I have confirmed that Lia’s Miracle is dead after breaking down at Mahoning Saturday. She was four years and one day old. The chart reads: “broke down nearing the wire but completed the course.” “Completed the course” – while fatally injured.

This was the filly’s second race under Jason Uelmen and Kala Crampton, having previously been exploited by Steve Asmussen, Mark Casse, Nicholas Gonzalez, Martha Gonzalez, Raymond Pion, Elliot Sullivan, and Catherine Angelo. Used, abused, dead.

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

Reported as died, euthanized, or “broke down” – racing-speak for dead
Dirty Diamond Jim, Turf
Elda, Penn
Tiz B the One, Pimlico
Eddie’sinthewoods, Penn
Muniz, Pimlico
Lia’s Miracle, Mahoning

Reported as “vanned off” – left via ambulance, a better-than-even chance of dead
Norte Chico, Mahoning
Bad Ronnie, Turf
Dr. Chocolin, Turf
Moonum Willie, Albuquerque
Wakeup N Dash, Delta
Jill’s Comprise, Gulfstream
Juniper Pass, Turf
Awesome Bandit, Evangeline
Made by Magic, Lone Star
Goofy Governor, Evangeline
Wildwood Perfect, Hawthorne
Sab Vision, Prairie
To the River, Tampa Bay
Pesky, Albuquerque
Five Star Stoli, Delta
Hot List, Los Alamitos
Who Dat Boy, Pimlico
Showcase Winner, Santa Anita
Perchance, Aqueduct
Tatoo Me, Aqueduct
Miss Sassy, Los Alamitos
Diner’s Diva, Turf

Pepper Ridge, Mahoning, “stopped badly late”
Northern Irish, Indiana, “stumbled badly at the start,” DNF
Jilly Mac, Aqueduct, “bled”
Tm Cold Smoke, Delta, “hit rail,” DNF
Queen Carla, Gulfstream, “fell over broken rail,” DNF
Glory Game, Mahoning, “returned sore”
Robba Robba X Doo, Keeneland, “bad step,” DNF
Almarmooq, Glyndon, “fell,” DNF
Something Missing, Penn, “stopped badly”
Concerto Road, Pimlico, “bad step,” DNF
A Cure At Last, Tampa Bay, “fell,” DNF
Lapantalones Fance, “stumbled badly,” DNF
Political Farce, Pimlico, “fell,” DNF
Evoque, Albuquerque, “in distress”
Cosmic Coincidence, Aqueduct, “protective hold, pulled up, ponied off”
View of Broadway, Mountaineer, “bled”

(source: Equibase)

A quick glance at the official Equibase chart from Friday’s 1st at Penn reveals nothing out of the ordinary – all finished, with the winner, 3-year-old Eddie’sinthewoods, “clear [in the] stretch, driving” to a 3 1/4 length triumph. But a deeper scan into the footnotes (which though usually a repeat of the “comments,” are, I have found, necessary reading for Penn National) tells us this:

“EDDIE’SINTHEWOODS…took over early on the far turn, drew out entering the stretch then broke down a sixteenth past the finish and was humanely euthanized.”

Dead after the wire. I wonder if connections Michael Zalalas/Z and Z Stables (the colt’s third trainer and fourth owner in less than a year) still went ahead with the “Winner’s Circle” shot.

Also, yesterday Belmont recorded its second “practice” kill of the weekend when 5-year-old Lunar Tales “collapsed and died after breezing.” For Gary Contessa, this makes four NY training deaths in the past 18 months.

Through a “New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act,” I have confirmed the following 28 deaths at Ruidoso Downs in 2014:

2-year-old Secretly Dreaming, May 3, training
“scapula – mid-body fracture”

3-year-old Dontchacallnomo, May 3, training
“medial sesamoid fracture”

8-year-old Bye Bye Jess, May 3
“colic” – not euthanized

3-year-old Asophisticatedmomma, May 21
“dropped dead”
“horse was found dead – horse was insured”

3-year-old Comic Slew (sic ?), May 22, training
“fractured left elbow”

3-year-old Dynastys First Call, May 24, Ruidoso 7
“horse died post-race – collapsed – died quickly” (chart merely said “vanned off”)

3-year-old Valle Vidal, May 25, Ruidoso 11
“sesamoids fracture” (chart merely said “vanned off”)

2-year-old Perry Point, May 26, training
“severe EIPH [exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage]” – not euthanized

6-year-old Genes Kokopelli, June 4

2-year-old Princess Marquee, June 7, training
“shoulder fracture”

2-year-old A First Class, June 7, Ruidoso 6
“death – immediately post race – on track!” (yes, exclamation point)

3-year-old Nics First Rainbow, June 9, Ruidoso 5
“fractured sesamoids”

8-year-old Scooper Dee (sic ?), June 12, training
“pastern fracture”

2-year-old Handsome Amigo, June 12, training
“sesamoid fracture”

4-year-old Patron Platinum, June 14, training
“luxation with bilateral sesamoid fractures”

4-year-old Peakaboo Sue, June 23

3-year-old Sms First Dibs, June 24
“found dead”

2-year-old Im’s Home, June 25, training
“head injury”

2-year-old Eyesa Llano, June 27, training
“suspected severe EIPH” – not euthanized

6-year-old Carmon’s Trick, June 27
“found in stall dead”

2-year-old Design by Who, July 3, training
“apparent heart attack – dropped dead during gallop”

2-year-old Jaxtens First Wagon, July 3, Ruidoso 5
“slab fracture – knee” (chart merely said “vanned off”)

2-year-old Finns Huckleberry, July 4, Ruidoso 1
“apparent trauma/fracture of back; loss of use of hind limbs”

2-year-old Hocuspocuss, July 4, Ruidoso 5
“shoulder fracture” (chart merely said “injured, vanned”)

3-year-old Coronas Sportiness, July 5, Ruidoso 12
“slab fracture knee” (chart merely said “bad step, vanned”)

5-year-old Miss Bullette, August 22
“colic” – not euthanized
“Additional Information: Dead”

3-year-old Queen But a King, August 25, Ruidoso 5
(chart merely said “went wrong, vanned”)

2-year-old Ize On a Roll, August 29

To recap, according to the documents, four horses died of either colic or bleeding in the lungs – without euthanasia. Imagine that. In addition, three – yes, three – horses were simply “found dead.” This is New Mexico horseracing.

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