The following is a list of private U.S. Thoroughbred training-tracks. The horses who die at these locations do so in utter anonymity; we will never know who they are or how many are killed – just the way Racing wants it.

ABRACADABRA FARM Ocala FL
ADENA SPRINGS FARM Ocala FL
ANOTHER EPISODE FARM, INC. Ocala FL
ATLANTA HALL TRAINING CENTER Monkton MD
AIKEN TRAINING TRACK Aiken SC
AKINDALE TRAINING CENTER Pawling NY
ALL SEVEN FARM Summerfield FL
ASHWELL STABLES West Grove PA
BRADFORD LANE TRAINING CENTER Aberdeen NC
BELVOIR TRAINING CENTER Hume VA
BENTON TRAINING CENTER Benton LA
BONITA FARM Darlington MD
BURNS RACING STABLE Yukon OK
BIG HEART THOROUGHBREDS Garber OK
BRAEBURN Crozet VA
BOB TROUT FARM Carthridge MO
CHABBOQUESSET TRAINING CENTER Palmetto GA
CANYON BREEZE TRAINING CENTER Beaver UT
CABIN VIEW FARM Marlboro NJ
THE TRAINING CENTER AT COPPER CROWNED Opelousas LA
CARDINAL HILL Ocala FL
CHURCHILL TRAINING Louisville KY
CHAMPAGNE FARM Wildwood FL
CIMARRON FARM Ocala FL
CLASSIC MILE Ocala FL
CUMBERLAND COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS Greenup IL
CALUMET FARM TRAINING CENTER Lexington KY
CANYON ROAD TRAINING CENTER Yakima WA
COLTS NECK STABLES Colts Neck NJ
CRUPI’S NEW CASTLE FARM, INC. Ocala FL
CASTLEBROOK TRAINING CENTER Ocala FL
CLOUSTON TRAINING CENTER Ocala FL
CAIN’S THOROUGHBRED TRAINING CENTER Russell Springs KY
CROWN’S WAY SOUTH Ocala FL
DOUBLE DIAMOND FARM AND TRAINING CENTER Ocala FL
DIAMOND D RANCH Lone Oak TX
DERBY DAYS TRAINING CENTER Ocala FL
DEER FIELD FARM Richmond VA
DRAGONS LYRE FARMS Westmoreland TN
DMC TRAINING CENTER Berryville VA
DONIDA TRAINING CENTER Auburn WA
DIAMOND P FARM Jones OK
DARE TO DREAM FARM Ocala FL
DELTA TRAINING CENTER Edcouch TX
DREAM WITH ME STABLES Ocala FL
ECLIPSE FARM Morriston FL
ELK CREEK RANCH Oxford PA
EAST CAROLINA TRAINING CENTER Wilson NC
EMPRESS DOWNS TRAINING CENTER Cobbtown GA
EISAMAN TRAINING CENTER Williston FL
ELLOREE TRAINING CENTER Elloree SC
EMERALD PASTURES TRAINING CENTER Ocala FL
EAGLE POINT FARM Ashland VA
EL PRIMERO TRAINING CENTER Laredo TX
ECLIPSE TRAINING CENTER Ocala FL
EVERGREEN TRAINING CENTER Camden SC
EVANGELINE TRAINING CENTER Lafayette LA
EDDIE WOODS TRAINING CENTER Ocala FL
FOX BROWN FARM Indiantown FL
FAIRCLOTH TRAINING CENTER Goldsboro NC
FOLK FARM Oxford PA
FOLSOM TRAINING CENTER Folsom LA
FORT PLAINS FARM Howell NJ
FRANKS FARM Ocala FL
FRONTERA TRAINING CENTER Sunland Park NM
FROST TRAINING CENTER Williston FL
FOX POINT FARM Ocala FL
GARYDALE FARM TRAINING CENTER Richmond VA
