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Racehorse Memorial Wall WorldwideSM honors Thoroughbreds who have given their lives on tracks around the world.
Through independent research and visitor submissions, the Memorial brings thousands of fallen racehorses
to our remembrance, yet only scratches the surface of the true death toll.

The horses are registered Thoroughbreds who suffered an on-track injury (in training, racing, a prerace or
postrace incident on race day, or a medical or postsurgery complication from the injury) that led to death
or euthanization. Every fatality is confirmed with a published source.

Submit Horses to the Memorial
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Each and every horse had a life, and they gave it for us.
Now, here is a snapshot of their last moments,
before they crossed the Rainbow Bridge.
~The Editor, 9/5/2015


Three stakes horses perish at Keeneland in 24 hours

Be assured, the Memorial regards every horse the same, as they gave all, and death is the great equalizer. Would you agree that whether a claimer or a champion, every horse gives the maximum?
Occasionally a track will experience a flurry of fatalities in this extreme sport of chance and risk.
Keeneland lost three good horses in one day on October 3, 2015, and we pray there will be no more.
Please visit these and all the horses on the Memorial, and remember their valiant effort:

Shore Runner, multiple stakes winner
Tacticus, multiple stakes winner
Skyring, multiple graded-stakes winner


Kingarvie will join the vanguard

We are working on a brief story about Kingarvie, who joins the vanguard of the Memorial, as one with 169 starts from 1945 (as a 2-year-old) through 1954. The Canadian Hall of Fame multiple-stakes winner was retired at age 10 but, unfortunately, returned to the track and was fatally injured in training (see Memorial). Of the horses whose total starts we have documented, Kingarvie has the most, followed by Galley Slave (IRE) with 132 starts (he joins the vanguard a little later). Stay tuned for the stories of these two remarkable, and tough, racehorses.

UPDATED: American Pharoah has done (almost) everything

UPDATED 9/6/2015: According to his connections, the 3-year-old Triple Crown winner American Pharoah will compete in what they say will likely be his last start: the Breeders Cup Classic (October 31, 2015). His rivals, of course, will not come into the race after the same grueling campaign American Pharoah has endured in his illustrious one-year career. Can this be his final start? We wish him a safe trip across the wire and a happy, healthy life. When he stands at Coolmore Ashford Stud, his stud fee could be "historic," his owner Ahmed Zayat says (ESPN).

POSTED 8/29/2015: While under the right-handed whip, then the left-handed down the stretch, American Pharoah was overtaken by Keen Ice and beaten by three-quarters of a length in the Travers Stakes (G1) (1-1/4 miles) at Saratoga on August 29. His owner and trainer have said this may have been the Triple-Crown winner's last race. The Memorial felt it was only a matter of time before he lost a race or was injured or killed in one. Now, in defeat, he has done it all, except suffering a chronic injury or paying the ultimate price. Please don't allow this horse to appear on the Memorial! Photo ...


Evergreen ...

For the uptick in visitors from around the world, and the increased awareness of the beloved racehorses, we are grateful. Thank you for taking a moment to recognize the valiant effort of equines and to recall the beauty they have given to life. We offer this mantra on their behalf. For they carry on, in memoriam ... wild and free, like the grasses grow, evergreen ...


Thank you for visiting the racehorses

Old Rosebud
Because they are remembered, they did not die alone nor in vain.
And because they died in the public domain and crossed the Bridge,
they belong to all. Thank you for taking time to visit the horses
and to recall their valiant effort in the final moments of life.
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The demise of Divine Fortune

The multiple-stakes and Eclipse award winner Divine Fortune met his demise at age 12, in his 47th start. The New York Turf Writers Cup Handicap (G1), a 2-3/8 mile contest on the hurdle (10 fences) at Saratoga, in which he was leading, proved his final effort. Condolences to his connections and to anyone who witnessed the tragic end of Divine Fortune. May he rest in peace. Photo ...


Racehorses are the reason

In the harsh industry of horseracing, few stopped to remember the beings at the center of it, who were disappearing in droves. A few horses were jotted down in a list, later named Racehorse Memorial Wall Worldwide. The list grew and grew, as horses fell in a constant stream that never ends. They are the reason you are reading this, and why this list even exists.


Racehorse Memorial visitors from diverse countries increase

We are grateful to receive increased visitors from the racing nations, and more and more countries where racetracks are few. From our perspective it appears the horseracing community, horse enthusiasts, animal advocates, and the general public are taking more interest in the racehorse's plight, which also motivates us to continue this work. Thank you for visiting and sharing!


Remember the racehorses

Dark Mirage
Just as soldiers fall victim to the casualties of war, so do the racehorses. The Memorial holds those lost in action on the track as they prepared for or engaged in a battle to cross the finish line, whether for victory or defeat. Many warriors are wounded or die on the field. For this reason, remember the racehorses.


Take karmic responsibility for the fallen racehorses

Awoke this morning with thoughts about karma in my head and
the sinking realization that the carnage may never end. Continued ...


Horseracing: The ultimate game of risk

The ability to repeatedly risk another's life is required to play this dangerous game so daringly, to simply fly in the face of racing's inherent dark side, and, when tragedy strikes, to quickly recover and resume business as usual. These are human traits that come to mind again upon reading this article:
"In a Sport of Beautiful Animals, Ugliness Is Unavoidable."


Farewell, Kauto Star

Kauto Star (FR)
Retired champion chaser Kauto Star (FR) has been put down at age 15, following a paddock accident on June 24, 2015, when he stumbled and fell, injuring his neck, spinal cord, and pelvis. Condolences to his connections and fans for the loss. Rest in peace, to the brilliant and beloved Kauto Star.
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Glory for American Pharoah; death for Helwan

Congratulations to American Pharoah, a bay 3-year-old colt and model of consistency for his connections. Especially, congratulations to Bob Baffert who, through thick and thin, has gone on to cap his career with a history-making Triple Crown, thanks to the dream horse in his care. Continued ...


Vanguard of the Memorial: Racehorses who inspired us

Several horses have come to represent certain categories emerging from the Memorial, as countless racehorses follow in their steps. Here are the horses who have strongly influenced the creation of this Memorial and continue to inspire this work. Continued ...


Unknown soldier: Racehorses hidden but not forgotten

The descriptor unknown soldier is used on the Memorial when a source does not mention the horse's name for whatever reason.


Racehorse Memorial has two active pages

  • Memorial, page 1: Through 2013
  • Memorial, page 2: 2014 to Present