Casualties From Saturday and Sunday

Saturday and Sunday on U.S. tracks (flats only):

Blizzard Warning, Arapahoe, “vanned off” (after winning)

Dutchessa, Del Mar, “broke down” – confirmed dead

Snare, Ellis, “vanned off”

Regal Market, Ellis, “vanned off”

Money and Success, Fair Meadows, “stumbled badly, DNF”

I’m Venezuelan, Gulfstream, “vanned off”

Born to Serve, Sacramento, “broke down”

Zamjara, Saratoga, “vanned off” – later confirmed dead

Rootformejustin, Saratoga, “vanned off” – later confirmed dead

Fasnacloich, Del Mar, “broke down” – confirmed dead

Al Risala, Ellis, “vanned off”

Bandido Fly, Los Alamitos, “vanned off”

Separate Knockout, Ruidoso, “vanned”

Syrah Syrah, Ruidoso, “vanned”

Take the Cup, Ruidoso, “vanned”

This is horseracing.

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(source: Equibase)


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  1. Inhumane treatment of these innocent horses and yet the Humane Society of the United States of America supports horseracing.

  2. These horses can’t live through doping , and that’s what they are doing ! This must be stopped !!! OR STOP HORSES RACEING! No Horse needs too race under these circumstances !!

  3. What is going on??? Have they done autopsies? Blood samples? It doesn’t say what happened to them.

    • Rarely do they bother with autopsies. They have great difficulty with transparency and disclosure. They hide as much as they can from the public, hence the horses being vanned off and then they do the dirty deed out the back in lieu of euthanasing them on the track to put them out of their misery asap.
      Broken legs, broken knees, broken shoulders, broken necks, broken backs, broken pelvis, severed suspensory apparatus, smashed sesamoids, internal haemorrhaging, cardiac failure as a result of things like high speed exercise, doping, being overraced etc., severe bleeding in the lungs – just some examples of the horrific injuries these horses suffer for $2 bets.

  4. To racing the horses that are killed are just collateral damage. They don’t want to know why they died because they don’t care. There is a steady supply of horses, thanks to overbreeding.

    This business is brutal for the horses because it is a corrupt gambling business and is all about the money, ego and the thrill of the win. Horse abuse is an is an integral part of the game.

  5. Carolyn, try reporting racehorse cruelty, and abuse in Lexington, KY – good luck with that. It’s a joke. The horse racing industry operates with almost total impunity.
    Now try to file cruelty, abuse and/or neglectful charges against racehorse owners now that the HSUS has endorsed, and legitimized this industry?? Much worse than before.
    Shame on Wayne Purcell.
    Pati, the details on necropsies are usually kept private since this business operates under a shroud of secrecy and lack of transparency while collecting billions in wagering profits at the expense of racehorses.
    It’s important to note that owners are financially responsible for paying for necropsies so they can, and have opted out of blood samples.
    Since cash-strapped racing commissions want the bill paid, they have been known to facilitate orders from owners and/or their attorneys who manage the conduct of necropsies.
    There’s so much going on that is not in the best interest of the racehorses or the wagering public.
    So much going on behind the scenes because of the lack of oversight, and because of the lack of INDEPENDENT/NEUTRAL oversight.
    This is horse racing. This is business as usual.
    They have been getting away with it for so long, that they probably wouldn’t know how to change if it hit them in the face.
    They resist change at all levels, they fight hard to maintain the status quo, and it’s probably because they want to continue the exploitation of the racehorse for profit while emanating the delusion of “royal” treatment, “love their horses,” “their family.”
    Anybody who loves their horses would not subject them to this cruelty circus, and death camp.

    • I was so incensed by the merciless beating of American Pharaoh by Victor Espinoza in the 2015 Derby, that I wrote to each of the board members of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

  6. Me too Carolyn. At least you did something.
    I started a Care2 petition immediately after the race, and it garnered 50,000 signatures within 48 hours!
    People from all over the world who were not only against horse racing, but even supporters found the beating unacceptable.
    What does this arrogant, non-transparent, no oversight industry do?
    Well it responds by increasing the number of WHIPS on a racehorse in California – a racehorse that is more than likely tired and/or sore coming down the stretch.
    The response from Kentucky?
    We have no whip laws on the books so Chief Steward Barb Borden said she couldn’t even lay charges if she wanted to.
    How about that?
    Coming from the racehorse loving state of Kentucky?!
    Are you kidding me?
    That statement pretty much legitimizes cruelty, and abuse for racehorses running in Kentucky.
    Now, let’s look at the so called racehorse “loving” owners of AP.
    They treat their racehorses like “family” as Zayat proclaimed.
    Yea right – just like all the other owners who subject their racehorses to torture chambers (AKA stalls), ongoing doping to usually cover-up ongoing chronic issues that often result in catastrophic breakdowns, whipping/beating, and every one of them DUMP a racehorse sooner or later whether that’s in the claiming ranks to get rid of them, or a sales auction whether a legitimate racehorse auction or a kill auction – it’s still dumping.
    If this isn’t a demented delusional train of thought – I don’t’ know what is.
    So I look to the psychologists to explain what exactly the psychopathology of abuse is. Many of the articles focused on domestic abuse, but the signs, and the symptoms are no different only the victim changes.
    Here are just some excerpts that can be directly applied to the connections of racehorses who are condoning the ongoing abuse:
    1. “The abuse occurs, not in the hands of a stranger, but in the hands of somebody who says “I love you.” Dr. Jean Kim – Psychology Today. Racehorse owners: “I love my racehorse.”
    2 Abuse occurs across all social classes, all cultures & races, all religions. Dr. John G Taylor – Psychology Today Racehorse owners: racehorses are from wealthy owners so it’s okay.
    3. Abusers are quick to defend their abuse, and use many excuses to do so which culminates in a “honeymoon phase,” where they apologize or feel sorry for their object of abuse. Racehorse owners: these racehorses are treated like royalty. I bring them carrots all the time.
    Anyways, this is so typical of abusive behaviour, and it’s found at every level of the racehorse industry. Abuse is abuse whether it’s perpetrated on a person or animal.
    This is horse racing.

    • I remember your petition, Gina, excellent idea and a great success. I also recall Barbara Borden, when questioned by the media, saying that “they didn’t get any phone calls” or words to that effect. Unbelievable! So they ignore inexcusable animal cruelty because of no calls? As you pointed out, BB (plus the board members) couldn’t lay charges and despite your petition and the outrage by millions of world-wide viewers, as well as letters to them, they chose to do nothing. At the very least a charge of excessive use of the whip could’ve been laid as I understand they have the power to do that. This state of affairs is utterly unacceptable.

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