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

Al’s May Girl, January 22, training, “MCIII fracture”
Dancing Wish, January 30, training, “compound condylar fracture”
Grand Mast, February 19, race 8, “sesamoid fractures, fetlock dislocation”
Big Hearted Deb, February 20, training, “MCIII fracture”
Caramel Creamsicle, February 25, race 6 (euthanized February 26), “slab fracture”
Purses Galore, March 3, race 4, “sudden death after race”
Imaflashyfellow, March 5, training, “shoulder fracture”
Pure Habit, March 11, race 7, “ankle dislocation and fracture”
Mommy Did It, March 11, race 8 (euthanized April 8), “sesamoids/tendon tear”
Cockeyed Cowboy, March 24, race 1, “open fracture, dislocation both front ankles”
Mrs Loud Mouth, March 26, race 6, “MCIII open fracture – shattered”
Chicsdigtheshark, March 26, race 7 (euth March 28), “MCIII, sesamoid fractures”
Ozzy, April 6, training (euthanized April 7), “scapula, humerus fractures”
Ace the Limit, April 8, race 2, “bilateral sesamoid fracture”
City Exit, April 8, race 4, “carpal fracture, partial fracture MCIII”
Malbros, April 23, race 7, “sesamoid fractures, dislocation of fetlock”
Nite Thunder, May 19, race 9, “sudden death during race”
View Tree, May 21, race 1, “open carpal fracture”
I Got Good Case, May 26, training (euthanized May 27), “ruptured tendon”
Such a Storm, June 2, training, “disarticulated carpal fracture”
Bravelikebetty, June 8, race 6, “sesamoid fractures, dislocation of fetlock”
Aplaingirl, July 2 (in Delaware race 2) (euthanized July 11), “slab fracture”
My Mans Out West, July 6, training, “sudden death” (two years old)
Aly’s Tap, July 21, race 6 (euthanized August 18), “carpus slab fracture”
Im a Corky One, July 22, race 8 (euthanized July 28), “multiple carpus fractures”
Leslie’s Dreamgirl, July 23, training, “open condylar fracture”
Sexy Boy, July 23, race 2 (euthanized August 20), “bowed deep flexor tendon”
King Windsor, July 29, race 2 (euthanized August 5), “condylar fracture”
Lew’s Legacy, August 5, race 5, “multiple carpal fractures” (first race)
Jennymeister, August 29, training, “open tibia fracture”
Illhuffanillpuff, September 7, training, “sesamoid fracture”
All About Attitude, September 28, training, “condylar fracture”
Michelle’s Trip, October 13, training, “P1 fracture” (57th race)
No Problem Paddy, October 13, race 3, “fell, died on track – neck fracture?”
Full Moon’s Mass, October 15, race 8, “carps shattered”
Sparkling Jewel, October 29, race 5 (euth December 12), “fetlock arthritis – chronic”
Hunt Basket, November 2, training, “open condylar fracture”
Miss Mountineer, November 16, training, “scapula fracture”
Boo Boo Dancer, December 7, race 5, “MCIII compound, comminuted fracture”
Really Mistya, December 9, race 6, “ankle dislocation and fracture”
Mean Streets, December 14, training, “complete fracture [of] tibia”
AK’s Candy, December 22, race 8, “ankle fracture/dislocation”
Little City Girl, December 31, training, “puncture wound, infection”

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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.

