Through a FOIA request to the Arizona Department of Racing, I have confirmed the following kills at Turf Paradise in 2015. (Unless otherwise noted, fatal injury was a leg fracture of one kind or another.)

11-year-old Tejano Trouble, January 6, Turf 4
“fractured neck”

3-year-old Volage, January 13, Turf 6

3-year-old Hidden Angel, January 20, Turf 3

3-year-old Time for a J, January 27, Turf 2

7-year-old Cowtown Star, February 10, Turf 4

3-year-old Zen Zai Sun, February 10, Turf 4
“fractured shoulder”

5-year-old Ms PK Blue, February 16, Turf 2

3-year-old Dylbug, February 22, Turf 5

4-year-old Aerial Dancer, February 23, Turf 4

3-year-old Noble Metal, March 10, Turf, training

3-year-old Mizzo’s Gold, March 21, Turf, training
“heart attack”

3-year-old Mo’s a Wine Snob, April 14, Turf 5

5-year-old Dirty Diamond Jim, April 20, Turf 3

2-year-old Carson City Zip, October 4, Turf, training

3-year-old Shadow Mountain, October 9, Turf, training
“head trauma, neurologic”

3-year-old Gone Forever, October 14, Turf, training (being prepped for first race)

8-year-old Royal Looker, November 7, Turf 2

4-year-old Shakahari, November 9, Turf, training

Super Yacht, November 18, Turf, training

3-year-old Cinderella Lady, December 5, Turf, training

3-year-old Lucky Larry, December 6, Turf 1

3-year-old Red Phone, December 27, Turf 8
“complete disarticulation of fetlock – all supporting structures destroyed”

photo credit: The Guardian

In addition, the following still-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry calls “non-racing” causes. Technically true, perhaps, but on a moral level, these horses are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

9-year-old Start Time, February 2, Turf
“unknown – unable to rise” (was last raced one week prior)

3-year-old Canopus, March 26, Turf
“colic” (just raced two days prior)

2-year-old Yakima Wine, September 17, Turf
“suspected virus – high temp 105 & up for 2 days – resultant dehydration”

Sunday, September 25, Turf

4-year-old Kakini, December 20, Turf
“pneumonia” (just raced five days prior)

February deaths reported by the California Horse Racing Board:

Golden Gate
2-year-old Lots of Luck – “horse had surgery to remove bone chips, but went into cardiac arrest and died in recovery.” Last raced on January 24.

2-year-old Elrond – “cooled out after exercise but next day was unable to put any weight on hind limb and was euthanized.” Being prepped for first race.

6-year-old Mum’s Truckee – “unsaddled after race [Feb 15] and was returning to barn when the horse reared and fell over in front of jockey’s room and died.”

1-year-old (yes, 1-year-old) Meister’s Top Cat – euthanized after he “slipped in [the] barn and fractured [his] left tibial.” Yet to be raced.

Santa Anita
Feb 1-Feb 7, 2 “deceased”
Feb 8-Feb 14, 2 “deceased”
Feb 15-Feb 21, 1 “deceased”

Identities withheld.

This is horseracing.

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Through a request to the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on Oklahoma tracks in 2015:

2-year-old Splitterr, March 7, Remington 9 (first race)

2-year-old Jess Roses, March 15, Remington 8 (first race)

3-year-old Cowgirl Star, March 17, Will Rogers, training (coming off first race)

2-year-old Sir Santino, March 25, Remington, training (being prepped for first race)

3-year-old Two Times Flashy, April 4, Remington 1

2-year-old Rekindle, April 4, Remington 2 (first race)

2-year-old Good Year for a Rose, April 9, Remington, training (being prepped for first race)

2-year-old Flashyoursix, April 12, Remington 4

5-year-old Daybreak Dreamer, April 13, Will Rogers 9

3-year-old Katies Little Corona, April 24, Remington 1

2-year-old Jess an Appeal, May 1, Remington 5 (euthanized May 2) (first race)

5-year-old Fly Okie, May 2, Will Rogers, training

2-year-old One Sweet Marie, May 11, Remington 8

2-year-old Short Fused Corona, May 12, Remington 8

2-year-old Hot Advice, May 22, Remington 9

2-year-old Sir Tres Seis, June 3, Fair Meadows, training (being prepped for first race)

2-year-old Also Mighty, June 4, Fair Meadows 7 (first race)

3-year-old Iona Ivory, June 4, Fair Meadows 8

6-year-old Show Me the Power, June 27, Fair Meadows 7

5-year-old Test Program, July 4, Fair Meadows 7

2-year-old Blazen a Fire, July 11, Fair Meadows 10

3-year-old Glitternglory, July 24, Fair Meadows 5

2-year-old Ritzi Go Go, August 2, Remington, training (being prepped for first race)

