Through a FOIA request to the Florida DBPR, I have confirmed the following 51 kills on that state’s tracks in the first half of 2018:

Brianna’s Bucket, January 1, Gulfstream, race 10

Buckwellspent, January 3, Tampa Bay, race 1

Leavem in Malibu, January 8, Palm Meadows, training

Double Cabernet, January 15, Gulfstream, race 8
fell and was “struck” by two other horses

Run for Bruce, January 16, Tampa Bay, training
“massive cardiac episode” – two years old

Forty Lengths, January 18, Gulfstream, race 5

Tree Peeps, January 19, Tampa Bay, race 6 (euthanized January 20)
“comminuted fracture”

Eye of the Lion, January 26, Gulfstream, race 5

Exonerate, January 28, Gulfstream, training

R Kinsley Doll, January 28, Tampa Bay, race 2

Watercross, February 7, Gulfstream, race 10
collapsed after race – two years old

Base Command, February 11, Gulfstream, training

Currency Rate, February 12, Gulfstream, training

Tutti Sanno, February 17, Tampa Bay, race 7
“condylar fracture with joint disarticulation”

Smoke N the Bottle, February 18, Tampa Bay, training
“suspect cardiac arrest”

Destiny’s Song, February 23, Tampa Bay, race 4
collapsed after “winning”

Sistine Sista, February 24, Gulfstream, race 3

Send It In, February 24, Gulfstream, race 12

Awaken, February 25, Tampa Bay, training
“traumatic breakdown of fetlock”

Signature Data, February 28, Gulfstream, training

Mission Awareness, February 28, Tampa Bay, race 3

Third Man In, March 2, Gulfstream, race 11

Village Express, March 4, Gulfstream, training

Leucosia, March 7, Tampa Bay, training
“cardiac collapse” – two years old

Ventina, March 11, Gulfstream, race 10 (euthanized March 12)
“comminuted fracture”

Dubai Bob, March 11, Gulfstream W, training

B J’s K Town Girl, March 14, Gulfstream, training (euthanized March 15)
2-year-old being prepped for first race

Mr. Lou, March 16, Tampa Bay, training
2-year-old being prepped for first race

Tyler U, March 16, Tampa Bay, training

Coxswain, March 17, Gulfstream, race 4
“compound comminuted fracture”

Real Love, March 21, Gulfstream, training
3-year-old being prepped for first race

Atizapan, March 24, Gulfstream, race 4

Snowber, March 31, Tampa Bay, race 10

Morning Song, April 1, Gulfstream, race 7
second race

Magical Memory, April 10, Tampa Bay, training
coming off first race

Arabian Queen, April 11, Tampa Bay, race 7

Enders Cat, April 12, Gulfstream W, training

yet-to-be-named, April 12, Palm Meadows, training

Laguna Dream, April 21, Gulfstream, training

Twas Nero, April 22, Gulfstream, race 8

Ganesh, April 22, Palm Meadows, training

Seminole Charlie, April 22, Tampa Bay, race 9
“sudden collapse and died – suspect cardiovascular event” – three years old

Pappi Juan, May 5, Tampa Bay, training
3-year-old being prepped for first race

Hard Left, May 7, Tampa Bay, training

Half Grey, May 19, Gulfstream, race 7

Dreaming of Jo Jo, May 19, Gulfstream, race 8

Awesome On Feet, May 24, Gulfstream, race 9

Cow Town Coyote, June 1, Palm Meadows, training
4-year-old being prepped for first race

Digits, June 17, Gulfstream, race 8

R Swift Taylor, June 24, Gulfstream W, training

Blame It On Ashlee, June 29, Gulfstream, training
3-year-old being prepped for first race

In addition, the following horses perished on track grounds from what the industry terms “non-racing” causes. In truth, they are no less casualties than the ones above.

Lucy Love, March 14, Gulfstream
“anaphylactic reaction to vitamin E injection”

Sargent, May 31, Gulfstream
“laminitis” – yet-to-be-raced 2-year-old

Through a FOIA request to the Florida Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in the second half (July-Dec) of 2017. (Notes: The Dept. did not forward immediate causes of death; since I began doing this, Florida’s record-keeping has been among the worst – misspelled names, duplicate entries, and most significantly, under-reporting of deaths.)

