The 12th at Gulfstream yesterday was a $100,000 Grade 3; given that (and the track itself), it was sure to garner press attention. So, when Equibase reported 6-year-old Send It In as “fell, vanned off,” I knew it wouldn’t take much digging to learn more. The Sun Sentinel: “The race was marred by the breakdown of Send It In on the far turn. Jockey John Velazquez was able to walk away but Send It In had to be euthanized.”

“Marred.”

Equibase did, however, provide more detail on the run (his first) of 3-year-old Paiges Magic Man in the 6th at Mahoning: “PAIGES MAGIC MAN bore out sharply at the start, chased outside, went bad into turn, lost the rider and subsequently vanned off after [italics added] being euthanized on the race track.”

Paiges “[going] bad,” about to die…

Finally, 5-year-old Goliath’s Girl “broke down” in the 1st at Golden Gate; “broke down,” for the uninitiated, is racing-speak for dead. Track announcer Matt Dinerman took to Twitter with these gems:

“Frank [the jockey] has been placed on a backboard and has been loaded into the ambulance. Our thoughts are with Frank and the connections of Goliath’s Girl.”

“Jockey Frank Alvarado posted on his Facebook page that he is ‘just bruised and sore.’ Good news to hear as that incident in Race 1 could have been a lot more serious.”

Could have been a lot more serious.” I’m out of adjectives.

A FOIA request to the Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission has yielded the following confirmed kills on that state’s tracks in 2017. No immediate cause of death (like what particular bone was shattered) was given. No matter, Killed by Racing will suffice.

Applegate Cove, February 18, Will Rogers, training
(two years old, being prepped for first race)

Native Americanqueen, March 1, Remington, training
(two years old, being prepped for first race)

Les Wireless, March 1, Remington, training
(one year old, being prepped for first race)

Eagle Bayou, March 11, Remington, race 14
(one year old, first race)

Gold Line Express, March 13, Will Rogers, race 9
(seventh race; in previous six, never finished higher than 5th)

Flyen Low, March 26, Remington, race 5
(one year old, first race)

Big Boi Brother, March 30, Remington, prior to race 3
“injured in barn”

Heros Six, April 6, Remington, race 1
(one year old, first race)

He Talks a Lot, April 15, Remington, race 4
(three years old, first race)

Out the Gate Doin 98, May 6, Remington, race 5

Cassies Dynasty, May 11, Remington, prior to race 8
“injured in paddock” (two years old, was to be her first race)

Jess Open Up, May 12, Remington, race 6
(two years old, second race)

Vf Bigtime Stanley, May 12, Remington, race 11
(two years old, second race)

Cartel Time, May 13, Remington, race 10
(two years old, third race)

A.P. Brannigan, May 15, Will Rogers, race 11

Ruth, May 16, Will Rogers, race 9
(5-year-old mare, second race)

This Flights Flyin, May 28, Remington, race 11

Favorite Star, June 1, Remington, race 3

No Secret Anywhere, June 2, Remington, race 12
(two years old, second race)

Sixiest, June 11, Fair Meadows, race 11
(two years old, fourth race)

Save Dixie Faith, June 17, Fair Meadows, race 1

Flowing Snow Fury, June 21, Fair Meadows, prior to racing
(two years old, was to be her first race)

Senator Josy, July 26, Fair Meadows, race 12
(two years old, first race)

Eos Firewater, July 28, Fair Meadows, race 12

Okie Ride, August 9, Remington, training
(ten years old)

Comisky’s Sister, August 26, Remington, race 6
“found deceased in stall” (after finishing second)

Aria, September 9, Remington, race 6

Shatterenthestars, September 16, Remington, race 6
(two years old, fifth race)

Vestibule, September 21, Remington, race 5

Bv Im in a Hurry, September 22, Will Rogers, race 6
(two years old, fifth race)

Warair, September 22, Will Rogers, race 9 (died October 12)
“found deceased in stall” (two years old)