GREAT LAKES FAIR TRAINING FACILITY Sullivan Township MI
GOLDMARK Ocala FL
THE GALLOPS TRAINING CENTER Reddick FL
GLENWOOD TRAINING CENTER Sellersburg IN
GUNN FARM Sparr FL
GENUINE PLEASURE FARM Indiantown FL
GARRISON FARM Westmoreland TN
GREENTREE TRAINING CENTER Saratoga Springs NY
GATEWAY DOWNS Holly CO
HUNTER BROOK HORSE FARM, INC. Colts Neck NJ
H & D TRAINING CENTER Cochran GA
HERITAGE FARM TRAINING CENTER Kent WA
HURRICANE HALL TRAINING CENTER Lexington KY
HORSEMAN’S PARK Tularosa NM
HIGHPOINT FARM AND TRAINING CENTER LaGrange KY
HAWKINS RIDGE FARM Ocala FL
HICKORY TREE FARM TRAINING CENTER Middleburg VA
HERITAGE PARK Red Springs NC
HUNTER FARM TRAINING CENTER Ocala FL
HYATT FARM AND TRAINING CENTER Morriston FL
IRISH ACRES FARM Ocala FL
INFIELDS TRAINING CENTER Odessa FL
JOE DAN FARM Medford NJ
JDM TRAINING CENTER Robards KY
JORDAN’S HORSE FARM Williamstown NJ
JOURNEY’S END TRAINING CENTER Advance NC
JUBILEE FARM Citra FL
J V RANCH Indiantown FL
KINSMAN FARM Ocala FL
LEGACY FARM Bluemont VA
LITTLE BROOK TRAINING CENTER Unison VA
LAMBHOLM SOUTH TRAINING CENTER Reddick FL
LONE OAK FARM Valdosta GA
LAKE VIEW TRAINING CENTER Mt. Gilead OH
MCKATHAN BROTHERS FARM Citra FL
MCCUTCHEN TRAINING CENTER Kingstree SC
MERCURY EQUINE CENTER Lexington KY
MCKATHAN FARM TRAINING CENTER Reddick FL
MIAMI HORSEMEN’S ASSOCIATION TRAINING CENTER Miami OK
MARLYN MEADOWS Middletown DE
MOMENT OF GLORY TRAINING CENTER Dunnellon FL
MARTINSVILLE FAIRGROUNDS Martinsville IL
MERRYLAND FARM Hydes MD
MID SOUTH TRAINING Timmonsville SC
MIDDLETOWN TRAINING TRACK Middletown DE
MAYO WEST FARM Ocala FL
NIALL BRENNAN STABLES Ocala FL
NEW EPISODE TRAINING CENTER Ocala FL
NEW HAVEN FARM Ocala FL
NELSON JONES FARMS AND TRAINING CENTER, INC. Ocala FL
NAPIER’S TRAINING CENTER Ocala FL
NOBLES TRAINING CENTER Myrtle Beach SC
NEW FARM TRAINING CENTER NJ
OAKRIDGE TRAINING CENTER Ocala FL
OCALA HORSE FARM COMPLEX Ocala FL
OCALA JOCKEY CLUB TRAINING CENTER Reddick FL
OAKLEAF TRAINING CENTER Tyler TX
OLYMPIC HILL TRAINING CENTER Ocala FL
ORTING TRAINING CENTER Orting WA
OCALA THOROUGHBRED FARMS Ocala FL
OVERBROOK TRAINING CENTER Colts Neck NJ
OCALA WEST TRAINING FACILITY Ocala FL
OXFORD TRAINING CENTER Oxford FL
PAYSON PARK TRAINING CENTER Indiantown FL
PALM BEACH DOWNS Del Ray Beach FL
PINK CROWN FARMS Longview TX
PADUA TRAINING CENTER Summerfield FL
PEGASUS THOROUGHBRED TRAINING CENTER Redmond WA
PERFENICK FARM Jobstown NJ
PAUL JONES TRAINING CENTER, TULAROSA Tularosa NM
PALM MEADOWS TRAINING CENTER Boynton Beach FL
