Last week in American horseracing (not including training and harness casualties).

(Remember, “broke down” is racing-speak for dead; “vanned off” translates to good-chance dead. If in doubt, see my year-end FOIA kill reports.)

Jet for Yonder “fell past wire, vanned off” at Louisiana
Favor Factor “vanned off” at Parx
Equation “vanned off” at Fair Grounds
Larryslegacee “bled and vanned off” at Sunland
Rhapsody in Red “vanned off” at Charles Town
Annakissa “pulled up lame, vanned off” at Mahoning
Quick Wink “returned sore” at Mahoning
Full Consent “vanned off” at Turf
Windsor Pitch “vanned off” at Charles Town
Tickle My Francie “vanned off” at Delta
Three Tootsies “broke down” at Fair Grounds
Lawyer Daggett “fell, DNF” at Oaklawn
Sea of Change “fell over stricken foe, DNF” at Oaklawn
Lavender Paisley “DNF” at Oaklawn
Christina Renee “DNF” at Oaklawn
Lemon Song “pulled up in distress, vanned off” at Fair Grounds
Amalia Cartel “vanned off” at Sunland
Saratoga Citizen “fell, vanned off” at Gulfstream
Huracan Americo “broke down” at Gulfstream
Dazzy Duke “vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Poised ‘n Ready “broke down” at Oaklawn
Alajrose “stumbled badly, vanned off” at Sam Houston
Tattenham “vanned off” at Santa Anita
I’m a Catman “vanned off” at Tampa Bay
John Adams “went wrong, vanned off” at Turfway
Little Popsie “fell heavily after the finish, vanned off” at Aqueduct
Valiant Flame “vanned off” at Golden Gate (after winning)
Dizzy Tizzy “vanned off” at Golden Gate
Acknowledge “vanned off” at Gulfstream (after winning)
Lac Ofcomunication “faltered, bled from both nostrils, vanned off” at Laurel
Remembering Florence “stumbled badly, DNF” at Los Alamitos
Grantastica “bled, vanned off” at Oaklawn
My Secret Affair “vanned off” at Santa Anita
Dickens “vanned off” at Tampa Bay

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(source: Equibase)

The Daily Racing Form reports that “3-year-old Saint’s Fan came back lame from a Friday workout at Fair Grounds, was diagnosed with a fractured cannon bone…and had to be euthanized.” Apparently, says the DRF, “the fracture ran down the cannon bone all the way to the sesamoid.” Normally, the racing press can’t be bothered with training kills, but this, as the paper highlights, was a “stakes-winning” colt. Of course.

On Saturday, there were at least three more deaths, two at the same track. In the 4th at Oaklawn, 3-year-old Poised ‘n Ready went down and was euthanized (DRF). At Gulfstream, 3-year-old Saratoga Citizen “fell and was vanned off” (Equibase) in the 10th; she, too, was subsequently euthanized (three separate sources). Three races later, 2-year-old Huracan Americo “broke down” and was “put down humanly” (Miami Herald). Fortunately, the paper notes, “his jockey escaped injury.”

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This is horseracing.

The following seven racehorses died at New York State tracks in February:

Big Unit, February 8, Buffalo, “[was] pulled up in the 1st turn, trailered off the track; fractured L Front – euthanized”

Blameiton Brooklyn, February 10, Aqueduct, “horse vanned off after the finish and euthanized for a fracture to left front leg”

Frat Star, February 12, Aqueduct, “fell after the wire – euthanized on the track”

Regulus, February 12, Aqueduct, “ran down the backstretch – euthanized on the track”

Wheretheparty’sat, February 21, Monticello, “fractured pastern – euthanized”

Fabulous Kid, February 26, Belmont, “was euthanized for severe laminitis” (last raced just two weeks prior)

Missy’s Hat Trick, February 27, Belmont, “fractured shoulder while galloping – euthanized”

(source: NYS Gaming Commission)

Through a FOIA request to the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, I have confirmed the following kills at Pennsylvania tracks in 2016. (These are the most detailed necropsy reports I have received to date; some came with pictures. Notably, virtually every horse listed below had stomach ulcers. Enough said.)

