“Loose Horse Collision at Full Speed” and 28 Other Deaths in Indiana Last Year

Through a FOIA request to the Indiana Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2017. Once again, the state redacted the names on the basis of confidentiality. The spreadsheet, incidentally, was entitled “Dead Horse Log, 2017.” (“Indiana” is Indiana Grand.)

unidentified, March 20, Hoosier, training
“craniodorsal luxation hip”

unidentified, March 29, Indiana, training
“sudden death, aneurysm”

unidentified, April 1, Indiana, training
“sesamoid fracture, luxated fetlock”

unidentified, April 12, Indiana, training
“flipped into a bench, hit head”

unidentified, April 12, Indiana, training
“humerus fracture”

unidentified, April 20, Indiana, training
“sudden death, died on track”

unidentified, April 25, Indiana, training
“cannon fracture”

unidentified, May 9, Hoosier, racing
“P1 total fracture”

unidentified, May 10, Indiana, racing
“collapsed and died on track”

unidentified, June 9, Hoosier, racing
“cannon bone fracture”

unidentified (most likely Flyin My Corona), June 9, Indiana, racing
“shoulder fracture, humeral fracture, scapular fracture”

unidentified (most likely Mandalorian), June 27, Indiana, race 2
“open fetlock fracture”

unidentified, July 8, Hoosier, racing
“collapsed and died”

unidentified (most likely E Nine), July 26, Indiana, racing
“fetlock fracture”

unidentified, July 29, Indiana, training
“loose horse collision at full speed”

unidentified, July 29, Indiana, racing
“collapsed and died after race”

unidentified (most likely Spy Dancer), August 5, Indiana, race 5
“fetlock fracture”

unidentified (most likely Sucess Is Racing), August 23, Indiana, race 7
“sudden death – collapse” (chart merely said “pulled up, vanned off”)

unidentified, September 5, Indiana, training
“died in stall after working”

unidentified, September 8, Indiana, training
“fractured shoulder”

unidentified (most likely Key to the Bank), September 23, Indiana, race 5
“fetlock fracture”

unidentified (most likely Capriza), October 7, Indiana, race 6
“cannon bone fracture”

unidentified, October 19, Hoosier, race 4
“died on the track after race”

unidentified, October 21, Indiana, training
“fractured humerus”

unidentified, October 22, Indiana, training
“seizure, cranial trauma”

unidentified (most likely Way Down the Line), October 25, Indiana, racing
“carpus fracture”

unidentified (most likely Handfuls Gem), October 27, Indiana, racing
“cannon fracture”

In addition, these still-very-much-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry craftily calls “non-racing” causes. Technically true, perhaps, but morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

unidentified, July 14, Indiana
“previous injury…not improving”

unidentified, October 7, Hoosier
“colic – died in stall”

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  1. Sick to my stomach over this horrific list of massive pain, suffering, and/or dying.
    Furthermore their “confidentiality” excuse for not publishing names will be struck down when challenged in a court of law.
    This doesn’t even come close to the extreme Ag-Gag laws, and every single one of those have been struck down as they should be.
    This shows an intent to hide the ugly truth behind this vile business.
    I just can’t believe that this is permitted to continue in the 21st century.
    Every single one of these hell holes should be shut down.
    So sorry for all racehorses who died.
    Anybody who supports and/or actively participates in this business, in any capacity, has blood on their hands.

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