According to a source at the track, 4-year-old Kingston Jamaica broke down (in both fronts) and died while practicing Thursday morning at Belmont. Born in Ireland, the colt had raced three times in the States, all for Todd Pletcher/Gary Barber. This marks Pletcher’s third NY training death this year.

Earlier in the NY week, another 4-year-old, Just Mizzy, died of an undisclosed reason at Finger Lakes. In her last two races, both in May, the filly finished second-to-last and last.

From this week’s Santa Anita Stewards Report:

(5/22/14) EDWIN OROZCO was in the office this morning in response to a complaint filed against him for his actions on a difficult horse during training hours yesterday. According to Safety Steward LUIS JAUREGUI, word was received from the outriders that Mr. Orozco used the strap end of his belt on the horse WAR ACADEMY, which had “frozen” at the finish line in the middle of the track and refused to move.

The exercise rider, who took over riding the horse after it injured another rider two weeks ago, admitted that he did use his belt, but stated he did not have a whip and given the horse’s position on the track he felt that the issue of safety outweighed using the belt. He also said that one of the morning outriders attempted to help him, but to no avail. In retrospect, Orozco realizes he made a mistake, but says he was attempting to diffuse a potentially dangerous situation.

5-year-old mare Silver Arch broke down in the stretch of Tuesday’s 7th race at Parx and is dead. Over a 2 1/2-year “career,” the Thoroughbred had three different trainers and three different owners; this was her first race under Michael Maker/Joe Sharp, having just been bought for $16,000 on April 17th. Prior to her death, Silver Arch earned some $118,000 for her connections. This is horseracing.

The following racehorses were casualties on American tracks last week:

Tuesday
Bodacious Bets, Fairmount, race 5, vanned off
Summa Cum Boom, Parx, race 3, confirmed dead
Stonesthrowaway, SunRay, race 5, vanned off

Wednesday
See the Music, Belmont, race 7, confirmed dead

Thursday
Frenchy the Reb, Charles Town, race 2, vanned off
Charlotte’s Girl, Charles Town, race 7, “came back bleeding from the nose”
Motion in Potion, Prairie Meadows, race 2, vanned off
Stadtpark, Santa Anita, race 4, confirmed dead

Friday
That’s No Limit, Belmont, race 9, bled
Lady Pilot Point, Delta, race 3, bled
Strong Alex Cat, Golden Gate, race 3, vanned off
Twofold, Indiana, race 1, bled, DNF
Goingoingone, Ruidoso, race 10, vanned off

Saturday
TTT Dark Diamond, Arapahoe, race 3, vanned off
Static Kill, Arlington, race 5, vanned off
Fool Me Once, Canterbury, race 5, vanned off
Youcancountonme, Delaware, race 3, vanned off
Bb Cc Quik Wagon, Delta, race 7, vanned off
Reflective Glory, Emerald, race 6, confirmed dead
Binding Peace, Gulfstream, race 6, vanned off
Sure Fire First, Los Alamitos, race 4, vanned off
Eric the Ram, Louisiana, race 1, vanned off
Courageous Dancer, Parx, race 2, vanned off
Dynastys First Call, Ruidoso, race 7, vanned off
Big Note, Santa Anita, race 2, confirmed dead
Kris the Great, Santa Anita, race 6, “bleeding from the nostrils,” vanned off

Sunday
Flying to the Dash, Arapahoe, race 7, vanned off
Fleet Fire, Churchill, race 1, vanned off
Notability, Churchill, race 5, vanned off
Street Rat Crazy, Los Alamitos, race 3, vanned off
Loooch’smachoman, Louisiana, race 3, vanned off
Halie’s Wild, Parx, race 6, “ridden back to the unsaddling area lame”
Irish Humor, Pimlico, race 3, “returned bleeding”
Value Trap, Prairie, race 3, vanned off
Valle Vidal, Ruidoso, race 11, vanned off

5-year-old Big Note collapsed and died of “an apparent cardiac event” after yesterday afternoon’s 2nd race at Santa Anita. The complicit: jockey Drayden Van Dyke, trainer Javier Jose Sierra, owner Hugo Catalan, breeder Willow Tree Stud Farm, and all prior connections. From Ireland to California – a short, tragic existence.