“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 Jan 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)

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