“Fractured Spine,” Fetlock Dislocation,” “Found Dead” – New Jersey’s Dead Racehorses, 2016

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”

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There can be no justification for the killing of animals for $2 bets. End it. Now.

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  1. These deaths are egregious acts of violence on racehorses – it’s a blood bath.
    Supporters would argue that it’s not deliberate, but it doesn’t matter.
    The culture of legitimized cruelty leading up to these deaths makes them either abusers, enablers of the abuse or both.
    If any other animal in American society died in an owners care a full investigation (with unfettered access) would ensue, and subsequent Felony Animal Cruelty charges would most likely follow.
    What makes this so different?
    Sure you have the fancy hats, mint juleps, and party atmosphere conducted under the guise of “tradition,” but underneath this is a macabre world of broken bones, fractured skulls, torn tendons/ligaments, cardiovascular failure, and/or pools of blood underneath the racehorse dying in the dirt.
    Then we have a group of entities (Racing Commissions, Department of Agriculture, Vets) that derive their living off of racehorses who are anything, but neutral.
    They appear to be neutral, but tend to uphold this legitimized system of cruelty, and death.
    There is no neutral oversight for these voiceless victims.
    The people of New Jersey, or anybody for that matter, should be calling for a complete shut down of this death factory.
    To all racehorses who lost their life for dimes, and dollars – I’m so sorry for you.
    Our voices is all you have, but we will continue to fight on your behalf so that your deaths are not in vain.

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