Three more racehorses perished on Australian tracks today:

3-year-old Bit of a Bash in the 3rd race at Benalla
7-year-old Little Pablo after the 4th race at Benalla
6-year-old Jhelum prior to the 7th race at Sunshine Coast

Bit of a Bash dying…

photo credit: Racing Network
photo credit: Racing Network

The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses reports the 2014 Australian Death Toll at 17.

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.”


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.