Scarlet Coal, January 28, “colic – died [not euthanized]” (three years old)
Zumba It, January 31, “endotoxic shock – died [not euthanized]” (four years old)
Outtanker, February 8, “colitis” (four years old)
Packet Cat, February 15, “colitis” (four years old)
Longhairedhippie, February 20, “colic – died [not euthanized]” (four years old)
Page’s Promise, March 6, “botulism” (41 races)
Polar Sunrise, May 3, “died [not euthanized] in stall” (last raced two weeks earlier)
Malzahn, May 28, “founder” (four years old, last raced in March)
Waverly Force, June 4, “neurologic disease” (three, coming off first race)
J. Russell, June 16, “septic, laminitis” (three, never raced)
Generic, July 22, “founder” (three, never raced)
Comprehend Mystery, August 16, “EPM” (three, never raced)

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

“Broken Back in Spill”

“Collapsed and Died [at] Finish Line”

“Pastern Shattered”

“Broken Neck”

“Flipped in Paddock, Fractured Skull – DOA”

“Sudden Death During Race”

“Carpus Shattered”

“Found Dead in Stall”

Through a FOIA request to the West Virginia Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following deaths on that state’s tracks in 2015:

4-year-old Master’s Champion, January 14, Charles Town, training (euthanized Jan 15)

7-year-old Shop Smart, January 16, Charles Town, training

2-year-old Jazz Track, January 16, Charles Town 1
“fell in race, possible neck fracture”

2-year-old Warrior Forever, January 21, Charles Town 4

3-year-old Trail’satwosteppin, January 23, Charles Town 7

5-year-old Fronkonsteen, January 28, Charles Town 2 (euthanized January 29)

4-year-old Cobalto, February 5, Charles Town, training

3-year-old Fuzz, February 25, Charles Town 4

2-year-old Lovin It, February 26, Charles Town 4

5-year-old Mr Weaver, March 7, Mountaineer 9 (euthanized March 8)

7-year-old Shes Got to Run, March 13, Mountaineer, training

2-year-old Big Bad Max, March 17, Charles Town, training

5-year-old Elena’s Dreamboy, March 18, Mountaineer 9

2-year-old Afleet Monster, March 20, Charles Town 9 (euthanized March 21)

3-year-old Homeward Calling, March 26, Charles Town 9 (euthanized March 28)

3-year-old Holy Quill, April 8, Charles Town 8

5-year-old Snub, April 17, Charles Town 7 (euthanized April 29)

9-year-old Project Mayhem, May 1, Charles Town 8

2-year-old Maratik, May 2, Mountaineer 6

3-year-old Southern Rogue, May 11, Mountaineer 4

8-year-old Kid Galahad, May 12, Mountaineer 7 (euthanized May 18)

5-year-old Ally Hawk, May 16, Mountaineer 9 (euthanized June 12)

7-year-old Starlits Touch, May 19, Mountaineer 7

3-year-old Dash of Class, May 23, Charles Town, training (coming off first race)

8-year-old Winning Touch, May 23, Mountaineer, training

7-year-old I Cee’s a Tiger, May 26, Mountaineer 2

4-year-old Sharp Razor, May 30, Charles Town 2 (euthanized June 15)

4-year-old Thunder Bonnet, May 30, Mountaineer 3 (pre-race)
“flipped in paddock”

3-year-old Sweeping Tale, June 1, Mountaineer, training

7-year-old Tiedandtrue, June 3, Charles Town 2

3-year-old Veva Lightning, June 9, Charles Town, training

5-year-old I Got a Headache, June 10, Charles Town 4 (pre-race)
“sudden death prior to race”

5-year-old Irish Villian, June 12, Mountaineer, training

6-year-old Pepe’s Valentine, June 17, Mountaineer 5

4-year-old Spasella, June 18, Charles Town 2 (euthanized June 25)

4-year-old My Sweet Tooth, June 19, Charles Town 1 (euthanized June 20)

5-year-old Oh So Proud, June 27, Charles Town 3

6-year-old Awesome Life, July 8, Charles Town 3

5-year-old Dos Oro, July 8, Charles Town 7

5-year-old Thaaats Right, July 11, Mountaineer 5

6-year-old Slot Machine, July 14, Mountaineer 6

5-year-old Parrain, July 15, Mountaineer 5 (euthanized July 16)

5-year-old Our Day in Court, July 22, Mountaineer, training

10-year-old Out Drinkin’, July 22, Mountaineer 4 (euthanized July 23)