2-year-old Nichols Hillbilly, August 6, Remington, training (being prepped for first race)

4-year-old Lainy’s Sweetness, August 21, Remington 9

5-year-old Circus Train, August 28, Remington 5

2-year-old Mystic Star, August 29, Remington 6

2-year-old Shinefortheprimetime, September 13, Will Rogers 10

4-year-old Katie’s Parade, September 27, Remington, training

2-year-old A Sweet Heart Deal, October 4, Will Rogers 8

5-year-old Unbridled’s Score, October 7, Remington 2

2-year-old Duanes Little Frog, October 11, Will Rogers 4

2-year-old Denali Teller Now, October 17, Will Rogers, training (coming off first race)

2-year-old Pyc Miss Bama, October 18, Will Rogers 12

2-year-old Once and Again, October 28, Remington, training (coming off first race)

6-year-old Diamond Okie, October 28, Remington 2

3-year-old Valdez Rare Corona, October 30, Will Rogers 7

6-year-old Bonnie Parker, November 5, Remington 1

4-year-old Top Gold, November 19, Remington, training

5-year-old Sweet Ruby Kate, December 4, Remington 5


In addition, these still-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry calls “non-racing” causes. Technically true, perhaps, but morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

6-year-old Stel Christina, February 17, Remington

4-year-old Curjen, March 9, Remington

4-year-old Tl Bridled Lightning, March 10, Remington

7-year-old Mighty Tenpins, March 22, Remington

“pony horse – no name,” March 25, Remington

3-year-old One Sweet Corona, May 4, Remington

2-year-old Star Spangled Perry, May 7, Remington

6-year-old Special Jessie, July 14, Fair Meadows
“dead in stall”

“pony horse” Navaho, September 19, Remington

2-year-old Lady Burbank, November 11, Remington

3-year-old Tiz Another, November 14, Remington

3-year-old Gilded Bling, November 17, Remington

3-year-old Gold Bling, November 18, Remington

Further details on some of the Pennsylvania dead.

The report on JC’s Dream says he was euthanized for a broken carpus at Penn in February; adding, he had “just come in from a training center – very thin, very lame,” and that he had “never worked here [at Penn] – too lame.” However, according to Equibase, JC had been raced at Penn only one month prior (January 17, in a $6,250 claiming race). Curious – and, of course, animal cruelty defined.

The report on Quiet Title says he “died on the [Penn] track during training exercise” in March. It further reads, “the horse had already worked 1/2 mile; they suspect the horse fell and broke [his] neck…someone saw blood from the ears.”

“Blood from the ears.”

Quiet Title’s final six races:

February 21 (2014), $4,000 claiming at Penn – last of 9
May 30, $4,000 claiming at Penn – last of 11
October 10, $4,000 claiming at Penn – 7th of 8
October 25, $4,000 claiming at Penn – 7th of 9
November 15, $5,000 claiming at Charles Town – 8th of 10
December 12, $5,000 claiming at Charles Town – 6th of 10

The death of 18-year-old “pony horse” Ladys Bad Boy on April 4: “Horse was not right during races Friday. Returned to stall. Saturday…still not right…[owner] went to seek veterinary attention. Returned to find the horse dead in his stall.”

Blow By, a 3-year-old filly, died in Barn C, Stall 95 at Presque Isle in May. Cause of death: “pneumonia” and/or “possible head trauma.” The report adds: “horse was disposed of off property prior to examination by Commission Vet. No blood sample was collected.” Incidentally, prior to dying, Blow By had been whipped three times in maiden claiming races: last, last, second-to-last – a combined 87 lengths back.

The death of 4-year-old Riot Squad on July 8: “Horse was down and thrashing.” “Humanely destroyed” for being “terminally ill.” At four.

The final six races of Holy Royal:

July 24 (2014) – last of 10
August 14 – 8th of 9
September 18 – last of 8
October 26 – 7th of 9
July 2 (2015) – 6th of 8 (“tired”)
July 16 (at Presque Isle) – “heart attack/cardiac failure.” Dead.

Rough Road Ahead died of “cardiac arrest” while training at Presque Isle in September. On the day he died, he was ten and had been put to the whip 69 times – most recently in an August $5,000 claiming race at bottom-of-the-barrel Mountaineer. In that race, he finished 9th of 10, earning $66 for his people.

And finally –

Huff’n Hughes “collapsed and died” while training at Parx in October. This, after six years and 78 (mostly claiming) races.