Through a FOIA request to the Nevada Gaming Control Board, I have confirmed the following four kills on Nevada tracks in 2017. It should be noted, however, that Nevada is one of the lightest racing-states, with but nine days of live racing in 2017. So, that’s four kills in nine days. With more gambling options than any other state, hasn’t the time at long last arrived for Nevada to eliminate the only form that kills animals in its normal course of business? Mercy, Nevadans. Mercy.
Mr Lane, August 18, White Pine, race 3
“broke down (shoulder) on the track following the race”
Siberian Rush, August 19, White Pine, race 8
“collapsed and died exiting the track following the race”
(9-year-old, 51st race, but coming off a nearly one-year layoff – “collapsed and died”)
Eb Traffic Rock, August 20, White Pine, race 3
“impact to the track caused the horse to severely injure both front shoulders”
(this was his second race in three days – trainer/owner, Rodger Ewell)
Big Daddy Etb, August 27, Elko Fair, race 2
“broke down (fractured left humerus) following the race”
I have confirmed that Double Cabernet was euthanized after breaking down in the 8th at Gulfstream Monday. According to Equibase, the 3-year-old “went wrong and fell.” But the horror didn’t end there. After falling, she was “struck” by two other horses (both of whom “stumbled badly” and “DNF”). The final insult comes in the official Gulfstream replay. Not only is the kill whitewashed (no surprise there), but this is uttered by one of the announcers: “And the race marred by an incident.”
“Marred.” “Incident.” Vile.
Chart notes (Equibase) from American racetracks last week:
Electric Alphabet “fell when injured…euthanized” at Mahoning
Venture Road “fell over down horse [above], DNF” at Mahoning
Honor the Empire “took a bad step…euthanized” at Mahoning
Oversized “vanned off” at Mahoning
Tenacions Tally “went wrong, vanned off” at Turf
Sterling Warrior “went wrong, vanned off” at Fair Grounds
Halo Ahead “vanned off” at Santa Anita
Twin Engine “bled” at Turfway
Be Nice Rose “vanned off” at Fair Grounds
D.K. Two Step “pulled up lame, vanned off” at Laurel
Arunachala “vanned off” at Santa Anita – subsequently confirmed dead
I’m Not Funny “bled” at Aqueduct
Full On Diva “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Clubay Atlantic “vanned off” at Turfway
No Love Lost “sustained an injury…euthanized” at Laurel
Hope ‘n Pray “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Jess Doit “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Spitfire “vanned off” at Santa Anita
I’m a Sky Pilot “fell, vanned off” at Sunland
Another Forever “vanned off” at Turf
Betrbegone “went wrong, vanned off” at Turf
The note for 3-year-old No Love Lost in the 8th at Laurel yesterday: “stalked the pace three wide, gained a slim lead between rivals near the quarter pole…sustained an injury soon past the eighth pole and was euthanized.” Dead. In his summation, the Equibase writer also notes that Marie From Parie “struck” the aforementioned and lost her rider. We see this empty horse, along with the other finishers, crossing the line in slow-motion on the official “Maryland Racing” YouTube channel. But that, coupled with the “Winner’s Circle” shot, is all they allowed us to see, the ugliness – that is, a horse breaking and dying – utterly washed away.
This is horseracing.
I have confirmed that Arunachala is dead after breaking down in the 5th at Santa Anita Friday. Arunachala was three years old; this was her fourth time under the whip.
Also, the NYS Gaming Commission reports that a horse named “Doc” died at Belmont Thursday “from impaction colic of approximately 4 days duration.” Four days. Horrific. At the time of his death, the Commission says, Doc “[was being] used as a pony.” And that’s that – made, used, killed. Horseracing.