3-year-old Wizards Clip, July 25, Charles Town 1
“broken back in spill”

6-year-old Mojo Workin, July 28, Mountaineer 1

4-year-old To Erin Again, July 30, Charles Town 2

5-year-old Token of Dreams, August 1, Mountaineer, training

6-year-old Flashy Finish, August 3, Mountaineer 5

4-year-old Dead Ringer, August 8, Charles Town 5

5-year-old Bow Street Runner, August 11, Mountaineer 9

6-year-old Song Ahead, August 15, Mountaineer 1 (euthanized August 18)

3-year-old Conference, August 16, Mountaineer 2
“collapsed and died [at] finish line – vascular accident”

3-year-old Helton, August 19, Charles Town 6
“pastern shattered”

4-year-old Last Kid, August 19, Charles Town 8 (euthanized August 26)

4-year-old Added Reward, August 20, Charles Town 8

3-year-old Get the Sensation, August 22, Charles Town 7

6-year-old Knock Rock, August 25, Mountaineer 4

6-year-old Acceptance Letter, August 28, Charles Town 4
“broken neck”

5-year-old Kathy’s Limit, September 16, Charles Town 6

3-year-old Silver Or Gold, September 18, Charles Town 5
“pastern shattered”

4-year-old Boccaccio, September 18, Charles Town 8

4-year-old Flashy Brass, September 22, Mountaineer 7

4-year-old Windsor’s Graduate, September 25, Charles Town 4 (euthanized Sep 26)

4-year-old Mr. Reattatude, September 26, Mountaineer 9 (pre-race)
“flipped in paddock, fractured skull – DOA”

3-year-old Charitable Star, October 1, Charles Town 4

4-year-old Fleur de Savill, October 3, Mountaineer 5 (euthanized October 6)

3-year-old O’ Jackie, October 6, Mountaineer, training

5-year-old Wildly Beautiful, October 10, Charles Town, training (euthanized Oct 13)

4-year-old Holistic Remedy, October 13, Mountaineer 1

4-year-old Rebellious Dreamer, October 13, Mountaineer 7

4-year-old Capitano Storm, October 21, Charles Town 6

2-year-old Resident Nurse, October 22, Charles Town 1 (euthanized October 31)

3-year-old Beil Beil, November 5, Charles Town 8

4-year-old Fiddlers Elbow, November 19, Charles Town 7
“sudden death during race” (chart said “eased, vanned off”)

8-year-old Explosive War, November 20, Charles Town 5 (euthanized November 21)

7-year-old Awesome Arceno, November 25, Charles Town 7

6-year-old Oursecretsparadise, December 2, Charles Town 8
“carpus shattered”

3-year-old Silver Sundara, December 3, Charles Town 6

9-year-old Diamond Dozen, December 4, Charles Town 3

3-year-old Forged in Gold, December 4, Charles Town 8

4-year-old Zippin On By, December 10, Charles Town, training

4-year-old Supersizer, December 10, Charles Town 3

6-year-old Pigeon Chris, December 10, Charles Town 8

3-year-old Souper Social, December 19, Charles Town 5

In addition, the following still-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry calls “non-racing” causes. Technically true, perhaps, but on a moral level, these horses are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

2-year-old Louie Cat, January 2, Charles Town
“died [in other words, without euthanasia] – head injury” (yet to be raced)

3-year-old One Eyed Clyde, January 9, Charles Town
“euthanized – colic” (last raced December 27)

2-year-old Crafty Lil Devil, February 27, Charles Town
“died [in other words, without euthanasia] – neck abscess, colic” (last raced Jan 22)

7-year-old Our Hae, March 11, Charles Town
“died [in other words, without euthanasia] – colic” (last raced Feb 25; 61 races in all)

3-year-old Ruby Creek, March 11, Mountaineer
“humanely destroyed – colic” (yet to be raced)

6-year-old Kevins Gold, May 12, Charles Town
“euthanized – hock injury/infection” (last raced December 27)