Stand by Your Man, January 13, Penn 2, “1/3 of left scapula shattered into multiple displaced pieces…severe damage of the surrounding skeletal muscle and soft tissue including a severed blood vessel and severe hemorrhage”; “chronic synovitis of the front fetlocks”

Exceptionalism, February 27, Parx 1, “acute, complete, severely comminuted sesamoid fractures with partial ligamentous tears, joint capsule disruption, and regional hemorrhage”

Have Faith Sister, March 1, Parx 6, “acute, complete, mildly comminuted sesamoid fracture with complete intersesamoidean ligament tear, partial suspensory ligament tear, and regional hemorrhage”

Goldtique, March 5, Parx 9, “this horse was involved in a three horse collision…broken back – death due to vertebral fracture and exsanguination” (she bled out)

Digger’s Jigger, March 5, Parx 9, “this horse was involved in a three horse collision [same as above]…found dead in her stall [next] morning – death due to axial musculoskeletal trauma and exsanguination” (she bled out)

Regal Soldier, March 7, Parx 7, “severely comminuted right hind limb fracture”

Gentle Buzzing, March 24, Penn 7, “marked acute fracture of sesamoid bones”

Dancing Terror, April 9, The Meadows 10, “left hind limb was swollen…with a puncture wound, through which bone was protruding…eight large pieces of bone (and numerous small pieces) present”; “numerous small ulcers” present

Salty’s Hero, April 25, Parx 9, “catastrophic second, third, and fourth metacarpal fractures with suspensory ligament disruption…and regional hemorrhage”

Drive, April 27, Penn 6, “acute comminuted fracture of the metacarpal”

Lovelibuzz, May 3, Parx 4, “comminuted and displaced fractures of the radial, intermediate, third, and fourth carpal bones with hemarthrosis”

Joe Boo Kelly, May 6, prior to Penn 1, “horse became unstable during the post parade and then fell and died – no obvious cause of death”; “the ulceration of the stomach was severe – 90-100 erosions and ulcers”

Nasa, May 7, Parx 6, “displaced fractures of the medial and lateral sesamoid bones with disruption of the sesamoidean ligaments”

Tell Tale Friend, May 9, Parx 8, “acute, comminuted sesamoid fractures with regional hemorrhage and disruption of the sesamoidean ligaments”

Fors Fortis, May 24, Presque Isle 1, “sesamoid bones badly comminuted…suspensory ligament completely transected and avulsed from the bones”

La Moskette, June 7, Parx 2 (euthanized late July), “sesamoid fracture, ligament avulsion – horse failed to recover; “lung: locally extensive acute hemorrhage”

Forbidden Story, June 17, Penn 6, “bilateral sesamoid fractures with partial rupture of the flexor tendons with hemorrhage”

Mike the Hab, June 24, Penn 8, “multiple fractures of carpal bones” (both legs); ulcers “severe”

Lorilee, June 25, Penn 1, “sesamoid fracture, condyle fracture…luxation of MC3 with disruption of the suspensory apparatus”; “spleen is severely congested”

A. Rod Again, June 28, Parx 4, “acute, comminuted, displaced fractures of the medial and lateral sesamoid bones…[multiple joints]: mild-moderate chronic osteoarthritis”

Truly Amazing, June 28, Presque Isle 2, “cause of death was Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage”

Purple Egg, June 29, Penn 5, “sesamoid fracture with disruption of the suspensory apparatus”; “spleen is severely congested”

Maxwell’s Hammer, July 2, Parx 2, “severe tendon rupture”

Notaria, July 12, Parx 2, “sesamoid bones fractured into multiple, displaced fragments…suspensory ligament severely frayed, with near complete fiber disruption”

Anthony’s Flyer, July 16, Parx 2, “traumatic stifle laceration with joint penetration and patellar fracture”

Mr. Perseverance, July 21, Penn 1, “sesamoid fractured into three fragments…ligaments torn”

