The CHRB reports three dead at Golden Gate:

3-year-old Bounty On the Run, 3rd race, November 29 – “went wrong…fractured left front ankle…euthanized on the track.” Gone.

Same day, 5-year-old Surprise Sale and 2-year-old Binky Bear apparently collided – either with each other or an unnamed “loose horse” – both “expired on the track.”

Prior to their (likely violent) deaths, Surprise Sale and Binky Bear were virtual nonentities – the former a career claimer, most recently valued at $5,000 on November 19; the latter had only been raced once, finishing 9th – “winning” $105 – of 10 October 30. In other words, Shared Belief-type heartache is not forthcoming.

This is horseracing.

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The following horses were casualties on American racetracks last week:

“Broke Down” (read: dead); “Collapsed and Died”; “Humanely Euthanized”
Christy’s Vow, Delta
Silver Sundara, Charles Town
Diamond Dozen, Charles Town
Forged in Gold, Charles Town
Gabby’s Warrior, Tampa Bay
Lucky Larry, Turf

“Vanned Off” (carted away by ambulance, better-than-even chance dead)
Mighty Dream, Fair Grounds
Little Rossini, Fair Grounds
Tsunami Kidd, Portland
Papa’s Angels, Portland
Mister Alegre, Zia (“just failed”)
Kool Charli, Aqueduct
Silver Tassel, Los Alamitos (“bad step”)
El Tarto, Delta
School House, Laurel
Ursa Major, Turfway
Elusive Plains, Golden Gate (“went wrong”)
Cernobbio, Hawthorne
Freakin Rocket, Hawthorne (“awkward step”)
Evening News, Los Alamitos
Eagles Fly, Los Alamitos (“in distress”)
Renn Lake, Turfway
Hara Dasher, Los Alamitos
Who’s Z Daddy, Parx

“Bled”; “Returned Bleeding From Nostrils”
Betsy Sweet, Remington (after “stopping badly”)
Gold Raptor, Charles Town

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(source: Equibase)

Equibase reports that three horses (at least) “broke down” yesterday on American tracks. For those who may be uninitiated, “broke down” almost invariably means dead.

First, at Tampa Bay, 3-year-old Gabby’s Warrior went down in the 4th. In her penultimate race on September 12 at Mountaineer, Gabby “wilted” (after being “pressed”) to a second-to-last finish – 49 lengths back.

Later in the day at Charles Town:

Diamond Dozen “broke down shortly after the start” of the 3rd. Stupefyingly, Diamond’s racing “debut” came in September – at 9 1/2 years old. In that race – claiming, of course – he finished 9th of 10; in his second and only other race (also claiming), he finished 8th of 9. Unraced till 9 1/2, dumped immediately into claiming hell, hopelessly bad (though still earning – CT is a racino), broken down three races in. Just when I think the racing people have hit their depraved nadir, the bar gets moved.

And – 3-year-old Forged in Gold “led early [in the 8th] and broke down entering the turn.” In her penultimate race three weeks ago (also at CT), Forged finished 7th of 8.

Charles Town has now had three breakdowns in two days. Thursday night, it was 3-year-old Silver Sundara in the 6th.

This is horseracing.

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In the Equibase notes for the 4th race at Golden Gate November 19, 3-year-old Gem of a Gal was a “pulled up, vanned off.” In truth, the young filly never made it onto the ambulance alive. The CHRB reports that Gem “expired on the track” that day. Dead.

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In addition:

The Stewards Minutes for Los Alamitos, week end November 22 report “one equine death due to racing injuries.” Name withheld. And including the disclosure in its most recent minutes, Del Mar’s Fall ledger looks like this:

Oct 19-Oct 26: 1 dead
Nov 2-Nov 8: 5 dead
Nov 9-Nov 16: 2 dead
Nov 16-Nov 22: 1 dead

That’s 9 horses who either died on Del Mar grounds or while being prepped off-site for upcoming Del Mar races.

And finally, on the harness end, this from Cal Expo:

DRIVER LUKE PLANO, WHO DROVE “KABLOOIE” IN THE SECOND RACE ON APRIL 4, 2015 AND HAVING APPEARED AT A FORMAL HEARING ON NOVEMBER 12, 2015…IS HEREBY FINED $300 FOR VIOLATION OF CALIFORNIA HORSE RACING BOARD RULE #1734 “WHIPPING” CAUSING VISIBLE INJURY (WHIP WELT).

“Causing visible injury.”

This is not the first time Mr. Plano has been “reprimanded” for abusing horses:

https://horseracingwrongs.com/2014/10/27/no-suspensions-for-multiple-whipping-bleedingwelts-violations/

https://horseracingwrongs.com/2015/03/20/hoosier-park-where-abusers-are-allowed-to-keep-abusing/