Last week in American horseracing (not including training and harness casualties):

Visual Delight “stumbled badly, vanned off” at Sam Houston
Jimmy Bouncer “bleeding from the nostrils, vanned off” at Santa Anita
Miss Any “came back bleeding from the nose” at Charles Town
Soft and Sweet “vanned off” at Delta
A Risky Peace “vanned off” at Turfway
Vivi’s Magic “was pulled up entering the turn and euthanized” at Delta
Mozzarella “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Small Boy Jr. “went bad, broke down” at Penn
Legally Bay “vanned off” at Aqueduct
Bullet Thief “broke down” at Charles Town
Rio Crossing “became unruly…pulled up lame…vanned off” at Charles Town
My Queen Olivia “vanned off” at Fair Grounds
Dance the Waltz “broke down” at Los Alamitos
Ciaran’s Prize “vanned off” at Oaklawn
Dmzizzagonaroll “bled, vanned off” at Sunland
Jesses Leader “fell, DNF” at Sunland
Don’t Undermind Me “fell after crossing the finish line and was euthanized” at Delta
Theboyzproudntrue “fell entering the turn and was euthanized” at Delta
Mda Gold Chick “fell past wire, vanned off” at Louisiana
Now and Zen “bad step, vanned off” at Oaklawn
Impervium “was eased in the lane while bleeding” at Penn
Complete Everyday “vanned off” at Rillito
Fancy Man “vanned off” at Tampa Bay
Inexcess Time “vanned off” at Turf
Pretentious “got vanned off” at Aqueduct
Kingston Bay “off awkwardly…abruptly stopped…fell, vanned off” at Gulfstream
Five Seasons “vanned off” at Turf

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(source: Equibase)

Equibase reports that two horses “broke down” Friday; “broke down,” of course, is the industry euphemism of choice for dead.

At Charles Town, Bullet Thief went down in the 1st. Although almost six, BT was still being raced as a “maiden claimer” – and not particularly well, with a 6th, 9th, 7th, and a “fell, DNF” in four of her five most recent starts.

At Los Alamitos, it was 3-year-old Dance the Waltz in the 2nd. Dance was “For Sale” at a paltry $3,200 prior to. Translation: He won’t be missed.

This is horseracing.

The Equibase line for 2-year-old Vivi’s Magic in the 5th last night at Delta: “…was pulled up entering the turn and euthanized.” “Was pulled up and euthanized.” What should read as shocking is, in the Racing world, sadly banal.

Also Thursday, 3-year-old Small Boy Jr. “went bad, broke down” in the 7th at Penn.

This is horseracing.

Through a FOIA request to the Delaware Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following deaths at Delaware tracks in 2016:

Charger, February 25, Dover racing, “suspected fatal cardiac event”

Don’t Knock Woody, April 2, Delaware training, “fractured shoulder”
(being prepped for first race)

Five Point Star, April 6, Delaware training, “complete open fracture distal limb”
(being prepped for first race)

Book the Bet, April 16, Delaware training, “open wounds [two] fetlocks, stifle wounds”

Lone Cat, May 20, Delaware training, “condylar fracture, sesamoid fracture”

Pefiolo, from June 2 Penn 6 (euthanized June 27 at Delaware), multiple fractures

Expert City, June 4, Delaware training, “sesamoid fracture, suspensory injury”
(being prepped for first race)

Proulette, June 6, Delaware 5 (euthanized June 7), “spinal shock like syndrome”
(chart said, “fell after the race…vanned off”)

Prospecting Road, June 6, Delaware 6, “sudden collapse post race”
(three years old)

Benny’s Diamond, June 15, Delaware 8, “multiple comminuted carpal bone fractures”
(second race in ten days)

Stay Stay Stay, June 18, Delaware training, “sesamoid fractures”

Miss Giacomo, June 26, Delaware training, “flipped on walking machine – trauma, hind leg paralysis”

Holy Soldier, June 29, Delaware 6, “open comminuted fracture MCIII”

Zofia’s Prayer, July 21, Delaware 3 (euthanized September 21), “tendon sheath infection post surgery”

Starles, July 27, Delaware training, “fractured sesamoids”
(being prepped for first race)

El Tio Piano, August 6, prior to Delaware 4, “flipped in paddock, fractured pelvis”; “ambulance to barn, ambulance to pit”

Awesome Vacation, August 17, Delaware training, “dorsal displacement”
(coming off first race)

Unblunted, August 29, Delaware 2 (euthanized August 30), “carpal fracture”

Insurance Premium, September 10, Delaware training (euthanized September 16), “slab fractures carpal [bones]”

Playncardswitroddy, September 20, Harrington racing, “suspected cardiac event”

Princess Melania, October 10, Delaware 5, “slab fracture, ruptured ligament”

In addition, the following horses died on track grounds from what the industry calls “non-racing” causes. While this may be technically true, morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

Majestic Number, April 9, Delaware, “colic”
(seven years old, 33 races)

Fashion Designer, May 18, Delaware, “septic cellulitis, possible joint infection”
(three years old)

Honest Abe, May 23, Delaware, “bowel evisceration secondary to a castration surgery earlier in the day”
(two years old)

Global Moon, July 7, Delaware, “pneumonia”
(last raced seven days prior)

Ruthless Love (pony), July 23, Delaware, “colic”

Beauty Girls Dream, September 16, Delaware, “acute laminitis both front feet – rotation and sinking”
(five years old, 18 starts, last raced July 31)

Hi Summerbird, November 3, Delaware, “laminitis”
(two years old)

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There can be no justification for the killing of animals for $2 bets. End it. Now.