This, For $2 Bets – 6/12/17-6/18/17

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

Masio “returned bleeding” at Parx
Alpha Force “vanned off” at Presque Isle
Fancy Firewater “broke down” at Ruidoso
Northern Rail “broke down…fell…euthanized” at Parx
Emphatically “vanned off” at Delaware
Favorite Show “vanned off” at Indiana
Burkaan Kaan “vanned off” at Mountaineer
Investigator “vanned off” at Finger Lakes
Siberian Laughter “broke down” at Golden Gate
El Rustico “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Tiznow and Forever “vanned off” at Arapahoe
Mabrouk “vanned off” at Arlington
Jaco La “vanned off” at Belterra
Testarossa Red “broke down” at Hazel
Donnie Baseball “fell, DNF” at Laurel
Lion Sleeps Tonite “fell suddenly, DNF” at Penn
Bodacious Peach “vanned off” at Canterbury
Coushattasizzler “fell, vanned off” at Delta
House of Cards “vanned off” at Delta
Southern Solution “vanned off” at Emerald
Dethrone “vanned off” at Emerald
Save Dixie Faith “vanned off” at Fair Meadows
Gl Sundance “vanned off” at Laurel Brown
Five Stars Clint “vanned off” at Prairie
Drt Dynasty “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Secret Coeur “bled, vanned off” at Ruidoso
Mr Flash the Moolah “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Thank You for Me “returned bleeding bilaterally from the nostrils” at Thistledown
Sky Princess “went wrong, vanned off” at Belterra
Simferopol “fell, vanned off” at Gulfstream
Fifty West “was pulled up lame, vanned off” at Laurel
Candy Fever “vanned off” at Parx
Bid’s Edge “vanned off” at Prairie
The Ranch Queen “vanned off” at Sunray

“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. The horror story for these horses continues.
    Those who have the power to change this do NOTHING.
    The horseracing industry has no shame, no integrity, no conscience and clearly condones and supports these horses breaking down and being ‘vanned off’ on a daily basis with the majority of these horses then euthanised.
    Those that survive after being vanned off have usually suffered career ending injuries, are of no further use to the industry and are mostly of no use in a second career.
    As we know, many end up in the slaughterhouse, after having served the industry and lined people’s pockets, when they’ve been inhumanely transported long distances and then suffer an abhorrent death – the ultimate betrayal.

  2. “Born to Run,” a common phrase used to promote horse racing.
    We all know that a more accurate phrase is “Born to Die.”

    These living creatures are bred to fill races, increase wagering profits, fatten wallets, and then quickly become disposable commodities when they are unable to fulfill these unsustainable goals.

    So sorry to all the racehorses who lost their lives last week on racetracks all over America.
    You didn’t consent to this, and you died for people who seemingly view you as disposable commodities with their “squeeze the lemon dry” approach, and in some instances recoup their financial loss by having equine insurance policies in place.

    You were nothing more than an ATM machine to them, and when you could no longer spit out the cash you were run into the ground – dead in the dirt.

    This is horse racing.

  3. Alpha force’s saddle slipped back leaving the gate and turned into a bucking strap. Mare is completely fine. Pid house rule anything pulled up gets vanned off. So just on example of reading the chart doesn’t tell the whole story…

    • No outrider to lead the horse back?
      Ah yes, the mandatory rule on many American racetracks, that any horse that doesn’t finish or becomes riderless, must be vanned off. This rule is simply to ensure that when a horse suffers an injury or catastrophic breakdown, the less the public sees of the agony and distress the horse is enduring, the better. In other words, hide what really goes on with these horses, at all costs. The fact that this mare wasn’t allowed to walk off on her own esteem is laughable. Not only that, it immediately causes query as to why she was vanned off. Most horses that are vanned off end up being euthanased out the back, or, if they survive, most have suffered career ending injuries and are callously discarded and most of them end up on the slaughterhouse floor. As Patrick’s FOIA reports disclose, the great majority of ‘vanned off’ are proven to be dead and it cannot be more conclusive than that.

      Your use of the word ‘anything’ to describe a racehorse, clearly reveals what you think of these horses. But, what more would one expect from a racing apologist.

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