Through a FOIA request to the Louisiana Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2017. Please note, however, that the Commission did not forward training deaths (nor, for that matter, “non-racing” deaths). When I questioned, this was their response: “We do not track or maintain a list of deaths that occur during training hours as those are more often than not handled between the trainer and their private veterinarian.” Please. In any event, it’s a good bet that the carnage in Louisiana was probably double what you see below. And below are 65 dead racehorses.

Jrs Runaway Tonight, January 7, Louisiana, race 5
“carpal fracture”

Divine Kaleb, January 14, Fair Grounds, race 7
“sesamoids fracture”

Call Me an Illusion, January 16, Louisiana, race 2
“ran into rail; rail into pleural [lung] space” (chart merely said “lost rider, vanned off”)

Cinnamon Apple, January 21, Fair Grounds, race 6
“fetlock disarticulation”

Pass Me One Too, January 23, Louisiana, race 1
“carpal fracture”

Corona Makes Amends, January 23, Louisiana, race 7
“fetlock – complete, open”

Henry Is Henry, January 29, Fair Grounds, race 2
“sesamoids fracture”

Sir Prize, February 4, Louisiana, race 6
“fetlock – closed, displaced”

Chocopologie, February 11, Delta, race 10
“cannon fracture”

Ttt the Conquistador, February 12, Louisiana, race 4
“MCIII – complete, displaced”

Vivi’s Magic, February 23, Delta, race 5
“cannon fracture”

Don’t Undermind Me, February 25, Delta, race 4
“cannon fracture”

Theboyzproudntrue, February 25, Delta, race 9
“carpal fracture”

Mda Gold Chick, February 25, Louisiana, race 5
“MCIII – complete, open” (one year old, first race)

Jet for Yonder, February 27, Louisiana, race 4

Three Tootsies, March 2, Fair Grounds, race 8
“condylar fracture”

Mahanco, March 9, Delta, race 2
“carpal fracture”

Tf Eyesa Firefighter, March 18, Louisiana, race 5
“medial and lateral sesamoids”

Lots of White, March 21, Louisiana, race 3
“carpal fracture”

Pure Joy, March 25, Fair Grounds, race 1
“carpal fracture”

Great Wit, March 30, Fair Grounds, race 4
“fetlock fracture”

Aaron of Goshen, March 30, Fair Grounds, race 6
“cannon fracture” (coming off consecutive last-place finishes, combined 48 back)

Jeff and J’s Dream, April 2, Fair Grounds, race 9
“fetlock fracture”

Mudbug, April 27, Delta, prior to race 5
“hip/femur fracture”

Tee Mata, May 4, Delta, race 6
“back fracture”

Grey Guarters, May 6, Louisiana, race 5
“complete fetlock luxation”

Mystic Beach, May 11, Delta, race 10
“cannon fracture”

TG Julio, May 18, Delta, race 1
“all 4, hit rail, lacerated”

Songfortheofficer, May 19, Evangeline, race 9
“sesamoids” (raced 5 times coming in: 1 “DNF,” 4 finishes averaging 16 lengths back)

Ttt El Vago, May 25, Delta, prior to race 8
“muscle lacerations”

Nl Linda Zoomin, May 25, Delta, race 8
“distal limb fracture”

Fast Dash for Credit, June 3, Delta, race 6
“sesamoids fracture”

Squeeky Cat, June 3, Evangeline, race 7
“fracture, disarticulation”

Don’ttakemelightly, June 3, Louisiana, race 1

Built Lika, June 9, Delta, race 8
“hock fracture”

El Jarocho, June 10, Delta, race 6
“suspensory rupture, sesamoids fracture”

Pilototechick, June 17, Delta, race 13
“cannon fracture”

Willieverwin, June 30, Evangeline, race 4

His First Love, July 1, Delta, prior to race 10
“fetlock joint, disarticulated”

Miss Contempt, July 5, Evangeline, race 1
“fracture, instability”

Banging With Stoli, July 7, Delta, race 5
“carpus, open”

The Great Bambina, July 7, Delta, race 10
“carpal fracture”

Tonto’s Sister, July 11, Louisiana, race 7
“fetlock – open, disarticulation”

Steam Burner, August 5, Evangeline, race 6

Chatain’s Tank, August 9, Louisiana, race 6
“complete fetlock luxation – open fracture”

Charm the Lute, August 14, Louisiana, race 3
“complete fetlock luxation – open”

Smokealittlesmoke, August 24, Evangeline, race 4
“distal limb fracture” (13th race of 2017)

Happy High Porto, September 2, Evangeline, race 2

Firstprizelove, September 8, Fair Grounds, race 8
“fetlock disarticulation”

