Charles Town, again. In the 7th last night, Weekend Liberty “experienced a catastrophic injury approaching the three-eighths pole and was euthanized” (Equibase). Weekend Liberty was five; ’twas his 29th time under the whip.

Then this: In a single day (Monday) at Musselburgh Racecourse in Scotland, four – yes, four – horses were killed: Kensukes Kingdom, Sierra Oscar, Leather Belly, and Smart Ruler. Three, it appears, suffered “catastrophic” leg injuries, while one simply collapsed, indicating a cardiac issue of one kind or another. Robin Mounsey of the British Horseracing Authority had this to say (Independent):

“The incidents at Musselburgh were extremely distressing for everyone involved in the sport, not least for the owners of the horses and the trainers and stable staff who cared for them through their lives.”

Yes, thoughts and prayers to the people responsible for the kills. Obscene.

From the most recent Minutes at Los Alamitos…

November 23, race 1: “Maddie Jane’s Bay clipped the heels of Heaven In Her Eyes and fell after which Heaven In Her Eyes appeared to be injured and was pulled up. Heaven In Her Eyes was euthanized on the track.

November 23, race 4: “Rebel On The Run, while racing in the clear, was injured and fell. Fandarel Dancer could not avoid the fallen horse and also went down. Rebel On The Run was euthanized on the track.

November 25, race 9: “Holy Schnikes, while racing in the clear, appeared to become injured, and fell. Holy Schnikes was euthanized on the track.

November 25, race 13: “Special Walk, while racing in the clear, appeared to suffer an injury. Special Walk was euthanized on the track.

Yes, that’s right, four kills – all in plain view – in two days. Californians, end this barbarity:

Heaven in Her Eyes, 2/21/15-11/23/18
Rebel On the Run, 5/14/15-11/23/18
Holy Schnikes, 1/23/16-11/25/18
Special Walk, 4/11/16-11/25/18

The 4th at Charles Town last night, as relayed by Equibase: “STELLA NOVA…rounded the turn off the rail, steadily progressed through the stretch to get up at the wire but was fatally injured shortly past the wire and had to be euthanized.” The good news, she “won” – banking $15,000 for her people before dying. Vile.

2-year-old La Relampago’s “result” in the 2nd at Mahoning yesterday: “settled early, angled out in the stretch, took a bad step eased and was euthanized” (Equibase).

“took a bad step…and was euthanized.” For gambling.

The latest Minutes from Del Mar disclose two “deceased” racehorses for Nov 26-Dec 2. We know one is Tribal Ann on Saturday; the other, however, remains anonymous.

Last week in U.S. Thoroughbred and QuarterHorse Racing

Blaze’n Prospector “vanned off” at Turf
Dom Dee Dom Dom “collapsed…vanned off” at Zia
Hot Tub “vanned off” at Portland
Fast TB “appeared to break down…fell…vanned off” at Zia
Dom Funny “fell over a stricken rival” (above) at Zia
Gamer Am I “appeared to take a bad step…vanned off” (same race as two above) at Zia
Mystical Prince “came back bleeding from the nose” at Charles Town
Blame Her Way “vanned off” at Charles Town
Austin’s Xchanger “appeared in distress” at Finger Lakes
P.O. Jet “vanned off” at Hawthorne
Call Me Squirt “broke his right front…euthanized” at Penn
Oklahoma Z “vanned off” at Remington
Three Perfections “bad step…catastrophic injury…euthanized on track” at Aqueduct
Tribal Ann “pulled up in distress” at Del Mar – subsequently confirmed dead
Brileys Toast “vanned” at Evangeline
Warleggan “hit a fallen foe, DNF” at Turfway
Mister McGehee “went wrong, vanned off” at Turfway
Adorably Sweet “vanned off” at Del Mar
Roman Bird “vanned off” at Fair Grounds
T Sizzle “vanned off” at Laurel
Bird of Trey “suffered a catastrophic injury…euthanized” at Parx

Many if not most of the “Vanned” will resurface on my year-end FOIA Kill-Reports.
“Bled/Returned Bleeding From Nostrils” typically indicates pulmonary hemorrhage.

(source: Equibase)