This week’s casualties:

Monday
Unremitting, Ruidoso, race 7, vanned off

Tuesday
Captain Daddy, Parx, race 6, vanned off
Fenway, SunRay, race 4, vanned off

Wednesday
Patriot’s Dream, Delaware, race 3, vanned off
Princess Zaneta, Thistledown, race 2, “returned bleeding from the nostrils”

Thursday
Rojo Verde, Arlington, race 6, vanned off
Rankin, Charles Town, race 6, vanned off
Trade, Churchill, race 1, bled, vanned off
Jacques Bauer, Delta, race 4, bled
I’m Included, Lone Star, race 5, “pulled up in heat distress”
Rare Raven, Penn, race 8, vanned off
Soar Home, Santa Anita, race 1, vanned off

A six-month update on those horses reported as “vanned off” in November 2013:

Kela Flatts, Charles Town, hasn’t been heard from since
South Forty, Golden Gate, hasn’t been heard from since
Royal Pop Lbh, Lone Star, hasn’t been heard from since
Runaway Crypto, Remington, still active
Centralinteligence, Santa Anita, hasn’t been heard from since
So Big Is Better, Santa Anita, hasn’t been heard from since
Rocking Ta Mr Dean, Will Rogers Downs, hasn’t been heard from since
Big and Bright, Charles Town, hasn’t been heard from since
Dollicious, Delta Downs, hasn’t been heard from since
Indy El Nino, Hawthorne, hasn’t been heard from since
Regent Fan, Los Alamitos, hasn’t been heard from since
Maid of Dishonor, Penn National, still active
Chuvalo, Mountaineer, still active
Fly Away, Portland Meadows, hasn’t been heard from since
Preacher Willie, Portland Meadows, hasn’t been heard from since
Tiz a Jungle, Parx, hasn’t been heard from since
Tobes the Man, Churchill Downs, still active
High On Ruston, Delta Downs, hasn’t been heard from since
Bunny La Jolla, Delta Downs, hasn’t been heard from since
Excusemeplease, Remington, hasn’t been heard from since
Bling Time, Remington, hasn’t been heard from since
Regal Tam, Turf Paradise, still active
Bringingdown Babel, Aqueduct, hasn’t been heard from since
Clever Shoes, Delta Downs, hasn’t been heard from since
She’s a Listener, Finger Lakes, subsequently confirmed dead
How Bout Junior, Laurel Park, hasn’t been heard from since
Crabapple, Thistledown, hasn’t been heard from since
Wasted at Midnight, Hollywood Park, still active
Suyeta, Churchill Downs, still active
Offshore Banker, Delta Downs, hasn’t been heard from since
Long Beach Logan, Golden Gate, hasn’t been heard from since
Vianney Lane, Laurel Park, still active
All About Larry, Los Alamitos, hasn’t been heard from since
Royal Regard, Los Alamitos, hasn’t been heard from since
Candyonmymind, Mountaineer, hasn’t been heard from since
Space Traveler, Aqueduct, still active
Pursteena, Churchill Downs, hasn’t been heard from since
Smokin Motion, Los Alamitos, hasn’t been heard from since
Survive, Los Alamitos, hasn’t been heard from since
Taba’s Gold, Portland Meadows, hasn’t been heard from since
Trilite Thunder, Thistledown, hasn’t been heard from since
Cafe Bonita, Zia, hasn’t been heard from since
JC Storm, Zia, hasn’t been heard from since
Double Java Girl, Turf Paradise, hasn’t been heard from since
Made the Cut, Beulah Park, still active
New York Gin, Beulah Park, hasn’t been heard from since
A Pache Rojo, Turf Paradise, hasn’t been heard from since
Quick to Hit, Zia, hasn’t been heard from since
Brown Eyed Nance, Aqueduct, hasn’t been heard from since
Bird County, Churchill Downs, hasn’t been heard from since
Drop On By, Evangeline, hasn’t been heard from since
Seeking Suki, Penn National, hasn’t been heard from since
Anotation, Turf Paradise, still active
Marywiththeblueyes, Aqueduct, hasn’t been heard from since
Tropic of Artie, Churchill Downs, hasn’t been heard from since
Prima Zip, Penn National, subsequently confirmed dead
Kentucky Gem, Retama, hasn’t been heard from since
M P Joe, Aqueduct, subsequently confirmed dead
Another Trick, Churchill Downs, still active
Red Man Run, Golden Gate, still active
One Run Runaway, Los Alamitos, hasn’t been heard from since
Modern Cowboy, Penn National, hasn’t been heard from since
Beyond Heat, Retama, hasn’t been heard from since
Divine Sophia, Thistledown, hasn’t been heard from since
Sliden Clyd, Zia, hasn’t been heard from since
Finishrich for Me, Zia, hasn’t been heard from since
S S Star, Zia, hasn’t been heard from since
Eyesablazin, Hollywood Park, hasn’t been heard from since
She’s All Yours, Hollywood Park, hasn’t been heard from since
Manly, Gulfstream, hasn’t been heard from since
Thimble, Los Alamitos, hasn’t been heard from since
Hezabadamigo, Los Alamitos, still active
As High as the Sky, Beulah, hasn’t been heard from since
Master Splash, Finger Lakes, still active
Mam Bird, Parx, hasn’t been heard from since
Brandy’s Big Guy, Aqueduct, hasn’t been heard from since
Pleasant Closing, Hawthorne, hasn’t been heard from since
My Fever, Hawthorne, still active
Sacred Ovation, Hollywood, hasn’t been heard from since
Orangeyouacutie, Hollywood, hasn’t been heard from since
Smokin Deal, Remington, hasn’t been heard from since
M One, Churchill, hasn’t been heard from since
Heza Tipping Fast, Evangeline, hasn’t been heard from since
Bo Devil, Retama, hasn’t been heard from since
Fiftyfour Forever, Aqueduct, hasn’t been heard from since
Henry the Lover, Charles Town, hasn’t been heard from since
Awesome David, Charles Town, hasn’t been heard from since
Like a Deputy, Delta, still active
Jess Spicey, Evangeline, ran once more in December, finishing last of 10, nothing since
Rock Solid Charm, Golden Gate, hasn’t been heard from since
Let’s Get Lucky, Hawthorne, hasn’t been heard from since
Jagger Br, Los Alamitos, hasn’t been heard from since
Mufaajy, Portland, hasn’t been heard from since
Joy of the Lord, Turf, hasn’t been heard from since
Hold the Ransom, Turf, hasn’t been heard from since
Western Prince, Zia, hasn’t been heard from since
Gal About Town, Churchill, still active
Outlaw Josy, Evangeline, hasn’t been heard from since
Travel the World, Laurel, hasn’t been heard from since
Wish You Had One To, Zia, still active
Perfectamente, Hollywood, hasn’t been heard from since
Princess of Pearl, Hollywood, still active
And You Can, Fair Grounds, still active
Fort Humbug, Fair Grounds, hasn’t been heard from since
Mystical Mark, Golden Gate, hasn’t been heard from since
Lucky Guess, Penn National, subsequently confirmed dead
Unmerited Favor, Remington, hasn’t been heard from since
Roar for More, Beulah, hasn’t been heard from since
Silver Spur, Beulah, hasn’t been heard from since
Modern Day Miracle, Charles Town, hasn’t been heard from since
I Am Revenge, Golden Gate, still active
Member ofthe Tribe, Los Alamitos, hasn’t been heard from since
Iniquitous Kid, Zia, hasn’t been heard from since
Ask the Ghost Nice, Zia, hasn’t been heard from since

