Through a request to the New Jersey Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following deaths at New Jersey tracks in 2016:
Ziegler Hanover, April 25, Gaitway Farm (NJ), “euthanasia following fractures of the cannon and pastern bones”
De Millie, May 26, Monmouth (from Laurel training), “euthanasia due to a fractured spine which occurred two months ago in Maryland”
El Charchas, July 16, Monmouth 5, “horse fell…euthanasia due to fetlock dislocation”
Perfectly True, July 20, Monmouth training, “slab fracture knee, displaced, no surgery possible – euthanasia”
Store of Value, August 6, Monmouth training, “shattered pastern – euthanasia”
Bam Bam Brown, November 12, Westampton Farm (NJ) (euthanized November 14), “fractured pastern”
In addition, the following horses died on track grounds from what the industry calls “non-racing” causes. While this may be technically true, morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.
El Borracho, June 14, Monmouth, “found dead in am, no signs of struggle”
Bettarun Realfast, July 18, Monmouth, “horse had laminitis of greater than 7 days duration…developed colic today – not responsive to any medications…euthanasia”
Beavis, August 6, Monmouth, “unknown – possible cardiac incident”
What a Cat, September 22, Monmouth, “peritonitis of unknown origin – suspect necrotic bowel secondary to colic”; “Carcass Removed: M & S Pet Removal”
There can be no justification for the killing of animals for $2 bets. End it. Now.