Slacks of Course, July 1, Gulfstream, race 3

Madame Butterfly, July 24, Gulfstream W, training

Accomplice, July 27, Gulfstream, race 10
(ten years old, 82nd race)

Thousandinmypocket, July 29, Gulfstream, training
(two years old, being prepped for first race)

Bella Kittens, July 29, Gulfstream, training

Stormin Dude, August 5, Gulfstream, training
(two years old, being prepped for first race)

Run Lucky Run, August 11, Gulfstream W, training
(two years old, being prepped for first race)

Sweet Point, August 17, Gulfstream, training
(last five races, all maiden claiming: combined 87 back; trainer, Diosdado Iglesias)

Sing in the Hands, August 19, Gulfstream W, training
(two total races: combined 47 back)

Latin Danger (sic), September 8, Gulfstream W, training

Personal Princess, September 15, Gulfstream W, training
(four total races: one 8th, three lasts – combined 93 back; trainer, Antonio Cioffi)

Storm Troops, September 22, Gulfstream, training
(coming off first race)

Dancing Wind, September 27, Gulfstream, race 9

Gone Jak, October 19, Gulfstream W, race 6
(coming off a last-of-11, 35 back just 12 days prior; trainer, Rosemary Homeister)

Majestic Won, October 23, Pompano, training

French Edge, October 28, Gulfstream, training

Tomoe, November 3, Gulfstream, training

Patriot Man, November 4, Gulfstream, training
(two years old, being prepped for first race)

Gran Airspeed, November 5, Gulfstream, training

Breezed Bayou, November 17, Tampa Bay, training

Golden Dude, November 22, Tampa Bay, training
(two years old, being prepped for first race)

Highborn, November 25, Gulfstream, training
(just two and had already been raced six times; trainer, Jose Pinchin)

Spence Girl, November 25, Tampa Bay, race 6 (euthanized November 26)

Dularie, December 9, Tampa Bay, training

Honor Earned, December 13, Tampa Bay, race 3

Saturday Storms, December 16, Tampa Bay, training
(63 races)

Frau Riley, December 23, Gulfstream, training

K Wave, December 28, Tampa Bay, training

Time in Motion, December 29, Gulfstream, race 7
(first race)

Speighgal, December 30, Gulfstream, race 9

Sophieshardtocatch, December 30, Tampa Bay, race 10

In addition, the following racehorse died on track grounds from what the industry craftily calls a “non-racing” cause. Technically true, perhaps, but morally he is no less a casualty of this vile business than the ones above.

Coco, December 13, Gulfstream
“colic”

Florida’s January-June Report

Through a FOIA request to the Florida DBPR, I have confirmed the following 44 deaths on or at Florida racetracks January-June:

Candu Cait, January 6, Gulfstream, race 7 (chart merely said “vanned off”)

Catira Rock, January 6, Gulfstream, race 10 (chart merely said “vanned off”)

Aubrees the First, January 8, Tampa Bay, training

Copingaway, January 14, Gulfstream, race 10, “fractured humerus”

Prague, January 15, Gulfstream, training

Whip N Nay Nay, January 17, Gulfstream, training

Lupos Phantom, January 20, Gulfstream, training

Conquest Vixen, January 27, Gulfstream W, training – 2-year-old being prepped for first race

Whiskey Wizard, January 27, Gulfstream, training – 4-year-old coming off three last-place maiden-claiming finishes in a row

Lucky Rascal, January 28, Tampa Bay, race 7

Gretna Graeme, February 2, Tampa Bay, training

Lord Ruler, February 4, Gulfstream, race 8, “compound oblique fracture”

Mrs Peacock, February 4, Tampa Bay, training

Starship Stache, February 9, Tampa Bay, race 7 (chart merely said “vanned off”)

Diamond Tour, February 11, Tampa Bay, race 3 (chart merely said “vanned off”)

Itsnotezbeinbreezy, February 11, Tampa Bay, race 9 (chart said nothing bad at all)

Five Wars, February 17, Gulfstream, training

Gonnawinalot, February 17, Tampa Bay, race 8 (chart merely said “lugged out badly”)

Lady Nura, February 18, Gulfstream, training

Mr. Rose, February 18, Gulfstream, training

Kingston Bay, February 26, Gulfstream, race 5 (chart merely said “fell, vanned off”)

B Evas Lucky Lad, February 26, Pompano

Chance of Luck, March 2, Tampa Bay, training, “died heart attack”

Tizcano, March 5, Gulfstream W, training

Dickens, March 5, Tampa Bay, race 1 (chart merely said “vanned off”)

Morgans Harbour, March 9, Gulfstream, “colic” (doesn’t state whether euthanized or just died) – last raced only two weeks prior

