Through a FOIA request to the Arizona Department of Racing, I have confirmed the following deaths at Arizona tracks in 2016:

The Blue Mercedes, January 3, Turf training, “fractured shoulder”
Little But Lucky, January 23, Turf 4, “carpal slab fracture”
Sweet N Spicenight, January 27, Turf training, “neurologic”
Mustbkrazy, January 31, Turf training, “fractured cannon – compound”
Berry Valid, February 1, Turf 8, “ruptured suspensory, fractured sesamoids”
Andherecomescj, February 3, Turf training, “fractured shoulder”
Mesa Brute, February 9, Turf 4, “compound luxation fetlock, ruptured suspensory”
Pax Tecum, February 13, Rillito 6, “shattered sesamoids”
Feasibility, March 20, Turf 7, “sesamoid fracture”
Preachinahit, March 21, Turf 8, “shattered sesamoid”
Hidden Demon, March 22, Turf 7, “compound luxation of fetlock”
Chance for Glory, March 28, Turf 4, “compound fracture cannon bone”
Old Squeeze, April 15, Turf training, “fractured shoulder”
Brassy Pete, April 16, Turf 8, “fractured shoulder”
Bluesie Brown, October 3, Turf training, “fractured coffin bone”
Aikman Rose, October 16, Turf training, “pastern fracture”
Macho N Awesome, October 18, Turf training, “laceration”
Excite Me, October 19, Turf training, “fractured shoulder”
Highly Classified, October 24, Turf 2, “bled out internally”
Shesaperfectbeamer, October 29, Turf 3 (euthanized October 30), “carpus”
Randy’s Diamond, November 9, Turf training, “compound fractures of cannon bones”
Blitzinonmoonshine, November 23, Turf training, “broke down – knee”
Tripski, November 26, Turf training, “condylar fracture”
Supah Guy, November 29, prior to Turf 4, “hit head – copious epistaxis…teeth quivers”
Millennium Flower, December 2, Turf training, “fractured radius”
Ella’s Kitten, December 7, Turf training, “heart attack”
Twobobs, December 27, Turf training, “condylar fracture”

In addition, the following horses died on track grounds from what the industry calls “non-racing” causes. While this may be technically true, morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

Wild Iris, April 4, Turf, “severe pleuropneumonia with septicemia”
Noble Mojave, December 30, Turf, “colic”

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There can be no justification for the killing of animals for $2 bets. End it. Now.

Through a request to the Illinois Racing Board, I have confirmed the following deaths at Illinois tracks in 2016:

Storm Blaiser, January 1, Hawthorne 2, “lower carpal fractures (crushing fracture, loss of support column) – humanely euthanized”

Larry’s Place, January 20, Balmoral 10, “broke down racing…owner was hoping to have fracture repaired but after receiving estimates decided to euthanize”

Withhonorweserve, March 18, Hawthorne training, “break down, ambulance, comminuted humerus fracture – dead”

Stevie Smoothboy, April 8, Hawthorne 5, “distal sesamoid ligaments bilaterally ruptured…transported to designated area and humanely euthanized”

Wanna Danze Lady, April 15, Hawthorne training, “pastern fracture – euthanized”

Striking Hight, May 11, Arlington training, “ran off gap and fell on pavement…torn tendon, probably broken femur – euthanized”

Whatsthefoxsay, May 14, prior to Fairmount 2, “horse flipped in paddock prior to the race, struck head on pole – euthanized”

Vasilisa the Wise, May 19, Arlington training, “collapsed on track training – dead”

Indanameofdafather, June 7, Fairmount 6, “while racing between the 1/2 mile pole and the 3/8 pole, this horse dropped dead on the track”

Le Dimanche, June 26, Arlington 1, “open, comminuted condylar fracture…taken to designated area and humanely euthanized”

The Minister, July 10, Arlington 3 (euthanized July 12), “fractured carpus”

Notta, July 17, Arlington training, “lacerated tendons with extensive degloving wound with cannon bone exposed – humanely euthanized”

Uno Pecador, August 11, Arlington 1, “horse was cooled down with the water hoses and looked fine…horse returned to the barn and was in the process of being bathed when it collapsed…suspect a bleeding episode or a cardiac event”

Jicote, August 14, Arlington 2 (euthanized August 24), “after its bath the horse was left front lame…fetlock was enlarged and filled, ligament also inflamed…sesamoid and condylar fractures – euthanized”

Super Nova, September 5, Arlington 7, “following the race, the horse got wobbly in the tunnel…treated with Delt Cortef and cold water – the horse collapsed dead”

Wind Warrior, September 24, Arlington 7, “horse broke down near the 3/8 pole but continued on to the finish line…examination showed bilateral sesamoid fractures, rupture of the distal ligaments and collateral ligament, disarticulation of the fetlock joint…the bone was exposed – humanely euthanized on track”

Fitz’s Storm, October 21, Hawthorne 6, “horse collapsed dead on the track…administered succinylcholine to end suffering”

Rory Monarchos, November 19, Hawthorne training (euthanized November 20), “open, comminuted condylar fracture…vet and trainer had to wait for owner to call back, so horse was euthanized [next day]”

Socksbdancing, November 26, Hawthorne 9, “horse was fracture lame…comminuted sesamoid fractures – humanely euthanized”

Brim, December 8, Hawthorne 6, “following the race while walking back to the barn, horse collapsed and, [after] 3 agonal breaths, died on track”

Warrior’s Magic, December 10, Hawthorne training, “horse broke down while galloping…very lame after returning to the barn – euthanized”

Dragonfly Chaser, December 23, Hawthorne 6, “pulled up lame…lateral condylar fracture – humanely euthanized”

In addition, the following horses died on track grounds from what the industry calls “non-racing” causes. While this may be technically true, morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

Quittin Time, May 27, Arlington, “the horse shipped in from Arkansas with a 103 degree temperature…developed laminitis…today the horse’s coffin bone rotated out the bottom of its foot…the horse was humanely euthanized”

unnamed pony, August 24, Arlington, “colic of 2-day duration…appeared to recover, then expired suddenly, most likely due to a distended or ruptured bowel”

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There can be no justification for the killing of animals for $2 bets. End it. Now.

