The NYS Gaming Commission reports that 3-year-old Sporty Big Boy was “injured in a collision with another horse” Thursday at Saratoga Harness – “removed from track and euthanized.” And – Malibu Squeeze, also three, was euthanized for “severe laminitis” Wednesday at Belmont.

This is horseracing.

Chrome Finish was scratched prior to the 10th at Buffalo Raceway Sunday and now we know why. The Gaming Commission reports the following on the 9-year-old: “horse reared up in stall, slipped, struck head against wall – collapsed and died.”

To date, 43 horses have died on or at New York racetracks in 2017. Please end it – stop betting, stop attending, stop patronizing racinos.

Last week in U.S. horseracing (not including training and harness casualties).

Masio “returned bleeding” at Parx
Alpha Force “vanned off” at Presque Isle
Fancy Firewater “broke down” at Ruidoso
Northern Rail “broke down…fell…euthanized” at Parx
Emphatically “vanned off” at Delaware
Favorite Show “vanned off” at Indiana
Burkaan Kaan “vanned off” at Mountaineer
Investigator “vanned off” at Finger Lakes
Siberian Laughter “broke down” at Golden Gate
El Rustico “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Tiznow and Forever “vanned off” at Arapahoe
Mabrouk “vanned off” at Arlington
Jaco La “vanned off” at Belterra
Testarossa Red “broke down” at Hazel
Donnie Baseball “fell, DNF” at Laurel
Lion Sleeps Tonite “fell suddenly, DNF” at Penn
Bodacious Peach “vanned off” at Canterbury
Coushattasizzler “fell, vanned off” at Delta
House of Cards “vanned off” at Delta
Southern Solution “vanned off” at Emerald
Dethrone “vanned off” at Emerald
Save Dixie Faith “vanned off” at Fair Meadows
Gl Sundance “vanned off” at Laurel Brown
Five Stars Clint “vanned off” at Prairie
Drt Dynasty “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Secret Coeur “bled, vanned off” at Ruidoso
Mr Flash the Moolah “vanned off” at Ruidoso
Thank You for Me “returned bleeding bilaterally from the nostrils” at Thistledown
Sky Princess “went wrong, vanned off” at Belterra
Simferopol “fell, vanned off” at Gulfstream
Fifty West “was pulled up lame, vanned off” at Laurel
Candy Fever “vanned off” at Parx
Bid’s Edge “vanned off” at Prairie
The Ranch Queen “vanned off” at Sunray

“Broke Down” – racing-speak for dead
“Vanned Off” – many, if not most, will be on my year-end FOIA kill-reports
“Bled” – usually indicates pulmonary hemorrhage

(source: Equibase)