Racing’s Broken Bodies, 2/20/17-2/26/17

Last week in American horseracing (not including training and harness casualties):

Visual Delight “stumbled badly, vanned off” at Sam Houston
Jimmy Bouncer “bleeding from the nostrils, vanned off” at Santa Anita
Miss Any “came back bleeding from the nose” at Charles Town
Soft and Sweet “vanned off” at Delta
A Risky Peace “vanned off” at Turfway
Vivi’s Magic “was pulled up entering the turn and euthanized” at Delta
Mozzarella “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Small Boy Jr. “went bad, broke down” at Penn
Legally Bay “vanned off” at Aqueduct
Bullet Thief “broke down” at Charles Town
Rio Crossing “became unruly…pulled up lame…vanned off” at Charles Town
My Queen Olivia “vanned off” at Fair Grounds
Dance the Waltz “broke down” at Los Alamitos
Ciaran’s Prize “vanned off” at Oaklawn
Dmzizzagonaroll “bled, vanned off” at Sunland
Jesses Leader “fell, DNF” at Sunland
Don’t Undermind Me “fell after crossing the finish line and was euthanized” at Delta
Theboyzproudntrue “fell entering the turn and was euthanized” at Delta
Mda Gold Chick “fell past wire, vanned off” at Louisiana
Now and Zen “bad step, vanned off” at Oaklawn
Impervium “was eased in the lane while bleeding” at Penn
Complete Everyday “vanned off” at Rillito
Fancy Man “vanned off” at Tampa Bay
Inexcess Time “vanned off” at Turf
Pretentious “got vanned off” at Aqueduct
Kingston Bay “off awkwardly…abruptly stopped…fell, vanned off” at Gulfstream
Five Seasons “vanned off” at Turf

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(source: Equibase)


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  1. Am extremely saddened by A Risky Peace, Got to see him grow up, as some former connections of mine had bred him. He was a gorgeous little boy that I had hopes to be an elegant dressage horse someday. Watched his race replay…. not sure of his outcome but it didn’t look hopeful.

      • Yes- it was the owner/ trainer himself. He was hoping to be able to save the horse so he could be a riding horse hopefully, but the surgery would have been too risky. He is heartbroken over it, he wanted the best for the horse and sadly, in the end it was the best option to put him down. The only positive note- if there is one- is that the broken extremity was sent to the Grayson jockey club so that it could be studied.

      • A Risky Peace – a July birthday – very odd. He would have been 5 on July 18…also very odd that this race was his first start.

  2. The more I learn, the more I know THIS pastime, THIS sport, using, exploiting and abusing horses MUST come to an end — I’m learning attendance has been dropping over the past years — let’s continue this positive trend and ensure these magnificent animals get happy, healthy and normal lives with those who genuinely care about them.

  3. And the hits keep coming today – at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream 2yo under tack show- hip #28, who technically wasn’t even 2 yet- broke down during his run. What an absolutely gorgeous animal he was. And still a baby running at unnatural breakneck speed. And at Louisiana Downs, in race 4, one of the quarter horses fell horribly after the wire. I’m sure outcome is bad. Announcers comment? -Oh that’s pretty much the same spot we had another one fall the other day!– What?? Really??

  4. The way these 2 year olds in training are forced to run during the sales is blatant abuse. Even someone I know in the business said it should stop . Plus, these very young horses are pumped full of steroids in prep for the sales to make them look “good” !! Thy soon deflate but I wonder what damage is already done to their very immature bodies.
    The abuse starts before the horse ever reaches the track and then continues until he dies, from injuries or is loaded onto the slaughter -bound truck.
    As we know. The 2yr old in the sale is made to run HARD in hope of an impressive time and, consequently, more $$ . The Green Monkey comes to mind. He sold for a huge sum and had a super time but turned out to “disappoint” . He was then sent to the breeding shed….
    My point is that these “impressive” times do not mean much and this form of abuse continues because this the way they do it and they do it that way in hope of more money.

    What a disgraceful business.

    • I agree, Rose…as do many racing insiders and supporters by the look of the PR article’s comments regarding Hip #28. Hip #28. Makes me sick.

  5. Yes attendance at tracks are down….but there is so much online betting keeping this cruel industry going…Stopping the racing of babies need to be taken seriously…their bones are not fully formed ect…

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