PENINSULA FARM Ocala FL
PLEASANT PASTURE FARM Ocala FL
PALMETTO THOROUGHBRED TRAINING CENTER Aiken SC
QUIET WOMAN FARM TRAINING CENTER Germantown NY
QUIET WOMAN FARM SOUTH Ocala FL
RACING EDGE TRAINING CENTER Ocala FL
RED EARTH TRAINING CENTER Goldsby OK
REBER RANCH TRAINING TRACK Kent WA
RIGBIE FARM Darlington MD
RISING SUN FARM New Egypt NJ
ROCKY VALLEY KY
R & M FARMS Columbia FL
ROSS MEADOWS Ada OK
RED OAK FARM Ocala FL
RQHS MILE Reddick FL
RIVERSIDE DOWNS Henderson KY
SABINE FARM Minanopy FL
SAM-SON FARM Ocala FL
STONEBRIDGE ANNEX Reddick FL
SHADYBROOK FARM, INC. Morriston FL
STONEBRIDGE TRAINING CENTER Ocala FL
SCANLON TRAINING CENTER Williston FL
SANDERS CREEK TRAINING CENTER Camden SC
SERENDIPITY FARM Southern Pines NC
SOUTH FLORIDA TROTTING CENTER Lakeworth FL
SUNNYSIDE FARM TRAINING CENTER Morriston FL
STARTING GATE TRAINING CENTER Ocala FL
SAGAMORE FARM Glyndon MD
SILVERTON HILL FARM Springfield KY
SKY’S THE LIMIT Ocala FL
SKYLIGHT TRAINING CENTER Louisville KY
SAN LUIS REY DOWNS Bonsall CA
SILVER OAKS TRAINING CENTER Ocala FL
STARTING POINT TRAINING CENTER Ocala FL
SUNRISE STABLE SOUTH Morriston FL
SAGE AND SAND TRAINING CENTER Hermiston OR
STONEBRIDGE FARM Schuylerville NY
SALLISAW EQUINE TRAINING CENTER Sallisaw OK
STARSFELL FARM Ocala FL
STONY OAK TRAINING CENTER Paris KY
SIESTA SUN TRAINING CENTER Orange Lake FL
STUTTS STABLE Citra FL
STONEWALL FARM Midway KY
SUTHERLAND FARM Melba IN
SWEETWATER HORSE TRACK AND TRAINING CENTER Glenwood GA
SANDY WOODS TRAINING CENTER Pinehurst NC
SYCAMORE TRAINING CENTER Ashland VA
SYLMAR FARM Christiana PA
TAPETA FARM North East MD
T & T TRAINING CENTER Cleveland TN
THUNDER RANCH TRAINING CENTER Ocala FL
TRACKSIDE FARM Williston FL
TRUE SOUTH TRAINING CENTER Ocala FL
THE THOROUGHBRED CENTER Lexington KY
VANATTA TRACK AND TRAINING CENTER Miami OK
VICTORY HAVEN TRAINING CENTER Lexington KY
VINERY STABLE Ocala FL
VICTORY QUEST FARM Sorrento FL
WASHINGTON COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS Hurricane UT
WEBB CARROLL TRAINING CENTER St. Matthews SC
WOODBROOK FARM Montpelier Station VA
WILD FALCON RANCH Reddick FL
WHEELER TRAINING STATION Bordon IN
WEST KY THOROUGHBRED TRAINING CENTER Robards KY
WALNUT HALL Berryville VA
WILLISTON MILE Williston FL
WINDING OAKS FARM Ocala FL
WOODSIDE RANCH Ocala FL
W R TRAINING CENTER Fairland OK
WINDY RIDGE TRAINING CENTER Washougal WA
WESFIELD FARM Citra FL
WINSTAR TRAINING CENTER Versailles KY
WESTAMPTON FARMS Mt. Holly NJ
WEBSTER TRAINING CENTER Reddick FL

