Yesterday…

2-year-old On the Deadline was “pulled up in distress” in the 1st at Finger Lakes. The NYS Gaming Commission confirms “euthanized.”

6-year-old You Know Juneau “collapsed and died on the turn” in the 3rd at Penn.

4-year-old Letithappen “broke down” in the 7th at Golden Gate.

In addition, numerous others were “vanned off” to unknown fates. Oh, and there were some “bleeders,” too.

This is horseracing.

(source: Equibase)

Two horses were reported as “broke down” yesterday by Equibase; “broke down,” for the uninitiated, is the industry’s euphemism of choice for dead. In the 5th at Arlington, 7-year-old Medalquest; in the 7th at Santa Anita, 4-year-old Sudden Sam. Pouring an extra dash of salt in this (mortal) wound, the notes on the latter ended thus: “The stewards conducted an inquiry into the stretch run before ruling SUDDEN SAM broke down on his own.”

Vile stuff.

According to the Equibase charts, the 2nd at Finger Lakes Wednesday was rather mundane for 5-year-old R Sleeping Beauty: “well placed and three wide, lost some ground through the turn, bid four wide into the stretch and weakened in the drive.” Turns out, though, she is dead – euthanized, says the Gaming Commission, for an undisclosed reason following the race.

To date, New York has lost 37 horses at its tracks in 2017. 37 dead horses – for $2 bets.

Quick Coconut, a 4-year-old gelding whose most recent race came May 7 at Tampa Bay, was, according to the NYS Gaming Commission, “found dead in [his] stall” at Finger Lakes May 19.

“Found dead in his stall.”

Yo Adrienne, a 3-year-old filly being prepped for her first start, “died,” says the Commission, “cooling out” after a training session at Finger Lakes May 22.

“Died cooling out.”

Horseracing kills horses – lots of them, in many different ways. Please stop supporting this cruelty: Don’t bet; don’t attend; don’t patronize racinos.

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

Silk Spinner “appeared in distress, vanned off” at Finger Lakes
Trekas “bad steps, vanned off” at Sam Houston
Postor “vanned off” at Sunray
A.P. Brannigan “pulled up in distress” at Will Rogers
Tempestaire “vanned off, bled” at Mountaineer
Finding Candy “died on the track” at Parx
Ruth “broke down” at Will Rogers
Omega Blake “fell, DNF” at Will Rogers
Sky Changer “broke down” at Charles Town
Bullet Proof B “vanned off” at Delta
To B Discreet “vanned off” at Gulfstream
TG Julio “vanned off” at Delta
Shez Fast N Easy “bled, vanned off” at Delta
Frankie’s Touch “vanned off” at Evangeline
Amazin Secret “fell, vanned off” at Evangeline
Steamroller “broke down” at Prairie
Mr Wine Opener “broke down” at Arapahoe
Red Atlantic “broke down” at Belterra
Songfortheofficer “vanned off” at Evangeline
Cowboy Prince “vanned off” at Prairie
Bred to Boss “vanned off” at Belmont
Secret Jackpot “went bad, vanned off” at Belterra
Mr Coco Pilota “bled, vanned off” at Delta
Olympic Royale “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Chicks Sweet Jess “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Kings Apollo “fell, DNF” at Malvern
Signature Look “fell, DNF” at Malvern
Jess a Bug “vanned off” at Remington
Rio Special Jr “bled, vanned off” at Sam Houston
A Salty Corona “vanned off” at Sam Houston
Contour “broke down” at Arapahoe
Preacher’s Bluff “vanned off” at Golden Gate
Longing to Travel “fell, DNF” at Lexington
In Giants’ Boots “vanned off” at Mountaineer

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

(source: Equibase)