Greatwhite Buffalo, August 2, Presque Isle 4, “both front fetlocks attached by skin only, leaving the distal cannon bones exposed, covered with ground-in dirt and severe bruising”; “gastric ulcers quite extensive”

Isutalkintome, August 7, Presque Isle 3, “left front fetlock attached by skin only, leaving the distal cannon bones exposed, covered with ground-in dirt and severe bruising”; “gastric ulcers extensive”

Burst of Fire, August 7, Presque Isle 3, “glenoid rim fractured…two pieces of bone pulled away”; “gastric ulcers extensive”

Kernel Slanders, August 12, Penn 8, “sesamoid fractured into three fragments…ligaments shredded”; “score lines and bruising in front fetlocks are suggestive of repetitive osseous stress syndrome, a common finding in fetlocks of racing Thoroughbreds”

Little Louella, August 27, Penn 3, “fractures of the third and radial carpal bones, mild to severe osteoarthritis”; “stomach: severe, chronic, focally extensive ulcers”; “spleen: severe congestion”

Registrada, September 13, Parx 4, “comminuted medial sesamoid fracture”

Age of Fluffy, September 21, prior to Presque Isle 8, “spine fractured”; “gastric ulcers are common in horses on NSAIDs, and in training…these were extensive and may have caused the horse to be painful from them during the paddock period…this may have led to the horse rearing and flipping over backwards”

Rockin’ Rockstar, October 2, Presque Isle 4, “comminuted (many pieces), spiral fracture of humerus, with ends distracted…greater tubercle separated from parent bone; rib fractured”

Jennie Says So, October 10, Parx 1, “acute, complete, open sesamoid fracture with suspensory ligament disruption”

Bobby McDuffie, October 22, Penn 5, “complete rupture of the distal sesamoidean ligaments with hemorrhage”; “the spleen is enlarged and filled with blood”

Gambler Five, November 2, Penn 8, “deep digital flexor tendon completely severed and displaced…dorsal surface of the superficial digital flexor tendon shredded…[multiple] ligaments torn…medial proximal sesamoid bone has a complete mid-body fracture…lateral proximal sesamoid bone fractured into multiple pieces”

South Philly Magic, November 14, Parx 3, “horse had a broken neck and was dead when the veterinarian arrived”

Star Cover, November 26, Pocono 9, “upon exam it was both visually and palpably obvious that there was a complete breakdown injury to the suspensory apparatus; both sesamoids were fractured and the ankle was on the ground when attempting to bear weight – as a result, the horse was euthanized”

Queen Patron, December 7, Penn 5, “compound fracture of fetlock…protrusion of metacarpal and sesamoid bones through the laceration…exposed bones are covered in dirt and debris”; the mucosa of the stomach contains 53 erosions and ulcers”

Final Betrayal, December 11, Parx 8, “sesamoids fractures with extensive ligamentous tearing and hemorrhage”

Sierra Ancha, December 14, Penn 2, “compound comminuted fracture left forelimb…severe soft tissue damage with exposure of several fragments of bone”

Surfer Chub, December 27, Parx 1, “shattered knee – multiple, acute carpal fractures”

In addition, the following horses died on track grounds from what the industry calls “non-racing” causes. While this may be technically true, morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

Burning Point, May 26, Penn, “lymphohistiocytic meningoencephalomyelitis with necrosis” (last raced April 23)

Hoppy Hour, June 15, Penn, “marked diffuse chronic fibrinous arthritis of the left hock – the thickened joint capsule along with the abundant fibrin suggest a chronic, on-going process” (this filly was two years old and had yet to be raced)

Bird Prince, July 22, Parx, “this horse has been showing neurologic signs and was euthanized…” (four years old)

Cantina Butterfly, October 26, Parx, “on October 26, the horse was down, depressed had labored breathing and a very swollen face with a bad odor and some nasal discharge…died before a tracheotomy could be performed” – necropsy revealed “severe extensive cellulitis, severe gastric ulcers, renal papillary necrosis, severe traumatic osteoarthropathy” (three years old, last raced September 13)

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There can be no justification for the killing of animals for $2 bets. End it. Now.