A Pair of Kills at Delaware Park

I have confirmed (Stewards Reports) the following kills at Delaware Park – on back-to-back days (August 2-August 3):

4-year-old Purrin’ Proud “pulled up lame after racing, was vanned off, and then humanely euthanized.” Purrin’ Proud was under the whip for the 27th time.

8-year-old Dance With Gio “pulled up lame after racing, was vanned off, and then humanely euthanized.” Dance With Gio was under the whip for the 55th time.

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  1. Why are you protecting the trainers of theses dead horses by omitting their names from your reporting? If you know the name of a dead horse you know the name of the trainer! Publish the trainers names along with the name of the horse which suffered injuries leading to horse’s death. The trainer’s name is far more important than the name of the horse.

    • “Protecting”? – far from it. The very reporting of the horses’ NAMES lays that public information that anyone can look up bare. Maybe you can create a forum and do what you think should be done! – but be prepared…the time something like Horseracing Wrongs takes to prepare, make daily posts, and tend to comments is incredible.

      And just as a side, I find the horses’ names to be extremely important – they DIED…they are GONE…and without this site, no one but the few who exploited them would have ever known they once shared this earth with us. They MATTER.

    • Some dignity for these horses who died cruel and unnecessary deaths for $2 bets and human entertainment. They were denied any dignity during their ‘careers’ . As Joy pointed out, anyone can look up any of these horses on Equibase and be informed of the trainer’s name plus other relevant information about the horse.
      By the way, over the years Joy Aten, Mary Johnson, Rose Smith, Gina Powell, Kathleen, myself and other commenters on Patrick’s blog have named trainers numerous times. One trainer in particular threatened to sue me. But he didn’t have a leg to stand on and I continued to name him. Look up the post on Shamrock Road on this blog.

  2. Since 1992 I have discovered the following facts which seem to be at the root of the astonishingly high rate of suffering and yearly deaths of horses used for racing:
    2 Modern day practices have combined to create the tragic trend
    1.) “Breeders…began breeding Thoroughbreds for how the mating looked on paper”. Consequently “…the American thoroughbred is a far more fragile animal now than the raw-boned beasts of yore. With them being inbred we’ve weakened the race” said Shug McGaughey, a prominent East Coast trainer. See Sports Illustrated, William Nack, Nov. 1993.
    Exhaustive scientific studies confirm that repeated concussive forces
    (maximum-speed workouts and racing) on 2-year-old’s bones add up to
    injury and death more frequently than on older horses.
    1. See CHRB Post Mortem Examination Program, 1990-2014. 2-year-olds more likely than older horses to suffer broken bones which lead to death. University of California, Davis
    2. Fracture injuries accounted for the majority of Thoroughbred fatalities. California Horse Racing Board’s Post Mortem Examination Program 1994 report.
    3. Cornell University. Dr. Lennart Crooks’ study of 68,397 starts found: Fracture injuries more common in 2 and 3 year-olds than in older horses. Incidence of fracture injuries continued to decrease with advancing age
    2.) Today, in willful ignorance of the proven facts, Race Tracks continue to offer races for 2-year-olds and trainers go on forcing yearlings and 2-year-olds to perform repeated maximum-speed workouts in order to enter those races and/or be sold at 2-year-old in training auctions! Proof of the destructive results of this practice: The number of average yearly starts per horse has plummeted from 12 in 1960 to 6.2 in 2013. See The Jockey Club Fact Book and the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, 2014.

    .
    In America’s horseracing industry twenty-four racehorses (on average) die every week on racetracks. About 3,600 died inside track “Blue Rooms” after racing or training inside state regulated horseracing
    enclosures over just the three years leading up to 2012. See “Mangled Horses, Maimed Jockeys” by Walt Bogdanich, Joe Draoe, and Rebecca R.Ruiz, New York Times, March 24, 2012
    Many more, uncounted, thousands of young racehorses, having suffered painful injuries at the track, are sent to die at slaughterhouses. “The horseracing Industry is a major provider to the slaughter industry”. The Pegasus Foundation
    after long, tortuous journeys on cattle trucks to Mexico and Canada. Virtually never are trainers held accountable for the injuries and deaths of the race horses for which they were responsible. Even more alarming, I know of no one in the animal welfare industry, including the ASPCA, PETA, American Humane Association (AHA) or the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) having ever protested, investigated or prosecuted a single one of the thousands of known race horse fatalities. Their silence is construed as approval by the horse racing industry and the general public.

  3. Sickening what humans think we have the right to do to animals. From horse racing to factory farming to, now, cloning pugs to butcher for organs, we have gone so far into abuse of our fellow planetary inhabitants that we may never remove the stain from our collective soul.

    • I agree, Carol.
      “Mankind’s true moral test, it’s fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view) consists of it’s attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect man has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it.”

      Milan Kundera.
      The Unbearable Lightness of Being

      • Why are you getting defensive? It was a honest question, not a criticism. I was only asking because you normally include that information in your posts, when it’s available.

      • I can see how that might come across as defensive, Sara, but the truth is while I do often include the underlying catastrophic injury, I mostly find that information inconsequential. As I said, horseracing kills horses – always has, always will. Doesn’t matter much how, just that it does.

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