Saratoga, perhaps the most prestigious meet in the nation, closed its summer yesterday with four – yes, four – horses ambulanced off the track:

Slew of Money in the 6th (after, says Equibase, being “reluctant to load”)
Iced Over in the 8th
Classic Empire in the 10th
First Tomoe in the 11th

In addition, Runaway Lute “fell after the finish” of the 10th.

Should more information present itself, I will duly report. As it stands now, Saratoga ’16 counts 14 dead racehorses on its ledger:

Hadeed Fi Hadeed, May 30, training
Squire Creek, July 16, training
Zamjara, July 23, race 1
Rootformejustin, July 23, race 5
Indian Nobility, July 27, race 3
Domestic Warrior, August 1, race 4
Lebowski, August 2, “found dead outside stall”
Jonrah, August 3, training
Midnight Visitor, August 4, prior to race 4
Prince Corredor, August 20, training
Elusive Neko, August 24, training
Bob Le Beau, August 25, race 1
Ring of Truth, August 25, race 10
Desert Trial, August 28, training

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An update on the August 2014 U.S. horseracing casualties.

134 horses were “vanned off”; 9 of whom were later confirmed dead:
Chattering Gambler, Del Mar
Regretless, Saratoga
Bayview Drive, Del Mar
Zuni Tunes, Golden Gate
There Goes Kevin, Los Alamitos
Kevinator, Los Alamitos
Arctic Thunder, Remington
Divine Guidance, Saratoga
Washington’s Rules, Suffolk

Of the rest, 93 have not been heard from since:
Mr. Swagger, Ellis
Baran’s Prospect, Ellis
Ambassy, Los Alamitos
My Orthodoc, Louisiana
Implied, Monmouth
Blushin Babe, Ruidoso
Dashing Beauty, Los Alamitos
Fly Above, Monmouth
Mr. Ast, Penn
Trout Lily, Mountaineer
Divine Gift, Albuquerque
What Appeal, Charles Town
Twisted Perfection, Indiana
Act of Defiance, Mountaineer
Giulio Cesari, Saratoga
Buddy’s Greenstone, Charles Town
Cherie’s Cascade, Evangeline
Give It to Dem, Gulfstream
Hakama, Saratoga
Rachel’s Ticket, Charles Town
Classy, Charles Town
Grace N Heart, Evangeline
Elite Buckaroo, Arapahoe
Slewissurfing, Charles Town
Tiger Town, Evangeline
T Soeur, Evangeline
No News, Fairmount
Ambarona, Suffolk
Bertrando’s Belle, Albuquerque
Fit to Rule, Del Mar
Debonaire Doll, Louisiana
Ketel Wons Copy, Ruidoso
Forever Candy, Parx
Ontology, Del Mar
Pass the Crown, Indiana
Empedrado, Penn
Grosero, Penn
Medal Affair, Charles Town
Savethewildagain, Penn
Kr On Eagles Wings, Ruidoso
Im a Fancy Pyc, Ruidoso
Sporty, Saratoga
Photon, Saratoga
Road Time, Albuquerque
Flying Cherubim, Arapahoe
Enter Back, Emerald
Amame, Arlington
La Rue Lady, Ellis
Afternoon Rule, White Pine
Mischivous Appeal, White Pine
Gray Treasure, Ruidoso
Unshaken Secret, Ruidoso
Amira’s Prince, Saratoga
Shot Rod, Mountaineer
Angel of Fire, Mountaineer
Sorcerer’s Queen, Evangeline
Im Funny for Money, Evangeline
Dawn’s Destiny, Louisiana
Sal’s Boy, Monmouth
Squad Leader, Albuquerque
Parading Gold, Canterbury
Tu Tu Tango, Evangeline
Twin City Thunder, Evangeline
Bold Perspective, Gulfstream
Hope Some Gold, Los Alamitos
Chubaroni, Monmouth
Thunder Stric Again, Albuquerque
Casanova Kiddo, Ellis
Tycoon Cat, Monmouth
Blitzball, Timonium
Bert B Don, Delaware
Queen But a King, Ruidoso
Freya, Mountaineer
Ellenberger Park, Mountaineer
Sahha, Del Mar
Never On Time, Presque Isle
Seeking a Sunrise, Thistledown
Classic Charm, Canterbury
Throwsomelimeonit, Evangeline
Unbridled Blossom, Indiana
Captain Styles, Indiana
Bendanie, Louisiana
Racin Thru Fire, Prairie
Una Parche, Albuquerque
Footstepsinbronze, Del Mar
Semester Abroad, Monmouth
Oddity, Belterra
Big Father, Gulfstream
Smooth Tour, Gulfstream
Miss Ecton Stuff, Louisiana
Strong Humor, Monmouth
Cross Village, Mountaineer
Revealing Moment, Saratoga

76% of the vanned off were either later confirmed dead or have simply disappeared.