Of the 114 horses reported as vanned off, 4 have been confirmed dead. Of the 110 others, 88 have not raced since; only 22 of the 114 remain active. In other words, 81% of the vanned off are confirmed dead or have disappeared.

In addition, although these 5 horses were not reported as vanned off, they are also M.I.A.:

Tanana Tango, Suffolk Downs, fell, bled, DNF
Trinniberg, Santa Anita, bled
Big Blue Fever, Thistledown, “pulled up lame”
Fast Footed Frog, Retama, bled
Flavored Punch, Charles Town, bled

These 25 horses were reported on the charts as “broke down” or “euthanized” – i.e., the November dead we know about:

One Hyde Park, Thistledown
Ragetta, Thistledown
Secret Compass, Santa Anita
Little Sam French, Thistledown
Dirty Lil Secret, Mountaineer
Miss McKeown, Aqueduct
Sixes Slinky Secret, Evangeline
Windswept Summer, Charles Town
Cadet Logan, Calder
Win the Future, Thistledown
Starship Sultry, Gulfstream
The Man Himself, Parx
Baby Harlow, Charles Town
Atthebuzzer, Delta Downs
National Prayer, Parx
Smart Cool Guy, Thistledown
Fatherscountrygirl, Beulah
G’s Calling, Delta
Hammurabi, Golden Gate
Cat Tail Cutie, Remington
Dashing Nic, Evangeline
Power of Eleven, Golden Gate
Sir Jock, Charles Town
Allthatjazz, Evangeline
Buttertart, Mountaineer

