The Equibase line for 2-year-old Vivi’s Magic in the 5th last night at Delta: “…was pulled up entering the turn and euthanized.” “Was pulled up and euthanized.” What should read as shocking is, in the Racing world, sadly banal.

Also Thursday, 3-year-old Small Boy Jr. “went bad, broke down” in the 7th at Penn.

This is horseracing.

Through a FOIA request to the Delaware Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following deaths at Delaware tracks in 2016:

Charger, February 25, Dover racing, “suspected fatal cardiac event”

Don’t Knock Woody, April 2, Delaware training, “fractured shoulder”
(being prepped for first race)

Five Point Star, April 6, Delaware training, “complete open fracture distal limb”
(being prepped for first race)

Book the Bet, April 16, Delaware training, “open wounds [two] fetlocks, stifle wounds”

Lone Cat, May 20, Delaware training, “condylar fracture, sesamoid fracture”

Pefiolo, from June 2 Penn 6 (euthanized June 27 at Delaware), multiple fractures

Expert City, June 4, Delaware training, “sesamoid fracture, suspensory injury”
(being prepped for first race)

Proulette, June 6, Delaware 5 (euthanized June 7), “spinal shock like syndrome”
(chart said, “fell after the race…vanned off”)

Prospecting Road, June 6, Delaware 6, “sudden collapse post race”
(three years old)

Benny’s Diamond, June 15, Delaware 8, “multiple comminuted carpal bone fractures”
(second race in ten days)

Stay Stay Stay, June 18, Delaware training, “sesamoid fractures”

Miss Giacomo, June 26, Delaware training, “flipped on walking machine – trauma, hind leg paralysis”

Holy Soldier, June 29, Delaware 6, “open comminuted fracture MCIII”

Zofia’s Prayer, July 21, Delaware 3 (euthanized September 21), “tendon sheath infection post surgery”

Starles, July 27, Delaware training, “fractured sesamoids”
(being prepped for first race)

El Tio Piano, August 6, prior to Delaware 4, “flipped in paddock, fractured pelvis”; “ambulance to barn, ambulance to pit”

Awesome Vacation, August 17, Delaware training, “dorsal displacement”
(coming off first race)

Unblunted, August 29, Delaware 2 (euthanized August 30), “carpal fracture”

Insurance Premium, September 10, Delaware training (euthanized September 16), “slab fractures carpal [bones]”

Playncardswitroddy, September 20, Harrington racing, “suspected cardiac event”

Princess Melania, October 10, Delaware 5, “slab fracture, ruptured ligament”

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.

Majestic Number, April 9, Delaware, “colic”
(seven years old, 33 races)

Fashion Designer, May 18, Delaware, “septic cellulitis, possible joint infection”
(three years old)

Honest Abe, May 23, Delaware, “bowel evisceration secondary to a castration surgery earlier in the day”
(two years old)

Global Moon, July 7, Delaware, “pneumonia”
(last raced seven days prior)

Ruthless Love (pony), July 23, Delaware, “colic”

Beauty Girls Dream, September 16, Delaware, “acute laminitis both front feet – rotation and sinking”
(five years old, 18 starts, last raced July 31)

Hi Summerbird, November 3, Delaware, “laminitis”
(two years old)

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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 West Virginia Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following deaths at Charles Town in 2016:

