Through a FOIA request to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2018. Once again, the Commission’s spreadsheet – entitled, incidentally, “Dead Horse Log” – arrived with the victims’ names redacted. Unless otherwise noted, immediate cause of death was a snapped, shattered, ruptured, or dislocated limb part of one kind or another.

unidentified (probably Jacob of Tarville or Justanotherbird), April 18, Indiana R
unidentified, April 20, Indiana T
unidentified, April 20, Indiana T
unidentified, May 12, Hoosier R – “sudden collapse after race”
unidentified (probably Halfway Decent), May 12, Indiana R
unidentified, June 1, Indiana T
unidentified, June 6, Indiana T – “sudden death after work”
unidentified, June 9, Hoosier R – “died on track after race”
unidentified, July 3, Hoosier R – “died on track prior to end of race”
unidentified, July 11, Indiana T
unidentified (probably Lucky’s Pass), July 20, Indiana R
unidentified, August 1, Indiana T
unidentified, August 3, Indiana R
unidentified, August 7, Indiana T
unidentified (probably Abby’s Aava), August 7, Indiana R
unidentified, August 22, Indiana T – “sudden death”
unidentified, August 29, Indiana T
unidentified (probably Whispering Justice), September 1, Indiana R
unidentified, September 12, Hoosier T
unidentified (probably El Monje Loco), September 12, Indiana R
unidentified, September 19, Indiana R
unidentified (probably Benny Special or Cheray), September 26, Indiana R
unidentified (probably Redtoprollen), October 19, Indiana R
unidentified, October 24, Hoosier R – “vascular rupture”
unidentified (probably Igottrumped), November 6, Indiana R – “cardio-pulmonary”

In addition, these still-very-much-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry craftily calls “non-racing” causes. Technically true, perhaps, but morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

unidentified, April 18, Indiana – “found dead in stall”
unidentified, May 6, Hoosier – “died in stall; no apparent struggle”
unidentified, June 13, Indiana – “found dead in stall”
unidentified, September 24, Indiana – “laminitis”

Through a FOIA request to the New Mexico Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2018. Please note, however, that this report is a work in progress: New Mexico’s records are a mess. Included in my simple request for dead/euthanized racehorses were medication notifications, horses who died in 2017 (even one from 2016), many duplicates, and those noted as injured and/or “vanned off” but with no clear indication of death. It’s in this last grouping that more research is needed on my part. For now, I give you what I have so far.

Tornillo, January 5, Sunland T (“multiple fractures”)
Keep On Rockin, January 26, Sunland R (“euthanized on track”)
Pozzi Track (probably sic), January 28, Sunland T (“shoulder”)
Miss Nobility, January 30, Sunland R (“euthanized in ambulance”)
Waki’s Pride, January 30, Sunland R (“cannon”)
This Is How U Roll, February 22, Sunland T (“ankle”)
Tarzan On Fire, February 24, Sunland T (“suspect internal rupture”; two years old)
Sunny Rithm, February 25, Sunland R (“carpus”)
Move Bingham, March 2, Sunland T (“collision on racetrack with another horse”)
Naevussquall, March 2, Sunland T (“collision on racetrack with another horse”)
Fearlessly Authentic, March 5, Sunland T (2-year-old being prepped for first race)
Crown N Royal Gal, March 6, Sunland T (2-year-old being prepped for first race)
Some Dandy, March 7, Sunland T (“sesamoid”)
Joyco, March 16, Sunland R (“spine”)
Iron Strike, March 19, Sunland T (“multiple fragments”)
Ize On Jasper, March 27, Sunland R (“sesamoid”)
Ike’s Prince, March 29, Sunland T (“shoulder”)
Royal Easter Rose, March 30, Sunland R (“sesamoid”)
Fico Score, April 7, Sunland R (“euthanized and vanned off”)
Hennessy Whisper, April 15, Sunland R (“euthanized on track”)
Who Am I Now, April 21, SunRay R (“slab fracture left and right carpus”)
Buildem Fast, April 21, SunRay R (“sesamoid, disarticulation”)
Bm Cartel, April 27, SunRay R (“collapsed under inside rail”)
A Spring Snow, May 6, SunRay R (13 years old, 68th race)
Left Out, June 10, Ruidoso R (“broken ankle”)
illegible name, June 15, Ruidoso T (“hemorrhage into respiratory tract”)
Hopes Genuine Effort, June 17, Ruidoso R (“spinal”)
unidentified, June 21, Ruidoso T (“broken leg”)
So First N Famous, June 30, Ruidoso T (“laceration of both back legs”)
Our First Secret, July 7, Ruidoso R (“slab fracture knee”)
Flashing Queen Bud (probably sic), July 12, Ruidoso T (“slab fracture knee”)
Ms Dale Gilr, July 15, Ruidoso R (“dislocated shoulder”)
Lady Jodie Perry, July 21, Ruidoso T (“severed tendons and ligament”)
Kamila, July 22, Ruidoso R (“fracture and dislocation”)
Favorite Dividend, July 28, Ruidoso R (“bled”; died, not euthanized)
Sunnysyde, August 17, Ruidoso R (“bled, died on way to barn”)
Southbound Storm, August 26, Ruidoso R (“sesamoid fracture with fetlock luxation”)
Summer Runner, August 26, Ruidoso R (“compound cannon”)
Mr Reed Ricks, August 31, Ruidoso R (“carpus”)