Through a FOIA request to the Ohio State Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Ohio tracks in 2016:

Maxwell Hill, January 2, Mahoning 7, “fractured knee”
Allthatgltrsisgold, February 6, Miami Valley 9, “comminuted, displaced ankle fracture”
Polaris, February 15, Mahoning training, “fractured ankle”
Aaron Again, February 15, Mahoning 6, “fractured ankle”
Twelve Noon, February 29, Mahoning training, “fractured leg”
Macachee Run, March 5, Mahoning training, “fractured shoulder”
Dangerous Times, March 5, Northfield 8, “comminuted, displaced pastern fracture”
Iyamwhatiyam, March 8, Northfield 13, “fractured cannon”
Don Tillo, April 4, Mahoning 4, “fractured cannon”
KD’s King Kong, April 4, Mahoning 5, “fractured sesamoids”
Sawyers Mickey, April 27, Thistledown 6, “fractured ankle”
All Snuffed Up, April 30, Thistledown 2, “fractured ankle”
Spoils of War, May 6, Belterra training, “fractured cannon”
Twentycarattenpin, May 8, Belterra 3, “complete fracture of cannon”
Glint, May 8, Belterra 4, “complete dislocation of fetlock”
Mr. Mostly, May 8, Belterra 4, “fractured cannon”
Turn It On Friskie, May 11, Scioto 5, “comminuted pastern fracture”
Naughty Scotty, May 20, Belterra 6, “avulsion of distal ligament”
Ambitious At Noon, June 19, Thistledown training, “comminuted cannon fracture”
Jigsaw, June 23, Belterra 6, “sesamoid fracture”
Indiscreetness, July 1, Thistledown 8, “comminuted knee fracture”
Princess Sela, July 29, Thistledown 3, “comminuted, open cannon fracture”
Believe in Kitten, August 4, Belterra 7, “quadricep tear, possible femoral fracture”
Bad Asset, August 5, Belterra 6, “sesamoid fracture”
Charlie Renee, August 6, Thistledown training (euthanized August 11), “broken pelvis”
Warriors Roar, August 26, Belterra 3, “sesamoid avulsion fracture”
Alittlebitofmagic, September 9, Belterra 2, “open compound fracture with dislocation”
Bayou Royalty, September 16, Belterra 5, “sesamoid fracture with dislocation”
Cute Boy, September 17, Thistledown 2, “pulled up lame – suspensory”
Princess Talia, September 17, Thistledown 6, “fractured knee”
Three’s a Trump, September 19, Thistledown 2, “open, displaced sesamoids fracture”
Phil’s Wildcat, September 22, Belterra 4, “sesamoids fracture”
Sky Crew, October 3, Thistledown 1, “fractured ankle”
The Real Tone, October 8, Northfield 10 (euthanized October 10), “condylar fracture”
Given the Chance, October 8, Thistledown 6, “fractured knee”
Keyed for Speed, October 12, Thistledown 5, “fractured knee”
Golden Empress, November 7, Mahoning 1, “comminuted, displaced fracture”
True Bayou, November 16, Mahoning 3, “fractured sesamoids and cannon”
Perfect Spot, December 7, Mahoning 4, “fractured cannon; ankle exposing bone”
Bruner, December 7, Mahoning 8, “fractured knee”
Dynamy Road, December 10, Mahoning 4, “fractured, dislocated ankle”
Considered Opinion, December 12, Mahoning 7, “fractured shoulder”
Nevada Kid, December 21, Mahoning 2, “fractured sesamoids and dislocated ankle”
Knight of Sun, December 29, Mahoning training, “condylar fracture of cannon”
Starcrossed, December 30, Mahoning training, “came back lame – tendon”


There can be no justification for the killing of animals for $2 bets. End it. Now.

Last week on American tracks (not including training and harness casualties):

“Broke Down” (racing-speak for dead); “Collapsed and Died”; “Euthanized”

Ground Control, Charles Town
Discreet Duke, Penn
Copingaway, Gulfstream
Creeker’s Cat, Oaklawn

“Vanned Off” – required horse ambulance to get off the track; many of these names will re-surface on my year-end FOIA death-reports

Funny Smoke, Turf
Rebellious Diana, Turf
Super Rich, Mahoning
Winter Storm, Sunland
Karen for Cam, Oaklawn
Germain’s Boy, Oaklawn
Three Sheets, Turfway
Divine Kaleb, Fair Grounds
Genuine Smarty Chick, Sunland
Deer Decarchy, Turf
Storm Power, Turf
Rampant Rhythm, Fair Grounds

“Bled”; “Returned Bleeding From Nostrils” – usually indicates pulmonary hemorrhage

Mr. Buff, Aqueduct

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(source: Equibase)

Through a FOIA request to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Suffolk Downs in 2016:

Silver Lime, July 9, Suffolk 1, “fractured proximal phalanx with joint luxation”
Candy Man Can, July 9, Suffolk 2, “fractured neck”

It should be noted that Suffolk Downs, which was (is) New England’s only Thoroughbred track, ceased regular operations in 2014. Since, it has run but a handful of dates per year. In 2016, the period covered by this report, Suffolk had six days of racing. Yes, that’s two kills (in back-to-back steeplechase races) in six days. Shame.


There can be no justification for the killing of animals for $2 bets. End it. Now.