For $2 Bets, 4/10/17-4/16/17

Last week in U.S. horseracing (not including training and harness casualties).

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

Warrior’s Dance at Parx

“Vanned Off” – required ambulance to get off the track; many, if not most, of these horses will be on my year-end FOIA kill-reports

Naci Knothead at Sunland
My Cousin Charlie at Tampa Bay
Epona Magica at Hawthorne
In My Dust at Keeneland
Ha Fearless Version at Sunland
River Hoss at Santa Anita
Flair Weather at Sunland
Smart Answer at Tampa Bay
Benny Is a Jet at Tampa Bay
Joshua’s Miracle at Emerald
Mo Wees at Gulfstream
Brolazza at Santa Anita
Jess Gotta Sing at Sunland
Red Raider at Sunland

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

Private Tanner at Golden Gate (also “vanned off”)

(source: Equibase)


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  1. Most racehorses on the Death List above clearly shows them running for their lives as they finish the race by lengths, some even had previous “DNF’s” in their PP’s.
    Yet, these horses are permitted to run just to fill races, and to increase wagering profits.
    BEN’S CAT: made over 2 million, and still forced to run at 11 years old.
    He ran yesterday, didn’t win, but the connections are going to continue to run him because he put in a “good effort.”
    Then the comments from racing fans: “Hooray for Ben’s Cat. Looks like he’s still got something left in the tank.”
    Right. So instead of giving him a well-earned retirement while he still has his life left, you choose to send him out for another game of Russian Roulette.
    You all make me vomit.

  2. The Ben’s Cat connections will keep running him until he has NOTHING instead of “something left in the tank” and these geniuses
    , also known as fanatics, will keep applauding.
    Then they will all feel so bad if something happens to the old track warrior. What a sorry bunch of homosapiens .
    How much more noble is Ben ‘a Cat.

    • BEN’S CAT: neither the wagering public or horse advocates will ever know WHAT, HOW MUCH, HOW MANY TIMES – B.C has been given doping cocktails, how many times has his veins, joints been injected.
      One can only imagine what they are doing to this horse in the corner cobwebs of his stall while, most likely, being restrained with a nose twitch.
      It’s not only B.C, but ALL racehorses leading up to their death or potential to be maimed/killed in action.
      There are no investigations, no transparency, no accountability.
      Even when there is an “investigation,” it tends to disappear into the cobwebs of the stable area with no repercussions whatsoever.
      Folks, we have a systemic legitimized cruelty ring, and death camp going on.
      The death facts posted here speak for themselves.

      • “The death facts posted here speak for themselves” …….. they most surely do, Gina!

  3. The horse racing industry has recently released a statement claiming that deaths on racetracks have DECREASED considerably from 2009-2014 according to The Jockey Club Equine Database.
    They are additionally claiming that equine deaths from 2014-present have decreased so much while no official Death Statistics have been collected, and any detailed information is not available.
    Only a nice neat graphic chart interpreted by a PAID professional from Scotland of all places!!
    Are you kidding me?
    Do they actually think that people are that stupid?
    The horse racing industry has been duping the wagering public, and public at large for so long (and getting away with it) that they just continue this massive delusion.
    So let’s look closely at what exactly occurred during the collection of these “facts”.
    Only 25% of tracks actually provided their self-managed death statistics which resulted in them claiming that 96% of racing days were reported on!?
    So 75% of tracks, although officially participating, didn’t provide statistics.
    Moreover, as of 2016, many of the busiest racetracks have now refused to participate in providing Death Statistics!
    Many of us here could probably guess which racetracks are no longer participating such as all Frank Stronach owned (AKA Magna Entertainment) racetracks (Santa Anita, Golden Gate, Gulfstream Park, Laurel Park, Pimlico), all Kentucky racetracks (after all who cares about a dying piece of LIVESTOCK), and the majority of racino operated tracks.
    This report actually comes as no surprise except for their ridiculous claim that less racehorses are dying in the dirt.
    If you really want the FACTS – then follow this blog.
    Thanks to Patrick and his unwavering dedication to provide the Death Facts via FOIA requests.

  4. Speaking Of Horseracing and Death

    “The majority of racehorses will not survive past the age of 10 and only a small fraction will ever be “good enough” to race. Approximately 70% +/- of all racehorses are thought to end their lives in a slaughterhouse.”

    By The Numbers: Study Reviews 13 Years of Ontario Racing Commission “Death Registry” Data
    by heatherclemenceau

    Barbaro is held by jockey Edgar Prado and a track worker after injuring his leg at the start of the 131st running of the Preakness Stakes, in this May 20, 2006 file photo, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Barbaro was euthanized Monday, Jan. 29, 2007, after complications from his breakdown at the Preakness last May. (AP Photo/Matthew S. Gunby, file)

    Written by: Heather Clemenceau

    Beneath the facade, commercial horse racing subjects horses to catastrophic injuries and sudden deaths. Young thoroughbreds die every week on racetracks from injuries sustained while training and racing. Remember Barbaro? He was euthanized at 3½ years old due to catastrophic injuries sustained while racing. Eight Belles was euthanized at 2½ years old due to catastrophic breakdown while racing. When Rachel Alexandra lost her last race she was shipped off to be a baby making machine. She suffered grave complications at the birth of her first foal.

    The majority of racehorses will not survive past the age of 10 and only a small fraction will ever be “good enough” to race. Approximately 70% +/- of all racehorses are thought to end their lives in a slaughterhouse.

