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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