Through a FOIA request to the Nebraska Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following deaths there in 2018. Please note, however, that Nebraska is notoriously slow in responding to my request (typically takes multiple tries) and largely evasive on followup questions. In other words, this is almost certainly not the whole story…

Rum Therapy, February 25, Fonner T
“compound fracture P1”

Cimmaron Chief, February 25, Fonner R
“exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage” (74th race)

Cash Broker, March 16, Fonner T
“compound fracture shoulder”

Shesashadylady, March 18, Fonner R
“compound fracture cannon”

Lucky Kentucky, April 6, Fonner R
“cannon fracture”

My Gal Sarah, April 28, Fonner T
“head trauma fractures”

Bring the Action, June 9, Horsemen’s R
“post-race”

Through a FOIA request to the Nebraska State Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2017. Please note, however, that a single track, Columbus, accounts for four of the five results. The three other Nebraska tracks – Fonner, Horsemen’s, Lincoln – had a combined 40 racedays last year. Hard to believe that only one horse died over those 40 days (actually more, as training takes place every day, not just raceday). Best guess: sloppy and/or apathetic reporting.

Driving Miss Dixie, April 22, Fonner, training
“fractured shoulder”

Irish Keys, August 6, Columbus, race 1
“broken sesamoids, ankle gravelled”

Smokinisashame, August 12, Columbus, race 1
“fractured hock – complete, separated”

Mestizo, August 27, Columbus, race 6
“broken down on back straight”

Castana, September 2, Columbus, race 4
“RF pastern, sesamoids, tendon, knee; LF suspensory” (fourth race in less than a month; trainer, Schuyler Condon; owner, Jeffery Cox)

My FOIA deceased-horses request to the Nebraska State Racing Commission yielded one result: Get Your Greek On in the 5th at Columbus August 7. One dead – in a word, unbelievable. Literally. Consider that Nebraska’s two Thoroughbred tracks – Columbus and Fonner – had a combined 47 racing-days in 2016. 47. And that doesn’t even begin to take into account morning training sessions. When I questioned this, the Commission contact said, that’s “the only information I have.” I pressed the issue, and received this: “There were no fatalities in 2016 on the Fonner Park racetrack.”

Please.

Through a FOIA request to the Nebraska State Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on Nebraska tracks in 2015:

4-year-old Mullers Canyon, February 27, Fonner 6

4-year-old Sweet Gem, March 6, Fonner, training

4-year-old Ciao Valentina, March 24, Fonner, training

3-year-old Dancing Lo, March 26, Fonner, training (being prepped for first race)

5-year-old Revelation Song, April 23, Fonner, training

9-year-old Chicka Wow Wow, May 2, Fonner, training

6-year-old Dark Brahms, September 7, Columbus 7

In addition, at least (surely there were more) one still-active horse died from what the industry calls a “non-racing” cause. While technically true, morally she is no less a casualty of this vile business than her peers above.

3-year-old Funtobewith, April 23, Fonner
colic

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Through a “Public Records Law” request, I have confirmed the following 8 deaths on or at Nebraska racetracks in 2014:

4-year-old S S Tribal Girl, March 16, Fonner 2 (euthanized March 18)
chart said “pulled up, vanned off”

7-year-old Three Rudys, March 22, Fonner 3 (euthanized March 25)
chart said finished fine

6-year-old Kern River, March 28, Fonner 2
chart said “broke down”

2-year-old Jurzenski, March 30, Fonner 5
chart said “injured, vanned off”

4-year-old Trinity Tavern, April 8, colic (2 days after being raced)

2-year-old Famous Gent, April 12, Fonner 6
chart said “injured, vanned off”

3-year-old Zapachula, April 26, Fonner 11 (euthanized April 27)
chart said finished fine

6-year-old Winter’s Wildchild, August 17, Columbus 7
chart said “broke down”

This is horseracing.

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