Through a FOIA request to the Delaware Department of Agriculture, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2018.

Paradise Lost, May 15, Harrington R
“suffered an accident related injury – fracture of the right front leg – while racing at Harrington Raceway and was humanely euthanized”

Mr. Euro, June 18, Delaware R
“was humanely destroyed after suffering a catastrophic injury – left-front medial and lateral midbody sesamoid fracture, complete rupture of the superficial and deep flexor tendon, torn suspensory branches, and an open wound – in the 5th race”

Baccarat Dream, June 20, Delaware T
“sustained an injury – fractured left acetabulum tuber coxae – during training and was humanely euthanized”

Noregretsfornow, June 30, Delaware R
“sustained a catastrophic injury – comminuted condylar fracture – during the 2nd race and was humanely euthanized”

Unbridled Gift, July 4, Delaware R (euthanized July 13)
“sustained a left-front medical comminuted basal sesamoid fracture [and] med suspensory branch trauma”

My Giant, July 25, Delaware R
“suffered what appeared to be cardiac arrhythmia near the finish line…removed with dignity [italics added] to the holding area”

Gallo de Oro, July 26, Delaware R
“suffered a catastrophic injury during the running of the 6th race; the ill-fated [italics added] horse sustained a right front fracture of its medial sesamoid”

Parapente, July 30, Delaware R
“pulled up during her race…determined to have a right front lateral condyle fracture and humanely euthanized at the hospital”

Mairis, August 1, Delaware R
“sustained a left front fracture of the femur or pelvis involve quadriceps insertion”

Off Road, August 25, Delaware R
“suffered a catastrophic injury necessitating it being humanely destroyed; right front biaxial sesamoid fractures among other injuries”

Coverallyourbases, August 27, Delaware R
“suffered an injury – compound, comminuted fracture of left hind 3rd metatarsal – during the running of the 8th race and was humanely destroyed”

You Know Too, September 24, Delaware R (euthanized October 1)
“humanely destroyed after suffering a catastrophic injury – comminuted sesamoid fractures of the left front”

Puturseatbelton, September 26, Delaware T
“suffered a training injury – compound, comminuted left lateral condyle fracture, comminuted left front medial sesamoid fracture – and was humanely destroyed”

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.

Formal Summation, May 15, Delaware
“was examined and determined to be terminally lame…humanely euthanized; postmortem report indicated complete cartilage erosion of both front metacarpal III’s medial condyles, right front medial sesamoid base eroded” (five years old)

Rebel Rithms, July 13, Delaware
“suffered a catastrophic injury while grazing outside its barn, apparently flipping and landing on its neck…report indicated a broken neck”

Flight Crew, September 8, Delaware
“was examined and determined to be terminally lame…euthanized; synovial fluid – cloudy bloody-middle carpal joint, multiple chips” (five years old)

American Diplomat, October 18, Delaware
“diagnosed with right hind cellulitis and foundering and sinking of left hind P3…humanely destroyed” (two years old, raced once)

Through a FOIA request to the Texas Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2018. Unless otherwise noted, immediate cause of death was a break of one kind or another; underlying cause, of course, Racing itself.

Dancingwiththeangels, January 10, Retama T

Contrapunto, January 13, Retama T

Uncle Mike, February 13, Sam Houston T

Won Gold, March 7, Sam Houston T
“collided with another horse”

General Stryker, March 13, Sam Houston R

Tiz a Par, March 16, Sam Houston R (euthanized May 22)
“race-related lameness”

Precious Move, April 6, Lone Star T

Baby Spencer, April 12, Lone Star T

Queen Otaheite, April 14, Lone Star T
“acute death” (six years old)

Elite Five, April 28, Sam Houston R
euthanized on track but chart merely said “fell, vanned off”

Runningunninrascal, April 29, Lone Star R

Indulgent Tythings, May 3, Lone Star T

Beaus Famous, May 12, Sam Houston R
“collapsed…died on track” (four years old)

