Through a FOIA request to the Iowa Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Prairie Meadows in 2017. Please note, however, that the Commission did not forward any training deaths, so this, surely, is but a partial reckoning.

Steamroller, May 18, Prairie, race 5
“suspensory and sesamoids”

Cowboy Prince, May 19, Prairie, race 4
“suspensory and sesamoids”

Chicken Noodle, June 4, Prairie, race 3

Radiant Angel, June 30, Prairie, race 9

Cooper Road, July 21, Prairie, race 5
“carpal slab”

Dont Gang Up On Me, August 6, Prairie, race 6
“cannon compound”

Crushed Ice, August 6, Prairie, race 6
“spinal cord after hitting rival” (above)

Un Tres Able, August 26, Prairie, race 5
“spinal cord”

Burst of Dash, September 2, Prairie, race 2
“cannon compound” (both front legs)

Through a FOIA request to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Prairie Meadows in 2016. (Notably, the Commission did not forward any training fatalities, though surely there were some.)

Tagged, April 30, Prairie 1, “sesamoid fracture, tendon laceration”
Ventures Galore, May 13, Prairie 7, “multiple carpal fractures”
Arch Adversary, May 26, Prairie 4, “sesamoid fracture”
Victory Arch, June 10, Prairie 8, “sesamoid fracture, tendon rupture”
Jayne Wayne, June 12, Prairie 8, “complete open carpal and metacarpal fracture”
Stormy Equinox, June 15, Prairie 3, “sesamoid fracture, suspensory sprain”
Eee I Eee I Oh, June 18, Prairie 9, “scapula fracture”
Doc Galore, July 2, Prairie 6, “acetabulum fracture”
Looking At Hershey, July 8, Prairie 5, “suspensory rupture”
Brockabyebaby, July 14, Prairie 7, “slab fracture”
Freakin Pistol, July 22, Prairie 7, “sesamoid fractures, flexor tendon rupture”
D D Chicks Piloto, October 15, Prairie 4, “carpal fractures”
R Slick Talker, October 15, Prairie 7, “sesamoid fractures”


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

Through a FOIA request to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, I have confirmed the following track-related kills at Prairie Meadows in 2015:

3-year-old Sab Vision, April 24, race 3
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury”

4-year-old Afleet’s Hot Copy, May 10, race 7
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury”

4-year-old US Scout, June 4, race 9
“catastrophic hemorrhagic event”

4-year-old Propulsion, June 11, race 9
“catastrophic hemorrhagic event”

4-year-old Jamisonsjester, June 12, race 7
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury”

8-year-old Bully Bullette, June 19, training
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury” (last raced five days prior)

3-year-old Tiz Fee, July 16, training
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury” (last raced June 25)

3-year-old Docs My Friend, August 22, race 3
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury”

2-year-old Hawkeye Cartel, August 23, training
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury” (being prepped for first race)

8-year-old Mr Hempens Feature, September 11, race 7
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury”

None of the above deaths could have been gleaned from the official charts – not even a single “broke down.” Yet another example of Racing trying mightily to hide its dead.

In addition, five horses died on track grounds from what the industry calls “non-racing” causes. While this may be technically true, morally – and that’s all that really matters – they are no less casualties of this sordid business than the ones above.

2-year-old Mooch Meister, April 18
“acute abdomen” (yet to be raced)

5-year-old Shadow Heart, April 28
“respiratory disease” (last raced August 2014)

4-year-old Eddings, July 27
“neurological” (last raced April)

2-year-old Hatinthewater, September 5
“neurological” (yet to be raced)

4-year-old Valiant Chickie, September 5
“acute abdomen” (last raced August)

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Through an “Open Records” request to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, I was able to confirm the deaths of the following racehorses at Prairie Meadows in 2014. All suffered what the Commission refers to as “catastrophic musculoskeletal injuries” while racing. I have also included the original chart notes to demonstrate, yet again, how patently deceitful this industry truly is.

3-year-old Gigi’s Alina, May 10, race 5: “pulled up…vanned off”

4-year-old Motion in Potion, May 22, race 2: “eased…fell…vanned off”

4-year-old Value Trap, May 25, race 3: “injured shortly after the wire…vanned off”

5-year-old Lake Brilliant, June 20, race 2: “broke down at the quarter mile”

5-year-old Lady of Liberty, June 22, race 4: finished (3rd) without incident

3-year-old American Reign, August 1, race 1: “injured late…pulled up”

3-year-old Ima Ivory, August 24, race 8: “finished well”

2-year-old Cola de Oro, September 13, race 1: “fell after crossing wire…vanned off”

4-year-old Hada Certain Charm, September 13, race 6: “slammed at the start,” won, nothing else mentioned

3-year-old Cr Strawflyn Bux, October 18, race 1: “stumbled and lost his rider at the start,” nothing else mentioned

6-year-old Joltin Jess, October 18, race 10: finished without incident

5-year-old Willie Mosconi, October 18, race 11: finished (2nd) without incident

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Only 1 of the 12 fatally injured horses was said to have “broke down.” For the rest, zero indication of impending death on the official Equibase charts. In short, to the occasional visitor to Prairie Meadows, a day at the track may have seemed an innocuous way to spend an afternoon. Just the way Racing wants it.