Al’s May Girl, January 22, training, “MCIII fracture”
Dancing Wish, January 30, training, “compound condylar fracture”
Grand Mast, February 19, race 8, “sesamoid fractures, fetlock dislocation”
Big Hearted Deb, February 20, training, “MCIII fracture”
Caramel Creamsicle, February 25, race 6 (euthanized February 26), “slab fracture”
Purses Galore, March 3, race 4, “sudden death after race”
Imaflashyfellow, March 5, training, “shoulder fracture”
Pure Habit, March 11, race 7, “ankle dislocation and fracture”
Mommy Did It, March 11, race 8 (euthanized April 8), “sesamoids/tendon tear”
Cockeyed Cowboy, March 24, race 1, “open fracture, dislocation both front ankles”
Mrs Loud Mouth, March 26, race 6, “MCIII open fracture – shattered”
Chicsdigtheshark, March 26, race 7 (euth March 28), “MCIII, sesamoid fractures”
Ozzy, April 6, training (euthanized April 7), “scapula, humerus fractures”
Ace the Limit, April 8, race 2, “bilateral sesamoid fracture”
City Exit, April 8, race 4, “carpal fracture, partial fracture MCIII”
Malbros, April 23, race 7, “sesamoid fractures, dislocation of fetlock”
Nite Thunder, May 19, race 9, “sudden death during race”
View Tree, May 21, race 1, “open carpal fracture”
I Got Good Case, May 26, training (euthanized May 27), “ruptured tendon”
Such a Storm, June 2, training, “disarticulated carpal fracture”
Bravelikebetty, June 8, race 6, “sesamoid fractures, dislocation of fetlock”
Aplaingirl, July 2 (in Delaware race 2) (euthanized July 11), “slab fracture”
My Mans Out West, July 6, training, “sudden death” (two years old)
Aly’s Tap, July 21, race 6 (euthanized August 18), “carpus slab fracture”
Im a Corky One, July 22, race 8 (euthanized July 28), “multiple carpus fractures”
Leslie’s Dreamgirl, July 23, training, “open condylar fracture”
Sexy Boy, July 23, race 2 (euthanized August 20), “bowed deep flexor tendon”
King Windsor, July 29, race 2 (euthanized August 5), “condylar fracture”
Lew’s Legacy, August 5, race 5, “multiple carpal fractures” (first race)
Jennymeister, August 29, training, “open tibia fracture”
Illhuffanillpuff, September 7, training, “sesamoid fracture”
All About Attitude, September 28, training, “condylar fracture”
Michelle’s Trip, October 13, training, “P1 fracture” (57th race)
No Problem Paddy, October 13, race 3, “fell, died on track – neck fracture?”
Full Moon’s Mass, October 15, race 8, “carps shattered”
Sparkling Jewel, October 29, race 5 (euth December 12), “fetlock arthritis – chronic”
Hunt Basket, November 2, training, “open condylar fracture”
Miss Mountineer, November 16, training, “scapula fracture”
Boo Boo Dancer, December 7, race 5, “MCIII compound, comminuted fracture”
Really Mistya, December 9, race 6, “ankle dislocation and fracture”
Mean Streets, December 14, training, “complete fracture [of] tibia”
AK’s Candy, December 22, race 8, “ankle fracture/dislocation”
Little City Girl, December 31, training, “puncture wound, infection”


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.

Scarlet Coal, January 28, “colic – died [not euthanized]” (three years old)
Zumba It, January 31, “endotoxic shock – died [not euthanized]” (four years old)
Outtanker, February 8, “colitis” (four years old)
Packet Cat, February 15, “colitis” (four years old)
Longhairedhippie, February 20, “colic – died [not euthanized]” (four years old)
Page’s Promise, March 6, “botulism” (41 races)
Polar Sunrise, May 3, “died [not euthanized] in stall” (last raced two weeks earlier)
Malzahn, May 28, “founder” (four years old, last raced in March)
Waverly Force, June 4, “neurologic disease” (three, coming off first race)
J. Russell, June 16, “septic, laminitis” (three, never raced)
Generic, July 22, “founder” (three, never raced)
Comprehend Mystery, August 16, “EPM” (three, never raced)

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

For the second time in a week, horses were killed in back-to-back races on an American track, this time at famed Santa Anita.

In the 1st yesterday, Storming Candy “ducked into the rail [ducked?]…fell and was vanned off” (Equibase). After initially calling the ambulance a mere “precaution,” the Daily Racing Form later reported the 4-year-old euthanized.

In the 2nd, 3-year-old Dixie Ballet “broke down” (“severe,” says the DRF). He, too, is dead. Oh, and Equibase added this gem: “The stewards conducted an inquiry into the run in deep stretch before ruling DIXIE BALLET broke down on his own” (and Storming Candy “was the cause of his own trouble”). Vile, indeed.