Fast Talkin Man, September 9, Louisiana, race 11
“fetlock fracture”

Cherishabull, September 12, Louisiana, race 1
“fetlock fracture”

Mi Padre, September 16, Louisiana, race 2
“tibia – displaced”

My Man Colton, September 25, Louisiana, race 2
“mid-shaft MCIII – open”

Mps Miss Zaza, October 27, Evangeline, race 8
“MCIII below carpus – open”

Charbonnet, November 2, Delta, race 1
“cannon bone fracture” (first race)

Debbyz Wingz, November 4, Delta, race 4
“cannon/condylar fracture”

Combined, November 18, Fair Grounds, race 8
“carpal fracture”

Toast Him Above, November 21, Evangeline, race 1
“sesamoids – disarticulation, open”

Mesoma, November 23, Fair Grounds, race 9
“MCIII and fetlock fracture”

Wonwonwon, November 24, Delta, race 3
“sesamoids fracture” (first race)

Arsene Wenger, December 2, Evangeline, race 6

Sky Stanza, December 9, Fair Grounds, race 4
“fetlock fracture” (49th race)

Independence B, December 16, Evangeline, race 10
“MCIII – open, displaced”

My Girl Janelle, December 16, Fair Grounds, race 7
“MCIII fracture”

Late Again, December 28, Delta, race 10
“sesamoids, open”

Through a FOIA request to the Louisiana Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Louisiana tracks in 2016. Please note, however, that (as in the past) the Commission did not forward training deaths, claiming they “do not track or maintain a list of deaths that occur during training hours.” So, when reading, be mindful that the 50-horse list below can easily and reasonably be doubled.

Cool Chic, January 7, Delta 6, “open bilateral sesamoids”
Sweet Zarb, January 16, Delta 6, “sesamoid”
Hidden Closer, January 21, Delta 4, “open cannon”
Jump Jump, January 22, Delta 7, “cannon”
Ticfaw, January 29, Delta 8, “open fetlock”
Royals Magic Touch, February 5, Delta 10, “cannon”
Hot Time Tonite, February 5, Delta 10, “shoulder”
Bella Stella, February 6, Louisiana 5, “carpal”
Classic Flair, February 11, Fair Grounds 9, “suspensory”
My Pal Lily, February 19, Delta 4, “open sesamoids, suspensory”
Chapter and Verse, February 20, Fair Grounds 1, “condylar”
Panchos Jess Special, February 23, Louisiana 2, “MCIII, MTIII”
Beatie Eyed Peatie, February 24, Delta 3, “shattered carpus”
Georgia’s Genie, March 11, Delta 2, “cannon”
A Running Ghost, March 12, Delta 10, “both LF sesamoids”
Go Car Cosino, March 21, Louisiana 9, “P1/P2”
Lil Noon, April 8, Evangeline 2, “MCIII, bilateral sesamoids”
French Celebrity, April 9, Evangeline 7, “bilateral sesamoids”
Favorite Passage, April 23, Delta 5, “carpus”
Prior Restraint, May 4, Evangeline 9, “bilateral sesamoids”
Deadly Swingin Jess, May 5, Delta 4, “broken back”
Noblejesselie Inview, May 18, Delta 2, “proximal”
Classicsoutherngal, May 20, prior to Evangeline 3, “flipped on track prior to race”
Sweet Yankee, May 30, Louisiana 6, “distal limb”
Chick Call Kay, June 8, Delta 2, “carpal”
Sneaky Choice, June 8, prior to Louisiana 1, “sudden death”
Flyintotheparty, June 16, Delta 3, “open sesamoid”
Senior Rapidor, June 17, Evangeline 5, “bilateral sesamoids”
Julias Girl, June 18, Evangeline 3, “MCIII, open spiral”
Mr. Bo Jingles, June 30, Louisiana 3, “sesamoids”
Fast Slimey, July 6, Evangeline 4, “open, disarticulated fetlock”
All in the Art, July 15, prior to Louisiana 2, “sudden death”
Dollar Signs, July 16, Evangeline 1, “bilateral sesamoids”
Margie’s Gold Coin, July 28, Louisiana 4, “joint fetlock”
Mon Verset, July 30, Evangeline 2, “disarticulated fetlock”
Carlita Shake, August 19, Evangeline 5, “bilateral sesamoids”
Horatio Jetta, August 19, Louisiana 3, “sesamoids”
Logans Mystery Man, August 25, Fair Grounds 5, “sesamoid”
Hez Royal William, August 25, Fair Grounds 7, “sesamoids, fetlock disarticulation”
Jla Strictly Busines, September 2, Fair Grounds 8, “bilateral carpal”
Time’s Concern, September 7, Louisiana 3, “sudden death” (11 years old, 85th race)
Flying Carlos, September 16, Louisiana 5, “carpal”
My Fast Sensation, September 29, Evangeline 9, “open fetlock”
First Prize Denim, October 29, Evangeline 4, “multiple carpal”
Sequoyah Lightning, November 5, Delta 3, “sesamoid”
Delta Code, November 10, Delta 10, “bilateral sesamoids”
Wealwayshave Paris, November 17, Delta 4, “open fetlock”
Cole’s Magic Vow, December 1, Delta 4, “open fetlock”
Maisla, December 10, Delta 10, “carpal”
Mandevillian, December 14, Delta 1, “both LF sesamoids”