Stormy’s Return, March 12, Gulfstream, race 7 (chart merely said “fell, vanned off”)

Record Store, March 12, Pompano

Sir Newton, March 13, Tampa Bay, training

Glacial Ocean, March 17, Tampa Bay, training, “died – cardiac arrest” – six years old

Ohio, March 20, Gulfstream W, training

yet-to-be-named, April 1, Tampa Bay, training

Donna’s Dream, April 10, Tampa Bay, training, “flipped over and broke her shoulder – euthanized”; “her remains are now in the manure facility”

Imslopokerodriguez, April 15, Tampa Bay, training

Smart Answer, April 15, Tampa Bay, race 3 (chart merely said “vanned off”)

Mo Wees, April 16, Gulfstream, race 1 (chart merely said “fell, vanned off”)

Southern Thang, April 20, Tampa Bay, training

Yorkshire Inn, April 23, Tampa Bay, race 9

Cinchona, April 29, Gulfstream, training – 2-year-old being prepped for first race

Dealingatthegate, May 7, Tampa Bay, race 7 (chart merely said “vanned off”)

Malibu Eyes, May 13, Gulfstream W, training

All Irish, May 24, Gulfstream, training – coming off a last of 11, 28+ back 18 days prior

Hawks Linda Lou, June 14, Oxford, prior to race 3, “the horse flipped and fell while being saddled for racing, hitting its head on the ground; the horse was immediately rendered unconscious and shortly thereafter expired”

El Rustico, June 15, Gulfstream, race 5 (chart merely said “injured, vanned off”)

Through a FOIA request to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, I have confirmed the following deaths at Florida tracks in 2016:

