The Casualties, 7/10/17-7/16/17

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

Tonto’s Sister “fell…and was euthanized” at Louisiana
Wing Foot “vanned off” at Parx
Beautiful Music “vanned off” at Evangeline
One Cool Justice “bled, DNF” at Indiana
John Is a Card “vanned off” at Louisiana
Crown Domenica “pulled up in distress, vanned off” at Thistledown
Pacemaker James “bled, vanned off” (after winning) at Canterbury
Lucky Pierre “vanned off” at Evangeline
Izagotnosecrets “bled, vanned off” at Arapahoe
Sapporo “euthanized after the finish” at Belmont
Baytown Princess “went bad, fell…euthanized” at Belterra
Cherokee Callie “went bad, in distress…euthanized” at Belterra
Sidearm “vanned off” at Canterbury
Cloudy River “vanned off” at Monmouth
By the Storm “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Tavern Law “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Midas Dancer “vanned off” at Canterbury
Belle’s Candy “vanned off” at Charles Town
Norm “vanned off” at Ellis
Sendero Six “went over rail after wire” at Gillespie
Elloree Gal “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Mr Flash the Cash “fell, vanned off” at Ruidoso
Leathers Slappin “in distress, vanned off” at Thistledown
Patrick O’Prado “vanned off” at Canterbury
Ancyent Marinere “vanned off” at Fair Meadows
Sly Tom “vanned off” at Lone Star
Valedictoriette “fell, vanned off” at Los Alamitos
D Day Dude “vanned off” at Prairie
Ignore the Danger “vanned off” at Ruidoso

(Chart Terms: “Broke Down” – racing-speak for dead; “Vanned Off” – required horse ambulance to get off the track; many, if not most, of these animals will resurface 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 when those that can intervene do NOTHING!

    The vets who pass so many horses as being okay to race need to be brought to account. They make a mockery of the oath they take –

    “Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge”.

    • Many vets working on the tracks own racehorses under hidden ownership based on the information that I saw.
      They know what drugs are being tested for, and what drugs are not.
      There are no rules on the books (that I’m aware of) that prohibit vets from owning racehorses.
      There are entire vet groups/syndicates running horse racing all over North America from what I saw, and experienced.
      They seem to get kickbacks from the pharmaceutical companies to the wagering giants, and they work in tandem with them.
      The recent court case in Pennsylvania is solid evidence that this is going on.
      Far from protecting them, they use their expertise to exploit them, risk their life, and then dump them if they make it out alive.
      This is the dirty world of horse racing.

  2. So this has been yet another tear jerker morning for me.
    BEN’S CAT has been euthanized due to complications of surgery.

    He is unequivocally a VICTIM of this despicable business.

    Ben’s Cat, multiple stakes winner, 63 starts, 32 wins, made over 2 million dollars but still forced to run at 10 years old!
    There’s no doubt in my mind that if he would have been retired much earlier he would be grazing right now on some grass.

    You horse racing apologists are a sickening bunch of animal abusers, and your time is coming to an end due to lack of support for your legitimized animal cruelty.

    BEN’S CAT – RIP you beautiful soul. You were unable to endure the massive abuse perpetrated on you by your owner/trainer, and the supporters of this business. Your lemon was probably squeezed dry long before you were finally retired.

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