3-year-old High Thighs, May 14, Charles Town
“euthanized – laminitis” (last raced March 20)

3-year-old Princess Birdie, August 22, Charles Town
“euthanized – founder” (last raced August 5)

3-year-old Cork Street, September 2, Charles Town
“died [in other words, without euthanasia] – acute enteritis” (yet to be raced)

6-year-old Montana Dream, September 6, Mountaineer
“humanely destroyed – colic” (last raced August 10)

3-year-old Catana, October 5, Mountaineer
“found dead in stall” (last raced September 27)

3-year-old Temple of Doom, October 5, Mountaineer
“found dead in stall” (last raced September 30)

4-year-old Too Many Pockets, October 12, Mountaineer
“humanely destroyed – colic” (last raced September 7)

5-year-old Dakota Sun, October 23, Mountaineer
“died [in other words, without euthanasia] – colic” (last raced September 7)

4-year-old Riding That Train, October 30, Charles Town
“euthanized – wobbler” (last raced August 28)

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Through a “West Virginia Freedom of Information Act” request, I have confirmed the following 33 deaths at Mountaineer in 2014. Please note that while this data comes from the same request that produced the Charles Town post, the latter included training and “non-racing” deaths; Mountaineer did not. So this list is far from complete (doubling the 33 would be a reasonable estimate).

4-year-old Ide Better Pray, March 1, Mountaineer 2 (euthanized March 4), “tendon injury”

2-year-old Syeshacat, March 1, Mountaineer 4, “compound fracture”

4-year-old Know This, March 4, Mountaineer 2, “slab fracture”

2-year-old Junkyard Eddie, March 4, Mountaineer 8 (euthanized March 5), “carpal fracture”

5-year-old Thegallopingghost, March 5, Mountaineer 4, “compound fracture, dislocation”

5-year-old D’wildbill, March 8, Mountaineer 1, “slab fracture”

6-year-old Tawdry, March 10, Mountaineer 8, “sesamoids fracture”

3-year-old Passport Denied, March 11, Mountaineer 9, “slab fracture”

5-year-old Tanjero, March 17, Mountaineer 7, “sesamoids fracture”

3-year-old HJD’s Prize, March 22, Mountaineer 1, “finish line”

6-year-old Crystallo, April 6, Mountaineer 3, “compound fracture”

6-year-old Big Boy Tyson, April 26, Mountaineer 3 (euthanized April 27), “sesamoids fracture”

4-year-old Win Machine, April 28, Mountaineer 3, “sesamoids fracture”

3-year-old Zion Hill, May 4, Mountaineer 6, “compound condylar fracture”

5-year-old Transatlantic, May 13, Mountaineer 2 (euthanized May 14), “carpal slab fracture”

5-year-old Blushing Martha, May 18, Mountaineer 8, “sesamoids fracture”

5-year-old Berrymeaux, May 31, Mountaineer 2, “sesamoids fracture”

5-year-old Hot Necker, June 14, Mountaineer 5, “sesamoids fracture”

9-year-old Streaterville, July 6, Mountaineer 6, “fetlock open dislocation”

7-year-old Back Talking, July 9, Mountaineer 5, “MC3 fracture”

5-year-old Finally Together, July 14, Mountaineer 9, “sesamoids fracture”

3-year-old Ifihadalady, July 19, Mountaineer 6, “sesamoids fracture”

3-year-old Ithink I Can Dance, July 22, Mountaineer 6, “MC3 fracture”

7-year-old Maji Moto, August 4, Mountaineer 7, “sesamoids fracture”

8-year-old Cross Village, August 31, Mountaineer 8, “slab fracture”

4-year-old Feeling Naughty, September 1, Mountaineer 5, “sesamoids fracture”

5-year-old Manis, September 3, Mountaineer 2, “sesamoids fracture”

7-year-old Dream Rocker, September 13, Mountaineer 1, “cardio vascular accident”

