The NYS Gaming Commission has posted the following deaths:

This morning, 4-year-old Zzaj “sustained [a] tibial fracture while breezing” at Saratoga. Euthanized on the track. Yesterday, 7-year-old Clever King, who had been undergoing treatment for colic, was “found deceased in [his] stall” at Finger Lakes. In other words, at least as I read it, he died alone and probably in pain. All told, Clever King was put to the whip 66 times – all but once in claiming races. This is horseracing.

Through a Wyoming “Sunshine Law” request, I have confirmed the death of 7-year-old First Down Man in the 4th race at Wyoming Downs last June 22. On the charts, First Down Man was merely said to have “clipped heels, vanned off.” While true that the chartwriter may not have known the severity of the injury when submitting his notes, not another word was written on this horse – not on Equibase, not on the WD website, not on the Commission website. Nothing, until now. They deceive and cover up because they have to. This is horseracing.

Opening lines from a May 16 Cleveland.com article:

“Hiram trainer Jeff Radosevich had a heavy heart as he prepared Culpepper Creek…for Saturday’s…Michael F. Rowland Memorial Handicap… Radosevich took his outstanding stakes mare Caviar N Champagne out on the ThistleDown track on Friday in preparation for her first start of the 2015 season. The six-year-old stakes winner seemed healthy and happy, he said. But after a short gallop, Caviar N Champagne suffered a heart attack and immediately collapsed and died. ‘Believe me, I cried,’ said Radosevich. ‘Owner Ron Paolucci (of Loooch Racing Stables in Stow) was devastated by it.'”

A fatal heart attack for a 6-year-old horse (just about reaching full maturity) raises no eyebrows in Racing world. Instead, it’s “heavy hearts,” tears, and “devastation.”

Also, according to the Paulick Report, 4-year-old Diversy Harbor was euthanized for an injury – snapped sesamoids- sustained in the 7th at Santa Anita April 18. This, of course, only qualifies as news at Paulick because Diversy Harbor was a graded stakes winner who was felled in a $150,000 race; obituaries for the more pedestrian are noticeably lacking. Paulick also reprinted this drivel from owner Glen Hill Farm:

“Sorry to write that Diversy Harbor didn’t make it. She was a brilliant filly, had a sweet demeanor, and was a great patient. Her good foot ended up rotating to the point that she literally didn’t have a good leg to stand on. Thanks for all the well wishes.” These people are revolting.

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

Reported as died, euthanized, or “broke down” – racing-speak for dead
Red October, Thistledown
Bluecam, Parx

Reported as “vanned off” – left via ambulance, a better-than-even chance of dead
Pegasus Axman, Finger Lakes
Southern Rogue, Mountaineer
Temple Fever, Indiana
Short Fused Corona, Remington
Beach Birde, Indiana
In a Dispute, Delta
Miss Proper Beau, Evangeline
Indian Scribbles, Golden Gate
Spell Breaker, Gulfstream
Border Song, Gulfstream
Wandering Heart, Santa Anita
Bernice Matice, Albuquerque
Bro Derek, Albuquerque
Furrever, Albuquerque
Silverhill, Albuquerque
Diamond of Blue, Arlington
Good Tickled, Canterbury
Swiss Tart, Charles Town
Misleading Lies, Finger Lakes
Jade Effort, Lone Star
Tribute to Holly, Louisiana
Ally Hawk, Mountaineer
Touch of a Poet, Prairie
Streaks in the Dirt, Sam Houston
Doinit for You, Albuquerque
Up Here, Albuquerque
Argumental, Churchill
Popular Pick, Emerald
Mr. Top Kat, Emerald
Ignatius, Monmouth

Other
Trackmens Star, Finger Lakes, “appeared in distress late”
Bela Menina, Indiana, “stumbled badly,” DNF
Abellofapunch, Charles Town, “bled”
Open the Bank, Charles Town, “bled”
Feature This Fury, Indiana, “stumbled badly,” DNF
Estrella Royal Rap, Fairmount, “returned bleeding from her nostril”
Joint Decision, Parx, “stumbled badly,” DNF
Lovmeister, Penn, “pulled up lame”
Svindhal, Pimlico, “fell,” DNF
Remembering Pete, Sam Houston, “stumbled badly to knees”

(source: Equibase)

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