Through a FOIA request to the Delaware Department of Agriculture, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2017.

Happydazarehereagain, March 13, Dover, training
“head trauma due to fall when choking down”

Toastedmarshmallow, April 20, Delaware, training
“catastrophic injury during training”

Sugar Foot Anne, June 10, Delaware, race 9
“comminuted radial carpal fracture plus extensive cartilage damage”

Street Spice, June 20, Delaware, training
“severely fractured sesamoid” (44 races; according to his trainer, SS “came back sore” in his most recent race on May 14)

Michaelslittleally, July 1, Delaware, race 7
“comminuted scapular fracture”

DC Dancer, July 22, Delaware, race 6 (euthanized August 3)
“ill-fated horse sustained a rupture of its left front suspensory ligament”

Hard to Want, August 1, Delaware, training
“collapsed [after] workout on the main track…dead upon [vet’s] arrival” (five years old)

Purrin’ Proud, August 2, Delaware, race 3
“fractures of both left front sesamoids” (chart said “failed to be a serious threat”)

Dance With Gio, August 3, Delaware, race 7
“fractured both sesamoids in its right front fetlock” (eight years old, 55th race)

Warrior Call, August 6, Delaware, training
“based on poor prognosis…trainer elected to have the horse humanely euthanized”

Glitzy, August 10, Delaware, race 3
“right hind fracture of its metatarsal, left front cannon bone behind with complete destruction of its long pastern bone”

Pandamonia, August 10, Delaware, race 5
“this horse suffered multiple fractures” (two years old, first race)

Saints Be Praised, August 23, Delaware, race 2
“suffered fractures to both [italics added] front legs”

Bokeh, September 2, Delaware, race 8 (euthanized September 3)
“suffered a catastrophic injury while racing”

Not for Truth, September 18, Delaware, training
“suffered a catastrophic injury during training hours”

Aldalma, September 18, Delaware, race 1
“suffered a catastrophic injury while racing” (three years old, first race)

Cora Bear, September 26, Delaware, training
“euthanized following injury during training”

Kidron, September 27, Delaware, race 7
“suffered a catastrophic injury while racing”

You’re a Survivor, October 2, Delaware, race 7
“suffered a catastrophic injury while racing”

Amazing Campisi, October 7, Delaware, training
“euthanized following training accident”

Allie’s Event, October 7, Delaware, race 4
“suffered a catastrophic injury while racing” (11 years old, 67th race)

Smokey Wend, October 9, Delaware, race 4
“suffered a catastrophic injury while racing” (two years old, first race)

Distorted Union, November 1, Delaware, training
“suffered a catastrophic injury while training”

Lady Aconite, November 7, Delaware, training
“euthanized following training accident”

In addition, these still-very-much-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry cunningly calls “non-racing” causes. While this may be technically true, morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

Indio, March 15, Delaware
“discovered dead in its stall; horse had stopped eating the day before”

It’z My Valentino, May 25, Delaware
“horse was suffering from a large colon torsion – humanely destroyed” (last raced May 5, finished last, 19 lengths back)

Lulu’s Rush, July 13, Delaware
“humanely destroyed following its battle with pneumonia” (three years old)

Bigapplehereicome, July 22, Delaware
“found dead in its stall” (three years old)

Calzini Rossi, August 23, Delaware
“suffered from colic and a displaced colon and was humanely euthanized” (five years old, 46 races, most recent July 6)

Billy’s Sweetheart, September 5, Delaware
“was euthanized for a medical condition” (three years old, coming off first race)

Through a FOIA request to the Delaware Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following deaths at Delaware tracks in 2016:

Charger, February 25, Dover racing, “suspected fatal cardiac event”

Don’t Knock Woody, April 2, Delaware training, “fractured shoulder”
(being prepped for first race)

Five Point Star, April 6, Delaware training, “complete open fracture distal limb”
(being prepped for first race)

Book the Bet, April 16, Delaware training, “open wounds [two] fetlocks, stifle wounds”

Lone Cat, May 20, Delaware training, “condylar fracture, sesamoid fracture”

Pefiolo, from June 2 Penn 6 (euthanized June 27 at Delaware), multiple fractures

Expert City, June 4, Delaware training, “sesamoid fracture, suspensory injury”
(being prepped for first race)

Proulette, June 6, Delaware 5 (euthanized June 7), “spinal shock like syndrome”
(chart said, “fell after the race…vanned off”)

Prospecting Road, June 6, Delaware 6, “sudden collapse post race”
(three years old)

Benny’s Diamond, June 15, Delaware 8, “multiple comminuted carpal bone fractures”
(second race in ten days)

Stay Stay Stay, June 18, Delaware training, “sesamoid fractures”

Miss Giacomo, June 26, Delaware training, “flipped on walking machine – trauma, hind leg paralysis”

Holy Soldier, June 29, Delaware 6, “open comminuted fracture MCIII”

Zofia’s Prayer, July 21, Delaware 3 (euthanized September 21), “tendon sheath infection post surgery”

Starles, July 27, Delaware training, “fractured sesamoids”
(being prepped for first race)

El Tio Piano, August 6, prior to Delaware 4, “flipped in paddock, fractured pelvis”; “ambulance to barn, ambulance to pit”

Awesome Vacation, August 17, Delaware training, “dorsal displacement”
(coming off first race)

Unblunted, August 29, Delaware 2 (euthanized August 30), “carpal fracture”

Insurance Premium, September 10, Delaware training (euthanized September 16), “slab fractures carpal [bones]”

Playncardswitroddy, September 20, Harrington racing, “suspected cardiac event”

Princess Melania, October 10, Delaware 5, “slab fracture, ruptured ligament”

In addition, the following horses died on track grounds from what the industry calls “non-racing” causes. While this may be technically true, morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

Majestic Number, April 9, Delaware, “colic”
(seven years old, 33 races)

Fashion Designer, May 18, Delaware, “septic cellulitis, possible joint infection”
(three years old)

Honest Abe, May 23, Delaware, “bowel evisceration secondary to a castration surgery earlier in the day”
(two years old)

Global Moon, July 7, Delaware, “pneumonia”
(last raced seven days prior)

Ruthless Love (pony), July 23, Delaware, “colic”

Beauty Girls Dream, September 16, Delaware, “acute laminitis both front feet – rotation and sinking”
(five years old, 18 starts, last raced July 31)

Hi Summerbird, November 3, Delaware, “laminitis”
(two years old)

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There can be no justification for the killing of animals for $2 bets. End it. Now.