(source: Equibase)

The latest Del Mar Stewards Minutes have been released:

week of 7/18/16-7/24/16, “Deceased: 6”

Included in those six, presumably, are Whisky and Wine, Big Book, Dutchessa, and Fasnacloich. Another would be 3-year-old Pacific Swell, reported by the stewards to have “broke down” in the 5th July 21. That would leave a sixth unidentified victim. Added to the three unidentified from the first set of minutes (week of 7/11/16-7/17/16, “Deceased: 5”), we can confidently state that the Del Mar ’16 Death Toll stands at at least 11. That’s 11 dead “athletes” – not even three weeks in.

The identified:

Presidential Air, July 15, race 6
Dynamite Charge, July 17, training
Pacific Swell, July 21, race 5
Whisky and Wine, July 23, training
Big Book, July 23, training
Dutchessa, July 23, race 2
Fasnacloich, July 24, race 2

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Last summer – and the summer before that – a spate of deaths had the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (and California, in general) scrambling. Dead horses are always bad for business, but most especially at such a celebrated, high-profile meet like Del Mar. So, in an effort to quell public upset, the powers that be assured these rashes were just anomalies – flukes. No need to panic, they say, for California fatalities – as reported, of course, by the CHRB – have been declining since 2007, conveniently omitting the fact that other relevant numbers are down as well – race dates, races, starts, even actual tracks. Their approach: distract, deceive, and keep fingers crossed.

With the current meet barely two weeks old, it’s dejavu all over again: As I wrote Wednesday, Del Mar ’16 is responsible for at least nine dead – with over five weeks to go. Looks like it’s going to be another fluky summer.

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Fact is, dead racehorses have always been, but because “reporting” on them is a relatively recent thing – 2008 or so, when a very public pair of shattered legs kind of forced their hand – no one knows for sure how many horses died in, say, 1965. So in addition to the misleading way they present statistics, there simply exists no serious, unbiased, long-term database by which to draw reasonable comparisons. (The Jockey Club’s is a joke: the dead are anonymous; the data is voluntarily submitted. Ours remains the only site committed to truly exposing the carnage. But even at that, I concede that we do not – because we cannot: deaths at private training centers, owners’ farms – approximate a complete reckoning.)

Other times, officials respond to these clusters like buzzed dartplayers at a corner pub – keep flinging and see what sticks. First, identify a plausible culprit – claiming rules, track surfaces, weather – then vow to rectify. But nothing ever really changes. Sure, the deaths may ebb and flow, but I see that as (mostly) simple randomness. The inescapable truth is this: The killing is built in, inherent to what they do. In other words, expect more dead horses at Del Mar (and Saratoga and everywhere in between). There’s nothing they can do to stop it. And what’s more, they know.

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In advance of today’s Belmont Stakes…

The following racehorses have lost their lives at Belmont Park since the Gaming Commission began disclosing deaths in 2009. To save you the trouble of counting, there are 319 dead horses on this list – an average of about 45 per year.

