Saturday and Sunday on U.S. tracks (flats only):

Blizzard Warning, Arapahoe, “vanned off” (after winning)

Dutchessa, Del Mar, “broke down” – confirmed dead

Snare, Ellis, “vanned off”

Regal Market, Ellis, “vanned off”

Money and Success, Fair Meadows, “stumbled badly, DNF”

I’m Venezuelan, Gulfstream, “vanned off”

Born to Serve, Sacramento, “broke down”

Zamjara, Saratoga, “vanned off” – later confirmed dead

Rootformejustin, Saratoga, “vanned off” – later confirmed dead

Fasnacloich, Del Mar, “broke down” – confirmed dead

Al Risala, Ellis, “vanned off”

Bandido Fly, Los Alamitos, “vanned off”

Separate Knockout, Ruidoso, “vanned”

Syrah Syrah, Ruidoso, “vanned”

Take the Cup, Ruidoso, “vanned”

This is horseracing.

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(source: Equibase)

Fasnacloich became the latest victim at the much-celebrated Del Mar Summer Meet when she “broke down” about midway through the 2nd race Sunday afternoon. Dead. The 6-year-old was under the whip for the 25th time. By my count, since tracking began on July 11, at least eight horses have either died on Del Mar grounds or while being trained off-site for upcoming Del Mar races. (I say “at least” because there may or may not be overlap between the stewards’ anonymous “deceased” and those who have been identified here and/or others may have simply slipped through the cracks.) Again, that’s (at least) eight dead “athletes” for Del Mar in just two weeks.

The ones we know about:

Presidential Air, July 15, race 6
Dynamite Charge, July 17, training
Whisky and Wine, July 23, training
Dutchessa, July 23, race 2
Fasnacloich, July 24, race 2

From the Del Mar Stewards Minutes, week of 7/11/16-7/17/16
“Deceased: 5”

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I was at Saratoga Race Course yesterday – along with 40 or so other activists. We were there, of course, to protest the systemic abuse and killing of horses for entertainment. On this gorgeous upstate-NY summer day, 30,000 souls merrily marched through the front gates, anticipating a social scene practically unrivaled on the East Coast. Sure, Saratoga beckons the hardened “players,” but it also attracts the kinds of demographics you won’t find at America’s more pedestrian (read: cheaper) racetracks – middle-class families, sunscreen and coolers in tow; the upper crusts, styling young and gaudy old alike. And yes, there were limos.

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So, with signs hoisted, we dutifully (and respectfully) offered knowledge – flyers containing the facts and figures of this site, the irrefutable truth on Racing. Some took them, most did not; a great many, in fact, were confrontational, even downright nasty:

“Get a job.”
“Get a life.”
“Don’t you have something better to do?”
“Why don’t you spend your time worrying about humans?”
“You’re idiots; those horses are treated better than people.”
“We’re going to have a lot of fun in there!”
“Can’t wait to win some money!”
“Yeah, I bet you’re voting for Hillary too.”
One, to a friend (in a threatening tone): “Better keep me away from them.”
“You people make me sick.”
And, my personal favorite: “You’re obscene.” Yes, it is we, the advocates speaking in behalf of innocent, defenseless animals, who are the obscene ones.

And so it was with this backdrop that those KIA lists we were disseminating prior to had, by day’s end, grown just a bit longer. Dead: 3-year-old Zamjara in the 1st, 4-year-old Rootformejustin in the 5th.

The party, alas, had been marred – if only a tad, if only for a day.

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Two more horses were killed at Del Mar today. First, Whisky and Wine, a 2-year-old being prepped for her debut, went down in a morning training session. Then, in the day’s 2nd, 7-year-old Dutchessa “broke down” past the wire. This makes (at least) four dead at “Cool As Ever” Del Mar – just one week in.

Presidential Air, July 15, 6th race

Dynamite Charge, July 17, training

Whisky and Wine, July 23, training

Dutchessa, July 23, 2nd race

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Friday on the tracks (flats only):

Hiclass Runner, Albuquerque, “fell, vanned off”

Loud and Proud Ryder, Albuquerque, “fell, DNF”

Kryptanite, Arapahoe, “vanned off”

Hard Way Six, Belterra, “vanned off”

Thanksforthedrink, Charles Town, “came back bleeding from the nose”

Perfect Genius, Los Alamitos, “vanned off”

Sea Secret, Los Alamitos, “took a bad step, vanned off”

What’syourtrouble, Louisiana, “vanned off”

Granite Mountain, Penn, “vanned off”

Mr Allnighter, Prairie, “had to be vanned off”

Freakin Pistol, Prairie, “vanned off”

Han Dynasty, Ruidoso, “vanned”

SS Texas Outlaw, Ruidoso, “vanned off”

Uncle Regal, Ruidoso, “vanned off”

Giantgotthedeputy, Thistledown, “pulled up lame, vanned off”

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(source: Equibase)