El Capitan, September 29, Will Rogers, race 8
(two years old, fifth race)

Little Ginger, October 4, Remington, race 8
(first race back after being “vanned off” in December 2015)

Sundance Flyer, October 5, Remington, race 3
(most previous race, in August: last, 35 lengths back)

Colonel Slewie, October 5, Remington, race 8
(most previous race, in September: 9th of 11, 21 lengths back)

Donnie’s Cool Cat, October 7, Remington, race 4

Warning Sign, October 11, Remington, race 4

Silver of Oz, October 26, Remington, race 8

Wicked Is Good, November 25, Remington, race 4

Tanner’s Popsicle, December 1, Remington, race 4
(coming off consecutive last-place finishes)

Paynterly, December 8, Remington, race 5
(two years old, second race; first race: last, 31 lengths back)

Through a FOIA request to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2017. Once again, the state redacted the names on the basis of confidentiality. The spreadsheet, incidentally, was entitled “Dead Horse Log, 2017.” (“Indiana” is Indiana Grand.)

unidentified, March 20, Hoosier, training
“craniodorsal luxation hip”

unidentified, March 29, Indiana, training
“sudden death, aneurysm”

unidentified, April 1, Indiana, training
“sesamoid fracture, luxated fetlock”

unidentified, April 12, Indiana, training
“flipped into a bench, hit head”

unidentified, April 12, Indiana, training
“humerus fracture”

unidentified, April 20, Indiana, training
“sudden death, died on track”

unidentified, April 25, Indiana, training
“cannon fracture”

unidentified, May 9, Hoosier, racing
“P1 total fracture”

unidentified, May 10, Indiana, racing
“collapsed and died on track”

unidentified, June 9, Hoosier, racing
“cannon bone fracture”

unidentified (most likely Flyin My Corona), June 9, Indiana, racing
“shoulder fracture, humeral fracture, scapular fracture”

unidentified (most likely Mandalorian), June 27, Indiana, race 2
“open fetlock fracture”

unidentified, July 8, Hoosier, racing
“collapsed and died”

unidentified (most likely E Nine), July 26, Indiana, racing
“fetlock fracture”

unidentified, July 29, Indiana, training
“loose horse collision at full speed”

unidentified, July 29, Indiana, racing
“collapsed and died after race”

unidentified (most likely Spy Dancer), August 5, Indiana, race 5
“fetlock fracture”

unidentified (most likely Sucess Is Racing), August 23, Indiana, race 7
“sudden death – collapse” (chart merely said “pulled up, vanned off”)

unidentified, September 5, Indiana, training
“died in stall after working”

unidentified, September 8, Indiana, training
“fractured shoulder”

unidentified (most likely Key to the Bank), September 23, Indiana, race 5
“fetlock fracture”

unidentified (most likely Capriza), October 7, Indiana, race 6
“cannon bone fracture”

unidentified, October 19, Hoosier, race 4
“died on the track after race”

unidentified, October 21, Indiana, training
“fractured humerus”

unidentified, October 22, Indiana, training
“seizure, cranial trauma”

unidentified (most likely Way Down the Line), October 25, Indiana, racing
“carpus fracture”

unidentified (most likely Handfuls Gem), October 27, Indiana, racing
“cannon fracture”

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, July 14, Indiana
“previous injury…not improving”

unidentified, October 7, Hoosier
“colic – died in stall”

From the Equibase account of the 7th at Charles Town last night: “BRENDA J broke in and bumped Bip Bop Boo at the start then gave chase well off the pace on the outside, lost hind end action and was pulled up at the five-sixteenths pole, and was euthanized.” Dead. She was three; this was her 7th time under the whip.

Also – in the 3rd at Mahoning, this: “SUNSHINE’S SON BOB was no factor and pulled up through the stretch and bled profusely from nostrils and subsequently vanned off.”

“Bled profusely from nostrils.” No word on his condition.

This is horseracing.

