New Jersey’s Dead Racehorses and How They Died

Through an “Open Public Records Act” request, I have confirmed the following 39 deaths on or at New Jersey racetracks/training facilities in 2014:

2-year-old City Squire, April 19, Monmouth, training
“heart attack”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

5-year-old Cuban Devil, April 27, Atlantic City 5
“complete disarticulation of fetlock joint”

2-year-old Standardbred Valley of the Sun, May 6, Meadowlands, training
“multiple fractures of cannon bone”

3-year-old Standardbred Hurrikane Jersey Joe, May 11, Magical Acres
“cardiac”

3-year-old Sister Discreet, May 18, Monmouth, training
“compound fracture of cannon bone necessitating immediate euthanasia”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

3-year-old Double Reaction, May 23, Monmouth, training (euthanized June 19)
“sesamoids injury during workout – euthanized [for] chronic pain”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

4-year-old Celtic Tune, May 25, Monmouth, training
“fractured humerus”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

3-year-old Standardbred Design Guru, May 26, Whitebirch Farm
“Cause of Death: unknown”

4-year-old Lotruglio (? on name), May 27, Monmouth, training
“fracture of fetlock”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

8-year-old Sunshine Rambler, May 31, Monmouth 7
“speculative – cardiovascular failure” (chart said finished fine)
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

4-year-old Kitty Mandu, June 7, Monmouth 1
“slab fracture” (chart said “walked off”)
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

2-year-old Hold the Nutmeg, June 8, Monmouth, training
“bilateral complete open MC3 fractures of the LF and RF limbs”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

2-year-old Standardbred Lucid Dream, June 17, Meadowlands, training
“fractured pelvis”

7-year-old Hey Babe, June 19, Monmouth
“euthanasia – idiopathic seizures”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

2-year-old Code Name Brielle, June 22, Monmouth, training
“condylar fracture”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

2-year-old Track Terror, June 27, Monmouth, training
“bilateral fracture with fragmentation”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

3-year-old Hot Sirachi, June 27, Monmouth 10 (euthanized July 24)
“infection in sesamoid [from race injury]”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

3-year-old Kylees’ Giant, July 18, Monmouth, training
“open/compound fracture tibia”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

3-year-old Auriferous, July 20, Monmouth, training
“fractured condylar”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

3-year-old Elusive Cowgirl, July 25, Monmouth 6
“catastrophic racing injury – open, comminuted fracture both sesamoids, with ruptured suspensory and complete disarticulation of left front fetlock”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

3-year-old Too Much Chocolate, July 31, Monmouth, training
“comminuted fracture”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

4-year-old Implied, August 1, Monmouth 5
“carpal slab fracture”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

3-year-old Fly Above, August 2, Monmouth 1
“displaced fracture carpus”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

5-year-old Well Lit, August 8, Monmouth, training
“sesamoids fracture”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

4-year-old Royal Hard Spun, August 17, Monmouth 3
“dropped dead on main track – possible fracture of cervical spine”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

7-year-old Sal’s Boy, August 22, Monmouth 5
“comminuted sesamoids fracture”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

3-year-old Chubaroni, August 23, Monmouth 10
“multiple slab fractures of the carpus”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

3-year-old New Ellenton, August 25, Monmouth
“head trauma, seizuring, hypovolemic shock – the horse died at 1:00 am”

6-year-old Semester Abroad, August 30, Monmouth 10
“sesamoid fracture, ligament rupture”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

2-year-old Sinful Humor, August 30, Monmouth
“stall accident”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

4-year-old Strong Humor, August 31, Monmouth 1
“fractured hip”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

5-year-old He Can Run, September 6, Monmouth, training
“pelvic fracture that lacerated an artery and precipitated hypovolemic shock followed by death”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

5-year-old Tyeste, September 7, Monmouth 5 (pre-race)
“fractured skull, hemorrhaging from both nostrils and ears”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

3-year-old Rumblefortheroses, September 26, Meadowlands 6
“disarticulated comminuted sesamoids fracture”
“Place of Death: Behind Detention Barn”

3-year-old Lucy Acton, September 14, Monmouth 3 (euthanized September 22)
“infection from lacerated tendon”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

2-year-old Souper Arch, September 14, Monmouth 4
“cannon fracture”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

3-year-old Hearts n’ Diamonds, September 20, Monmouth 7
“ligaments ruptured, dislocation of fetlock joint”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

4-year-old Forward Momentum, September 28, Monmouth 8
“cannon fracture”
chart only said “stumbled badly and fell” but was actually euthanized on-track
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

5-year-old Black Ana Aplash, October 1, Monmouth
colic – “treated for an impaction colic for 96 hours”
“Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”

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  1. New Jersey has it’s nasty secrets they also try to hide from the public. EIGHT – 2 year old babies who should never be racing at that age, dead. Their skeletal system is not fully formed at that age. It’s a damn shame, 39 lives cut short with excruciating fatal injuries, pain, heart failure, collick, as well as soft tissue injuries. All for what – a $2.00 bet. It makes me sick.

    R.I.P. babies, we will remember all of you. Hopefully, you are in a better world…Marlene Thornley

  2. Hold the Nutmeg had just turned 2 years old in March. She was a bay filly – a baby. To repeat what Patrick wrote about her injury…”bilateral complete open MC3 fractures of the LF and RF limbs”. The MC3 bones are the cannon bones – they are weight-bearing bones – the bones between the horses’ knees and “ankles”. She broke both front legs…the LEFT FRONT LEG and the RIGHT FRONT LEG. Complete, OPEN fractures. Snapped in two. Like Eight Belles. She was 2 years old with two broken front legs. JUST PART OF THE GAME, RACING SUPPORTERS?

    • Thank you Joy for looking into these horses. I just felt so sick when i read Patrick’s list.

      JUSTIFY THIS LIST RACING SUPPORTERS!

      And here we have another Eight Belles in HOLD THE NUTMEG and as Joy has pointed out only just turned 2 years of age by her foaling date. When was she put in training i wonder? I hate to think what this poor little filly went through when in training and then her sickening death.

      The people that witnessed her breaking her two front legs have to seriously question this and if they don’t, then they are callous despicable people. The racing commissions and their so called “veterinarians” absolutely disgust me and once again they have blood on their hands.

  3. Cuban Devil, 5-year-old bay gelding. His last 7 races…

    – Dec 30, 2013…10th of 11
    -Jan 12, 2014…last of 7 (over 37 lengths behind)
    -Jan 27, ’14…8th of 11
    -Feb 25, ’14…9th of 12
    -Mar 22,’14…last of 8
    -April 12, ’14…last of 9
    -April 27,’14…dead.

    All under owner/trainer Bryant R. Taylor.

    RIP Cuban Devil. What you needed was very clear. Taylor chose to run you to death, instead.

  4. Sunshine Rambler, a 2006 bay gelding, made 282K. Died of “cardiovascular failure”? Must have been drug-induced because a congenital defect would have never allowed him to run 52 times.

  5. The Multiple Stakes Placed gelding, He Can Run, made 308K in his life. But in the end, the quarter-of-a-million-plus didn’t buy him anything but a broken pelvis and bleeding to death.

  6. Well, M & S Pet Removal has a good income from just removing dead race horse’s don’t they ?
    Gee, with the certain numerous death’s of these horse’s, this business likely benefit’s by keeping a
    “pet” removal truck parked at the track, out of sight of course, wouldn’t want to upset the bettors …

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