On Saturday, 4-year-old Flashy in Pink “suffered a fracture to her right front leg while breezing on the training track” at Belmont. She is dead. The Richard Metivier-trained mare last raced at Saratoga in August. NY’s 2014 Death Toll: 10.

Also on Saturday, 3-year-old filly Kiss a Rose (below) collapsed and died after finishing last in a race in Caulfield, Australia. Although it was hot (about 80), officials insist heat was not a factor, instead attributing it to “sudden death.”

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The following racehorses broke down this week:

Royal Affair, Wednesday, Beulah, race 1

The following racehorses, unless otherwise noted, were vanned off this week:

Nicholas Cajun, Monday, Turf, race 4

Also, two more horses perished in NY: Yesterday, 2-year-old Valar Dohaeris (owner, Weatherwatch Farm) broke his leg while training at Belmont and was killed on-track. In his last race on January 2nd, Valar Dohaeris finished 9th (of 10), 19 3/4 lengths back. His trainer, Bruce Levine, also lost Discreet Code at Belmont in September. On Tuesday, an unnamed colt trained by Chandradat Goberdhan died at Aqueduct. This is Goberdhan’s second death there in six weeks (Frau Louise in December). NY’s 2014 Death Toll: 9.

Two more NY racehorses have died while in servitude: At Aqueduct on Sunday (7th race), 3-year-old Dixie Sparkle “tossed her head to the right just as the field was being sent on its way, making solid contact with the gate…galloped along at the back of the pack, with the pilot [Charles Lopez] only applying the lightest of hand encouragement, broke down in the vicinity of the three-eighths pole, falling heavily and unseating the rider, then was euthanized.” This was the filly’s first race under Gary Gullo (Carpe Diem Stable), having been claimed on January 4th for $12,500.

Last Wednesday, 2-year-old Weis Star, who had yet to run a race, was “injured in [her] stall” at Belmont, “fractured [her] LH P1,” and subsequently killed. No word on how she became injured. NY’s 2014 Death Toll: 7.

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The following racehorses broke down this weekend:

Electric Eddie, Saturday, Santa Anita, race 10
Dixie Sparkle, Sunday, Aqueduct, race 7 (confirmed dead)
Silent Blessing, Sunday, Calder, race 2
Gimmenosass, Sunday, Turf, race 8

The following racehorses, unless otherwise noted, were vanned off this weekend:

Worldly Lad, Friday, Golden Gate, race 4 (“lame,” vanned)
Mo’s the Man, Friday, Gulfstream, race 8
Pyc Paint Alis Wagon, Friday, Hialeah, race 3 (not vanned but bled)
Inexcessofperfect, Friday, Los Alamitos, race 1
Shesonlyseventeen, Friday, Los Alamitos, race 7
Aful Alibi, Friday, Sunland, race 4
Said I’m Lucky, Friday, Sunland, race 9
Skinny Margarita, Saturday, Aqueduct, race 2
Blossom’s Trail, Saturday, Aqueduct, race 5 (not vanned but bled)
Concrete Cat, Saturday, Charles Town, race 2
Llano Cartel, Saturday, Hialeah, race 5 (not vanned but bled)
Polly’s Dancer, Saturday, Los Alamitos, race 4
Girl On the Lam, Saturday, Santa Anita, race 6
Alasharchy, Saturday, Santa Anita, race 7
Cancan Magee, Saturday, Sunland, race 3
Streaked Face Bay, Sunday, Hialeah, race 2 (not vanned but bled)
Corona Favorita, Sunday, Hialeah, race 6 (not reported as vanned but “returned lame”)
My Mans No Lady, Sunday, Portland, race 7
Pepe Le Feu, Sunday, Portland, race 10
Eyesa Miracle, Sunday, Sunland, race 2 (not vanned but bled)
Us Chicks, Sunday, Sunland, race 3

The following were casualties at the Penn National racetrack during the 197-night 2013 meet. Equibase officially confirms 8 dead. Of the 45 horses listed as “broke down” or “vanned off,” 42 have not raced since. A former racing insider and renowned industry expert told me that in her estimation, 90% of the vanned off are euthanized. 42 of 45 is roughly 93%. In other words, it’s a safe bet that Penn National claimed the lives of some 50 horses last year. Just one of the 100-odd tracks operating annually in the U.S.

