The following horses were raceday casualties on American tracks last week:

Reported as died, euthanized, or “broke down” – racing-speak for dead
Starstruck Slew, Tampa Bay
Ellies Tattle Tale, Pimlico

Reported as “vanned off” – left via ambulance, a better-than-even chance of dead
Mr. Bob, Turf
Had to Happen, Mahoning
Mr. Sutton, Mountaineer
Reigning Rubies, Turf
Crony Capitalism, Charles Town
Tax Scratch Fever, Fonner
Zoomin for Time, Sunland
Watch for Corona, Sunland
I’ll Be Dom, Sunland
Hot as a Cat, Los Alamitos
Five Seasons, Oaklawn
Two Times Flashy, Remington
Tres Seis Luvbug, Sam Houston
Bad Debt, Tampa Bay
Rmn Lady La Jolla, Turf
Evening Light, Turf
Here Comes the Sun, Golden Gate
Sensitively, Santa Anita
Bourne Hot, Santa Anita
Cowboy Hennessy, Sunland
Raised With Pride, Sunland

Go Bob Go, Mahoning, “stopped badly while appearing in distress”
Hanky Doodle, Parx, fell, DNF
El Tiempo Bandido, Mahoning, “stopped badly”
Tuscan Getaway, Gulfstream, “reported as having bled during race”
Simple Snyder, Mahoning, “returned sore”
Major Dude, Oaklawn, “returned bleeding”
Landry Jack, Penn, “collapsed in distress on the turn”
Diamonds Finest, Fonner, “pulled up in distress”
Starry Cielo, Golden Gate, “stopped badly”

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Yesterday on American tracks:

In the 1st at Pimlico, Ellies Tattle Tale, five years and one day old, broke down and can be presumed dead. It was the gelding’s 6th time under the whip in 2015: 8th of 9 (16+ lengths back), disqualified, 7th of 10 (22+ back), last of 7 (37 back), last of 7 (16+ back). Most recent connections: Willie Kee, Kavita Springs Racing.

Also, 3-year-old Evening Light was a “pulled up, vanned off” in the 6th at Turf. This was the filly’s second “career” start; her first was two weeks ago (also at Turf) – “pulled up, vanned off.” Two for two. Connections: Greg Tracy, Darrell Landry.

And finally, in the 2nd at Fonner, 3-year-old Diamonds Finest “reared badly to hit his head hard on the top of the stall in the starting gate then stumbled when coming down, saved ground and moved up late then pulled up in distress.” But fear not, the chartwriter says, for the brave warrior “walked off under his own power.”

Happy Easter.

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In Maggie’s Lad’s very first race in September ’13, he took a “bad step” and was “eased” – DNF. At the time, he was two years old. Prior to his next race, he was sold. Prior to his next race, he was sold again. Prior to his next race, he was sold again. Prior to his next race, he was sold again. Prior to his next race, he was sold again. Prior to his next race, he was sold again. In case you lost count, that’s six consecutive raceday sales.

In August of last year, the now 3-year-old Maggie’s Lad finished last in a Monmouth Park race – after having “bled.” He was then held out until February of this year. His two 2015 starts (most recently, March 16th): last of 12, last of 10 – a combined 68 lengths back. As of this writing, we believe him still active.

To recap, this still-in-puberty racehorse has endured seven different trainers and eight different owners (including breeder Anthony Grey). In one race, he was a “bad step DNF”; in another, a bleeder. And now he can barely finish cheap claiming races at Parx. Simply put, he is an abused animal who requires immediate intervention.

The complicit connections:

Thomas Morley, Winter Park Partners – 2 races
David Jacobson – 1 race
Patrick McBurney, Robert Deckert Jr/Robert Deckert Sr – 1 race
Claudio Gonzalez, MCA Racing – 1 race
Jane Cibelli, Bulldawg Enterprises – 1 race
Joseph Orseno, Michael Day – 1 race
Harold Brown, Brown Dog Racing (current) – 2 races

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Three horses were ambulanced off the Sunland track yesterday afternoon; as you read this morning, it is highly probable that at least one is dead:

6-year-old Zoomin for Time in the 2nd

4-year-old Watch for Corona in the 4th

2-year-old I’ll Be Dom in the 7th

Going into yesterday’s action, these three pathetic pieces of chattel had been put to the whip a combined 38 times. This, folks, is horseracing.