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.”


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

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