Although not reported as vanned, these 15, too, have not resurfaced:
Golden Saturday, Charles Town, fell, DNF
Jewel in the Sky, Monmouth, “stumbled badly,” DNF
Big Zapple, Delaware, fell at start, DNF
Super Slam, Parx, “returned lame”
Ms Beauty Betty, Fair Grounds, bled
Rib Sox, Indiana, bled, DNF
Call First, Penn, fell, DNF
Camp Copper, Timonium, “returned bleeding”
Mean Maxine, Mountaineer, bled
Brassy Boy, Mountaineer, bled
Scealeile, Presque Isle, fell, DNF
The Bookkeeper, Gulfstream, “collapsed at wire”
Peppiann, Elko, “fell over rail,” DNF
What Goes Around, Golden Gate, fell, DNF
Orfan Ole, Canterbury, “stopped badly”

Equibase reported 10 as died or “euthanized”:
Markyour Territory, Fairmount
Sir William Bruce, Saratoga
Western Sword, Penn
De Rage Girl, Parx
Trail Blaze, Parx
M B and Tee, Saratoga
Ludicrous, Saratoga
Makari, Saratoga
Manda Moo, Parx
Kitagal, Louisiana

…and 21 as “broke down” – racing-speak for dead:
Maji Moto, Mountaineer
Cat O Gold, Arapahoe
Who’strickingwho, Arapahoe
Bonita Muneca, Belterra
Exultant, Belterra
Steppingood, Del Mar
Bullwhip, Charles Town
Deputy Gulch, Charles Town
Winter’s Wildchild, Columbus
Royal Hard Spun, Monmouth
Bonnie Lass, Delaware
Little Tower, Del Mar
Celzo’s Birdie, Ferndale
Matagorda Bay, Gillespie
Be a Pro, Presque Isle
Run for Papa, Fairmount
Posh Acres, Charles Town
My Kinda Girl, Charles Town
Paper Tigress, Parx
Nacho Preacher, Golden Gate
Runaway Bridle, Thistledown

Allowing for a handful of “retirements”/rescues, I think it likely that some 130 horses from our August lists are dead. But remember, that’s flat-track, in-competition only – this report does not include harness and training deaths. For context on the latter, though: 43% of NY’s on-track deaths in 2013 came in morning practice. In short, I think it reasonable to assert that the NY Times figure of 24 dead a week should be doubled, leaving us with upwards of 2,000 track-kills annually.

(If you know the whereabouts of any of the above, please disclose and I will publish.)

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An update on the July 2014 U.S. horseracing casualties.

108 horses were “vanned off”; 11 of whom were later confirmed dead:
My Belle Etoile, Ellis
Guidopanzini, Oak Tree
War Prince, Emerald
Ruler of the Tribe, Emerald
Kokaltash, Del Mar
Indomitable Woman, Finger Lakes
Gryphon Gold, Sacramento
J Kat, Del Mar
Chichita, Finger Lakes
Gimmeanotherwink, Finger Lakes
Quorum, Finger Lakes

