NY’s 27 “Other” Deaths

In addition to the 99 racing/training kills, there were 27 other horses who perished at NYS tracks last year. While the Gaming Commission terms these “non-racing,” it is our unequivocal position that Racing bears full responsibility for these deaths. (Note how many were simply “found dead” in their stalls.)

5-year-old Shertzer, January 13, Belmont
“being treated for one month for infection LF leg (septic tenosynovitis) without success-euthanized” (last raced November 22, 2013)

2-year-old Weis Star, January 22, Belmont
“injured in stall-fractured LH P1-euthanized” (had yet to be raced)

Unnamed by McKenna Mae, January 28, Aqueduct
“colic-euthanized”

13-year-old Foreign Melody, February 21, Belmont
“severe colic-euthanized” (was being used as a pony)

7-year-old Striking Slew, March 23, Belmont
“fx left humerus on training track-euthanized” (was being used as a pony)

4-year-old Clawback, April 10, Aqueduct
“found lying down in stall-afibrile-medicated-unable to stand after multiple attempts-euthanized” (last raced December 22, 2013)

12-year-old Corvo, April 10, Belmont
“ex racehorse found dead in stall-treating colic for one week without resolution”

5-year-old Very Very Grateful, May 13, Finger Lakes
“had horse 1 week-notice problem-xrays revealed fx RF leg-euthanized” (last raced March 15)

4-year-old Just Mizzy, May 26, Finger Lakes
“observed having seizure like symptoms-drugs administered…in attempt to treat but horse died” (last raced May 10)

5-year-old Point Taken, June 14, Belmont
“had issue with R knee-sent to Hogan Clinic then Cornell Ruffian Clinic-returned w/ grave prognosis (septic arthritis)-euthanized” (last raced January 13)

2-year-old Run Katniss Run, June 23, Finger Lakes
“flipped in washbay-fx spine-euthanized” (had yet to be raced)

4-year-old Havana Sunrise, July 5, Finger Lakes
“suffered septic infection to RR Metatarsophalangeal-euthanized” (last raced June 21)

2-year-old The Lucky Dream, July 10, Finger Lakes
“collapsed and died in stall-suspected heart failure or aneurysm” (had yet to be raced)

Standardbred Majic Laughter, July 29, Batavia
“found dead in stall-history of colic”

Standardbred Superbe Rulah, August 6, Monticello
“horse not feeling well-found dead in stall-suspected acute colic”

7-year-old Banker Bailout, August 8, Finger Lakes
“foundered front legs/hooves-poor prognosis-euthanized” (last raced July 3)

Standardbred Genaro, August 11, Tioga
“colicky-unresponsive to treatment-died next day-ruptured intestine”

4-year-old Rubysandpearls, August 22, Finger Lakes
“got loose from stall-sustained deep lacerations-euthanzied due to post surgical complications hindering healing process” (last raced July 8)

4-year-old See See See, August 29, Belmont
“sustained injury racing @ Monmouth on 8/15/14-xrays revealed fx L knee-euthanized at Belmont”

Standardbred Monsterinthepaint, September 25, Vernon
“died after being removed from trailer-colonic ulceration with colitis”

6-year-old Beautiful Mimi, October 13, Finger Lakes
“flipped in stall-hit head fracturing neck-died” (last raced September 16)

4-year-old Perfect Danger, October 23, Belmont
“developed laminitis RFF after LK surgery 2 months previous-euthanized due to poor prognosis” (last raced August 11)

5-year-old Alison’s Wyn, November 2, Finger Lakes
“suffered avulsion fx LR leg-conservative therapy unsuccessful-euthanized” (last raced August 18)

3-year-old Astronomo, November 4, Finger Lakes
“suffered fx RR fetlock while in the pool-euthanized following poor prognosis” (last raced September 13)

3-year-old Demo, November 7, Finger Lakes
“being treated by vet for lumbosacral neuropathy with rectal/urinary disfunction-developed severe UTI and was found dead in stall” (last raced October 25)

4-year-old Wild Perfection, November 27, Finger Lakes
“horse found dead in stall-unattended death” (last raced October 23)

3-year-old Keen Katana, November 30, Belmont
“being treated for severe colitis and endotoxemia-euthanized” (last raced November 21)

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  1. “non-racing” in other words horse did not die when it was competing in a race. However, these so called “non-racing” deaths ARE as a result of either being trained and yet to race, finished racing or still active in racing/training and at the same time being a racehorse in the STEWARDSHIP of the racing industry and therefore ARE racehorse death statistics. As much as the New York State Commission prefers to regard these deaths as “non-racing”, it cannot hide behind this utterly ridiculous claim that they were non-racing deaths.

    12-year-old Corvo, April 10, Belmont
    “ex racehorse found dead in stall-treating colic for one week without resolution”

    An “ex” racehorse, well what does that really mean? Decision had been made for it to no longer compete in races, perhaps when it became ill? This is no excuse for the responsibility to the horse to end there. I suspect horse was no longer viable for trainer/owners. Treated for colic for one week??? Obviously no vet was treating it! I cannot bear to think what this horse suffered.

    After NEHRO died of colic, the notorious Steve Blasi (assistant trainer to Asmussen) said
    “I have seen a lot of shit. THAT IS THE MOST VIOLENT FUCKING DEATH I HAVE EVER SEEN.”

    https://horseracingwrongs.com/2014/07/30/blasis-back-and-we-shouldnt-be-surprised/

    Standardbred Majic Laughter, July 29, Batavia
    “found dead in stall-history of colic”
    Obviously no vet called in.

    Standardbred Superbe Rulah, August 6, Monticello
    “horse not feeling well-found dead in stall-suspected acute colic”
    Obviously no vet called in when horse displayed it was unwell.

    Standardbred Genaro, August 11, Tioga
    “colicky-unresponsive to treatment-died next day-ruptured intestine”
    Highly likely an obstruction. If it was unresponsive to treatment (supposedly by a vet) then why wasn’t this horse euthanased, putting it out of its misery?

    3-year-old Demo, November 7, Finger Lakes
    “being treated by vet for lumbosacral neuropathy with rectal/urinary disfunction-developed severe UTI and was found dead in stall” (last raced October 25)
    I don’t know this 3 year old’s history but I suspect an attempt was being made to save this horse for future earnings. With the severe condition this horse was suffering why wasn’t the decision made to do the humane thing and euthanase it?

    4-year-old Wild Perfection, November 27, Finger Lakes
    “horse found dead in stall-unattended death” (last raced October 23)

    Those responsible for these deaths have failed in their duty of care to these horses, the racing industry’s much “loved” athletes and allegedly “treated like a member of their families”. I cannot find the words to describe my outrage for the cruelty inflicted on those horses on Patrick’s list that have been left in a helpless state to die a slow and agonizing death with their dignity stolen from them by those persons who are supposed to be taking good care of them.

    JUSTIFY THIS, RACING APOLOGISTS!

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