Wastin’ Away, January 1, Tampa Bay training, “fractured head”
One Step Salsa, January 3, Gulfstream training
Eye Get the Blues, January 3, Hialeah 7
Rezoomin, January 6, Hialeah training
Jm Lobo Cartel, January 8, Hialeah training
Rocket Boulevard, January 9, Gulfstream training
Shameless Lass, January 9, Gulfstream training
Ac Comando, January 9, Hialeah 3
Tm Vendikater, January 10, Hialeah 9
Rita’s Wildside, January 10, Tampa Bay training, “fractured knee”
Native Gold, January 12, Tampa Bay training
Lying Chief, January 15, Gulfstream 7
Charlie Cartel, January 18, Hialeah training
Spiced Tea (sic?), January 20, Gulfstream training
Handsome Xpression, January 21, Gulfstream training, “leg fracture on track”
Pretty Nauty, January 25, Tampa Bay training
Ashwarie, January 30, Gulfstream training
Forged, January 31, Gulfstream 1
Born Mighty, February 6, Hialeah 3
Estandarte, February 7, Gulfstream 4
Mach It Right, February 8, Pompano, “broke left hind leg”
Jess Makin Waves, February 12, Hialeah training
Pequena I Love You, February 12, Hialeah training
Enriquillo, February 14, Tampa Bay training, “took a bad step – humanely destroyed”
Scrumpdilicious, February 15, Gulfstream 9
Flashing Light, February 17, Gulfstream 5
Gate Crasher, February 17, Tampa Bay training
Kandoo, February 20, Gulfstream 11
yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, February 21, Gulfstream training
Lilah Bird, February 21, Gulfstream 1
Dark and Dusty, February 24, Tampa Bay 1
Sweet Rocket Man, February 26, Gulfstream training
Save Rock and Roll, March 5, Gulfstream training
Hy Prince Happy, March 5, Gulfstream 2
Glamorgan, March 5, Gulfstream 13
Stardust Abbe, March 6, Tampa Bay training
Never in Trouble, March 7, Gulfstream training, “Location of Deceased: Horse Pit”
Pennetta, March 9, Gulfstream 9
Imbaracuaro, March 11, Gulfstream W training
Ancil, March 11, Tampa Bay training
City of Weston, March 12, Gulfstream training
Starship Jodi, March 14, Gulfstream training
Arco de Triunfo, March 16, Gulfstream W training
Heatupthekaufy, March 26, Tampa Bay training
Invasion Point, March 26, Tampa Bay 10, “after week with infected leg, put down”
Fivetillmidnite, March 31, Tampa Bay training
Aribelle, April 1, Tampa Bay 7
Summer Morn, April 6, Gulfstream training
Diamond Rose, April 8, Tampa Bay 2
Nena, April 12, Gulfstream W training
Polly My Love, April 13, Gulfstream W training
High Native Fly, April 13, Tampa Bay 3
Saturday Special, April 14, Gulfstream 2
Blessedwithprayer, April 14, Gulfstream 9
It’s Exclusive, April 15, Tampa Bay training, “fractured humerus”
Coronado Street, April 18, Gulfstream W training
Big Paul, April 23, Tampa Bay training, “fractured sesamoid”
Gran Plata, April 25, Gulfstream training
Senora de Fatima, April 29, Gulfstream training
Congrats to Ken, April 29, Tampa Bay 4
Greatest Lisa, April 30, Tampa Bay 2
Cotton Jenny, May 1, Gulfstream 10
Chatt Hills, May 2, Gulfstream W training
Miss Dejavu, May 7, Gulfstream training
Ilogico, May 9, Gulfstream W training
Jack’s Comprise, May 20, Gulfstream training
Talk Back Jack, May 22, Gulfstream training
Parole Board, June 9, Gulfstream 3
Silver Nile, June 11, Gulfstream 5 (euthanized next day)
Starlit Malibu, June 25, Gulfstream training, “shattered her sesamoid galloping out”
Criollas Boy, June 26, Gulfstream 11
How Time Flies, July 2, Gulfstream training
Sherezadah, July 2, Gulfstream 2
Templer Glory, July 10, Gulfstream 3
I’m Venezuelan, July 23, Gulfstream 11
The Judge Chuckles, July 23, Tampa Bay 7
Mansion House, August 13, Gulfstream 6
Here Comes Da Boom, September 1, Gulfstream 6
Distinctive Star, September 3, Gulfstream training
Miss Mongolia, September 3, Gulfstream training
Ocala Spirit, September 3, Gulfstream 1
Brave Rooster, September 3, Gulfstream 5
Can’t Stop the Kid, September 9, Gulfstream 1
Iberian, September 24, Gulfstream W training
Power Heat, September 28, Gulfstream W training
Moscow Miss, October 1, Gulfstream 1, “compound, comminuted fracture”
Sassy Samba, October 4, Gulfstream training
Desire Gone Astray, October 15, Gulfstream training
Grand Star, October 29, Gulfstream W training
Davie Nightmare, November 2, Gulfstream training
Dolce Surprise, November 4, Gulfstream W 3
Don’s Girl, November 5, Gulfstream training, “Location: laying in grass area”
Will Be Magical, November 6, Gulfstream training
Shark Rules, November 11, Pompano training
Ima Handsome Dude, November 16, Gulfstream W 7
Outrun Em All, November 26, Tampa Bay training
All of Barbados, December 4, Gulfstream training
My Bo Chop, December 10, Tampa Bay training
Wicked Attitude, December 10, Tampa Bay training
Gone Till Dawn, December 17, Tampa Bay training
Jazz Pizzaz, December 27, Tampa Bay training
Sinster Blue, December 30, Tampa Bay training

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.

Last Romance, January 6, Pompano, “died – perforated intestine, colic”
Obvi (pony), February 10, Hialeah, circumstances undisclosed
Irish Bride, October 16, Pompano, “found in stall”
Lovely Elle, November 18, Gulfstream, “dead in stall 4 am”

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

Through a FOIA request to the Florida DBPR, I have confirmed the following 73 deaths on or at Florida tracks in the first half of 2016. I have included the parenthetical information to illustrate (yet again) how wily – in the very worst sense of the word – this industry truly is. Of the 28 raceday kills, only 5 were indicated – with “broke down” (racing-speak for dead) or “euthanized” – on the official charts – none, by the way, at Gulfstream, Florida’s largest and most famous track.

While it may be true that not all euthanasias are known to the chartwriters at the time of writing, two points: experienced writers know a breakdown when they see one; surely some of the “vanned” were already dead when loaded – euthanized in full view (or at least behind the infamous screen) on the track. Truth is, if not for this FOIA report, the vast majority of these deaths – including, obviously, all training – would have been safely secreted away, the dead simply vanishing from the scene.

