Five Dead in California

The California Horse Racing Board reports that 2-year-old Spirit of the West was euthanized July 3 for an injury sustained in the 3rd race at Oak Tree two days prior. It was his first time under the whip. Also: The stewards at Santa Anita disclosed four dead racehorses for the week July 4-July 10 – names, however, withheld.

This is horseracing.

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  1. And yet again more innocent horses pay with their lives suffering painful deaths whilst the racing industry does nothing!
    Utterly UNACCEPTABLE.

  2. We all must organize to shut down this cruelty circus, and death camp.
    The horse racing industry is dying just like the racehorses it exploits.
    It can’t financially sustain itself so it feels entitled to taxpayer and/or casino money.
    The most effective way to expedite this shutting down process is to ensure their financial jugular vein is shut-off.
    1. Support decoupling. Casinos are LEGALLY mandated, in many cases, to give a percentage of their profits to the horse racing associations PLUS run a Live Meet. This has got to end.
    The casinos in Florida are going to end it soon. It’s just a matter of time. Casinos are now realizing that this deal they cut is not working, and they also see the carnage. They no longer want to have a marriage (coupling) with the horse racing industry. My sincere hope is that many states will look at Florida, and say we must stop it as well.
    2. CANCEL the Interstate Horse Wagering Act. This Act was another bailout of this failing industry. Our government designed this Act so that horse racing could make BILLIONS in profit across state lines with little or no oversight, little or no taxes, and most is unaccounted for. This Act is essentially controlled by the associations on most racetracks (AKA HBPA) who use it as a strong leverage to get what they want on racetracks. It amounts to organized crime. It should really fall under the RICO Statute.
    3. Don’t watch or wager on any horse race.
    4. Don’t gamble at racinos. Gamble at Native American casinos who refuse to support the carnage.
    5. Educate, peacefully demonstrate, write letters to your politicians.
    6. Contribute comments and/or pictures to blogs such as these.

    • It’s just so corrupt. In your own state trainer David Wells/Stephanie Beattie duo. These two are the ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ of horseracing. And she still sits on the board of the HBPA.

  3. So sad but oh so true……sports became buissness buissness became industry all for a dollar earned on someone or something else’s back. I just read Patrick’s article on April 6 to answer my question.

  4. THIS IS SICKENING – DRUGS DRUGS DRUGS & MORE DRUGS – DRUGS TO TRAIN – MORE DRUGS TO RACE – THE VETS TENDING TO THESE POOR ANIMALS ARE JUST AS CULPABLE OR MORE THEN THE DUMB OWNERS & DUMBER TRAINERS WHO CAN NOT EVEN TRAIN A HORSE WITH OUT DRUGS , THEN THE TRACKS HAVE NO BOTTOMS , THEY RIP THE BOTTOMS OUT OF BRAND NEW TRACKS , THEY HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO MAINTAIN A RACING SURFACE . THIS IS HEART BREAKING , THESE POOR WARRIORS ALL DIE WITH NO ONE TO CARE .

  5. “The stewards at Santa Anita disclosed four dead racehorses for the week July 4-July 10 – names, however, withheld.” Does this not say it all. It speaks in volumes about an industry that will resort to such measures to cover up and hide the cruelty, abuse, and death that these horses suffer due to racing. As of now the racing industry does not answer to anyone. Governed by the very people inside of it’s ranks. Yes, as Patrick has stated “This is horseracing”, in all it’s corrupt glory.

  6. The fact that the CHRB are not releasing names is unconstitutional.
    However, they will continue to do it until somebody files a civil litigation lawsuit against them, and challenges it in court.
    The cost of justice is monetarily high. They know that.
    If it goes to court they will lose because it’s a blatant violation of First Amendment Rights.
    Especially on a track that is publicly funded by wagering.
    There’s no excuse for this whatsoever.
    California should boycott horse racing.
    This industry protects the Trainers and connections of racehorses dying.
    This modus operandi says it all.
    To the 5 racehorses that lost their lives – so sorry for you.
    I bet that some of these horses came from Doug O’Neil and Bob Baffert.
    Name me a business that protects people who have racehorses die under their care?
    There are none.

  7. Patrick feeds you all half truths and blatent lies. He as never owned or been involved with horses or horse racing in any form. He is a disgruntled peta reject, they didn’t even want his involvement in their agendas.

    • Hey George, it must be painful for you to see all the truths and facts being revealed on this blog. Especially from former insiders and those who have rescued numerous racehorses in heartbreaking situations some in such a bad way had to be euthanased!
      And then there are those that attend a meeting, witness a horse dying and share their gut wrenching experience (vowing never to step on a racetrack ever again) on Patrick’s page. Speaks for itself…….

  8. 5 horses dead at the Del Mar race track since wagering began mid-July. As long as there is money to be made, horses will die.
    Trainers, owners, and tracks pull in billions of dollars in the horse racing industry. And still insufficient reform to guarantee horses safety. Drugging the equine for a race is still the norm. When will the lives of these horses and their welfare become more important than the almighty dollar?

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