Although the official race chart had American Sun (below) as merely “pulled up, vanned off” yesterday at Santa Anita (6th), the Daily Racing Form reports that the 2-year-old filly is in fact dead, euthanized for “an ankle injury.” She was trained by Adam Kitchingman, the same Adam Kitchingman who lost Stuffed Animal earlier this month.
Without question, in most instances “vanned off” translates to dead. But because only a fraction of tracks/meets (SA being one of them) are covered in any detail by the racing press, confirmations like this are rare; usually, the vanned simply disappear.
At least 13 horses, most of them left unidentified by the California Horse Racing Board, have perished at prestigious Santa Anita in the past month. Rich tracks, cheap tracks – it matters not. When it comes to killing, Racing doesn’t discriminate.