Through a FOIA request to the Texas Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2017. Unless otherwise noted, immediate cause of death was limb fracture of one kind or another – underlying cause, of course, horseracing itself. (The “chart” refers to the official public record per Equibase; not a single horse below was publicly reported as dead. This corrects that.)

King Lou, January 19, Sam Houston, training

Kipalizer, January 23, Sam Houston, training

Factuality, January 27, Sam Houston, race 9
(chart merely said “vanned off” – actually, euthanized on track)

Famous Attitude, February 17, Retama, training
“horse collapsed and died on track post-wire; horse reportedly had frothy hemorrhagic bilateral nasal discharge – no necropsy performed” (three years old)

Visual Delight, February 20, Sam Houston, race 4
fracture and dislocation (chart merely said “vanned off” – actually, euthanized on track)

Alajrose, March 4, Sam Houston, race 4
(chart merely said “vanned off” – actually, euthanized on track)

Special Street, April 20, Lone Star, race 5
“ligament rupture and joint luxation – severe circulation compromise” (chart merely said “went wrong, vanned off” – actually, euthanized on track)

Blonde Flyer, April 29, Lone Star, race 9

Lucky Ann, May 14, Lone Star, race 2

I Am Another, May 14, Lone Star, race 6
(coming off an 11th of 12, 28 lengths back one month before)

Trekas, May 15, Sam Houston, race 6
“trauma to femur leaving gate” (chart merely said “bad steps, vanned off” – actually, euthanized on track)

A Salty Corona, May 20, Sam Houston, race 9

Iva Scaped, June 21, Lone Star, training

Tizzywizzy, June 23, Lone Star, training (euthanized June 24)

Parks Wave Dancer, July 1, Retama, race 8
“horse collapsed – spinal cord fracture” (chart merely said “fell, vanned off” – actually, euthanized on track)

Perry Dash Back, July 6, Retama, training
“horse collapsed on track post-workout – unknown cause” (two years old)

Siete Cuarenta Siete, July 7, Retama, race 2
(chart merely said “fell, vanned off” – actually, euthanized on track)

Sendero Six, July 15, Gillespie, race 5
“horse began to buck before finish line…hit and flipped over inside rail…stood and attempted to jump back over but fell backwards landing hard…attempted to jump rail again but collapsed and became recumbent and went into shock” (chart merely said “went over rail after wire” – actually, euthanized on track)

Royal Line of Fire, July 29, Retama, race 5

Six K Laura, August 12, Retama, race 8
(chart merely said “fell, vanned off” – actually, euthanized on track)

My Millionaire, September 2, Retama, race 7
“ligament failure and joint disarticulation” (chart merely said “fell, vanned off” – actually, euthanized on track)

Rooster Ray, September 16, Retama, race 7
(chart merely said “vanned off” – actually, euthanized on track) (second race in week)

Hidden Talent, September 30, Lone Star, race 3
(chart merely said “fell after wire” – actually, euthanized on track) (first race)

Cabo Wabo Baby, October 14, Retama, race 7
(chart merely said “vanned off” – actually, euthanized on track)

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

Built Bok Tuff, April 17, Sam Houston
“horse was found dead in stall…with apparent signs of severe colic; Dr. Robinson reportedly treated the horse for colic [the day before] – no necropsy was performed”

Nothingbutdaylight, June 7, Lone Star
“horse was euthanized on backside – reported complications due to chronic EPM” (four years old, last raced April 30)

Sally Ali, June 9, Retama
“horse was found dead in barn on backside in early morning hours; showed signs of colic, endotoxemia; exact cause of death unknown – no necropsy performed” (two years old, had been raced once)

Jumpn On Glass, June 19, Retama
“horse found dead in stall – signs of colic and endotoxic shock” (was raced just three days before in Louisiana)

Big Gene, October 13, Retama
“severe septicemia rear legs with necrosis-laminitis all four” (two years old, raced once, in September)

Arkansas Frank, November 10, Retama
“colic – died” (two years old, scratched from what would have been his third race just six days prior)