Through a FOIA request to the Oregon Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Portland Meadows in 2018.

Sexy Momma, January 7, Portland R
“ankle fracture”

Captain Shaddock, January 30, Portland R
“ankle fracture”

Storm the Channel, September 12, Portland T
“fractured cannon bone”

Memphis Mobster, October 30, Portland R
“pastern fracture” (11 years old, 80th race)

Bellicose Boy, November 10, Portland T
“cannon fracture”

Ozark Daredevil, November 12, Portland R (euthanized November 19)
“injury that a week later resulted in euthanasia”

Hot Tub, November 27, Portland R
“ankle fracture” (8 years old, 65th race)

Coming in Hot, December 4, Portland R
“sudden death/collapse due to circulatory failure”

To the Brink, December 16, Portland R
“shoulder injury”

Polished Rock, December 31, Portland T
“fractured ankle” (finished last five times in final six races)

In addition, this still-very-much-active racehorse died on track grounds from what the industry craftily calls a “non-racing” cause. Technically true, perhaps, but morally she is no less a casualty of this vile business than the ones above.

Gold On Tap, September 9, Portland
“died in stall due to reaction to a vitamin injection by trainer’s vet” (two years old)

Through a request to the Oregon Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following deaths at Portland Meadows in 2017.

Cinematic Cat, September 30
“colic” (last raced September 3)

Rome New York, October 25
“kicked at the farm and got worse on walker at the track – tibial fracture” (last raced October 3)

Semiprecious, October 31, race 6
“limb fracture”

Regalstone, November 27, race 6
“carpal fracture”

Through a FOIA request to the Oregon Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Oregon tracks in 2016. (Notably, the Commission did not forward any training deaths – though surely there were some.)

Stardemalion, January 11, Portland 8, “fractured leg”

Chick Meter, June 11, Oregon Livestock 8, “collapse – sudden death” (after winning)

Jess a Lil Lacey, July 2, Grants Pass 5, “fractured leg”

Itsastormynight, September 25, Portland 6, “fractured leg”

Wizsito, October 3, Portland 2, “fractured leg”

TNT Party, November 21, Portland 3, “fractured front legs” (plural)

Fnf Bruja, December 26, Portland 2, “fractured leg”

Rolling Thunder, December 26, Portland 4, “fractured leg”

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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 Oregon Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following 7 racing/training kills on Oregon tracks in 2015:

3-year-old Penny’s Maeham, June 12, Oregon Livestock 2

3-year-old Stormin Angel, November 17, Portland 5

3-year-old Tsunami Kidd, November 30, Portland 3

3-year-old Papa’s Angels, November 30, Portland 7

6-year-old Cu At Sunup, December 7, Portland 6

3-year-old Joanie’s Ticket, December 22, Portland 6

5-year-old Cowboy Clyde, December 29, Portland 3

In addition, these 5 still-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry refers to as “non-racing” causes. While technically true, morally they are most definitely casualties of Racing.

6-year-old Corporate Comet, September 9, Portland

4-year-old Hye Choose Hope, September 18, Portland

6-year-old I Got My Wings, September 27, Portland

7-year-old Alota Action, October 8, Portland

2-year-old Special Cafeina, October 8, Portland


Through a “Public Records” request, I was able to confirm the following deaths on Oregon tracks last year. (It should be noted, however, that Oregon is a relatively light-racing state, with but one regular track, Portland Meadows, and a handful of county fairs. In addition, Portland only had 31 days of live racing.)

4-year-old Really a Hero was euthanized after breaking in the 2nd at the Eastern Oregon Livestock Show (a 3-day fair) on June 7th. Equibase had the Donald Young-trained (and owned) mare “[going] wrong” and being vanned off.

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4-year-old Demetrius was euthanized after the 10th at Portland Meadows December 2nd. The Margie Cantrell-trained gelding, too, was merely a “went wrong, pulled up, vanned off” on the chart. Two more ambulance-riders dead. This is horseracing.