Of the rest, 73 have not been heard from since:
Mommy’s Dearest, Finger Lakes
Snowy Vengeance, Indiana
Joe Alan, Mountaineer
Windsor’s Knockout, Charles Town
Royal Dash Special, Delta
All That Glimmers, Charles Town
Kimbell Has Bling, Lone Star
Jaxtens First Wagon, Ruidoso
Queen Myrina, Parx
Hocuspocuss, Ruidoso
Big City Guy, Charles Town
Callide Valley, Mountaineer
Lacy Vaz, Oak Tree
Dashing, Oak Tree
Karamojo, Penn
Coronas Sportiness, Ruidoso
Taty’s Gold, Arlington
Kinzig, Belterra
Sarah’s Swingtown, Prairie
Attila’s Parting, Ruidoso
Primmensity, Mountaineer
Miss Aisle Band, Penn
Grand Pro, Belterra
Taps Lady, Charles Town
Dark Timbers, Los Alamitos
Apollyon, Belterra
Storm Off, Ellis
Equal Parts, Indiana
Call Me Big E, Louisiana
Chief Barker, Arlington
Shug’s Spirit, Ruidoso
Ivalreadygone, Los Alamitos
Best Ransom, Los Alamitos
Blazin Flyer, Ruidoso
Costly, Mountaineer
Dangerously Royal, Suffolk
Aftermarketslam, Del Mar
Maid for War, Evangeline
My Son Darren, Indiana
Suddenly Perfect, Belterra
Lucy Wears Prada, Canterbury
Smooth Willow, Charles Town
Ivory On the Up, Ruidoso
Old Happy Cowboy, Ruidoso
Barela K, Thistledown
Boogie Woogie Flu, Evangeline
Tri Polar, Gulfstream
Ifihadalady, Mountaineer
Flying Circus, Parx
Villere, Gulfstream
Red Force, Mountaineer
Top Hawker, Mountaineer
Taiban, Ruidoso
Awesome Gift, Les Bois
Possy Beach, Les Bois
Along Came Kitten, Belterra
Can’tbeattheheat, Delaware
Artic Eagle, Fair Meadows
Surviving the Odds, Arapahoe
Clever Peaks, Canterbury
Dashin Aint Easy, Fair Meadows
Laser Cat, Indiana
Hill of Tara, Los Alamitos
Princess Nayiri, Belterra
World Tour, Louisiana
Mantastically, Ruidoso
Ampersand, Saratoga
Unusual Heatwave, Del Mar
Curly Queen, Gulfstream
Fan the Fire, Louisiana
Smarty Slewy, Thistledown
Noma, Evangeline
Ann Accolade, Arlington

78% of the vanned off were either later confirmed dead or have simply disappeared.

Although not reported as vanned, these 12, too, have not resurfaced:
Briteburg, Fairmount, bled
Absolum, Parx, fell, DNF
Jet Airplane, Delta, bled
Song for Krismike, Charles Town, “collapsed just past the wire”
Cuzs Painted Success, Fair Meadows, “injured,” DNF
Airdrop, Penn, fell, DNF
Cool Cat Tale, Belmont, “hit the near side stall at the start tossing his head,” DNF
Go Giovanni Go, Thistledown, bled
Pay Any Price, Gulfstream, bled
Dixico, Les Bois, bled
Just a Sheikh, Charles Town, “pulled up lame,” DNF
Party Boy Floyd, Gulfstream, fell, DNF

Equibase reported 3 as died or “euthanized”:
This Guy Is Blue, Belmont
Movin’ On Up, Louisiana
Cool Under Fire, Parx

…and 23 as “broke down” – racing-speak for dead:
Finns Huckleberry, Ruidoso
Streaterville, Mountaineer
Back Talking, Mountaineer
Our Deputy Express, Delaware
Lone Star Sizzler, Evangeline
Music Maid, Belmont
Finally Together, Mountaineer
Could Be a Rumor, Charles Town
Generator, Evangeline
Piskacha, Belterra
Washington Dacat, Canterbury
Ithink I Can Dance, Mountaineer
Mr Percussionist, Parx
Rue the Day, Charles Town
Yes She’s Unusual, Del Mar
Longview Drive, Del Mar
Elusive Cowgirl, Monmouth
Lil Swiss Echo, Del Mar
Rocabar, Santa Rosa
Father Johns Pride, Saratoga
Intimate Storm, Charles Town
Patinka, Presque Isle
Serious, Del Mar

Allowing for a handful of “retirements”/rescues, I think it likely that some 115 horses from our July lists are dead. But remember, that’s flat-track, in-competition only – this report does not include harness and training deaths. For context on the latter, though: 43% of NY’s on-track deaths in 2013 came in morning practice. In addition, there were surely other euthanasias not reflected here (“pulled up,” “eased,” “stopped badly,” etc.). In short, I think it reasonable to assert that the NY Times figure of 24 dead a week should be doubled, leaving us with well over 2,000 track-kills annually.

(If you know the whereabouts of any of the above, please disclose and I will publish.)

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