I’ll say this about the chartwriters (or stewards or whoever is responsible) at Parx: They consistently disclose their dead in the official results, making them virtually unique in the nation. Still, this is not praise, as horses are dying on their track. Yesterday afternoon, in a 5-horse $7,500 claiming race, 5-year-old Gulf of Aden “collapsed after the finish and died.” No further details were given. The complicit: jockey Maria Remedio, trainer J Guadalupe Guerrero, owner/breeder American Thoroughbred, and all prior connections.

Sunday afternoon at Buffalo Raceway, Faith N Moon was killed after fracturing a leg in the 5th race. As NY and California are the only states to give up their harness dead, it’s hard to say how many Standardbreds are falling around the country. But for context, to date, NY has recorded six 2014 harness kills (three at Buffalo).

Also, in reporting weekly casualties, I have reminded that some horses die from injuries after seemingly finishing their races without incident. Case in point: In the 2nd race at Belmont on June 5th, 5-year-old Samuels Blond Lady finished fourth in a maiden claiming race. Although it was noted that the mare was “bumped from both sides at the start,” there was nary a mention of possible injury. Nevertheless, Samuels Blond Lady was euthanized (though it wasn’t reported till June 8th). These two bring NY’s 2014 racing/training death toll to 29. (Overall, 39 have died at NYS tracks.)

As the racing world mourns another dashed Triple Crown dream, we remind that the lives of at least six Thoroughbreds were snuffed out on American tracks this Belmont weekend:

4-year-old Sweet Teri K, Saturday, Belterra, race 4
5-year-old Lemon Sundae, Saturday, Finger Lakes, race 1
4-year-old Tebows Big Play, Saturday, Golden Gate, race 9
5-year-old Stormdefrere, Saturday, Penn, race 3
8-year-old Lobo Del Norte, Sunday, Parx, race 5
5-year-old X Country Girl, Sunday, Parx, race 7

Five of the six had yet to blossom into full maturity; the sixth, an 8-year-old, was barely a quarter through his natural life span. (Not that that phrase matters – there is nothing natural about the life of a racehorse.) But the wreckage doesn’t end there:

Ferrari One, Friday, Calder, race 5, vanned off
Terrific Treasure, Friday, Churchill, race 6, vanned off
Interest Please, Friday, Evangeline, race 4, vanned off
Nava Nataly, Friday, Golden Gate, race 6, vanned off
Power Boots, Friday, Indiana, race 7, “stumbled badly,” DNF
Karla With a K, Saturday, Arlington, race 8, vanned off
Shakin It Up, Saturday, Belmont, race 9, vanned off
Stormin City, Saturday, Charles Town, race 7, vanned off
Tiger Mike, Saturday, Fairmount, race 3, vanned off
Adriatic Son, Saturday, Golden Gate, race 9, fell, DNF
Storm Haboob, Saturday, Gulfstream, race 5, vanned off
Swilcan Burn, Saturday, Indiana, race 3, bled
Tricky Ricardo, Saturday, Indiana, race 5, vanned off
Really a Hero, Saturday, Eastern Oregon, race 2, vanned off
Devil’s Mistress, Saturday, Penn, race 4, bled, DNF
Between Dreams, Saturday, Presque Isle, race 7, fell, DNF
Here It Tiz, Saturday, Ruidoso, race 2, vanned off
A First Class, Saturday, Ruidoso, race 6, collapsed after wire, vanned off
Tomorrows Wildcat, Saturday, Suffolk, race 5, heat stroke, vanned off
Old World Order, Sunday, Belterra, race 8, vanned off
Fiaker, Sunday, Louisiana, race 6, “took a bad step,” hit the rail, DNF

All, for $2 bets.

To those who wager on horseracing, we implore you to reconsider. And ultimately, you hold all the cards: no more bets, no more races; no more races, no more kills. And – no more separating foals and moms, no more abusing unformed bodies, no more confining, no more whipping, no more drugging, no more doping, no more buying and selling and trading and dumping. No more auctions, no more kill-buyers, no more transport trucks, no more abattoirs. No more pain, no more suffering. No more.

In a landscape that abounds with other gambling options – real sports involving autonomous human beings, casinos, lotteries – hasn’t the time at long last arrived to let the racing horse be? You, the bettor, have within the capacity for mercy. We ask only that you exercise it. Please. For the horses.

This weekend’s casualties:

Friday
Ferrari One, Calder, race 5, vanned off
Terrific Treasure, Churchill, race 6, vanned off
Interest Please, Evangeline, race 4, vanned off
Nava Nataly, Golden Gate, race 6, vanned off
Power Boots, Indiana, race 7, “stumbled badly,” DNF

Saturday
Karla With a K, Arlington, race 8, vanned off
Shakin It Up, Belmont, race 9, vanned off
Sweet Teri K, Belterra, race 4, broke down
Stormin City, Charles Town, race 7, vanned off
Tiger Mike, Fairmount, race 3, vanned off
Lemon Sundae, Finger Lakes, race 1, confirmed dead
Tebows Big Play, Golden Gate, race 9, confirmed dead
Adriatic Son, Golden Gate, race 9, fell, DNF
Storm Haboob, Gulfstream, race 5, vanned off
Swilcan Burn, Indiana, race 3, bled
Tricky Ricardo, Indiana, race 5, vanned off
Really a Hero, Eastern Oregon, race 2, vanned off
Stormdefrere, Penn, race 3, confirmed dead
Devil’s Mistress, Penn, race 4, bled, DNF
Between Dreams, Presque Isle, race 7, fell, DNF
Here It Tiz, Ruidoso, race 2, vanned off
A First Class, Ruidoso, race 6, collapsed after wire, vanned off
Tomorrows Wildcat, Suffolk, race 5, heat stroke, vanned off

Sunday
Old World Order, Belterra, race 8, vanned off
Fiaker, Louisiana, race 6, “took a bad step,” hit the rail, DNF
Lobo Del Norte, Parx, race 5, confirmed dead
X Country Girl, Parx, race 7, confirmed dead