Through a FOIA request to the West Virginia Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following deaths at Mountaineer in 2016:

Nofinancingneeded, April 20, training, “collapsed and died”

Margin, May 2, race 6 (euthanized May 16), “MCIII fracture”

Luck of Irish, May 3, race 9, “biaxial fracture – humanely destroyed”

Early Glory, May 10, race 1, “slab fracture – humanely destroyed”

Sue’s Nice Shadow, May 22, training, “accident in gate – humanely destroyed”

He’s a Delight, May 23, prior to race 4, “flipped in paddock, cranial fracture – dead on arrival”

Georgia Glitter, June 1, race 2, “biaxial fracture – humanely destroyed”

Bruno Cino, June 8, race 7, “spinal fracture – humanely destroyed”

Timely Pursuit, June 19, race 1, “biaxial fracture – humanely destroyed”

Gorgeous Sunrise, June 19, race 7, “slab fracture – humanely destroyed”

Amanda in Front, July 5, race 7 (euthanized July 14), “slab fracture”

Yari, July 20, race 4, “biaxial fracture – humanely destroyed”

Shakespeare’s Girl, July 27, race 1 (euthanized July 28), “slab fracture”

Awesome Group, July 30, race 1, “biaxial fracture – humanely destroyed”

Holey Molar, August 27, race 2, “biaxial fracture – humanely destroyed”

Fonepferesh, September 13, race 1, “biaxial fracture – humanely destroyed”

Why Argue, September 17, training, “suspensory”

Dreaming of Bella, September 19, race 8, “vascular accident”

Fan Demon, September 27, race 4, “biaxial fracture – humanely destroyed”

Hotrod Justice, October 10, race 6, “biaxial fracture – humanely destroyed”

My Silver Badge, October 11, race 9 (euthanized October 27), “biaxial fracture – humanely destroyed”

Kerisma, October 23, race 4, “biaxial fracture – humanely destroyed”

Profitable Lover, October 25, race 7 (euthanized November 4), “slab fracture”

Freudian Fantasy, October 25, race 9, “biaxial fracture – humanely destroyed”

Da Big Dawg, October 29, race 9, “sudden death” (10 years old, 82nd race)

Zee Note, November 1, training, “fractured pastern – humanely destroyed”

Suzy’s Storm, November 6, race 2, “biaxial fracture – humanely destroyed”

Way Out Willie, November 6, race 3, “slab fracture – humanely destroyed”

Flatter Talk, November 15, race 2 (euthanized November 22), “slab fracture”

Jo Dancer, November 20, race 2, “humerus fracture – humanely destroyed”

Suspecttommy, November 22, race 3, “compound fracture MCIII – humanely destroyed”

In addition, the following horses died on track grounds from what the industry calls “non-racing” causes. While this may be technically true, morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

Classic Kate, April 13, “penetrating abdominal wound – humanely destroyed” (was last raced March 23)

Silver Pigeon, July 19, “colic – humanely destroyed” (four “career” races: 12th, 7th, 9th, 9th)

C.C. Water Back, August 6, “enteritis – died” (yet-to-be-raced 3-year-old)

Mango Tart, August 15, “colic – humanely destroyed” (7-year-old, 29 races)

Bay Apache, August 26, “colic – died [not euthanized]” (was last raced just 19 days prior)

Holy Highway, October 18, “died from pneumonia” (7-year-old, 52 races)

Phoebe Moon, November 4, “colic, enteritis – found dead in stall” (7-year-old, 56 races – last one just two weeks prior)

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