The Casualties, 1/30/17-2/5/17

Last week on American tracks (not including training and harness casualties):

“Broke Down” (racing-speak for dead); “Collapsed and Died”; “Euthanized”

Roi Soleil, Turf
Pin and Win, Parx
Sharp Stick, Penn
Golden Ocean, Golden Gate
Edzactly, Penn
Sizzling Bel, Golden Gate
Lord Ruler, Gulfstream
Sir Prize, Louisiana
Sir Got Class, Turf

“Vanned Off” – required horse ambulance to get off the track; many of these names will re-surface on my year-end FOIA death-reports

Music in the Storm, Sunland
Smokey’s Legacy, Charles Town
North Pacific, Golden Gate
Bobby Blue Eyes, Gulfstream
Etchy Sketchy, Laurel
Pontificator, Santa Anita
Masonio, Turfway
Star Dog, Oaklawn
Crafty Gizmo, Parx
Peppermintonice, Sunland
Quorum of Joy, Turf
Transparent, Aqueduct
Locket Alley, Sunland
Bellimbusto, Tampa Bay
Leroi’s Thrill, Tampa Bay

“Bled”; “Returned Bleeding From Nostrils” – usually indicates pulmonary hemorrhage

Graymond, Parx
Jameson Jr, Sunland (also “vanned off”)
Dulce Arabe, Santa Anita
Up All Night, Laurel

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(source: Equibase)


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  1. Edzactly – a 2012 dark bay gelding. One of only three horses in his last race at Penn National. He did finish the race, after which he was euthanized for the injury he sustained while being made to participate.

    Edzactly made $3,344 for his people in the race where he lost his LIFE.

  2. HALOS AND ANGELS – the abuse continues

    Why would one be surprised that on Feb 6 at Mahoning Valley, HALOS AND ANGELS came home 22+ lengths stone motherless last and the chart reported that she was ‘outrun’. She sure was outrun – there were 8 horses in the race and there was a gap of 11 lengths between herself and the 7th placegetter. Once again this mare is being raced into the ground and her connections, racing officials, the relevant racing commission and the so-called vets, conveniently ignore the blatant animal abuse that she is suffering.

    This burnt out 6 year old mare is still being forced to race.
    She raced on January 11, 2017 at Mahoning Valley racetrack coming home 6th/12 by 8+ lengths.
    Although it appears that this result is okay, it’s highly likely she was up against ‘slower’ horses in this insidious claiming race at this terrible track being held in freezing cold conditions.
    The connectrions had increased the sale price on her head from $5,000 to $7,500 (as at Feb 6 her sale price has been increased to $10,000).
    The chart said she “broke slowly then failed to reach contention”.
    She raced again, on January 25, 2017, at Mahoning Valley racetrack coming home last 8th/8 beaten by 23 1/4 lengths. The sale price on her head has now gone back down to $5,000.
    The chart said she “dueled on the front and stopped badly from inside”.
    This mare had 17 starts from Jan to Oct 2014 (Oct 9 chart says she “showed little”). She then reappears in Oct 2015 which suggests she had a health issue with no racing for 12 months and has one only start (Oct 17 2015 chart again says “showed little”) coming home 8th/9 by 25 lengths. She then disappears and resumes racing in January 2016 with again one only start (Jan 4 chart says she “dropped back leaving the turn and was distanced” – she did not finish and was unable to cross the line, it seems). And then reappears in April 2016 and clocks up another 18 starts – total to date is 37.
    It is nearly 3 years since she won a race, her racing record reveals that she is not competitive and is not coping with racing. So why is this mare being permitted to continue to race? Make no bones about it Halos and Angels is being raced into the ground. They don’t give a damn.
    She has been entered to race again on February 6 at Mahoning Valley race course – bet she can hardly wait!

  3. I’ve wondered since Royal Delta’s death, if she was sacrificed for the foal. I’m glad the foal survived , but only for the foal’s sake not the owners. This is absolutely tragic, they knew she had a hard time with birth. Devastated! Mare deaths need to be looked into , I can’t help but think there’s a lot more going on than we will ever know.

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