race 6, 01/03/13: 5-year-old Bowmans Girl
race 2, 01/05/13: 5-year-old E Or, no races since
race 4, 02/15/13: 6-year-old Sharik, no races since
race 6, 02/15/13: 2-year-old Dashing for a Rose, no races since
race 2, 02/16/13: 2-year-old Ur Joshn Me, no races since
race 3, 02/22/13: 6-year-old Sugar Shark, no races since
race 4, 02/22/13: 6-year-old Solid d’Oro (last raced 8/11)
race 8, 02/28/13: 4-year-old Jennifer’s Romeo, no races since
race 7, 03/08/13: 3-year-old Aim for Love, no races since
race 4, 03/14/13: 4-year-old Two for One, no races since
race 1, 03/28/13: 3-year-old Aisle Three, no races since
race 4, 03/29/13: 3-year-old K K Pistol, confirmed dead
race 6, 04/06/13: 6-year-old Web Surfer, no races since
race 7, 04/13/13: 5-year-old Bess’ Dream, no races since
race 7, 05/04/13: 4-year-old Final Vindication, confirmed dead
race 5, 05/10/13: 5-year-old Dakota Sis, no races since
race 8, 05/10/13: 4-year-old K C’s Snowfoot, no races since
race 5, 05/22/13: 4-year-old Billet’s Baby, no races since
race 2, 05/24/13: 4-year-old Food Fightin, no races since
race 3, 05/24/13: 5-year-old Home at Six, confirmed dead
race 8, 06/01/13: 7-year-old Manito, confirmed dead
race 1, 06/12/13: 5-year-old Tennis Racket, no races since
race 1, 06/19/13: 5-year-old Stained Glass, no races since
race 5, 06/26/13: 4-year-old Music Man Stan, no races since
race 5, 07/10/13: 4-year-old Ever Alert, no races since
race 6, 07/10/13: 3-year-old Cowboy Cat, no races since
race 6, 07/20/13: 3-year-old Glenmary Lane, no races since
race 9, 07/31/13: 6-year-old Last Boot, no races since
race 6, 08/10/13: 3-year-old Quite Domestic, no races since
race 5, 08/22/13: 5-year-old Purely Awesome, no races since
race 4, 08/31/13: 3-year-old Sugar Mama, confirmed dead
race 2, 09/05/13: 4-year-old Come On Rose, no races since
race 9, 09/05/13: 3-year-old Nathan C, no races since
race 6, 09/13/13: 4-year-old Hard to Steal, no races since
race 4, 09/14/13: 4-year-old Macho Gris, no races since
race 9, 09/14/13: 6-year-old Satellite Beach, no races since
race 9, 09/20/13: 5-year-old Fast Stack, confirmed dead
race 4, 09/28/13: 7-year-old Gretsky, no races since
race 6, 10/02/13: 4-year-old Kentucky Hannah, confirmed dead
race 2, 10/12/13: 5-year-old Lov Tov, no races since
race 3, 10/12/13: 3-year-old Round of Applause, no races since
race 6, 10/12/13: 5-year-old Call Me Sweetheart, no races since
race 5, 10/17/13: 4-year-old Time for Wine, no races since
race 5, 10/17/13: 6-year-old Triple A Rating, no races since
race 7, 10/18/13: 4-year-old Proulette, no races since
race 9, 10/18/13: 3-year-old Chiquita Mala, no races since
race 5, 11/02/13: 4-year-old Maid of Dishonor
race 8, 11/13/13: 3-year-old Seeking Suki, no races since
race 9, 11/14/13: 3-year-old Prima Zip, no races since
race 5, 11/16/13: 6-year-old Modern Cowboy, no races since
race 9, 11/29/13: 3-year-old Lucky Guess, no races since
race 7, 12/12/13: 6-year-old Dina’s Touch, confirmed dead
race 7, 12/26/13: 4-year-old Iron Stone Ridge, no races since