Through a FOIA request to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, I have confirmed the following track-related kills at Prairie Meadows in 2015:

3-year-old Sab Vision, April 24, race 3
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury”

4-year-old Afleet’s Hot Copy, May 10, race 7
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury”

4-year-old US Scout, June 4, race 9
“catastrophic hemorrhagic event”

4-year-old Propulsion, June 11, race 9
“catastrophic hemorrhagic event”

4-year-old Jamisonsjester, June 12, race 7
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury”

8-year-old Bully Bullette, June 19, training
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury” (last raced five days prior)

3-year-old Tiz Fee, July 16, training
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury” (last raced June 25)

3-year-old Docs My Friend, August 22, race 3
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury”

2-year-old Hawkeye Cartel, August 23, training
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury” (being prepped for first race)

8-year-old Mr Hempens Feature, September 11, race 7
“catastrophic musculoskeletal injury”

None of the above deaths could have been gleaned from the official charts – not even a single “broke down.” Yet another example of Racing trying mightily to hide its dead.

In addition, five horses died on track grounds from what the industry calls “non-racing” causes. While this may be technically true, morally – and that’s all that really matters – they are no less casualties of this sordid business than the ones above.

2-year-old Mooch Meister, April 18
“acute abdomen” (yet to be raced)

5-year-old Shadow Heart, April 28
“respiratory disease” (last raced August 2014)

4-year-old Eddings, July 27
“neurological” (last raced April)

2-year-old Hatinthewater, September 5
“neurological” (yet to be raced)

4-year-old Valiant Chickie, September 5
“acute abdomen” (last raced August)

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