Through a “West Virginia Freedom of Information Act” request, I have confirmed the following 33 deaths at Mountaineer in 2014. Please note that while this data comes from the same request that produced the Charles Town post, the latter included training and “non-racing” deaths; Mountaineer did not. So this list is far from complete (doubling the 33 would be a reasonable estimate).

4-year-old Ide Better Pray, March 1, Mountaineer 2 (euthanized March 4), “tendon injury”

2-year-old Syeshacat, March 1, Mountaineer 4, “compound fracture”

4-year-old Know This, March 4, Mountaineer 2, “slab fracture”

2-year-old Junkyard Eddie, March 4, Mountaineer 8 (euthanized March 5), “carpal fracture”

5-year-old Thegallopingghost, March 5, Mountaineer 4, “compound fracture, dislocation”

5-year-old D’wildbill, March 8, Mountaineer 1, “slab fracture”

6-year-old Tawdry, March 10, Mountaineer 8, “sesamoids fracture”

3-year-old Passport Denied, March 11, Mountaineer 9, “slab fracture”

5-year-old Tanjero, March 17, Mountaineer 7, “sesamoids fracture”

3-year-old HJD’s Prize, March 22, Mountaineer 1, “finish line”

6-year-old Crystallo, April 6, Mountaineer 3, “compound fracture”

6-year-old Big Boy Tyson, April 26, Mountaineer 3 (euthanized April 27), “sesamoids fracture”

4-year-old Win Machine, April 28, Mountaineer 3, “sesamoids fracture”

3-year-old Zion Hill, May 4, Mountaineer 6, “compound condylar fracture”

5-year-old Transatlantic, May 13, Mountaineer 2 (euthanized May 14), “carpal slab fracture”

5-year-old Blushing Martha, May 18, Mountaineer 8, “sesamoids fracture”

5-year-old Berrymeaux, May 31, Mountaineer 2, “sesamoids fracture”

5-year-old Hot Necker, June 14, Mountaineer 5, “sesamoids fracture”

9-year-old Streaterville, July 6, Mountaineer 6, “fetlock open dislocation”

7-year-old Back Talking, July 9, Mountaineer 5, “MC3 fracture”

5-year-old Finally Together, July 14, Mountaineer 9, “sesamoids fracture”

3-year-old Ifihadalady, July 19, Mountaineer 6, “sesamoids fracture”

3-year-old Ithink I Can Dance, July 22, Mountaineer 6, “MC3 fracture”

7-year-old Maji Moto, August 4, Mountaineer 7, “sesamoids fracture”

8-year-old Cross Village, August 31, Mountaineer 8, “slab fracture”

4-year-old Feeling Naughty, September 1, Mountaineer 5, “sesamoids fracture”

5-year-old Manis, September 3, Mountaineer 2, “sesamoids fracture”

7-year-old Dream Rocker, September 13, Mountaineer 1, “cardio vascular accident”

3-year-old Kat Alpha, September 22, Mountaineer 3, “MC3 fracture”

5-year-old Mi’Kelseys Pride, October 4, Mountaineer 3, “sesamoids fracture”

5-year-old That’s the Answer, October 21, Mountaineer 5, “sesamoids fracture”

7-year-old Auditorium, October 22, Mountaineer 7, “sesamoids fracture”

3-year-old Cloud Cutter, October 26, Mountaineer 4, “MC3 compound dislocation”

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The CHRB has confirmed the death of 4-year-old Weekendwithbernie in a breakdown/euthanasia at Santa Anita this past Saturday. The Doug O’Neill-trained horse was coming off a last of 12 just six days prior. Abused. Dead.

Also from the Santa Anita minutes, four anonymous horses were termed “deceased” for the week ending March 29; at Los Alamitos, three more. This is horseracing.

4-year-old Wise Remark is dead after breaking down in the 6th yesterday at Parx. In his penultimate race on February 14th, this pubescent gelding finished last of 9, 26+ lengths behind; in his 9 completed races, Wise Remark finished last or second-to-last 5 times, all at cheap Parx. In other words, his death should not surprise. His people from beginning to end: Carlos Soto, Jamer Racing.

In addition to at least one dead athlete, Parx also offered the following Tuesday:

In the 2nd, Ninety Five South “was pulled up in distress and vanned off.” And in the 4th: “MARCY, WHO WAS FRACTIOUS IN THE POST PARADE, INJURED HERSELF IN THE STARTING GATE AND WAS ORDERED SCRATCHED… VALERIE VICTORIA WAS ALSO INJURED IN THE STARTING GATE AND SCRATCHED…” And then, an unwitting reminder of this sport’s essence: “CONSOLATION DAILY DOUBLES WITH MARCY AND VALERIE VICTORIA WERE PAID. SHOW AND SUPERFECTA WAGERING ON THIS RACE WERE CANCELLED AND REFUNDS WERE GIVEN.”

This is horseracing.