Through a FOIA request to the Michigan Gaming Control Board, I have confirmed the following kill at Northville Downs July 21:

Ounce Hanover – “fractured front leg”

Please note that Michigan is down to a solitary racetrack – a harness one at that. Below are the seven – yes, seven – Michigan tracks that have closed just since 2000:

Saginaw Valley Downs, closed 2005 after 25 years of racing
Great Lakes Downs, closed 2007 after 18 years of racing
Jackson Harness Raceway, closed 2008 after 60 years of racing
Pinnacle Race Course, closed 2010 after 2 years of racing
Mount Pleasant Meadows, closed 2013 after 28 years of racing
Sports Creek Raceway, closed 2015 after 28 years of racing
Hazel Park, closed 2018 after 69 years of racing

Progress.

Through a FOIA request to the Michigan Gaming Control Board, I have confirmed the following kills at Hazel Park in 2017. Please note, however, that the Board did not forward any training deaths (though surely there were some); in addition, there was nothing on the harness track Northville Downs.

Hucks Party, May 19, Hazel, race 4
“suspensory rupture” (four races prior to dying: all last or next-to-last, average 24 lengths back – trainer/owner Reid Gross)

Testarossa Red, June 16, Hazel, race 6
“suspensory rupture”

Im Just Good, July 8, Hazel, race 8
“carpus fracture”

No Nukes, July 10, Hazel
“colic” (7-year-old, had been raced 48 times, most recently May 27)

Trisha’s Trove, July 15, Hazel, race 6
“epistaxis” (bled from the nose) (had been raced only eight days before; worse, fifth race in five weeks – trainer, James White; owner, Don White)

Through a FOIA request to the Michigan Gaming Control Board, I have confirmed the following kills at Hazel Park in 2016. (Note: The Board did not forward any data on either of Michigan’s two harness tracks.)

Charlies Gun, August 5, race 8, “fractured MCIII”

Heather Belle, August 12, race 9, “large vessel rupture”

He’s Rockin, August 19, training, “fractured humerus”

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

Through a FOIA request to the Michigan Gaming Control Board, I have confirmed the following kills on or at Michigan tracks in 2015:

5-year-old Shes a Evilwarrior, July 17, Hazel 6
“carpal fractures”

Tamala, October 23, Northville
“post-race, ruptured artery”

11-year-old Speeding Ticket, April 18, Hazel
“pleuritis”

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