Defiant Red, May 13, Lone Star T
fracture plus ruptured ligament

Revolutionize, May 13, Lone Star R

Colonial Kendra, May 20, Lone Star R

The Ranch, May 20, Lone Star R

Bird Orr Brady, May 27, Lone Star R
euthanized on track but chart merely said “fell, vanned off”

Seward’s Gift, June 1, Lone Star R
euthanized on track but chart said absolutely nothing

Frankentap (probably sic), June 11, Lone Star T

Kristina Nag Ulera, June 17, Lone Star T

Vivvid, July 6, Retama R
euthanized on track but chart merely said “vanned off”

Naughtycitydancer, July 15, Lone Star T
“fell and died acutely – no post-mortem performed” (two years old)

Eyesonthepreacher, July 19, Lone Star R
“acute death” (four years old)

Early Bid, July 19, Lone Star R (died 24 hours later)
“horse died acutely in stall” (four years old)

Run for President, July 21, Gillespie R
“sudden death on track” (three years old)

C Red Illusion, August 3, Retama R (found dead next morning)
“signs of acute pulmonary hemorrhage”

C R B Eyes, August 4, Retama R
“horse tripped and fell after colliding with another horse”

Las Vegas Storm, August 7, Retama R

Beta Phone, August 8, Retama T

Rojo Pita, August 8, Retama R

Prince Isaac, September 4, Retama R
euthanized on track but chart merely said “vanned off”

Love Ya Honey, September 4, Retama R (euthanized September 5)

Pianito Alluring Way, October 5, Lone Star R
euthanized on track but chart merely said “fell, vanned off”

yet-to-be-named, December 27, Sam Houston T

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.

Devilish P Js, March 21, Sam Houston
“severe colic”

Start a War, April 24, Lone Star
“joint infection, post injection”

Sharp Skirt, May 20, Lone Star
“horse found dead in stall” (two years old)

Dominator Sr, July 30, Retama
“horse found dead in stall; [possible] colic” (last raced July 14)

Hamburg Gig, July 30, Retama
“horse found dead outside stall; [possible] colic” (last raced July 6)

RB CREED, July 30, Retama
“horse escaped from stall and ran into car”

Last week on U.S. Thoroughbred and QuarterHorse tracks (not including training).

Gurt Boys “returned bleeding” at Parx
Giggle Byte “pulled up lame, vanned off” at Charles Town
Lily’s Pose “vanned off” at Sam Houston
Tiger Man “suffer[ed] an injury, vanned off” at Aqueduct
Hezajessforsure “bled” at Sunland
Gates of Dawn “vanned off” at Aqueduct
Algorix “returned bleeding” at Parx
Tizierra “bled” at Rillito
Outlaw by Nature “bled” at Rillito
La Brianna “vanned off” at Sunland
Kentucky Wildcat “vanned off” at Tampa Bay
Looking for Info “bled” at Rillito
Big Wave Betty “bled” at Rillito
Aeromosa “vanned off” at Tampa Bay


(source: Equibase)

Through a FOIA request to the Ohio State Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2018. Please note, however, that the Commission did not send “non-racing” deaths, so this list tells but a part of the story.

Electric Alphabet, January 8, Mahoning R
“fractured cannon (open, displaced), euthanized on track”

Honor the Empire, January 9, Mahoning R
“fractured knee (comminuted); blood drawn before euthanasia”

Oversized, January 10, Mahoning R
“fractured sesamoids”

Saenger, January 26, Mahoning T
“double sesamoid fracture”

Barbwirebilly, February 6, Mahoning R
“fractured sesamoid”

Forever Just, February 19, Northfield R
“comminuted P2 fracture”

Paiges Magic Man, February 24, Mahoning R
“fractured cannon (open, comminuted, displaced)”

Caladonia, March 2, Mahoning R
“fractured cannon, euthanized on track; blood collected before euthanasia”

Western Tryst, March 5, Mahoning R
“fractured cannon (open, displaced); blood collected before euthanasia”

Warren’s Tricia R., March 7, Mahoning R
“fractured/disarticulated ankle; blood collected before euthanasia”

