On August 1st at Indiana, 2-year-old Vindiania was a “bled” DNF. On October 28th, he was raced again – 9th of 10, 25+ lengths back. He has not been heard from since. Most recent connections: C. Steve Larue, James Bickett.

On August 2nd at Ruidoso, 4-year-old Hombre de La Noche was vanned off. He resurfaced at Zia seven weeks later – last of 10. He has not been heard from since. Most recent connections: Gene Burden, Luis Rogelio Nava.

On August 4th at Penn, 4-year-old Dark Alley was a “stumbled badly” DNF. He was put to the whip twice more in the ensuing 24 days: 9th, 8th. He has not been heard from since. Most recent connections: Flint Stites, Short Straw Stable.

On August 14th at Charles Town, 3-year-old Jimmy Jack “fell over a fallen rival…and walked off with blood coming out of his left nostril.” He was raced twice after: last of 10, last of 10 – the latter, 31+ back. He has not been heard from since November. Most recent connections: David Walters, Mountain View Racing.

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Through a “Public Records Law” request, I have confirmed the following 8 deaths on or at Nebraska racetracks in 2014:

4-year-old S S Tribal Girl, March 16, Fonner 2 (euthanized March 18)
chart said “pulled up, vanned off”

7-year-old Three Rudys, March 22, Fonner 3 (euthanized March 25)
chart said finished fine

6-year-old Kern River, March 28, Fonner 2
chart said “broke down”

2-year-old Jurzenski, March 30, Fonner 5
chart said “injured, vanned off”

4-year-old Trinity Tavern, April 8, colic (2 days after being raced)

2-year-old Famous Gent, April 12, Fonner 6
chart said “injured, vanned off”

3-year-old Zapachula, April 26, Fonner 11 (euthanized April 27)
chart said finished fine

6-year-old Winter’s Wildchild, August 17, Columbus 7
chart said “broke down”

This is horseracing.

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Through a “Public Information Act” request, I have confirmed the following 38 kills on Maryland tracks in 2014. (Note: The Commission documents did not include any of what the industry refers to as “non-racing” deaths – colic, “barn accidents,” etc. Surely, though, there were several of those, too.)

4-year-old Trick the Queen, January 18, Laurel 5
chart said “broke down”

2-year-old Love Is Enough, January 31, Laurel, training

3-year-old Victory Unveiled, February 1, Laurel, training

5-year-old One to a Royal, February 1, Laurel, training

2-year-old Salt Block, February 6, Laurel 4
chart said “broke down”

3-year-old Marie B, February 20, Laurel, training

5-year-old Giant Indian, February 26, Laurel 7
chart said “broke down”

4-year-old Tropical Treasure, March 5, Laurel, training

6-year-old Bravo Romeo, March 7, Laurel 2
chart said “pulled up lame, vanned off”

4-year-old Spookorific, March 9, Laurel, training

6-year-old Cooper River, March 14, Laurel 3 (euthanized March 29)
chart said “rank, lost rider, fell”

3-year-old Pure Afleet, March 19, Laurel 1 (euthanized March 24)
chart said “pulled up lame, vanned off”

4-year-old Diva On Demand, March 22, Laurel 4
chart said “broke down”

6-year-old No Shenanigans, April 4, Pimlico 5
chart said “broke down”

6-year-old Hudson Ridge, April 6, Pimlico 9
chart said “broke down”

6-year-old Mass Destruction, April 11, Pimlico 4
chart said “pulled up lame, vanned off”

2-year-old Think Money, April 29, Pimlico, training

6-year-old Mad Magic, May 9, Pimlico 1
chart said “broke down”

3-year-old Handsome Harley, May 16, Pimlico 6 (euthanized May 24)
chart said finished fine

4-year-old Der Boss, June 1, Pimlico 2
chart said “broke down”

3-year-old Jump Two, September 5, Laurel, training

5-year-old Boastful Dancer, September 11, Laurel 9
chart said “pulled up lame”

3-year-old Charliesirishpride, September 20, Laurel 2
chart said “collapsed in upper stretch”

4-year-old Tenleytown, October 2, Laurel 7
chart said “pulled up lame, vanned off”

3-year-old Angel of Mercy, October 11, Laurel 8
chart said “pulled up lame, vanned off”

5-year-old Cactus City Road, October 13, Laurel 2
chart said “broke down”

6-year-old Magnificent Moon, October 23, Laurel 4 (euthanized November 14)
chart said “returned lame, vanned off”

3-year-old Springs R Loaded, November 1, Laurel, training

Standardbred Donttellporkies N, November 4, Rosecroft

2-year-old Seeyouinthecountry, November 11, Laurel, training

4-year-old Midnight Music, November 14, Laurel 6
chart said “broke down”

2-year-old Tip It On Back, November 19, Laurel 4
chart said “broke down”

3-year-old Boca Babe, December 4, Laurel 2
chart said “broke down”

4-year-old Born to Sail, December 17, Laurel 3
chart said “pulled up lame, vanned off”

4-year-old Very Potent, December 20, Laurel, training

2-year-old Mo Bagels, December 26, Laurel 8
chart said “broke down”

6-year-old Silent Appeal, December 27, Laurel 4
chart said “pulled up, collapsed”

3-year-old Bonnet Carre, December 27, Laurel 9 (euthanized December 29)
chart said “pulled up lame, vanned off”

The following horses were casualties on American tracks last week. This list, however, includes only raceday victims, for while I’d prefer to submit a more complete reckoning, the training carnage is almost entirely covered up.

Reported as died, euthanized, or “broke down” – racing-speak for dead:
Elena’s Dreamboy, Mountaineer
Wild Kiss, Tampa Bay

Reported as “vanned off” – left via ambulance, a better-than-even chance of dead:
Golden Friendships, Gulfstream
My Irish Star, Turf
Irish Media, Gulfstream
Big Town, Aqueduct
Rovavevi, Gulfstream
Riding the River, Gulfstream
El Commodore, Santa Anita (subsequently confirmed dead)
Spade Cooley, Sunland
Wdc the Fire Man, Sunland
Mozelle’s Peace, Charles Town
Run Nice Boy, Fonner
No Act, Gulfstream
Sacred Ovation, Santa Anita
Tin Can Soldier, Sunland
Rheggibobbi, Tampa Bay
Stevie B, Turf
Evening Light, Turf
Twisted Zing, Turfway
Brite Desire, Fair Grounds
Friends Pro, Gulfstream
Macho Mio, Laurel
Red Man Run, Los Alamitos
La Reine’s Wager, Parx

Other:
Salsa Queen, Tampa Bay, “stumbled badly,” DNF
Rynwelski, Tampa Bay, “hit rail,” DNF
That Aint No Lady, Charles Town, fell, DNF
Track Telling, Tampa Bay, fell, DNF
Iron Media, Tampa Bay, fell, DNF (subsequently confirmed dead)
Uncontrolled, Turfway, bled
Dickinson, Aqueduct, “stumbled badly falling to his face,” DNF
Smoke Harbor, Fonner, “returned bleeding from the nostrils”
Christians Milagro, Rillito, “flipped in gate,” DNF

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