Through a “Freedom of Access Act” request, I have confirmed the following 4 deaths on or at Maine harness tracks in 2014. (Note: Maine has no Thoroughbred racing.)
Scootin Keefe, January 14, Scarborough Downs: “Injured in New York during a race…transported to Scarborough for examination. The private practitioner determined the horse needed to be euthanized.” Owner, Gordon Dubois.
Our Desire, April 5, Scarborough Downs: “Diagnosed with a broken leg following a race and was euthanized by a private practitioner.” Owner, Randy Tompkins.
Redestrian, April 17, Scarborough Downs: “Diagnosed with colic and was euthanized by a private practitioner.” Owner, Michael Hubert.
Town Fool, May 20, Bangor Raceway: “Collapsed after a race and was pronounced dead by a private practitioner. After review it was determined the horse died of a heart attack following the race.” Owners, Robert and Kyle Gibbs.
Maine’s response came with this: “This is all of the information that was reported [italics added] to the track management and the State Racing Stewards in 2014.”
Surely, there were others.