In addition, these still-very-much-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry craftily calls “non-racing” causes. Technically true, perhaps, but morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

Jess Call Me J R, January 15, Sunland – “found dead in stall” (two years old)
Playboy Gold, January 31, Sunland – “hernia” (yet-to-be-raced)
Cooper Leroy, March 1, Sunland – “pleuro-pneumonia” (yet-to-be-raced)
Its Gonna Happen, June 22, Ruidoso – “colic” (yet-to-be-raced)
Shezaffirmedbeauty, July 8, Ruidoso – “colic” (last raced July 1)
Dashn Regard, July 10, Ruidoso – “colic” (last raced June 22)
Mountain Lips V, July 30, Ruidoso – “hernia” (yet-to-be-raced)
Magold Cartel (probably sic), August 2, Ruidoso – “colic”

Last week on U.S. Thoroughbred and QuarterHorse tracks (not including training).

Lucky Bid “vanned off” at Sunland
Escarapela “was walked off bleeding from the nostrils” at Gulfstream
Mimi’s Ruby Bobby “vanned off” at Oaklawn
C C’s Song “vanned off” at Oaklawn
Zendayas Cartel “vanned off” at Sunland
Harlan Punch “vanned off” at Fair Grounds
Chowchilla Chickadee “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Coushattasizzler “injured at start, DNF” at Louisiana
Bode’s Maker “vanned off” at Oaklawn
Doc Mo’s Daughter “vanned off” at Parx
Bartolomeo “bled” at Rillito
Augustina “vanned off” at Sunland
Pops Legacy “vanned off” at Fair Grounds
Shezalemondropkid “vanned off” at Laurel
Jrs Snow Prince “vanned off” at Louisiana
Giant Prospector “bled” at Rillito
Dream On for Speed “vanned off” at Sunland


(source: Equibase)

Through a FOIA request to the Delaware Department of Agriculture, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2018.

Paradise Lost, May 15, Harrington R
“suffered an accident related injury – fracture of the right front leg – while racing at Harrington Raceway and was humanely euthanized”

Mr. Euro, June 18, Delaware R
“was humanely destroyed after suffering a catastrophic injury – left-front medial and lateral midbody sesamoid fracture, complete rupture of the superficial and deep flexor tendon, torn suspensory branches, and an open wound – in the 5th race”

Baccarat Dream, June 20, Delaware T
“sustained an injury – fractured left acetabulum tuber coxae – during training and was humanely euthanized”

Noregretsfornow, June 30, Delaware R
“sustained a catastrophic injury – comminuted condylar fracture – during the 2nd race and was humanely euthanized”

Unbridled Gift, July 4, Delaware R (euthanized July 13)
“sustained a left-front medical comminuted basal sesamoid fracture [and] med suspensory branch trauma”

My Giant, July 25, Delaware R
“suffered what appeared to be cardiac arrhythmia near the finish line…removed with dignity [italics added] to the holding area”

Gallo de Oro, July 26, Delaware R
“suffered a catastrophic injury during the running of the 6th race; the ill-fated [italics added] horse sustained a right front fracture of its medial sesamoid”

Parapente, July 30, Delaware R
“pulled up during her race…determined to have a right front lateral condyle fracture and humanely euthanized at the hospital”

Mairis, August 1, Delaware R
“sustained a left front fracture of the femur or pelvis involve quadriceps insertion”

Off Road, August 25, Delaware R
“suffered a catastrophic injury necessitating it being humanely destroyed; right front biaxial sesamoid fractures among other injuries”

Coverallyourbases, August 27, Delaware R
“suffered an injury – compound, comminuted fracture of left hind 3rd metatarsal – during the running of the 8th race and was humanely destroyed”

You Know Too, September 24, Delaware R (euthanized October 1)
“humanely destroyed after suffering a catastrophic injury – comminuted sesamoid fractures of the left front”

Puturseatbelton, September 26, Delaware T
“suffered a training injury – compound, comminuted left lateral condyle fracture, comminuted left front medial sesamoid fracture – and was humanely destroyed”

In addition, these still-very-much-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry craftily calls “non-racing” causes. Technically true, perhaps, but morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

Formal Summation, May 15, Delaware
“was examined and determined to be terminally lame…humanely euthanized; postmortem report indicated complete cartilage erosion of both front metacarpal III’s medial condyles, right front medial sesamoid base eroded” (five years old)

Rebel Rithms, July 13, Delaware
“suffered a catastrophic injury while grazing outside its barn, apparently flipping and landing on its neck…report indicated a broken neck”

Flight Crew, September 8, Delaware
“was examined and determined to be terminally lame…euthanized; synovial fluid – cloudy bloody-middle carpal joint, multiple chips” (five years old)

American Diplomat, October 18, Delaware
“diagnosed with right hind cellulitis and foundering and sinking of left hind P3…humanely destroyed” (two years old, raced once)