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

Through a request to the Louisiana Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following 65 deaths on Louisiana tracks in 2015. This list, however, covers only raceday kills; when I requested training and “non-racing” documentation, I received the following reply from the Commission:

“We do not track or maintain a list of deaths that occur during non-racing hours/training hours as those are more often than not handled between the trainer and their private veterinarian.”

So – the following carnage can easily and reasonably be doubled, if not more.

2-year-old Good Problem, January 7, Delta 6

8-year-old Can’touchthisgal, January 8, Fair Grounds 9

4-year-old Rusty Raven, January 11, Fair Grounds 2

4-year-old Solomon’s Sun, January 12, Fair Grounds 6

3-year-old One Step Higher, January 15, Delta 3

3-year-old Boston Brute, January 21, Delta 2

2-year-old Snaff, January 24, Fair Grounds 3

3-year-old Colstons Leaving U, January 25, Louisiana 7

3-year-old Alexis Charm, January 31, Fair Grounds 1

3-year-old Sergush, February 1, Fair Grounds 2

5-year-old Drew Clear, February 7, Delta 3

5-year-old Strike It Cody, February 9, Louisiana 7

4-year-old I Jus Wana Hav Fun, February 14, Fair Grounds 1

9-year-old Royal Blue Miracle, February 16, Louisiana 2

3-year-old Brendon’s Pic, February 20, Fair Grounds 9

3-year-old Wild Tchoupitoulas, February 21, Fair Grounds 12

2-year-old Indict, February 26, Fair Grounds 7

3-year-old Macho Mia, February 28, Louisiana 5

4-year-old Take It Out Back, March 2, Louisiana 3
“sudden death”

2-year-old Heza Fast Lajolla, March 2, Louisiana 5

3-year-old Mm Paul Revere, March 7, Louisiana 7

3-year-old Leon the Lion Tamer, March 12, Delta 1

3-year-old Lookin At Daisy, March 14, Fair Grounds 4

3-year-old Sheezflippinsexy, March 14, Fair Grounds 11

5-year-old Who Dat Fans, March 15, Fair Grounds 3

3-year-old Mdt Backstreet Bully, March 24, Louisiana 3
“sudden death”

1-year-old Jetrunaway, March 24, Louisiana 4 (first ever race)

3-year-old Starrific Is Ours, April 10, Evangeline 6

6-year-old Wakeup N Dash, April 22, Delta 4

6-year-old Awesome Bandit, April 23, Evangeline 8

3-year-old Tres Coronas Please, May 2, Delta 8

2-year-old Big Chestnut, May 7, Evangeline 1 (first ever race)

4-year-old In a Dispute, May 14, Delta 7

7-year-old Tauphine Pass, May 23, Evangeline 2

4-year-old Pop’s Cajun Gold, May 27, Evangeline 9

4-year-old Mark’s Wings, May 28, Evangeline 5

5-year-old Pickup Man, May 29, Louisiana 7
“sudden death”

4-year-old Ole Pete, June 3, Louisiana 5
“collapsed past the wire”

5-year-old Cajun Cosino, June 5, Delta 3
“went down in gate”

4-year-old Doc’s Son, June 10, Evangeline 4

5-year-old Betty Mc, June 17, Louisiana 4

2-year-old One Fast Jet, July 11, Delta 10

7-year-old Strong and Tough, July 29, Evangeline 6

4-year-old Tribute to Buddy, July 29, Louisiana 5

3-year-old Queen Tracy Afleet, July 30, Louisiana 5

7-year-old Its Champagne Time, August 19, Evangeline 2

4-year-old Jrs Special Feature, August 22, Fair Grounds 3

5-year-old Walk the Tango, September 2, Louisiana 1

3-year-old Jls Alyssas Story, September 5, Fair Grounds 2

3-year-old Contangold, September 17, Louisiana 5

3-year-old Starry Madelyn, September 17, Louisiana 7

3-year-old Tee Tan Stan, October 24, Evangeline 7
“collapsed – bilateral hind limb paralysis”