Troublewithatee, March 12, Mahoning R
“fractured/dislocated ankle, euthanized on track; blood drawn before euthanized”

Irst, March 16, Mahoning R
“fractured knee (multiple bones); vanned and euthanized after xrays”

Getaway Car, March 31, Mahoning R
“fractured ankle and ruptured tendon after wire”

Russian Greek, April 2, Mahoning R
“fractured ankle (open, dislocated), euthanized on track”

Lastofthe Moniqns, April 11, Mahoning T
“fractured ankle”

Rockin Finish, April 17, Miami Valley R
“pulled up lame, grave prognosis – owner agreed to euthanasia”

Up Front Out the Door, April 23, Miami Valley R
“fractured P1 – euthanized at the owner’s request”

Hatter’s Run, April 29, Thistledown T
“complete, open fracture ankle”

Hold On Hattie, May 13, Belterra R
“bilateral fracture of sesamoidean apparatus”

Ollygundon, May 23, Belterra T
“fractured shoulder”

Put It Back Jack, May 23, Thistledown R
“fractured [and] dislocated ankle; blood collected before euthanasia”

Major Hit, May 29, Thistledown R
“fractured both [italics added] knees during race; blood collected before euthanasia”

Un Bandido, May 30, Thistledown T
“fractured pastern”

Tasmania, June 2, Belterra R
“fractured both sesamoids, avulsed ligaments, dislocated fetlock joint”

My Erin, June 9, Belterra R
“fetlock was completely dislocated, open fractures, sesamoids and supporting ligaments completely avulsed”

Winning Edge, June 13, Thistledown R
“fractured and dislocated ankle; blood collected before euthanasia”

El Chiflado, June 20, Thistledown R
“fractured and dislocated ankle; blood collected before euthanasia”

Frensham, June 29, Belterra R
“sesamoid fracture and tendon avulsion”

Clever Thunder, June 30, Belterra R
“sesamoid fracture with avulsion of ligaments”

Planned Escape, July 4, Thistledown R
“fractured knee; blood collected before euthanasia”

Lady Arya, August 12, Belterra R
“fracture of sesamoids, subluxation of fetlock joint”

Dallas Seelster, August 14, Northfield R
“fracture P2, distal large slab”

Rise Above It, August 18, Thistledown R
“fractured/dislocated ankle; blood collected before euthanasia”

Tootsonine, August 26, Belterra T
“sesamoidean apparatus failed and fetlock joint completely luxated; jockey ok”

Incense, September 2, Belterra T
“ruptured ligament in stifle”

Gotanorangecrush, September 2, Belterra R
“open, compound [fracture] of cannon”

Pay My Feed Bill, September 5, Thistledown R
“fractured and dislocated ankle; blood collected before euthanasia”

Windy Cape, September 29, Belterra R
“fracture with avulsion of sesamoidean apparatus”

Financing Dreams, October 13, Thistledown R
“fractured cannon and sesamoid; blood collected before euthanasia”

Tiz Hot, October 17, Thistledown R
“fractured sesamoids, euthanized on track; blood collected before euthanasia”

Very Elegant, November 3, Mahoning R
“fractured ankle, euthanized on track; blood collected before euthanasia”

Protostar, November 6, Mahoning R
“fractured ankle, euthanized on track; blood collected before euthanasia”

Trigger Warning, November 19, Mahoning R (euthanized November 20)
“fractured ankle; surgery [next day]…complications”

Dowager Countess, November 24, Mahoning R
“fractured knee, euthanized on track; blood collected before euthanasia”

Gonnarockyourworld, December 1, Northfield R
“fracture cannon bone”

La Relampago, December 4, Mahoning R
“fractured knee (comminuted); blood collected before euthanasia”

Major Drama, December 10, Mahoning R
“fractured sesamoids, euthanized on track; blood collected before euthanasia”

The Hero Within, December 26, Mahoning R
“broke down suspensory/ankle; previous fracture of knee; vanned and euthanized; blood collected before euthanasia”