Through a FOIA request to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following 23 deaths on or at Indiana tracks in 2015. The document, however, came with this: “As was the case in your request last year, please be advised that the names of the horses have been redacted as confidential pursuant to IC 38-1-4-5.5.” (Unless otherwise noted, fatal injury was a leg/foot fracture of one kind or another.)

unidentified, March 27, Hoosier
“colic symptoms”

unidentified, April 28, Indiana, training

unidentified (probably 3-year-old Temple Fever), May 12, Indiana 2

unidentified (probably 7-year-old Najaseehimnajadont), May 19, Indiana 1

unidentified, June 6, Indiana, training

unidentified (probably 5-year-old Far Away Moon), June 9, Indiana 3
“sudden death – collapsed on track”

unidentified, June 30, Hoosier, training
“sudden death – collapsed on track”

unidentified (probably 6-year-old Comotion Nda Ocean), June 30, Indiana 4

unidentified (probably 3-year-old Fixated), July 14, Indiana 4

unidentified (probably 4-year-old Cowgirl Rose), July 16, Indiana 9

unidentified, July 24, Indiana, training
“exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage”

unidentified (probably 5-year-old Summer Secret), August 11, Indiana 4

unidentified, August 15, Indiana
“dead in stall”

unidentified (probably 6-year-old Punch the Bookie), August 18, Indiana 2

unidentified (probably 4-year-old Hope On the Rocks), August 25, Indiana 2

unidentified (probably 5-year-old Michael With Us), August 28, Indiana 3
“sudden death on track”

unidentified (3-year-old Thunder Deville), September 1, Indiana 5
“fractured neck”

unidentified, September 5, Indiana, training

unidentified (probably 4-year-old Lilmissrita), September 8, Indiana 1
“sudden death on track”

unidentified (probably 2-year-old A Oh K), September 25, Indiana 6

3-year-old Irish Nuggets, September 30, Indiana 8

unidentified (probably 4-year-old Jukebox Johnny), October 3, Indiana 7
“sudden death on track”

unidentified (probably 4-year-old Apple Moonshine), October 30, Indiana 2

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Sunday afternoon at Aqueduct, 5-year-old Alysaro was said (by Equibase) to have “[taken] some bad steps” in the 7th – then “vanned off.” We now learn, however, that the gelding is in fact dead – euthanized back in the barn for a broken leg.

This is horseracing.


From the Los Alamitos Stewards Minutes, January 23:

“Jockey Efrain Hernandez was in to review the third race on Saturday evening where he struck his horse [Sibernation] four times right handed approaching the far turn. Mr. Hernandez explained that he just lost track of the crop strokes, and thought his horse was lazy and needed some encouragement.”

“…thought his horse was lazy and needed some encouragement” – fine: $100

“Jockey Jesus Rios Ayala was in to review his ride on Uno Corona Mas in the third trial for the Winter Derby on Saturday evening. During the heated battle for the win, Mr. Ayala got a little carried away and struck his mount approximately eight or nine times in the shadow of the wire. He admitted to his over zealous actions, but was too excited about getting the victory.”

“…got a little carried away…but was too excited about getting the victory” – fine: $100

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Through a FOIA request to the Oregon Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following 7 racing/training kills on Oregon tracks in 2015:

3-year-old Penny’s Maeham, June 12, Oregon Livestock 2

3-year-old Stormin Angel, November 17, Portland 5

3-year-old Tsunami Kidd, November 30, Portland 3

3-year-old Papa’s Angels, November 30, Portland 7

6-year-old Cu At Sunup, December 7, Portland 6

3-year-old Joanie’s Ticket, December 22, Portland 6

5-year-old Cowboy Clyde, December 29, Portland 3

In addition, these 5 still-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry refers to as “non-racing” causes. While technically true, morally they are most definitely casualties of Racing.

6-year-old Corporate Comet, September 9, Portland

4-year-old Hye Choose Hope, September 18, Portland

6-year-old I Got My Wings, September 27, Portland

7-year-old Alota Action, October 8, Portland

2-year-old Special Cafeina, October 8, Portland


Through a FOIA request to the Illinois Racing Board, I have confirmed the following 33 kills on Illinois tracks in 2015:

5-year-old Lady Angel, March 10, Hawthorne, training
“collapsed while training with copious amount of blood coming out of both nostrils”

5-year-old Take Heart, March 24, Hawthorne, training

7-year-old Sweet Elation, April 11, Hawthorne 9

5-year-old Wildwood Perfect, April 24, Hawthorne 2

4-year-old Duneside Matt, April 25, Balmoral 2
“horse started pulling up around 1/2 mile then collapsed and died”

3-year-old Super Service, May 3, Arlington, training

6-year-old So So Worth It, May 3, Arlington 1

2-year-old Wollemi, May 31, Arlington, training (being prepped for first race)

5-year-old Try a Lemon Drop, June 2, Fairmount 5

4-year-old More Honey, June 2, Fairmount 7

4-year-old Affirmed Once More, June 5, Arlington, training

6-year-old Bluegrass Dan, June 19, Arlington 6
“taken to designated area and humanely euthanized”

3-year-old Jaye’s Moondust, June 27, Arlington, training

2-year-old State Scholar, June 29, Arlington, training (being prepped for first race)

3-year-old Broken In, July 3, Arlington 6

8-year-old Cherokee Mate, July 14, Fairmount 8

4-year-old Mabee Able, August 18, Fairmount 2

2-year-old DB, August 22, Balmoral 6 (euthanized August 26)

5-year-old King’s Fortune, August 27, Arlington 5

4-year-old Dashful, October 9, Hawthorne 6
“taken to designated area and humanely euthanized”

3-year-old Mr. Kasdan, October 10, Hawthorne, training (being prepped for first race)
“suspensory apparatus failure both front legs”

4-year-old Give It to Mikey, October 10, Hawthorne 6

3-year-old One Em, October 19, Hawthorne, training
“died during surgery to repair fracture”

4-year-old Pferd, October 23, Hawthorne 8
“horse was humanely euthanized on track due to the severity of the injury”

3-year-old Bold N Grey, November 3, Hawthorne 9 (euthanized November 7)

5-year-old Dr Action, November 30, Hawthorne, training

5-year-old Freakin Rocket, December 5, Hawthorne 8
“euthanized on track due to severity of fracture”

4-year-old Oh Suzanna, December 15, Hawthorne 1

3-year-old Mine Forever, December 15, Hawthorne 3

3-year-old Zip’s Moondance, December 15, Hawthorne 7 (euthanized December 18)

4-year-old Schuylercountyline, December 18, Hawthorne 8

4-year-old Lexham, December 26, Hawthorne 6 (euthanized December 27)

5-year-old El Bandito, December 30, Hawthorne 6
“While racing the horse had open comminuted fractures…the horse flipped in the ambulance, went over the partition and had to be euthanized inside the ambulance.”

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In addition, these 3 still-active horses died on track grounds:

3-year-old A Real Ladies Man, May 29, Arlington
“died of natural causes [at three, that is] before they could load horse on trailer”

6-year-old Broome Street, August 16, Arlington
“severe laminitis 3 of 4 feet”

17-year-old Mystery Giver, October 17, Hawthorne
“pony horse” – “collapsed and died on track”