For $2 Bets, 5/8/17-5/14/17

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

Helluva Ride “bled” at Mountaineer
Storm On Indy “vanned off” at Sunray
Dixieland Bar “pulled up in distress” at Will Rogers
King Sailor “vanned off” at Mountaineer
Storm’s Fable “returned bleeding” at Parx
Plantingtheseed “vanned off” at Mountaineer
Td Honey Bee “bled” at Delta
Slick William “went bad, vanned off lame” at Penn
Sweet Mtn. Laurel “in distress” at Belterra
Big Red Rocket “vanned off” at Churchill
Sedona Sunrise “vanned off” at Lone Star
Sehwueno “lame, vanned off” at Sam Houston
Lemon Orchid “vanned off” at Santa Anita
The Lone Roo “vanned off” at Thistledown
Jackieboy “vanned off” at Arlington
Jamie’s Angel “vanned off” at Belmont
Jeoffie “vanned off” at Canterbury
Jrs Special Toast “bled” at Delta
With Rhythm “fell, DNF” at Percy Warner
Yellow Mountain “vanned off” at Percy Warner
Royal Caviar “vanned off” at Percy Warner
Macnicholson “fell, DNF” at Percy Warner
Cobra Kiss “broke down” at Thistledown
Bodie Ramsey “vanned off” at Churchill
I Am Another “vanned off” at Lone Star
Colour My World “vanned off” at Lone Star
Oshie “vanned off” at Mountaineer
Pretension “vanned off, bled” at Mountaineer
Strongbaksteeltoes “bled from both nostrils” at Pimlico

“Broke Down” – racing-speak for dead
“Vanned Off” – many, if not most, will be on my year-end FOIA kill-reports
“Bled” – usually indicates pulmonary hemorrhage

(source: Equibase)


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  1. Horses bleeding.
    Horses falling.
    Horses breaking down (death).
    Horses so badly injured it is necessary to ambulance them off the track.
    Horse pulled up distressed.

    This public display is for $2 bets and entertainment. I would find it very hard to believe that a person would choose to witness innocent animals being beaten with whips, being maimed and being sacrificed, to be entertained. People need to take off their rose coloured glasses, forget about tradition and have a really good look at what’s going on with these horses.
    Patrick’s lists are cold hard facts.

  2. Absolutely Carolyn.
    Let’s not forget that Patrick’s lists are minimal at best since death facts from Thoroughbred Training centers are not regulated, and/or legislated to provide this information.
    There are hundreds of TB training centers all over the USA so these Death Facts would be so much higher.
    This is not a sport, this is a blood bath.

    • Agree, Gina. I have always maintained that the deaths disclosed (and that includes the FOIA that Patrick finds) by the racing industry can, at the very least, be doubled.

  3. There’s a Blog that lists high risk racehorses that usually end up on the Death Facts here.
    They have horses on high alerts, ones that are so abused that it’s just a matter of time:
    Take for example, BABA BOOEY.
    A 10 y.o gelding with 110 starts.
    Yes, you read that correctly folks – 110 starts!!
    This slave has been imprisoned for most of his life, more than likely turned into a pin cushion, has made $153,000 total so that equates to $1,275 per month during his 10 year prison sentence.
    Now it costs at least $100 per day to keep a horse training, and racing.
    Let’s do the lowest figure possible at $50 per day and that equates to $1500 per month to keep Buba Booey in training, and racing.
    These approximate figures are minimum at best.
    So to enslave Baba Booey, to use, abuse, and perpetrate what amounts to inhumane treatment of a racehorse actually costs them minimally $200 per month.
    The deep dark secrets of the doping cocktails most likely administered to Buba Booey in the corner cobwebs of his stall, will never be made transparent to the public even in his death – should he die in the dirt like most of them.
    These horse racing people make me sick.
    They are delusional, and they are animal abusers.
    Just this example alone should turn anybody away from this business where every day hundreds of racehorses are being abused and/or die for gambling bets!

    • Thanks for that link, Gina…… interesting indeed. Someone has gone to a lot of trouble to be gathering all this data……
      Good on them!!!

  4. In reading this list over again tonight and checking some of the horses on Equibase, I see that Cobra Kiss was bred by and raced for Ken and Sarah Ramsey – in fact, CK won her first race for the Ramsey’s at Keeneland when she was only two. But as these filthy rich owners often do, they got rid of Cobra Kiss. The dark bay mare ran a total of 65 races – then died in a 4K claiming race. Where WERE you, Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey, when the mare YOU bred and raced was running for her life? But loved like a family member, was she?

    • Joy, they don’t give a damn. 65 starts for a mare – that is wicked. Racing for her life in an insidious claiming race when she’s been damaged by the stress of racing and desperately trying to stay alive. It seems probable that she was racing with a pre-existing injury/condition. Have seen the Ramseys’ names come up before. Likely this mare did not tick all the boxes to qualify her for their breeding barn, so they get rid of her knowing that the claiming races are hellish for these horses and for many, a death sentence….. as it was for her.

  5. The Ramseys have admitted at the beginning of the year that they are downsizing and will be getting rid of many of their horses, whether through sales or claiming races and that they hope many will be sold. They have a stallion – Catienus- that was standing up in New York but was pensioned 2 years ago- but no mention of that or the fact that he seems to have just disappeared. No mention on their website or fb page or on MCMahon of Saratoga’s site as to where he is now. I’m hoping he is enjoying a pasture somewhere but who knows. Email to Ramsey’s website inquiring went unanswered.
    There are probably literally hundreds of Kitten’s Joys babies and other horses they bred racing across the country and in Canada – so I can’t imagine that they care about one horse individually, like Cobra’s Kiss., and in fact, probably glad she wasn’t in their care anymore if they are dumping a bunch of their horses.

    • ‘Downsizing’ equates to culling, which breeder/owners do on a regular basis to get rid of poor performing horses, broodmares who are past their use-by date and stallions that are flops.
      The wastage in the horseracing industry is horrendous.
      Unethical, it most surely is.

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