38 More Dead Racehorses – Maryland, 2017

Through a FOIA request to the Maryland Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2017. Unless otherwise noted, immediate cause of death was limb break of one kind or another – underlying cause, of course, horseracing itself. (Note: The Commission did not forward records on what the industry calls “non-racing” deaths. In addition, nothing on the state’s two harness tracks. In other words, this list, horrific though it is, is ultimately incomplete.)

Nancy’s Spider, January 22, Laurel, race 5
(two years old, second race; first race: last of 13, 56 lengths back)

Mr. Winter, February 2, Laurel, training

Trudys Lucky, February 19, Laurel, training

She Spoke French, March 4, Laurel, training
“sudden” (two years old)

Paranapiacaba, March 4, Laurel, training

Royal Saint, March 11, Laurel, race 8

Kay’s Finesse, March 13, Laurel, training

Find Your Revenge, March 25, Laurel, training

Ideal Behavior, April 2, Laurel, training

Stalk, April 2, Laurel, race 8

Worthy One, April 3, Laurel, training

Really Big Bird, April 9, Laurel, race 8
“sudden” (race chart said “collapsed”)

AJ’s Wolf, April 23, Laurel, training

Stick Shaker, May 6, Laurel, training

Supero, June 9, Laurel, race 1

Pinkie Blu, June 30, Laurel, training

Papa Vinny, July 8, Laurel, race 1

Wonderman, July 29, Laurel, race 7
“sudden” (race chart said “collapsed”)

Credit Ready, August 20, Laurel, race 7

Lisa’s Premier, August 26, Timonium, race 10

Angel’s Gabriel, August 30, Laurel, training

Cuban Argument, September 1, Timonium, race 1

Behind the Times, September 1, Timonium, race 1
(42nd race, in final six finishes averaged 23 lengths back; trainer/owner, David Shorts)

Inspired Flight, September 2, Laurel, training
(coming off back-to-back last-place finishes, combined 39 lengths back; trainer/owner, Phil Schoenthal)

Niigon Express, September 8, Laurel, race 9

Regal Note, September 15, Laurel, race 5
(second race; first race: last, 20 lengths back)

Gloria Patri, September 16, Laurel, race 1

Seventy Niner, September 22, Laurel, race 4

Texarkana Rose, October 3, Laurel, training

Wicked Heat, October 20, Laurel, race 3

Jerandson, October 21, Laurel, race 10

Broad Surprise, October 29, Laurel, race 5

Bistro, October 30, Laurel, race 2

Leather Goods, November 3, Laurel, race 5 (euthanized November 19)

Lay Down the Law, November 24, Pimlico, training

Eyesfirst, December 4, Laurel, race 3

Sunset Arch, December 10, Laurel, training

Sippy Cup, December 15, Laurel, race 4

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  1. 38 More Dead Racehorses – Maryland, 2017 – the COPIOUS AMOUNTS OF DRUGS ALLOWED IN RACE HORSES IS OBSCENE – THIS MUST BE STOPPED & THE HUMAN BEINGS MUST STOP IT – SAY NO TO DRUGS IN RACE HORSES – PLEASE SHARE THIS ARTICLE EVERYWHERE – THIS IS IN ONE STATE – TRY THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA & NEW YORK & WEST VIRGINIA & OHIO – THIS IS HORRIFYING THAT THIS IS ALLOWED – THESE HORSES ARE GOING TO THE GATE WITH 3-6 KINDS OF DEADLY PAIN KILLERS , ANTI BLEEDER MEDICATIONS , ANTI -INFLAMATORIES , SNAKE VENOM INJECTIONS … ETC….. THE RACING INSIDERS WANT TO KEEP THIS DIRTY WORLD OF THEIRS CLOSED WHILE HORSES DIE BY THE THOUSANDS EVERY YEAR DUE TO DRUGS IN RACING . PLEASE SHARE THIS ARTICLE EVERYWHERE – THEY ARE PUTTING HORSES & JOCKEYS AT RISK EVERY SINGLE DAY – DRUGS IN RACING MUST BE STOPPED – SPREAD THE WORD – OPEN THE PUBLIC’S EYES TO WHAT IS GOING ON

  2. horse racing is stupid. You have human beings[jockeys] pushing horses to run at such high speeds that breakdowns are inevitable. The horses I saw at the racetrack were having problems with swelling in the ankles and knees. These surfaces are too hard. I feel sorry for the jockeys who got killed, but they know what the deal is.

    I thank you Patrick for helping me to realize just how often catastrophic breakdowns. I hope your message gets to the masses of people. who support horse racing.

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