Montauk, whom the Daily Racing Form called “a promising colt,” was killed (broken shoulder) training at Belmont yesterday morning. Trainer Todd Pletcher’s reaction: “very disappointing.” Montauk’s only race was a “win” back in October for $45,000. What, then, do you suppose Mr. Pletcher was referring to?

On the other coast, Amada Rafaela “collapsed” in the 7th at Santa Anita and is dead. She, too, was “promising,” as her only finished race (last month) was a win for $32,000. Amada Rafaela was trained by Bob Baffert – yes, that Bob Baffert. Do you think NBC will query Mr. Baffert on this tomorrow? Please.

Also, the Gaming Commission reports the death of Fairway Tom Wednesday at Finger Lakes: “colic – euthanized.” Fairway Tom was 11.

This is horseracing.

In advance of Saturday’s Belmont Stakes…

The following racehorses have lost their lives at Belmont Park since the Gaming Commission began disclosing such things in 2009. To save you the trouble of counting, there are 389 dead horses on this list. As the Justify hype-machine kicks into high, remember this: Horseracing Kills Horses, day after day, year after year.

Midnight Slammer
My Lovely Lark
Timberah
Not Ja Mama
Precious Kiss
Deferredretirement
City On Line
Sammy’s Toy
Glacken Queen
Sassification
Teapot Dome
Sailor’s Cap
Hi Daddy
Cape Marco
Kentucky Bluebird
Big Stack
Atlantic Fleet
Kid Hendrix
Graceful Pose
Iron Curtain
Daimons Glory
Ramblin Boy
Joe Bravo
Karrie the Magic
Hoist The Gala
West Hampton
Irish Hearted
Hard to Explain
Dolche Destiny
Pappy’s Double H
Flint River
Tony Manero
Exotic Indy
Zoomster
Tickle Monster
Seattle Boss
Prute Hill
American Veteran
Lady Boudicca
Big Grey
Marly My Way
Ilopan
One Brave Cat
Duke of de Buqe
Golden Boychick
Alicias Butterfly
Pegasian
Client Eight
China Wavered
Whirling Agatha
One Seat Empty
Value Proposition
Share the Moment
Iubiredecatel
Burns Up the Track
Kaffie’s Doll
Chicktowaga
Merit Badge
Turaath
Sao Sebah
Dancing Destiny
Frontal Stride
Way to Karakorum
U S Calvary
Never Dream
Zip Moment
Check It Twice
Enchanted Storm
Smokey Eyes
Galento
Edashor
Lets Fly Away
Jabbar
Read the Post
Shot Gun Gal
Up the Limit
Inhaler
Left Tee
Da Trouble
Hold that Prospect
Ommandon’s Thunder
Motor City Mama
Bull Speed Ahead
My Man Jake
Paper Duck
Edwards
Roma Di Notte
Risque
Shes So Tough
Enumerate
Vitalino Mestre
Adaptable
Ten Till Mid Nite
Atavistique
Pea Stone
J J Coolay
Indian Bob
Guiltless Pleasure
Fair City Man
Road to Graceland
Hulsache
Maximo Star
Shelias Magic
Buddys Saint
Tobago
Parkheronbroadway
My Daddio
Highly Notable
Royal Alibi
Fort Hughes
Skrzats Majesty
Team Plan
Divi Divi
Citifiesta
Kisses From Karen
Blond Halo
Iguaza
Back From the Dead
Schillers Thriller
Stradvinisky
Ripples n Waves
Stormy Silver
Saratoga Tiger
Smart Maneuver
Cohiba
Fayetta
Midnight Mass
Make My Day Karen
Iceland
Gasper C
Kensei
Franklin Delano
African Diamond
Payout
Juicy Jaclyn
Steel Driving Man
Royal Majesty
Determinedly
Royal Brush
Show Trial
Carrington Village
Iron Ore
Wild News
Song of Siena
Yonder Tis
Jaw Crusher
Sunny by My Side
Ricoriatoa
Moody Majesty
Fudge the Books
Clear Note
Banking Holiday
Frenetic
So Be It Rachael
Serifano
Johnny Pump
The Noz
Shes Loca
Catreign
Lights Out Lisa
Se La Livi
Ipswich Bay
My Girl Gracie
Kool Smoke
Giant Ryan
Rodeo Bustin
yet-to-be-named
Star Lillie
Deluxe Package
Karma Shield
Imaging
Matties Warrior
Imhotep
Rojarosa
Sunday At Nipper’s
In Te Domine
Salsa Mambo
Little Ms Mink
Professor Weston
Highland Crown
Hey Little Girl
Join Forces
Thirty Minutes
Birthday Beau
Dr. Wheat
Seattle Appeal
Logical Order
Joy Rising
No Cat Like That
Liston
Korat
Five Sixteen
Nekkar
My Man Marty
Si Phi Rebel
Baltimore Jack
Lady Legion
Kid Flatter
Datts Appealing
You Look Mahvelous
Whistleblower
yet-to-be-named
Spit Ball
Parasol
Live Lively
Jocosity
Kitten Goes Pro
Shockemagain
Mr. Valentine
Grazie Toots
Silver Mast
Handshake Man
Skiddles n’ Bob
Mentor Cane
Discreet Code
Attenborough
Maui Mark
Sulwaan
Two Comma Guy
Lavalette Gold
Doyouseeme
Roih Jones
King Wando
Formulaforsuccess
Poppo
Pole Cat
Hewitts
Witchofwallstreet
Joker
Stonley The lonely
Flight of Fantasy
Two Roses
Bailey’s Dilemma
Six Divers
Caixa Eletronica
Go Canes Go
Shertzer
Weis Star
Valar Dohaeris
Flashy in Pink
Foreign Melody
Changeinaction
Itsagoodtendollars
Striking Slew
Corvo
Handstand
See The Music
Intense Holiday
Kingston Jamaica
Samuels Blond Lady
Point Taken
Fran’s Kid
Roses for Romney
This Guy is Blue
Music Maid
Missy Zelliot
Cashion
See See See
Major Battle
Mulheb
Ego Friendly
Freddie Freud
Here In a Hurry
Stenson
Endearing
Grand Arrival
Giant Hearted Lee
Perfect Danger
Zaikov
Chase This Bandit
Saint Kris
Zo Sophisticated
Keen Katana
Deckers
Soldier Inthe Rain
One More Chief
Tornado City
Summer Hawk
Eastcoast Lights
Uninfluenced
American Hero
Lunar Tales
Gabbole
Soul House
Helwan
Ghost of Gettysburg
Animal Kracker
Lord Cashel
Miss Luckey Lauren
Sicilia Nino
Disappear Here
Marked Bills
Dilly Magilly
Flynn Bug
Blue Sixty Four
In Haste
Bam Bam
R Free Roll
Banker’s Boss
Fashion Fund
Sharyn’s Deram
Mini Muffin
Police Camp
Power Crazed
Lemon Iceking
Songa
Scatoosh
Klassic Pat
Basanite
It’s Elementary
Alexa’s Miracle
Karenina Gal
Rock Show
Quaralia
Noble’s Whim
Mordi’s Miracle
Go Go Jo
Riding the Rails
Rose Bern
Majestic Jo
Bonita Luna
Escape to Vegas
Todo Onota
yet-to-be-named
yet-to-be-named
Fort Smith
Onlytheshadowknows
Willy
Cinder Block
The Silver Frisby
She’s My Ghibli
A Chip and a Chair
Baccelo
Winter Games
Long Blooming Rose
Daves Gone Bananas
Englehart
Sinistra
Crystal Belle
Upside Brown
Massena
Yankee Tales
Jules
Fabulous Kid
Missy’s Hat Trick
Mac’s Posse
Receiver
Cornedbeefncabbage
Rich ‘n’ Tuck
Aragonite
Puissant
Classy Chris
Storm the Shore
Happy Match
Malibu Squeeze
Non Stop
Flying Bullet
Adirondack Dancer
Hidden Accounts
Dream Player
Sapporo
Karen Kan
Irish Prayer
Top Fortitude
Submit
Madgirl
Al’s Nightmare
Sherlock’s Hope
Rule the City
Hold On Momma
Bourbonfuhrme
Saratoga Swayz
Elite Kid
Hyde Park Express
Rainy Night
Ogan’s Runner
Turcotte
Bail
Lucky Sugar
Steve’s Image
Alex the Terror
Old Dubai
Ciaran
Anchor
Belt High
Desert Affair
Terry O Geri
Mark My Style
Overdraft