Midnight Slammer
My Lovely Lark
Timberah
Not Ja Mama
Precious Kiss
Deferredretirement
City On Line
Sammy’s Toy
Glacken Queen
Sassification
Teapot Dome
Sailor’s Cap
Hi Daddy
Cape Marco
Kentucky Bluebird
Big Stack
Atlantic Fleet
Kid Hendrix
Graceful Pose
Iron Curtain
Daimons Glory
Ramblin Boy
Joe Bravo
Karrie the Magic
Hoist The Gala
West Hampton
Irish Hearted
Hard to Explain
Dolche Destiny
Pappy’s Double H
Flint River
Tony Manero
Exotic Indy
Zoomster
Tickle Monster
Seattle Boss
Prute Hill
American Veteran
Lady Boudicca
Big Grey
Marly My Way
Ilopan
One Brave Cat
Duke of de Buqe
Golden Boychick
Alicias Butterfly
Pegasian
Client Eight
China Wavered
Whirling Agatha
One Seat Empty
Value Proposition
Share the Moment
Iubiredecatel
Burns Up the Track
Kaffie’s Doll
Chicktowaga
Merit Badge
Turaath
Sao Sebah
Dancing Destiny
Frontal Stride
Way to Karakorum
U S Calvary
Never Dream
Zip Moment
Check It Twice
Enchanted Storm
Smokey Eyes
Galento
Edashor
Lets Fly Away
Jabbar
Read the Post
Shot Gun Gal
Up the Limit
Inhaler
Left Tee
Da Trouble
Hold that Prospect
Ommandon’s Thunder
Motor City Mama
Bull Speed Ahead
My Man Jake
Paper Duck
Edwards
Roma Di Notte
Risque
Shes So Tough
Enumerate
Vitalino Mestre
Adaptable
Ten Till Mid Nite
Atavistique
Pea Stone
J J Coolay
Indian Bob
Guiltless Pleasure
Fair City Man
Road to Graceland
Hulsache
Maximo Star
Shelias Magic
Buddys Saint
Tobago
Parkheronbroadway
My Daddio
Highly Notable
Royal Alibi
Fort Hughes
Skrzats Majesty
Team Plan
Divi Divi
Citifiesta
Kisses From Karen
Blond Halo
Iguaza
Back From the Dead
Schillers Thriller
Stradvinisky
Ripples n Waves
Stormy Silver
Saratoga Tiger
Smart Maneuver
Cohiba
Fayetta
Midnight Mass
Make My Day Karen
Iceland
Gasper C
Kensei
Franklin Delano
African Diamond
Payout
Juicy Jaclyn
Steel Driving Man
Royal Majesty
Determinedly
Royal Brush
Show Trial
Carrington Village
Iron Ore
Wild News
Song of Siena
Yonder Tis
Jaw Crusher
Sunny by My Side
Ricoriatoa
Moody Majesty
Fudge the Books
Clear Note
Banking Holiday
Frenetic
So Be It Rachael
Serifano
Johnny Pump
The Noz
Shes Loca
Catreign
Lights Out Lisa
Se La Livi
Ipswich Bay
My Girl Gracie
Kool Smoke
Giant Ryan
Rodeo Bustin
Unnamed (Daisy Mountain)
Star Lillie
Deluxe Package
Karma Shield
Imaging
Matties Warrior
Imhotep
Rojarosa
Sunday At Nipper’s
In Te Domine
Salsa Mambo
Little Ms Mink
Professor Weston
Highland Crown
Hey Little Girl
Join Forces
Thirty Minutes
Birthday Beau
Dr. Wheat
Seattle Appeal
Logical Order
Joy Rising
No Cat Like That
Liston
Korat
Five Sixteen
Nekkar
My Man Marty
Si Phi Rebel
Baltimore Jack
Lady Legion
Kid Flatter
Datts Appealing
You Look Mahvelous
Whistleblower
3 Yr Old Colt (Triple Brook)
Spit Ball
Parasol
Live Lively
Jocosity
Kitten Goes Pro
Shockemagain
Mr. Valentine
Grazie Toots
Silver Mast
Handshake Man
Skiddles n’ Bob
Mentor Cane
Discreet Code
Attenborough
Maui Mark
Sulwaan
Two Comma Guy
Lavalette Gold
Doyouseeme
Roih Jones
King Wando
Formulaforsuccess
Poppo
Pole Cat
Hewitts
Witchofwallstreet
Joker
Stonley The lonely
Flight of Fantasy
Two Roses
Bailey’s Dilemma
Six Divers
Caixa Eletronica
Go Canes Go
Shertzer
Weis Star
Valar Dohaeris
Flashy in Pink
Foreign Melody
Changeinaction
Itsagoodtendollars
Striking Slew
Corvo
Handstand
See The Music
Intense Holiday
Kingston Jamaica
Samuels Blond Lady
Point Taken
Fran’s Kid
Roses for Romney
This Guy is Blue
Music Maid
Missy Zelliot
Cashion
See See See
Major Battle
Mulheb
Ego Friendly
Freddie Freud
Here In a Hurry
Stenson
Endearing
Grand Arrival
Giant Hearted Lee
Perfect Danger
Zaikov
Chase This Bandit
Saint Kris
Zo Sophisticated
Keen Katana
Deckers
Soldier Inthe Rain
One More Chief
Tornado City
Summer Hawk
Eastcoast Lights
Uninfluenced
American Hero
Lunar Tales
Gabbole
Soul House
Helwan
Ghost of Gettysburg
Animal Kracker
Lord Cashel
Miss Luckey Lauren
Sicilia Nino
Disappear Here
Marked Bills
Dilly Magilly
Flynn Bug
Blue Sixty Four
In Haste
Bam Bam
R Free Roll
Banker’s Boss
Fashion Fund
Sharyn’s Deram
Mini Muffin
Police Camp
Power Crazed
Lemon Iceking
Songa
Scatoosh
Klassic Pat
Basanite
It’s Elementary
Alexa’s Miracle
Karenina Gal
Rock Show
Quaralia
Noble’s Whim
Mordi’s Miracle
Go Go Jo
Riding the Rails
Rose Bern

From the Les Bois Park website:

Dear Les Bois Park Fans,

As you may be aware, we will be closing our Turf Club Bar & Grill and Simulcast Facility, effective end of day on Sunday, March 20th. After being granted the simulcast license in December, Treasure Valley Racing kept simulcast operations going in order to mitigate the overhead costs of keeping Les Bois Park open during this time when the future of live racing remained uncertain and the horsemen were pursuing a solution. But the Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee has elected not to hear the Idaho Horsemen’s gaming commission bill this session. In the absence of another revenue source, we don’t believe running Les Bois Park is financially viable and therefore are closing down all operations.

