? Cancel at least that race? Heck, a moment of silence? Please. There is no better illustration of the lie of “sport,” “athlete,” “like members of the family” than this. Shoot-’em-up, drag-’em-off, show goes on – this is horseracing.