This is horseracing.

Through a FOIA request to the Louisiana Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Louisiana tracks in 2016. Please note, however, that (as in the past) the Commission did not forward training deaths, claiming they “do not track or maintain a list of deaths that occur during training hours.” So, when reading, be mindful that the 50-horse list below can easily and reasonably be doubled.

Cool Chic, January 7, Delta 6, “open bilateral sesamoids”
Sweet Zarb, January 16, Delta 6, “sesamoid”
Hidden Closer, January 21, Delta 4, “open cannon”
Jump Jump, January 22, Delta 7, “cannon”
Ticfaw, January 29, Delta 8, “open fetlock”
Royals Magic Touch, February 5, Delta 10, “cannon”
Hot Time Tonite, February 5, Delta 10, “shoulder”
Bella Stella, February 6, Louisiana 5, “carpal”
Classic Flair, February 11, Fair Grounds 9, “suspensory”
My Pal Lily, February 19, Delta 4, “open sesamoids, suspensory”
Chapter and Verse, February 20, Fair Grounds 1, “condylar”
Panchos Jess Special, February 23, Louisiana 2, “MCIII, MTIII”
Beatie Eyed Peatie, February 24, Delta 3, “shattered carpus”
Georgia’s Genie, March 11, Delta 2, “cannon”
A Running Ghost, March 12, Delta 10, “both LF sesamoids”
Go Car Cosino, March 21, Louisiana 9, “P1/P2”
Lil Noon, April 8, Evangeline 2, “MCIII, bilateral sesamoids”
French Celebrity, April 9, Evangeline 7, “bilateral sesamoids”
Favorite Passage, April 23, Delta 5, “carpus”
Prior Restraint, May 4, Evangeline 9, “bilateral sesamoids”
Deadly Swingin Jess, May 5, Delta 4, “broken back”
Noblejesselie Inview, May 18, Delta 2, “proximal”
Classicsoutherngal, May 20, prior to Evangeline 3, “flipped on track prior to race”
Sweet Yankee, May 30, Louisiana 6, “distal limb”
Chick Call Kay, June 8, Delta 2, “carpal”
Sneaky Choice, June 8, prior to Louisiana 1, “sudden death”
Flyintotheparty, June 16, Delta 3, “open sesamoid”
Senior Rapidor, June 17, Evangeline 5, “bilateral sesamoids”
Julias Girl, June 18, Evangeline 3, “MCIII, open spiral”
Mr. Bo Jingles, June 30, Louisiana 3, “sesamoids”
Fast Slimey, July 6, Evangeline 4, “open, disarticulated fetlock”
All in the Art, July 15, prior to Louisiana 2, “sudden death”
Dollar Signs, July 16, Evangeline 1, “bilateral sesamoids”
Margie’s Gold Coin, July 28, Louisiana 4, “joint fetlock”
Mon Verset, July 30, Evangeline 2, “disarticulated fetlock”
Carlita Shake, August 19, Evangeline 5, “bilateral sesamoids”
Horatio Jetta, August 19, Louisiana 3, “sesamoids”
Logans Mystery Man, August 25, Fair Grounds 5, “sesamoid”
Hez Royal William, August 25, Fair Grounds 7, “sesamoids, fetlock disarticulation”
Jla Strictly Busines, September 2, Fair Grounds 8, “bilateral carpal”
Time’s Concern, September 7, Louisiana 3, “sudden death” (11 years old, 85th race)
Flying Carlos, September 16, Louisiana 5, “carpal”
My Fast Sensation, September 29, Evangeline 9, “open fetlock”
First Prize Denim, October 29, Evangeline 4, “multiple carpal”
Sequoyah Lightning, November 5, Delta 3, “sesamoid”
Delta Code, November 10, Delta 10, “bilateral sesamoids”
Wealwayshave Paris, November 17, Delta 4, “open fetlock”
Cole’s Magic Vow, December 1, Delta 4, “open fetlock”
Maisla, December 10, Delta 10, “carpal”
Mandevillian, December 14, Delta 1, “both LF sesamoids”

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