    A new study was just published using 13 years of data from the Ontario Racing Commission Death Registry. The ORC database was implemented on January 1, 2003; owners, trainers and veterinarians were, from that point forward, required to notify the Commission within two days of the death of any racehorse (Thoroughbred. Quarter horse, or Standardbred) where the death occurred within 60 days of the horse having been entered or qualified to race in Ontario Canada. If the death occurs within 14 days of the horse having been entered or qualified, post-mortems are mandatory and may include gross pathological examination results, histopathology, parisitology, bacteriology, mycoplasmology, virgology, and toxicology.

    Of the 963 horses in the database, a postmortem was carried out on 56% of those or approximately 539 horses (presumably those horses who died within 14 days of a race or during a race). Of these 539 horses:
    68% died/were euthanized due to musculoskeletal injury (such as tendon or ligament injuries/broken legs/pelvic fractures/spinal cord injuries etc.)
    16% died suddenly due primarily to cardiopulmonary lesions (possibly cardiac failure/pulmonary failure/pulmonary hemorrhage/blood vessel rupture)
    4% died following an injection (possibly IV injection/performance-enhancing compound/anaphalactic shock)

    These types of studies are always useful for showing how healthy horses are pushed beyond their physical capabilities. Since the profit motive is priority, horses are drugged so they can race while injured and physically compromised. Naturally, these statistics do not include any horses who died or were euthanized outside of the 60 day window established by the ORC or were sent to slaughter at any point after their racing career ended. The racing industry promotes false imagery of race horses retiring to lives of luxury as pets, well-cared-for riding horses, or studs. While some race horses find good homes, the vast majority are slaughtered for meat even though virtually all of them contain veterinary drug residues prohibited by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

    Eight Belles suffered compound fractures of both front ankles at the 2008 Kentucky Derby and was euthanized immediately.

  5. More Race Horses Being Brutally Slaughtered …/For Food

    Many thoroughbreds who failed to make it on the racing track ended up in abattoirs at the start of this decade, when the Irish economy began to slide. Most of the carcasses are exported to Europe, where they are eaten as burgers or steaks, or even roasts.

    Mr Dowling said sport and race horses are now being slaughtered for food in Ireland.

    7,618 horses killed in Ireland for their meat in 2016
    Posted on Mar 28, 2017 by Patsy Kelly

    IRELAND (Mar. 28, 2017) — While Ireland and England are horrified at the thought of eating horses, i BILLION people do so all over the world.

    Some 6,033 horses were slaughtered for meat in 2015, so last year’s figure is a 25% increase. However, at the height of the recession, in 2011, 24,000 unwanted horses were slaughtered for meat here.

    Many thoroughbreds who failed to make it on the racing track ended up in abattoirs at the start of this decade, when the Irish economy began to slide. Most of the carcasses are exported to Europe, where they are eaten as burgers or steaks, or even roasts.

    ISPCA chief inspector Conor Dowling said it can be kinder to euthanize an animal humanely rather than leave it open to neglect or abuse.

    “It is a sad situation that this is what is required, because of over-population, but, sometimes, it might be the responsible thing to do.”

    Globally, consumption has been on the rise since 1990, with horse meat commonly served in China, Russia, Central Asia, Mexico, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, Japan, Belgium, and Argentina.

    Mr Dowling said sport and race horses are now being slaughtered for food in Ireland. Continue reading at the Irish Examiner »

    WE SAY

    Never confuse slaughter with euthanasia. Slaughter by definition is a brutal, terrifying death; euthanasia performed correctly is a peaceful and merciful end.

    Horse slaughter exists for one reason only — to supply horse meat to people who have an appetite for it. Since horses are very rarely bred for their meat, the horse meat trade is a predatory business threatening the safety of horses all over the world.

    IRISH EXAMINER article authored by Lynne Kelleher .

    • Once the slaughter is started and money is generated the number of horses being slaughtered will increase. People will just look the other way and “accept” it as inevitable just as Mr. Dowling appears to. There is money to be made from horse slaughter , diabolical as it is.
      I fear for horses and all animals with increasing human populations and fast changing demographics.

  6. All recent articles seem to support the contention that horse meat is in the North American food chain, and is sold to unsuspecting consumers while being mislabeled as beef.
    When I suggested this before pro-horse racing people jumped down my back saying “no way” while chomping on a Wendy’s hamburger:
    It’s not only Wendy’s, but many more fast food chains are serving up pieces of the last claiming horse that died in the dirt at any one of the U.S tracks – highly possible.
    Since most horses slaughtered in Canada end up in Europe, there was horse DNA found in about 60% of meat products including IKEA Swedish meatballs.
    So not only are the racehorses exploited while alive, but their dead carcass is exploited in their death.
    If this isn’t enough for people to stop supporting this carnage, and catastrophe than you are all delusional.

  7. Aurora’s Secret averaged 16 starts per year for 9 consequitive yrs. with a couple of yrs. when he was started 19 times..
    Maybe someone who loves and defends this “sport” can explain why this. Is allowed. Further, this horse started 19 times when he was 11 yrs old and 16 times when he was 12.
    Clearly, all is not well. He was last started in Dec. 2016 which is, for him, an unprecedented 4 month hiatus.

  8. I just bought Epona Magica yesterday why was she ambulanced off the track at Hawthorne? Watched the video of race and of course not everything will be aired thanks

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