Virtually without exception, “broke down” is racing-speak for dead; “vanned off” translates to a better-than-even chance of dead.

Broke Down:
Giant Hearted Lee, Oct 13, Belmont 5
Cactus City Road, Oct 13, Laurel 2
Put It Back Martha, Oct 15, Charles Town 3
Sheza Freak, Oct 17, Delta 7 (reported “euthanized”)
Fly to Freedom, Oct 17, Santa Anita 3
Dreamo, Oct 18, Penn 9 (reported “euthanized”)

Vanned Off:
Nena’s Forever, Oct 13, Gulfstream W 1
Platitude, Oct 14, Indiana 8 (later confirmed dead)
Masaru, Oct 14, Indiana 8 (later confirmed dead)
Montezuma Express, Oct 14, Indiana 8
Jonny Boy Conn, Oct 14, Parx 10
Eightnchangegroom, Oct 14, Zia 9
Strictly Business, Oct 14, Zia 10
Lakota Road, Oct 14, Zia 12
Fulton Street, Oct 15, Delaware 3
Lewis City, Oct 15, Hawthorne 1
Gutshot Straight, Oct 16, Golden Gate 7
Stash the Cat, Oct 16, Gulfstream W 1
Free Range Man, Oct 16, Gulfstream W 6
Flat in Charge, Oct 16, Gulfstream W 7
Wave of the Wand, Oct 16, Hawthorne 8
Wisdom of Oz, Oct 17, Belmont 5
Downright Joyous, Oct 17, Penn 9
Samba Pa Ti, Oct 18, Albuquerque 4
Irish Donnie, Oct 18, Delaware 3
Jennakins, Oct 18, Golden Gate 5
Exuberant Song, Oct 18, Gulfstream W 1
Tohaveandtohold, Oct 18, Gulfstream W 2
Lemon Point, Oct 18, Gulfstream W 7
Easy Cash Fenimore, Oct 18, Lone Star 5
Fuzzy Dice, Oct 18, Parx 9
Airogant, Oct 18, Zia 1
Locks of Gold, Oct 19, Belterra 3
Tamarack Smarty, Oct 19, Turf 5
Royal Quick Shine, Oct 19, Will Rogers 1
Just Leaveitalone, Oct 19, Will Rogers 2

Filantropo, Oct 13, Gulfstream W 8, “stumbled badly,” DNF
Street Law, Oct 16, Hawthorne 6, fell, DNF
Jade Master, Oct 18, Finger Lakes 7, “appeared in distress,” DNF
Midnight Geno, Oct 18, Penn 9, fell, DNF


What happens when the corporate welfare you’ve been receiving for some 20 years is no longer enough? We may be finding out in West Virginia where that state’s two Thoroughbred tracks, citing a lack of adequate purse money, are dropping end-of-year race-dates – 21 combined between Mountaineer and Charles Town. In a rich explanation relayed by Blood-Horse, officials say the insufficient purse money is a result of “legislative grabs” of the tracks’ Video Lottery Terminal revenue.

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Just to be clear, VLT revenue that’s funneled into purses is a subsidy from the state; subsidies, by definition, are gifts. So if the state is grabbing, it’s only grabbing back what should never have been the horse people’s in the first place. Here’s hoping that West Virginia continues to grab until Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort and Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races drop the racing parts of their names.

3-year-old Dreamo is dead after breaking down in the 9th last night at Penn National. The colt’s starts from beginning to end – all under trainer Flint Stites:

June 25th, Penn – 4th of 5, 22 1/4 lengths back
August 14th, Penn – 7th of 8, 24 3/4 lengths back
September 5th, Penn – 4th of 6, 34 lengths back
September 25th, Penn – last of 5, 36 1/2 lengths back
October 18th, Penn – Dead.

This is horseracing.

2-year-old filly Sheza Freak “was pulled up in distress and euthanized” in the 7th last night at Delta Downs. It was her second race. She was trained by Steven Flint, owned by Whispering Oaks Farm, and bred by Summer Grove Farm and Terry Gabriel.

I have confirmed that 3-year-old Intelligent Girl is dead after breaking down in last Saturday’s 1st at Remington Park. In her penultimate start on September 18th (also at Remington), Intelligent Girl “was never close,” finishing last of 7, 20 lengths back. A portent? Perhaps, but we’ll never know. The filly was trained by JR Caldwell, owned by Carol Nichols, and bred by Morgan’s Ford Farm.