3-year-old Kat Alpha, September 22, Mountaineer 3, “MC3 fracture”

5-year-old Mi’Kelseys Pride, October 4, Mountaineer 3, “sesamoids fracture”

5-year-old That’s the Answer, October 21, Mountaineer 5, “sesamoids fracture”

7-year-old Auditorium, October 22, Mountaineer 7, “sesamoids fracture”

3-year-old Cloud Cutter, October 26, Mountaineer 4, “MC3 compound dislocation”

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Through a “West Virginia Freedom of Information Act” request, I have confirmed the following 78 deaths at Charles Town in 2014:

4-year-old Sassy Cherokee, January 4, Charles Town 1, “MC3 open fracture”

3-year-old Covenant Keeper, January 9, training, “MC3 fracture”

4-year-old Country Warning, January 9, training, “sudden death”
This mare had been raced only 5 days prior – “eased, DNF.”

4-year-old Skip the Limit, January 11, Charles Town 6, “fetlock fracture”

4-year-old Past Glory, January 16, Charles Town 8, “ankle dislocation”

5-year-old Actin Lucky, January 18, Charles Town 7, “MC3 open fracture”

3-year-old Hot Event, January 20, colic (not euthanized)

3-year-old Dark Passenger, January 25, training, “MC3 open fracture”

4-year-old Concrete Cat, January 25, Charles Town 2, “fractured ribs, punctured lung”
chart said “clipped heels, fell, vanned off”

3-year-old Boppin, February 1, colic

5-year-old Take Pride Please, February 4, colic

4-year-old Mr Manske, February 7, Charles Town 4, “MC3 fracture”

3-year-old Sum Royal, February 20, Charles Town 2, “MC3 open shattered”

2-year-old Grant Us Peace, February 22, Charles Town 1, “carpus fracture”
chart said “eased, vanned off sore”

6-year-old Soft Puff, February 25, “ran loose – shoulder fracture”

4-year-old Sea Rep Run, February 28, Charles Town 6, “fetlock fracture”

2-year-old Dicolas Soul, March 1, training, “pastern fracture”

5-year-old Jalouzi, March 6, Charles Town 2, “carpus shattered”
chart said “pulled up lame, vanned off”

3-year-old Sterlingspokerface, March 13, colic

2-year-old Uncle Betty, March 13, Charles Town 5, “MC3 open fracture”

4-year-old Colonel By, March 21, Charles Town 2, “carpal multiple slabs”

4-year-old Garden Tavern, March 22, Charles Town 2, “shoulder fracture”

3-year-old Printscess Best, April 1, Charles Town 9, “carpus shattered”
chart said “eased, vanned off”

5-year-old Schay’s Miss, April 4, training, “shoulder fracture”

3-year-old When We Laugh, April 4, Charles Town 5, “sesamoids displaced fracture”
chart said “pulled up, vanned off”

2-year-old Harry’s Miracle, April 10, training, “MC3 shattered”

7-year-old Shamelessly Rich, April 10, training, “MC3 condylar fracture”

Big Al (pony), April 11, Cushing’s Disease/Laminitis

7-year-old Crystal Dreamer, April 12, training, “pastern fracture”

5-year-old Forty Four Loco, April 12, Charles Town 1, “slab fracture”
chart said “pulled up lame, vanned off”

3-year-old Smart Sequoyah, April 12, Charles Town 6, “condylar fracture”
chart said “pulled up lame, vanned off”

5-year-old Here Comes Drz, April 15, Charles Town 6, “MC3 compound fracture”

6-year-old Bonnygreen, April 24, colic
In last race two weeks prior, finished last of 9.

