Three horses went down in the 6th at Emerald Saturday; one (at least) is dead. According to Equibase, Signorina Ermenia “went wrong and fell nearing the quarter”; two trailing horses, Current Sea Xpress and I’z a Sweet Ride, then fell over her. Signorina Ermenia, says The Seattle Times, “suffered a broken leg” and was euthanized. While the final two races of the night were canceled, Emerald avoided any mention of death on its website, saying only that the three horses “were involved in a spill” and that Signorina Ermenia “stumbled of her own accord.” Imagine that.

The kill…

Wanztbwicked, a 3-year-old colt who was last raced at Monmouth in June, broke down training at Saratoga Saturday and, according to the Gaming Commission, was euthanized on the track. He is the third dead racehorse at Saratoga this season.

Lakalas, May 28, “collapsed and died after breezing”
Queen B, July 6, “fractured leg while breezing…ambulanced to clinic – euthanized”
Wanztbwicked, July 22, “suffered an injury while breezing – euthanized on the track”

This is Saratoga. This is horseracing.

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

Bobby Z “vanned off” at Thistledown
Holiday Weekend “vanned off” at Thistledown
Greeley’s Doll “vanned off” at Evangeline
Starship Pleasant “vanned off” at Penn
Badger Bay “vanned off” at Arlington
Twirling Princess “returned bleeding” at Belterra
Sonof a Monstercat “pulled up in distress, vanned off” at Belterra
Beeline “vanned off” at Belterra
Irish Brew “vanned off” at Canterbury
Blazed “vanned off” at Canterbury
Hc Trisha Jeter “vanned off” at Fair Meadows
Big Bright Boy “bled, vanned off” at Indiana
Jess Divided “bled, vanned off” at Indiana
Tracey Said So “went wrong, vanned off” at Belterra
Stevie’s Wonder “vanned off” at Penn
Mid Life Crisis “eased while bleeding” at Penn
Holdmegold “bled, vanned off” at Prairie
Cooper Road “vanned off” at Prairie
Pray Hard “bleeding from the nostrils, vanned off” at Del Mar
DC Dancer “vanned off” at Delaware
Signorina Ermenia “went wrong, fell, vanned off” at Emerald
I’z a Sweet Ride “fell, DNF” at Emerald
Current Sea Xpress “fell, DNF” at Emerald
Salute the Street “vanned off” at Evangeline
Summer Singer “vanned off” at Evangeline
Never Got Paid “lame, vanned off” at Fair Meadows
Sugar’s Pretty Boy “vanned off” at Fairmount
Just Watch “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Alshujaa “returned bleeding from the nostrils” at Indiana
Eyeplayeveryday “vanned off” at Laurel
Precious Angel “vanned off” at Louisiana
Herriot “pulled up in distress, vanned off” at Monmouth
Silk On Fire V “bled” at Ruidoso
Evacuation “vanned off” at Saratoga
Unbridled Bull “bleeding from the nostrils” at Thistledown
Sircat Sally “vanned off” at Del Mar
Rallydownthealley “vanned off” at Emerald
Spring Tonic “vanned off” at Fair Meadows
Great Catch “returned lame” at Fair Meadows
Sconset Express “bled” at Monmouth
Mountain of Corona “bad step, vanned off” at Ruidoso

(Chart Terms: “Broke Down” – racing-speak for dead; “Vanned Off” – required horse ambulance to get off the track; many, if not most, of these animals will resurface on my year-end FOIA kill-reports; “Bled” – usually indicates pulmonary hemorrhage)

(source: Equibase)