A Kill at Mahoning, and Other Saturday Mishaps

Yesterday on American racetracks:

Getaway Car “was injured nearing the wire and was euthanized” at Mahoning. But it’s all good – before dying, the 4-year-old finished 3rd, winning $1300 for his people.

Castle Bound “vanned off” at Charles Town
Too Much to Do “returned bleeding from the nose” at Charles Town
Model Citizen “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Landwade Lad “vanned off” at Santa Anita
Snowber “fell in the stretch and was vanned off” at Tampa Bay
National Defence “vanned off” at Turfway

This is horseracing.


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  1. horses and racing surfaces do not match. The track configuration is involved too. The way a horse’s body is made makes it inevitable that he will have problems. I”m thinking of the horse’s hooves, ankles, knees and back. I am sorry I supported this butchery for so long. Maybe more people will turn against horse racing as they become more educated.

    • Richard, a racing contact told me that Mahoning is a “deep” track and that is one reason so many horses are breaking down. He also said that the horses “pay the price” for winter racing on a crappy track. As we all know, winter racing is very profitable since there are fewer tracks vying for gambling dollars.

  2. Greetings,

    In our major newspapers (actually only one left in the greater Sacramento region), in the Sports section, often there will be a photo that sensationalizes some horse race somewhere. To my knowledge, there is never any mention of the daily carnage and deaths. What would it cost to place a very small ad (maybe just a one-liner? Or maybe a 1″ x 2″ or whatever one- or two-column widths would allow, to have these posts from Horseracing Wrongs in print-possibly just the subject line with a website for the whole story). It probably would be most effective to do it twice a week (Wed and Sunday?) or whatever a specific papers’ biggest circulation day is. In our rural region, one of the major newspapers is down to once a week in the smaller communities, twice a week in the larger one.

    My Humane Society runs an ad in the classified sections (to report animal abuse), but that would not be worthwhile for exposing horseracing deaths and cruelty. I think it’s got to go in the Sports section, or weekly animal section, if a newspaper has one of those.

    I’m not an expert in this or any other media type program, but if a nonprofit (501(c)3) would help (assuming Horseracing Wrongs is not a c3), I’d be willing to donate to help get it started. I notice that even the most conservative media websites will have a small ASPCA ad. Maybe something like that to help get the word out on horseracing atrocities would work (?).

    Thanks for all you are doing.


  3. This is a comment referencing Getaway Car from a Ms. Lois Brooks who ingratiates herself to an industry that cripples, maims, and kills DAILY….”So sorry for his connections.” Don’t mention the horse, Ms. Brooks, just mention the horse’s connections. I don’t give a damn about the connections because I care about a horse that labored at low level tracks and, ultimately, lost his life, so that apologists, like Ms. Brooks, can be entertained. By the way, I was sent a screenshot of this comment by one of my FB friends.

    I believe that Ms. Brooks is a colleague of the gal who claimed (lied) that Patrick had listed Tug of War as “dead” TWICE when Patrick had actually stated that TOW “bled.” Words that rhyme can be confusing to some apologists.

  4. We should be grieving the loss of the HORSE – he had no choices in this life.,. Thoroughbreds are raced at too young of an age, confined for too long in small stalls, medicated to the gills unnecessarily and discarded once they are no longer useful. THEN, once they land in a killpen, most of the industry cries foul when a POS killbuyer acquires them and puts them up back up for sale to the bleeding hearts. These other so-called “rescue people” would rather see a horse endure the slaughter process, than “line the pockets of the killbuyers”. (I think some of these breeders and former connections are actually afraid of being called out – thus the reason for the outcry..
    What is the difference between claiming a low-level horse off of the track from a POS abusive trainer, versus literally SAVING a horse out of the hands of a POS killbuyer? THEY ARE BOTH PIECES OF SH*T. This whole industry needs a complete overhaul.

    • Lisa, every single horse deserves to be “saved”…..again….every single horse….regardless of whether it is thru the claiming process, a private sale, or a kill pen rescue. There are many apologists who claim that there is only one “right” way to “save” and we know that is an idiotic statement. No horse asks to be put into a precarious situation but that is exactly what happens dozens of times every damn day. With that being said, I disagree with your statement that the industry needs a complete overhaul. The industry needs to die in the dirt the exact same way that many of the horses do.

      • Agree….doesnt matter where they come from they All deserve a life…..and yes this industry should disappear and these people should go make their own money instead of the animals giving their life for it……how is anita mary?

      • Billy, thanks for asking about Anita. She is doing fine and enjoying her turnout time with her pasture buddy. It still infuriates me that the racing industry destroyed her to the point of being relegated to a pasture pet when she was only five years of age. Sick stuff…

  5. Yet another Death List reflecting horrific suffering, and carnage.
    PETA is involved with an active lawsuit that could potentially end doping in racehorses, and subsequently be the downfall of this entire industry.
    In the least, should they win this lawsuit, the house of cards will begin to fall, and it can’t come soon enough for the racehorses being turned into gambling objects for this repulsive business.
    The details can be found on the PETA podcast which has links on their website as well, but I don’t think you need to have a legal background to realize that this lawsuit is a sleeping giant.
    The lawsuit was filed by a bettor who lost their bet because the winning trotter subsequently tested positive for EPO.
    Simply put, the lawsuit claims that doping racehorses affects the outcome of races, and this qualifies as race fixing and/or racketeering.
    It could also potentially open the door for owners and/or trainers to be held legally liable for doping racehorses prior to a race, but racetracks could also be legally liable for aiding and abetting “racketeering.”
    Wonder if the government, who financially supports this business, could be held liable should they win?
    Of course pro-horse racing entities and their attorneys are laughing this one off, but not so fast.
    My only disappointment in the podcast is that PETA didn’t take a strong stance to shut this business down.
    Quite frankly, I don’t care if it’s PETA or whoever it is as long as it opens the door to this horror show ending.

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