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Where’s the Outrage? 100 Racehorses Killed in W. Virginia in 2015

Yes, this is whas I saw this morning in my inbox at 5:55 from Patrick Battuello.

Mr. Battuello documents the racehorses who are listed as dead or most likely dead at racetracks across the U.S. It is tragic reading.

It makes one heartsick. And then angry. Very angry.

But deaths are not the whole story. Far from it. It is merely the final stop of 1000’s of horses whose lives have been made wretched by the racing industry in America. Who cares? Not the racing fraternity. Not the racegoers or the bettors. And no one had better come on here saying there are some who do care because they continue to work in this sadistic business and do nothing as it goes on. And on. And on.

Some of these horses died of colic receiving no treatment. Do you know what colic is? It is a twisted gut. Do you know the agonies horses suffer from this. It is a horrific way to die. Down in a stall. No one, absolutely no one, to help them, comfort them, ease their pain. It is such a betrayal, it almost makes me want to bring back hanging.

Now I’ve had my rant here are the list of horses killed by horse racing in W. Virginia in 2015, courtesy of the hard work of Patrick Battuello.

WEST VIRGINIA’S 100 DEAD HORSES 2015

“Broken Back in Spill”

“Collapsed and Died [at] Finish Line”

“Pastern Shattered”

“Broken Neck”

“Flipped in Paddock, Fractured Skull – DOA”

“Sudden Death During Race”

“Carpus Shattered”

“Found Dead in Stall”

Through a FOIA request to the West Virginia Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following deaths on that state’s tracks in 2015:

4-year-old Master’s Champion, January 14, Charles Town, training (euthanized Jan 15)

7-year-old Shop Smart, January 16, Charles Town, training

2-year-old Jazz Track, January 16, Charles Town 1
“fell in race, possible neck fracture”

2-year-old Warrior Forever, January 21, Charles Town 4

3-year-old Trail’satwosteppin, January 23, Charles Town 7

5-year-old Fronkonsteen, January 28, Charles Town 2 (euthanized January 29)

4-year-old Cobalto, February 5, Charles Town, training

3-year-old Fuzz, February 25, Charles Town 4

2-year-old Lovin It, February 26, Charles Town 4

5-year-old Mr Weaver, March 7, Mountaineer 9 (euthanized March 8)

7-year-old Shes Got to Run, March 13, Mountaineer, training

2-year-old Big Bad Max, March 17, Charles Town, training

5-year-old Elena’s Dreamboy, March 18, Mountaineer 9

2-year-old Afleet Monster, March 20, Charles Town 9 (euthanized March 21)

3-year-old Homeward Calling, March 26, Charles Town 9 (euthanized March 28)

3-year-old Holy Quill, April 8, Charles Town 8

5-year-old Snub, April 17, Charles Town 7 (euthanized April 29)

9-year-old Project Mayhem, May 1, Charles Town 8

2-year-old Maratik, May 2, Mountaineer 6

3-year-old Southern Rogue, May 11, Mountaineer 4

8-year-old Kid Galahad, May 12, Mountaineer 7 (euthanized May 18)

5-year-old Ally Hawk, May 16, Mountaineer 9 (euthanized June 12)

7-year-old Starlits Touch, May 19, Mountaineer 7

3-year-old Dash of Class, May 23, Charles Town, training (coming off first race)

8-year-old Winning Touch, May 23, Mountaineer, training

7-year-old I Cee’s a Tiger, May 26, Mountaineer 2

4-year-old Sharp Razor, May 30, Charles Town 2 (euthanized June 15)

4-year-old Thunder Bonnet, May 30, Mountaineer 3 (pre-race)
“flipped in paddock”

3-year-old Sweeping Tale, June 1, Mountaineer, training

7-year-old Tiedandtrue, June 3, Charles Town 2

3-year-old Veva Lightning, June 9, Charles Town, training

5-year-old I Got a Headache, June 10, Charles Town 4 (pre-race)
“sudden death prior to race”

5-year-old Irish Villian, June 12, Mountaineer, training

6-year-old Pepe’s Valentine, June 17, Mountaineer 5

4-year-old Spasella, June 18, Charles Town 2 (euthanized June 25)

4-year-old My Sweet Tooth, June 19, Charles Town 1 (euthanized June 20)

5-year-old Oh So Proud, June 27, Charles Town 3

6-year-old Awesome Life, July 8, Charles Town 3

5-year-old Dos Oro, July 8, Charles Town 7

5-year-old Thaaats Right, July 11, Mountaineer 5

6-year-old Slot Machine, July 14, Mountaineer 6

5-year-old Parrain, July 15, Mountaineer 5 (euthanized July 16)

5-year-old Our Day in Court, July 22, Mountaineer, training

10-year-old Out Drinkin’, July 22, Mountaineer 4 (euthanized July 23)

3-year-old Wizards Clip, July 25, Charles Town 1
“broken back in spill”

6-year-old Mojo Workin, July 28, Mountaineer 1

4-year-old To Erin Again, July 30, Charles Town 2

5-year-old Token of Dreams, August 1, Mountaineer, training

6-year-old Flashy Finish, August 3, Mountaineer 5

4-year-old Dead Ringer, August 8, Charles Town 5

5-year-old Bow Street Runner, August 11, Mountaineer 9

6-year-old Song Ahead, August 15, Mountaineer 1 (euthanized August 18)

3-year-old Conference, August 16, Mountaineer 2
“collapsed and died [at] finish line – vascular accident”

3-year-old Helton, August 19, Charles Town 6
“pastern shattered”

4-year-old Last Kid, August 19, Charles Town 8 (euthanized August 26)