Last week in U.S. Horseracing (Thoroughbred and QuarterHorse only)

Confirmed Killed
Major Hit, Thistledown
My Pal Archie, Mountaineer
Waya Ed, Santa Anita

“Vanned Off” – many, if not most, will resurface on my year-end FOIA kill-reports
Jasper Star, Golden Gate
Right On the Nose, Remington
Awesome Logan, Ruidoso
She’s R Cause, Santa Anita
Zach’s Dash, SunRay
Heza Okey Dasher, Delta
Combat Controller, Belmont
Dhamaan, Delaware
Le Flambeau, Evangeline (“in apparent distress”)
Good and Sizzlin, Evangeline
Cajun Queen, Gulfstream
Let Da Cowboy Rock, Canterbury
Jonah, Charles Town
Game Be Me, Delta
Califo Cat, Golden Gate
Mr. Zippers, Los Alamitos
Tasmania, Belterra
Patience Ofa Saint, Canterbury
Ray’s The Bar, Gulfstream
Northern Rock, Horsemen’s
Special Candy High, Remington
Classic Gent, Ruidoso
Pray for Bourbon, Monmouth
Cinco Menudos, Ruidoso
Burn Baby Burn, Ruidoso

“Bled,” “Returned Bleeding From Nostrils” – usually indicates pulmonary hemorrhage
Ls Concho, Remington
Rosemarie, Parx (“stopped suddenly and was bleeding from both nostrils”)
Sketchy, Delta (also vanned off)
Rhythm N Vines, Ruidoso (also vanned off)
Alyssa and a Lisa, Laurel
Indian Beauty, Penn (also vanned off)
Greek God, Laurel
Yah Yah Sir, Prairie (also vanned off)
Send Me a Milagro, Ruidoso (also vanned off)

(source: Equibase)

Two racehorses died yesterday at New York tracks, according to that state’s gaming commission. Cash Poor “collapsed and died after finishing fourth in [the] fourth race” at Saratoga Harness. He was ten years old and had just been raced six days prior. Overdraft, three, “was euthanized for a fractured pelvis” at Belmont. The Commission calls this one “non-racing” because the fracture occurred back on April 13 in, supposedly, her stall. However, Overdraft was raced that day, so perhaps this is faulty information. Either way, she is dead and likely suffered unnecessarily for seven weeks.

This is horseracing.