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.

Reflective Glory, two days past her third birthday, broke down (fractured cannon bone) in yesterday’s 6th race at Emerald. She is dead. The complicit: jockey Anne Sanguinetti, trainer Jeffrey Metz, owner Saratoga West, breeder Harris Farms, and previous trainer Sean McCarthy. Reflective Glory (below) was for sale at $2,500 the day she died.

photo credit: David Morrant
photo credit: David Morrant

3-year-old (barely) Stadtpark, running for just the second time, broke down and died in Thursday afternoon’s 4th race at Santa Anita. The young gelding was ridden by Ignacio Puglisi, trained by Paul Aguirre, owned by the Cuevas family et al., and bred by Kaleem Shah. According to Equibase, Stadtpark broke down “on his own.” This is horseracing.

Yesterday afternoon at Churchill Downs, Never Tell Lynda died after banging her head prior to the 1st race. Apparently, the 5-year-old mare was spooked by a loud commercial, including the sound of a gate bell, on the track’s giant screen. The Courier-Journal reports that the horse “reared, twisted and fell backward.” When it became clear that she was dying, a vet helped her along. Says trainer Kenny Wirth: “I knew she was dead. I could see it in her eyes. Blood started gushing from her nose and mouth.”

Churchill Downs, of course, “extend[s] [its] deepest sympathy to trainer Kenny Wirth and everyone at the stable for their loss.” Pity the poor trainer, for apparently he’s in the midst of a rough patch: “I’ve had nothing but bad luck since I got up here. My one horse blowed a suspensory (ligament). Then I had a filly run a couple of weeks ago and she slab-fractured a knee. (Never Tell Lynda) was my hope.”

Interestingly, in Never Tell Lynda’s penultimate start back in November (at Churchill), she “broke in the air and was awkward into stride, [and] pulled up before going a quarter mile.” Officially, a DNF.

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