4-year-old Added Reward, August 20, Charles Town 8

3-year-old Get the Sensation, August 22, Charles Town 7

6-year-old Knock Rock, August 25, Mountaineer 4

6-year-old Acceptance Letter, August 28, Charles Town 4
“broken neck”

5-year-old Kathy’s Limit, September 16, Charles Town 6

3-year-old Silver Or Gold, September 18, Charles Town 5
“pastern shattered”

4-year-old Boccaccio, September 18, Charles Town 8

4-year-old Flashy Brass, September 22, Mountaineer 7

4-year-old Windsor’s Graduate, September 25, Charles Town 4 (euthanized Sep 26)

4-year-old Mr. Reattatude, September 26, Mountaineer 9 (pre-race)
“flipped in paddock, fractured skull – DOA”

3-year-old Charitable Star, October 1, Charles Town 4

4-year-old Fleur de Savill, October 3, Mountaineer 5 (euthanized October 6)

3-year-old O’ Jackie, October 6, Mountaineer, training

5-year-old Wildly Beautiful, October 10, Charles Town, training (euthanized Oct 13)

4-year-old Holistic Remedy, October 13, Mountaineer 1

4-year-old Rebellious Dreamer, October 13, Mountaineer 7

4-year-old Capitano Storm, October 21, Charles Town 6

2-year-old Resident Nurse, October 22, Charles Town 1 (euthanized October 31)

3-year-old Beil Beil, November 5, Charles Town 8

4-year-old Fiddlers Elbow, November 19, Charles Town 7
“sudden death during race” (chart said “eased, vanned off”)

8-year-old Explosive War, November 20, Charles Town 5 (euthanized November 21)

7-year-old Awesome Arceno, November 25, Charles Town 7

6-year-old Oursecretsparadise, December 2, Charles Town 8
“carpus shattered”

3-year-old Silver Sundara, December 3, Charles Town 6

9-year-old Diamond Dozen, December 4, Charles Town 3

3-year-old Forged in Gold, December 4, Charles Town 8

4-year-old Zippin On By, December 10, Charles Town, training

4-year-old Supersizer, December 10, Charles Town 3

6-year-old Pigeon Chris, December 10, Charles Town 8

3-year-old Souper Social, December 19, Charles Town 5

In addition, the following still-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry calls “non-racing” causes. Technically true, perhaps, but on a moral level, these horses are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

2-year-old Louie Cat, January 2, Charles Town
“died [in other words, without euthanasia] – head injury” (yet to be raced)

3-year-old One Eyed Clyde, January 9, Charles Town
“euthanized – colic” (last raced December 27)

2-year-old Crafty Lil Devil, February 27, Charles Town
“died [in other words, without euthanasia] – neck abscess, colic” (last raced January 22)

7-year-old Our Hae, March 11, Charles Town
“died [in other words, without euthanasia] – colic” (last raced Feb 25; 61 races in all)

3-year-old Ruby Creek, March 11, Mountaineer
“humanely destroyed – colic” (yet to be raced)

6-year-old Kevins Gold, May 12, Charles Town
“euthanized – hock injury/infection” (last raced December 27)

3-year-old High Thighs, May 14, Charles Town
“euthanized – laminitis” (last raced March 20)

3-year-old Princess Birdie, August 22, Charles Town
“euthanized – founder” (last raced August 5)

3-year-old Cork Street, September 2, Charles Town
“died [in other words, without euthanasia] – acute enteritis” (yet to be raced)

6-year-old Montana Dream, September 6, Mountaineer
“humanely destroyed – colic” (last raced August 10)

3-year-old Catana, October 5, Mountaineer
“found dead in stall” (last raced September 27)

3-year-old Temple of Doom, October 5, Mountaineer
“found dead in stall” (last raced September 30)

4-year-old Too Many Pockets, October 12, Mountaineer
“humanely destroyed – colic” (last raced September 7)

5-year-old Dakota Sun, October 23, Mountaineer
“died [in other words, without euthanasia] – colic” (last raced September 7)

4-year-old Riding That Train, October 30, Charles Town
“euthanized – wobbler” (last raced August 28)

THE BLOODY END

6 thoughts on “Where’s the Outrage? 100 Racehorses Killed in W. Virginia in 2015”

  1. I have been using the hashtag #YouBetTheyDie on all of my posts about horseracing tragedies for the last year or more..I posted this story today on twitter and also FB. Only with education and exposure will change ever come

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  2. Thank you once again for sharing. It is imperative that this information gets out to every citizen in the United States.

    Horseracing Wrongs estimates that upwards of 2,000 horses die while racing or training on American racetracks annually. This doesn’t include “non-racing” fatalities or those sold to slaughter.

    We need to show the truth, the opposite of the glitz and glamour. We need to use these truths to incite outrage. -Nicole, Horseracing Wrongs

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  3. Without entries like yours, the general public, who DON’T watch racing, would never know about these atrocities!!!

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  4. Thanks Gina. The fight is only just beginning. We ask that everyone who sees posts like this support those out in the trenches fighting against these atrocities by re-tweeting and sharing. Hash tag it with anything you think will reach the masses.

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  5. Racetracks are nothing more than death camps for these profit slaves. It’s absolutely pathetic, and how our government justifies giving billions to this industry via mandatory casino payments and taxpayers money is beyond my comprehension.
    They are endorsing what amounts to killing just like they endorse the massive roundup of our national treasures called wild mustangs.
    Our government is so antiquated when it comes to the protection of animals. They go against the majority of Americans who want to stop this carnage.
    Sadly, it’s worse in Canada.

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