Wastin’ Away, January 1, Tampa Bay training – “fractured head”
One Step Salsa, January 3, Gulfstream training
Eye Get the Blues, January 3, Hialeah 7 (a “vanned off” on chart)
Rezoomin, January 6, Hialeah training
Last Romance, January 6, Pompano, “died – perforated intestine, colic”
Jm Lobo Cartel, January 8, Hialeah training
Rocket Boulevard, January 9, Gulfstream training
Shameless Lass, January 9, Gulfstream training
Ac Comando, January 9, Hialeah 3 (a “vanned off” on the chart)
Tm Vendikater, January 10, Hialeah 9 (a “vanned off” on the chart)
Rita’s Wildside, January 10, Tampa Bay training
Native Gold, January 12, Tampa Bay training
Lying Chief, January 15, Gulfstream 7 (a “pulled up, vanned off” on chart)
Charlie Cartel, January 18, Hialeah training
Spiced Tea (sic?), January 20, Gulfstream training
Handsome Xpression, January 21, Gulfstream training
Pretty Nauty, January 25, Tampa Bay training
Ashwarie, January 30, Gulfstream training
Forged, January 31, Gulfstream 1 (a “fell, vanned off” on chart)
Born Mighty, February 6, Hialeah 3 (a “pulled up, vanned off” on chart)
Estandarte, February 7, Gulfstream 4 (a “pulled up, vanned off” on chart)
Mach It Right, February 8, Pompano (harness charts never indicate death)
Obvi, February 10, Hialeah – circumstances undisclosed
Jess Makin Waves, February 12, Hialeah training
Pequena I Love You, February 12, Hialeah training
Enriquillo, February 14, Tampa Bay training – trainer says, “took a bad step”
Scrumpdilicious, February 15, Gulfstream 9 (a “pulled up, vanned off” on chart)
Flashing Light, February 17, Gulfstream 5 (a “pulled up, vanned off” on chart)
Gate Crasher, February 17, Tampa Bay training
Kandoo, February 20, Gulfstream 11 (a “fell, vanned off” on chart)
yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, February 21, Gulfstream training
Lilah Bird, February 21, Gulfstream 1 (a “pulled up, vanned off” on chart)
Dark and Dusty, February 24, Tampa Bay 1
Sweet Rocket Man, February 26, Gulfstream training
Save Rock and Roll, March 5, Gulfstream training
Hy Prince Happy, March 5, Gulfstream 2 (a “vanned off” on chart)
Glamorgan, March 5, Gulfstream 13 (a “fell, vanned off” on chart)
Stardust Abbe, March 6, Tampa Bay training
Never in Trouble, March 7, Gulfstream training – “Location of Deceased: Horse Pit”
Pennetta, March 9, Gulfstream 9 (a “pulled up, vanned off” on chart)
Imbaracuaro, March 11, Gulfstream W training
Ancil, March 11, Tampa Bay training
City of Weston, March 12, Gulfstream training
Starship Jodi, March 14, Gulfstream training
Arco de Triunfo, March 16, Gulfstream W training
Heatupthekaufy, March 26, Tampa Bay training
Invasion Point, March 26, Tampa Bay 10 (euthanized April 11) (a “vanned off” on chart)
Fivetillmidnite, March 31, Tampa Bay training
Aribelle, April 1, Tampa Bay 7 (a “pulled up, vanned off” on chart)
Summer Morn, April 6, Gulfstream training
Diamond Rose, April 8, Tampa Bay 2
Nena, April 12, Gulfstream W training
Polly My Love, April 13, Gulfstream W training
High Native Fly, April 13, Tampa Bay 3
Saturday Special, April 14, Gulfstream 2 (a “fell, vanned off” on chart)
Blessedwithprayer, April 14, Gulfstream 9 (a “pulled up, vanned off” on chart)
It’s Exclusive, April 15, Tampa Bay training
Coronado Street, April 18, Gulfstream W training
Big Paul, April 23, Tampa Bay training
Gran Plata, April 25, Gulfstream training
Senora de Fatima, April 29, Gulfstream training
Congrats to Ken, April 29, Tampa Bay 4
Greatest Lisa, April 30, Tampa Bay 2
Cotton Jenny, May 1, Gulfstream 10 (an “eased up, walked off” on chart)
Chatt Hills, May 2, Gulfstream W training
Miss Dejavu, May 7, Gulfstream training
Ilogico, May 9, Gulfstream W training
Jack’s Comprise, May 20, Gulfstream training
Talk Back Jack, May 22, Gulfstream training
Parole Board, June 9, Gulfstream 3 (a “fell, vanned off” on chart)
Silver Nile, June 11, Gulfstream 5 (euthanized next day) (no incident on chart)
Starlit Malibu, June 25, Gulfstream training – “shattered her sesamoid galloping out”
Criollas Boy, June 26, Gulfstream 11 (no incident on chart)

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