4-year-old Miss Celeb, October 29, Delta 7

3-year-old Aut’s Maria, October 29, Delta 8

3-year-old Hempin Strut, November 4, Evangeline 2

5-year-old Jb Magnik, November 12, Evangeline 8

3-year-old Beauregard Sopo, November 19, Delta 8

4-year-old Cuban Divide, November 19, Delta 10

4-year-old Richter Con Jar, November 20, Delta 3 (first ever race)

5-year-old Sweet Baby Gaines, November 21, Fair Grounds 6

4-year-old El Tarto, December 4, Delta 10

2-year-old Bayou Banker, December 12, Fair Grounds 11

4-year-old Commander Seul, December 18, Delta 10

5-year-old Carefully Worded, December 26, Delta 7

3-year-old Urtheoneeyelove, December 26, Fair Grounds 6


Through a “Public Records Act” request, I have confirmed the following 15 deaths at Louisiana Downs in 2014. (With these Louisiana reports, I have noted that training deaths were not included in the Commission documents. After reaching out again, I received this response: “We do not track or maintain a list of deaths that occur during training hours as those are more often than not handled between the trainer and their private veterinarian.” In all, Louisiana reported 73 fatalities at its four tracks. If training deaths were included, we could probably almost double that total.)

4-year-old Jazz Under the Oaks, February 8, “died” – unstated cause

4-year-old First Prize Prince, February 16, Louisiana 2, “displaced acute”
chart said “injured, did not finish”

2-year-old Chica de La Noche, February 23, Louisiana 7, “comminuted acute”
chart said “stopped, euthanized”

3-year-old Aggressive Prize, March 3, Louisiana 5, “comminuted acute”
chart said “fell, euthanized”

6-year-old First Spirit, March 26, “sudden death – colic”

3-year-old Aztec Secret, May 10, Louisiana 3, “open severe acute”
chart said “fell, euthanized”

3-year-old Rulers Brite Lite, May 17, “trauma – paresis/paralysis”

3-year-old Oriental Silk, May 18, Louisiana 8, “acute”
chart said “fell, euthanized”

6-year-old Eric the Ram, May 24, Louisiana 1, “comminuted acute”
chart said “pulled up, vanned off”

3-year-old Loooch’smachoman, May 25, Louisiana 3, “comminuted displaced acute”
chart said “pulled up, vanned off”

6-year-old J.B.’s Marquis, June 14, Louisiana 5, “compound displaced acute”
chart said “pulled up, euthanized”

3-year-old Ol’ Bob, June 19, Louisiana 4, “open severe acute”
chart said “fell, euthanized”

3-year-old Movin’ On Up, July 25, Louisiana 8, “displaced open acute”
chart said “fell, euthanized”

3-year-old Kitagal, August 30, Louisiana 3, “displaced open acute”
chart said “faltered, euthanized”

4-year-old Sequoia Skyline, September 4, Louisiana 4, “acute”
chart said “pulled up, vanned off”

Through a “Public Records Act” request, I have confirmed the following 14 raceday kills (the Commission did not forward training deaths, so this list is far from complete) at Louisiana’s Fair Grounds in 2014:

3-year-old Aunt Meanie, January 1, Fair Grounds 9, “fracture distal limb”

3-year-old Classic Ford, January 4, Fair Grounds 10, “fracture fetlock”

2-year-old Top Data, January 20, Fair Grounds 9, “acute fracture”

3-year-old Hickissippi, January 23, Fair Grounds 10, “open fracture”

3-year-old Warrior’s Image, February 1, Fair Grounds 9, “acute fracture”
chart merely said “went wrong, vanned off”

3-year-old Astronomer, February 17, Fair Grounds 1, “open fracture”

6-year-old The Program, March 6, Fair Grounds 8, “fracture”

2-year-old Miss Da Sunrise, March 7, Fair Grounds 4, “fracture”

9-year-old Coppers Fit, September 5, Fair Grounds 6, “acute fracture”
chart said finished fine

2-year-old Game Obsession, September 5, Fair Grounds 7, “open displaced fracture”
chart merely said “fell”

4-year-old Oh Juliet, December 21, Fair Grounds 5, “open acute compound fracture”

3-year-old Wide Eyed Ide, December 29, Fair Grounds 5, “displaced slab fracture”
chart merely said “pulled up, vanned off”

3-year-old Four Lakes, December 31, Fair Grounds 3, “compound fracture distal limb”
chart merely said “pulled up, vanned off”

2-year-old Exit West, December 31, Fair Grounds 5, “compound fracture distal limb”
chart merely said “went wrong, pulled up, vanned off”

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