Total horses on Memorial = 3,450

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(Due to the abuse of this feature, it is temporarily disabled.)
Our mission: We recognize fallen Thoroughbred racehorses who have given their all on tracks around the world. With the public's help the Memorial has evolved over nine years to become an organic document of historical value to all who care about horses. No longer will the racehorses be forgotten. Welcome, and thank you for visiting.

Criteria for posting a horse on the Memorial: Registered Thoroughbred confirmed deceased or euthanized due to on-track injury at racetrack or training facility (in schooling, training, racing, or pre-/post-race incident) or from medical or post-surgery complication from same injury that ultimately led to horse's death or euthanization.


EQUUS speaks through the daily work of racehorses, bringing awareness to their plight. Is anyone listening? Nothing we can say will make their reality more dramatic or real for you. We simply offer a Memorial and let the horses tell their own story.


French horses

We notice quite a few visitors from France. Your country has superb horses yet, as a great racing nation, your fallen racehorses are difficult to trace. Please come forward with those you want to see on this Memorial. Unfortunately, the suggestion form has been disrespected and is temporarily disabled, so if you would hold onto your information and submit later once the form is reactivated, we'd be most grateful. Thank you.


Form for suggesting horses temporarily disabled

Due to user abuse of the suggestion form -- failing to provide certain basic information requested while at the same time flooding it with unwanted commentary and opinion -- I've disabled the feature temporarily. I appreciate hearing about horses that we may not have posted yet, but am not interested in receiving additional information. This project is very focused. It is a Memorial, not a forum or place to air one's grievances about individuals and practices within the racing industry, especially not on a streamlined form that asks only for the basics. Please respect its model as is. I feel that if someone wants it to be handled differently, that person can certainly create her own memorial. Sorry for any inconvenience to the general public.


Honoring international horses

Help us honor racehorses in your country by using the "Suggest horses privately for the Memorial" link above. Data for track fatalities can be difficult to find, especially for tracks outside the main racing nations, so your help is needed and appreciated. Thank you.



Horses can't be saved, nor can changes to or the end of horseracing occur, as long as we go on believing that racehorse injuries and deaths are natural and/or occasional anomalies just as it is in the wild.


UPDATE: Vanguard of the Memorial: 3 horses to be added

8/11/2014: The following three horses, who are posted on the Memorial, will complete the vanguard. I'll post their stories soon.

1. Galley Slave (IRE) (2005-2014)
2. Kingarvie (1943-1955)
3. "unknown soldier"

7/11/2014: Certain horses have come to represent key categories that emerge from the Memorial, as countless racehorses follow in their steps. Currently, four horses are listed, who strongly influenced the creation of this Memorial. I will be adding three more, for a total of seven horses serving as the representatives for all their racing brethren, because all racehorses fit within these categories for the work they have done, and they should be recognized. Please remember ...

In progress ...

Currently, I'm updating the "Memorial: 1800-2013" page to fill in data for horses' "Starts" and "Color." These features were added to the Memorial later in 2013 so must be updated for earlier horses. These updates will be ongoing and will take substantial time to complete. Thank you for your patience.


Kingarvie: 169 starts

Today we posted Kingarvie on the Memorial, who suffered fatal injuries during training at Gulfstream in 1955 at age 12. This Canadian Hall of Fame multiple-stakes winner had the most starts of any horse on this Memorial since we have been tracking this statistic. (Please let us know if you have knowledge of a horse on Memorial with more than 169 starts.) His race record:
Starts 169, firsts 30, seconds 21, thirds 27


Question to the public about tracking visitors to Memorial

As you've noticed, we track unique visitors to this landing page and its articles via the Flag Counter on the right side of this webpage. This device works very well. However, we have not been tracking visitors who visit the Memorial itself, which resides on the Google Docs application in Google Drive, because, as far as I know, there is no "counter" available for Google Docs. If anyone out there knows differently and can point me to a counter we can add to the Memorial, please contact me via the "Submit Horses to the Memorial" link above. Thank you! ~Connie, editor


Discrepancies in official reporting

It's not uncommon for Equibase race results data to conflict with other official sources. For example, Equibase reports the gelding Guidopanzini (see Memorial) was pulled up and vanned off, while the CHRB stewards minutes report he collapsed and died on the track of a possible aortic rupture. When I am aware of such discrepancies I cite both versions. But one must wonder how reports can vary to this degree.


A special thank-you to the public

Horses are such a gift to humans, and we receive so much from them. It only makes sense that we should admire and respect them, in life and in death. Many of you share this view and have taken a moment out of your busy day to bring a horse to our attention.

In reviewing the Memorial today I am reminded again of the public's great contribution to it. I alone could never find and report this many horses without your help. I have very strict standards for posting horses, yet you have made every effort to provide accordingly. Thanks to each of you represented on the Memorial alongside your horse.

I especially would like to thank our friend in Louisville for the major contributions she has made over the years and for the ongoing support and encouragement she has given to me personally.

In gratitude,


If the horse is in danger,
then so is the rider

We are ever cognizant that both horse and rider risk their lives in the Sport of Kings every day. This truth was brought home today by the fatalities of filly Tawney's Wish (CAN) and exercise rider Mourad Boudraa in training at Woodbine. Condolences to friends, family, fans, and connections for this tragic loss. RIP, Tawney's Wish and Mourad Boudraa. Story at Paulick Report ...


Unknown soldier

An unnamed horse whose age, gender, and record we do not know has been posted on the Memorial today with the designation of "unknown soldier." This designation is given to the valiant horse who has lost his or her life in racing or training but was as yet unnamed by the owner, or the name was not disclosed to the public. Often, unnamed horses are 2-year-olds just getting started in trackwork. Whatever the case, may this unknown soldier rest in peace.


Delegation: 100th horse in 2014

The beautiful bay, multiple graded-stakes winner and 2012 Breeders Cup participant, Delegation (pictured here), is unfortunately the 100th horse on the Memorial so far this year. RIP, Delegation.

Reminder: Memorial consists of two pages

See tabs at top of Memorial, one for current year, 2014, and one for years 1800-2013. I continue to add horses to both pages. You will also find tabs for the abbreviations used on the Memorial, as well as the FAQ page.


When multiple visitors suggest the same horse

We attribute visitors to a horse on a first-come/first-served basis. But when multiple visitors submit a horse at the same time, I've shown it on the listing like this: "2 visitors" (to keep the listing to one row). But I never liked this solution. Going forward, I will show both visitor attributions. This seems more personal and credible. (For example, see Gameboy Luke's listing.)


Confirming and citing fatalities

We've always confirmed fatalities before posting. But, going forward, we will cite the source on the Memorial, in the "Notes and sources" column. Read more ...