5-year-old Big Dividend, April 29, Charles Town 8, “sudden death”
chart said “collapsed post-race”

5-year-old Blue Book, April 30, Charles Town 9, “sudden death”
chart said “collapsed, vanned off”

7-year-old Thewayofthesamurai, May 15, training, “pastern fracture”

4-year-old It Might Get Loud, May 15, Charles Town 9 (euthanized May 23), “sesamoids fracture”
chart said “limped off the track”

4-year-old Opequon Creek, May 16, Charles Town 5 (euthanized May 28), “sesamoids fracture”
chart said finished fine

4-year-old Act of Divinity, May 21, colic

4-year-old Calling Mr Malcolm, May 22, training, “MC3 spiral fracture”

5-year-old Breaking Rocks, May 23, Charles Town 9 (euthanized May 28), “carpus fracture”
chart said finished fine

4-year-old Papa Doc, June 28, Charles Town 4, “open lateral fracture”

4-year-old Song for Krismike, July 5, Charles Town 8, “sudden death”
chart said “collapsed just past the wire”

3-year-old Smooth Willow, July 18, Charles Town 2, “carpus fracture”
chart said “vanned off”

5-year-old Could Be a Rumor, July 18, Charles Town 6, “sesamoids fracture”

5-year-old Lucky Prize, July 24, Charles Town 9, “shoulder fracture”

3-year-old Rue the Day, July 25, Charles Town 6, “carpal fracture”

5-year-old Intimate Storm, July 30, Charles Town 6, “sesamoids fracture”

6-year-old Carolina Moon, August 6, laminitis

5-year-old The Caller, August 6, “head trauma – died”

4-year-old Roy’s Song, August 9, enteropathy

4-year-old Slewissurfing, August 9, Charles Town 5, “sesamoids fracture”
chart said “bad step, pulled up, vanned off”

3-year-old Bullwhip, August 14, Charles Town 1, “sesamoids fracture”

3-year-old Deputy Gulch, August 14, Charles Town 2, “compound cannon fracture”

5-year-old I’m All Spotted Up, August 16, septic hock/founder

5-year-old Posh Acres, August 28, Charles Town 1, “ankle open fracture/dislocation”

3-year-old My Kinda Girl, August 30, Charles Town 4, “carpus slab fracture”

4-year-old Saffron Wonder, September 1, colic

3-year-old Sebastian’s Run, September 3, Charles Town 3, “carpus slab fracture”
chart said “appeared to be lame, vanned off”

3-year-old Frat Man, September 10, Charles Town 7, “multiple fractures”

4-year-old Won Request, September 19, colitis (not euthanized)

4-year-old Full Ride, September 25, Charles Town 7 (euthanized September 26), “multiple fractures”
chart said “vanned off sore”

3-year-old Blue Kat Key, September 26, training, “carpal fracture”

10-year-old Scootingon Theedge, September 30, anaphylaxis (not euthanized)

5-year-old Chigoe, October 3, Charles Town 4, “sudden death after race”
chart said finished fine

3-year-old Bee Boppin Along, October 9, Charles Town 7, “sesamoids fracture”
chart said “pulled up lame, vanned off”

3-year-old Past Tense, October 10, “colon torsion”

3-year-old Put It Back Martha, October 15, Charles Town 3, “multiple fractures”

4-year-old Swift Pursuit, November 4, training, “humerus fracture”

5-year-old True Awakening, November 14, Penn 5 (euthanized Charles Town November 21), “radius fracture”
chart said finished fine

4-year-old Madelynsheabadgirl, November 21, Charles Town 3, “shoulder fracture”

7-year-old Crazy Bear, December 4, Charles Town 4, “dislocated fetlock”

6-year-old Matter of Truth, December 10, Charles Town 6, “fetlock fracture”

4-year-old Bird Hunter, December 12, Charles Town 3, “femur fracture”
chart said “fell, vanned off”

3-year-old Caroline’s Estate, December 13, training, “femur fracture”

3-year-old Frisky Dixie, December 13, Charles Town 4, “shoulder fracture”

4-year-old Hard Play, December 16, “found dead in stall – cause unknown”
In last race, November 21st, finished last of 9.

4-year-old Bunuska, December 17, Charles Town 4, “sesamoids fracture”
chart said “pulled up lame, vanned off”