The following racehorses were casualties on American tracks last week:

Smokin Armadillo, Will Rogers, race 8, “collapsed after the race,” vanned off

Shes a Silvertrain, Charles Town, race 2, bled
Here Comes Drz, Charles Town, race 6, confirmed dead
Call Me Louie, Sunland, race 5, vanned off
Chili Con Queso, Sunland, race 8, vanned off
War Politics, Sunland, race 11, vanned off

Bellodini, Hawthorne, race 1, bled, vanned off

Sicard’s Sensation, Evangeline, race 10, confirmed dead
Lm Cold Piece, Sam Houston, race 1, bled

Schmaltzy, Golden Gate, race 5, vanned off
Rosee Is Cozee, Keeneland, race 8, bled
Twigazuri Strait, Keeneland, race 10, vanned off

Send an Angel, Prairie, race 8, vanned off
La Jolla Surprise, Sam Houston, race 3, “fell after wire,” vanned off
Trudy’s Bianca, Sun, race 3, vanned off
Misty Mirage, SunRay, race 9, vanned off
Riojano, Tampa Bay, race 4, vanned off
Just a Coyote, Tampa Bay, race 10, vanned off
Too Five n’ Ten, ThistleDown, race 6, “pulled up lame”

Classy Marlene, Calder, race 6, vanned off
Rimal Al Sahara, Gulfstream, race 7, vanned off
Color Me Hot, Prairie, race 4, “was slammed,” DNF
Abbey Vale, Santa Anita, race 3, vanned off
JC Avenue, SunRay, race 4, vanned off

I was able to confirm that 5-year-old Here Comes Drz was euthanized after breaking down Tuesday at Charles Town. Here is the career claimer’s recent history:

On September 14th of last year, Here Comes Drz is sold by Our Sugar Bear Stable to Dario Vasquez; trainer Catherine Somers takes over for Bruce Brown. Price: $7,500.

On January 18th of this year, Here Comes Drz is sold to Nickel Dime Stable; Michael Pino replaces Somers. Price: $7,500.

Sometime between March 1st and April 15th, Here Comes Drz is sold to Adam Ingram; Lewis Craig replaces Pino. On the day he died, Here Comes Drz was going for $4,500.

Four different trainer/owner teams in seven months – for a horse who was not done growing. “Connections” caring about their charges? Please.

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Finger Lakes Racetrack wasted little time in recording its first victim of the brand-new 2014 meet: 3-year-old Recovered suffered a slab fracture in the 3rd race yesterday and was subsequently killed. The thing is, if not for NY’s unique database, Recovered’s death would never have come to light; in fact, the chart shows her as finishing, with no indication of an injury – not pulled-up, not eased, not vanned off. In other words, there are anonymous horses dying back in the barn, off our radar, off anyone’s radar. They simply disappear, just the way racing wants it. Dead horses are bad for business.

Recovered was trained and owned by Donna Bireta and ridden by Jeremias Flores. She was running in a $5,000 claiming race – “for sale” the day she died. This is horseracing.

3-year-old Sicard’s Sensation was killed in the 10th race at Evangeline last night. Sicard’s connections – trainer Kelly Broussard and owner KB Racing – were chasing a purse of $13,000 in a $7,500 maiden-claiming race. Coby Bourque was aboard.

To those who wager on horseracing, we implore you to reconsider. And ultimately, you hold all the cards: no more bets, no more races; no more races, no more kills. And – no more separating foals and moms, no more forcing unformed bodies onto the track, no more stalling free-spirited animals 23 hours a day, no more whipping, no more drugging, no more doping, no more buying and selling and trading and dumping. No more auctions, no more kill buyers, no more transport trucks, no more exsanguinations. No more.

In a landscape that abounds with other gambling options – real sports involving consenting human athletes, casinos, lotteries – hasn’t the time at long last arrived to let the racing horse be? You, the horseplayer (or just the occasional bettor), have within the capacity for mercy. We ask only that you exercise it. Please. For the horses.