(That “another revenue source” they seek is actually one they previously had – “instant gaming machines.” The legislature, however, feeling they were duped by the racing people, took the machines out after rightly determining that they were, for all intents and purposes, slots; slot machines are illegal in Idaho. So it does not appear that the gift – the subsidy – is coming back.)

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Good news, indeed. But as sure as night follows day, the horse people ever refuse to go quietly. It’s the same old, tired script: Start by claiming victimhood at the hands of an unjust state; underscore the prospect of wrecked economies should Racing be allowed to fail; sprinkle in a healthy dose of racing-as-an-irreplaceable “tradition”; and finally, demand redress from – to be saved by – that state. In a Messenger Index opinion piece penned by horse owner Ed McNelis, the fatuity flows freely:

“Legislation was passed in 1964 that allowed pari-mutual [sic] wagering at tracks in Idaho. This was passed to help grow the horse industry in Idaho. The state lottery was approved and eroded the funding from the horse industry due to its wide spread access and convenient delivery system. The legislature’s goal of enhancing the horse industry and local economies was greatly diminished when they put the STATE in the gaming business. They never took steps to fix what they had broken when they took away the funding from the horse industry by passing the lottery.

All this is further compounded by the passage of Indian Gaming which took away even more funding from the horse industry and the small communities where it resides. The voice of the horse industry became weaker as the STATE lottery and Indian Gaming got stronger and took away the funding generated by wagering on horses. The Legislature had put themselves in direct competition with the very industry they had set out to help grow and prosper.”

Well. For decades, Racing enjoyed a virtual monopoly on legal gambling; all was right with the world. Then, alas, the market was opened – competition, the cornerstone of our capitalist society – and Racing paled against the more attractive products (an attraction enhanced, as McNelis freely admits, by “[a] convenient delivery system”).

More egregious, though, is McNelis’ slick (or is it ignorant?) substitution of the word “funding” for revenue (he does this four times in two short paragraphs). In point of fact, that shifting revenue is simply the gambling dollar going elsewhere – “taken away,” as it were, not by the big, bad state, but by the consumer, the buying public.

He continues:

“The horse industry is part of agriculture – the number one industry in our state. It generates over a billion six hundred thousand dollars in economic value to the state’s economy each year and has huge potential. Most of this goes to small communities where it is greatly needed. Small communities are always under economic pressures and need funds for their fair grounds and youth programs.”

First, again being crafty, McNelis makes it seem like the horse industry, as opposed to agriculture in the whole, generates “over a billion six hundred thousand dollars in economic value.” Second, and more important, of what relevance is “economic value” when the industry in question is moribund? If the “horse industry” is no longer viable, it should not fall to government to provide life support. Perhaps if this were 2008 and the teetering industry was banking…but it’s not. It’s horseracing. Enough said.

But even more shameful than assuming the victim role or economic scaremongering is conflating the “horse industry” – that is, the whip-forced racing of horses for $2 bets – with history, tradition, nature, and, yes, the future of our youth…

“Urbanization further drowned out the voice of small communities and agriculture of which the horse industry is a part. History was forgotten. Facilities and youth programs came under severe pressure as funding disappeared when the STATE lottery and Indian gaming eroded income that had gone to the horse industry.

While Idaho is becoming more urban it is a very desirable place to live because of the outdoors and life style. Each day facilities like our fair grounds get more depleted. Our huge army of volunteer leaders who make our youth into solid citizens through 4H and other programs cannot find funding… The disappearance of these programs, leaders and young people who grow and blossom as a result is a huge and critical loss to our state. …Youth are a primary recipient of benefits generated by the horse industry. …Where can we better invest our money?

The horse industry in our state is a vital industry and part of our history, lifestyle and the very fabric of our communities.” (McNelis’ entire article here.)

Idahoans, don’t fall for it. Racing is not, nor has it ever been, something special. It is a vile gambling business that kills – either on the track or in the slaughterhousethousands of horses annually. And judging by the empty stands and idle windows, not one you want or need any longer. The time has come. Let it die.

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