Three days ago, a horse named Shakeyogroovething “went wrong” in the 2nd at Turfway and “was vanned off.” In fact, he is dead – euthanized, according to multiple sources, for his injuries. This, of course, is nothing out of the ordinary – racehorses are killed on American tracks every day. What is particularly gut-wrenching about this one is this: Shakeyogroovething was 12 years old; his death-race was his 106th. 106th. Ponder that. Furthermore, this was his sixth time under the whip in the new year. In other words, it seems the industry was determined to get every last red cent out of this animal – to run him right into the ground. Congratulations.

This is horseracing.

Last week in American horseracing (not including training and harness casualties).

Lady Digger “vanned off” at Fair Grounds
Percolator “returned bleeding” at Parx
Put Your Pants On “vanned off” at Turf
Crystalngold “vanned off” at Turf
Lostinthismoment “vanned off” at Turf
Snooze Alarm “fell, vanned off” at Turf
Sistah’s Sister “stumbled badly, DNF” at Will Rogers
Charlie’s Chap “was put to the whip…stopped…vanned off” at Fair Grounds
Snow Mesa “took a bad step, vanned off” at Fair Grounds
Power of Hope “vanned off” at Santa Anita
Don’t Be Coy “fell, vanned off” at Charles Town
Wichita Willy “returned bleeding from the nostrils” at Mahoning
Balharbour Miss “collapsed after the finish, vanned off” at Penn
H a Fearkicker “hit rail, fell, DNF” at Sunland
Andalusite “appeared to take a bad step, vanned off” at Tampa Bay
Pure Joy “vanned off” at Fair Grounds
Tiz Bobby “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Shakeyogroovething “went wrong, vanned off” at Turfway
Aeroscout “hit rail, DNF” at Turfway
Whathadhappenwuz “fell, DNF” at Fair Grounds
Ceesway “pulled up lame, vanned off” at Golden Gate
Nova Light “took a bad step, vanned off” at Gulfstream
Conquest Streetwar “pulled up lame, vanned off” at Oaklawn
Camp Cielo “broke down” at Oaklawn
Brother J.R. “fell over a stricken foe, DNF” at Oaklawn
Flyen Low “vanned off” at Remington
The Third One “vanned off” at Turf
Northern Contract “vanned off” at Turf

“Broke Down” – racing-speak for dead
“Vanned Off” – many, if not most, will re-surface on my year-end FOIA kill reports
“Bled,” “Returned Bleeding From Nostrils” – usually indicates pulmonary hemorrhage

(source: Equibase)

Last week in American horseracing (not including training and harness casualties).

“Broke Down” – racing-speak for dead
“Vanned Off” – unable to walk off track under own power; many, if not most, of these names will re-surface on my year-end FOIA kill reports
“Bled,” “Returned Bleeding From Nostrils” – usually indicates pulmonary hemorrhage

Silverscreenactres “pulled up lame, vanned off” at Parx
Gold Line Express “broke down” at Will Rogers
Callmeback “went wrong, pulled up in distress, vanned off” at Mahoning
Sweet Sunday “vanned off” at Sunland
Market Kitten “vanned off” at Turf
Lady Gregoria “vanned off” at Tampa Bay
Keihl Crissia “broke down” at Golden Gate
Silver Lining John “vanned off” at Oaklawn
Unhinched “fell, DNF” at Charles Town
Christmas Barn “fell, DNF” at Charles Town
Michaels Butterfly “was pulled up lame, vanned off” at Laurel
Chiseled in Stone “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Summer Solution “vanned off” at Tampa Bay
She’s So Carolina “came back bleeding from the nose” at Charles Town
Groom Scholarship “pulled up lame, vanned off” at Charles Town
Littleriverrock “vanned off” at Oaklawn
Exquisite Bling “broke down” at Oaklawn
Solar Zone “broke down” at Santa Anita
Delta Court “vanned off” at Turf
Kid Cruz “sluggish under the whip…two to three bad steps…vanned off” at Aqueduct
Rock Flavor “vanned off” at Santa Anita

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(source: Equibase)