Taken together, it is not unreasonable to assert that in November 2013, some 122 Thoroughbreds and QuarterHorses – or about 4 per day – perished in-competition. That’s just racing and just on the flat tracks – harness and training deaths are not included. But for context, NY lost 6 Thoroughbreds on the practice field in November: Witchofwallstreet (Belmont), Parcel (Aqueduct), Stonely the Lonely (Belmont), Flight of Fantasy (Belmont), Long Island Lee (Aqueduct), and Two Roses (Belmont). How many more in other states?

And finally, it is highly probable that still other unidentified horses – ones who seemingly finished without incident and, hence, are not listed here – died from injuries sustained while racing. In short, there are more than 24 horses killed on American tracks each week.

(If any of these horses are alive, their current people – whether racing, rescue, or private – should disclose; if done, I will dutifully report.)

Broken and gone from the weekend:

3-year-old gelding Jess a Speeder broke down in Friday’s 7th race at Arapahoe

5-year-old mare Berrymeaux broke down in Saturday’s 2nd race at Mountaineer

3-year-old colt Archie’s All Heart broke down in Sunday’s 4th race at Parx

4-year-old gelding Der Boss broke down in Sunday’s 2nd race at Pimlico

Here are Der Boss’ final moments. Watch as several lashes rain down just before the end (pick up around the 1:00 mark). This is horseracing.

The following racehorses were casualties on American tracks last week:

Monday
Mitch’s Halo, Les Bois, race 9, vanned off
Phonybooksnrecords, Prairie, race 6, vanned off

Tuesday
Silver Arch, Parx, race 7, confirmed dead

Wednesday
New Vogue, Les Bois, race 5, vanned off
Bakin’ With Cindy, Mountaineer, race 1, vanned off

Thursday
Ravin With Roses, Arlington, race 1, vanned off
Abbys Bru, Delta, race 5, bled
Gibson Halo, Evangeline, race 4, lame, DNF

Friday
Jess a Speeder, Arapahoe, race 7, broke down
Cajun Streaker, Evangeline, race 4, “stopped suddenly,” DNF
On My Honor, Los Alamitos, race 6, vanned off
La Royal Courage, SunRay, race 4, vanned off

Saturday
Midnightatmarions, Belmont, race 10, “bolted,” “went thru rail,” DNF
Senor Sligo, Belterra, race 7, vanned off
Easytoauthenticate, Evangeline, race 9, vanned off
Little Jeannie, Fairmount, race 5, “bled from both nostrils”
Sleep No More, Indiana, race 8, “stopped badly,” DNF
Berrymeaux, Mountaineer, race 2, broke down
Jaguar King, Parx, race 2, vanned off
P.A. Thunder, Parx, race 8, “stumbled badly,” DNF
Arneli Rock, Suffolk, race 1, “stumbled badly,” DNF
Ginger, Suffolk, race 1, “stumbled badly,” DNF
Rare Lukey, Suffolk, race 5, “stumbled badly,” DNF

Sunday
Permit, Arlington, race 8, vanned off
Elaine’s Tenacity, Golden Gate, race 2, vanned off
Pink Gold, Lone Star, race 8, vanned off
Lubango, Monmouth, race 4, bled, DNF
Archie’s All Heart, Parx, race 4, broke down
Der Boss, Pimlico, race 2, broke down
Reno Star, Thistledown, race 7, “returned bleeding from the nostrils”

Each day, I review the Equibase charts of every Thoroughbred and QuarterHorse race run in the U.S. the day before. The goal: to identify and document as many of racing’s casualties as possible. Unfortunately, some fall through the cracks – fatally injured horses who according to the charts finish their races without incident. If not for NY’s unique public database, 5-year-old Kissinginthedark would have been one of those. Per the chartwriter at Finger Lakes Friday, the Rafael Ramos-trained (and owned) mare completed the course (race 1) unscathed: “stalked the early pace on the outside, faded through the second turn and was outrun.” In truth, Kissinginthedark broke and died.

Because this was a $5,000 claiming race at lowly Finger Lakes, Kissinginthedark’s death passed unnoticed in, as far as I can tell, every media outlet in America. The sad truth is that save for here (and on Ramos’ 2014 tax return), this tragic creature is already forgotten. This is the horseracing they don’t want us to know about.