We can’t write about every horse on the Memorial, even knowing that each and every one is a book unto himself or herself, worthy to be written. But sometimes we are moved to officially say goodbye. More >>
Since before recorded history, and later depicted in cave drawings and literatures of ancient civilizations, the horse has been here. Across India, the Middle East, the kingdoms of Europe, and the New World, Equus has served in the hunt, wars, farming and ranching, transportation, processions, and sports competitions. More >>
The Internet was flooded with stories about two racehorse fatalities at Pimlico (May 21, 2016). Attention is drawn to such high-profile races as the Preakness, and people act shocked that two horses perished on the same race card. But many racehorses have died in action since then. More >>
Recently I announced that the Memorial would cease posting on twitter. That announcement generated retweets that were among the only three or four we have received on twitter since rejoining that platform in February this year. More >>
Since July 1, 2015, California jockeys could only whip a horse three times in succession, limited to the stretch run and only during the race’s last 16th of a mile. This is when horses tire, give way and/or, according to what this Memorial has observed, frequently break down. More >>
We are encouraged by the increasing interest in the Memorial, and many visitors have contributed greatly to it. We welcome suggested horses who meet the Memorial’s criteria and are already confirmed (with a source) as deceased when submitted to us. As much as we would like to recognize all horse breeds, this project is limited to the Thoroughbred racehorse or eventer. Purpose and Criteria >>
UPDATED: A sixth horse succumbed to complications from an injury at Aintree and was euthanized. See Arzal (FR) on the Memorial. UPDATED: A fifth horse, Kings Palace (IRE), has perished at the Aintree meet. Four others were fatally injured jumping the infamous Becher’s Brook on the Grand National course. See the Memorial.
His name conjures a certain truth: When the racehorses leave us, they leave traces of themselves in the memories of those who are unable to witness a catastrophic injury or death and then forget about it in the next race like it never happened. More >>
We don’t have to be watching from the sidelines in person to understand that a race like this can’t be fun for anyone (or can it?), least of all the horses. During the chase where less than half the horses finished, Golden Chieftain broke down. More >>
Many times we have reminded that this Memorial (or any other) only scratches the surface of the true death toll. For example, the 8-year-old gelding Brassy Pete (see Memorial) was the 11th horse this season to suffer a fatal injury in racing at Turf Paradise, said the track’s general manager Vince Francia (The Arizona Republic/azcentral, 4/18/2016)—leaving us to ask: Who are the other 10?
Again, thank you for your interest in the horses and to everyone who has contributed to this Memorial, because one researcher cannot possibly cover the entire world’s tracks. Many horses would have gone unnoticed if not for you. So, thank you so much for your help. ~The Editor
Death is the great leveler. And horses, like humans, must leave the body. They must go where championships, rankings, and earnings no longer matter. At last, they are just horses. But they forever remain in our memories for who they were and what they gave. Now they belong to the cosmos, and always did. Now they are finally free. In Memoriam >>
Seven valiant horses perished during the 2016 Cheltenham Festival. The annual race meeting is a grand event for the players, spectators, and the horses’ connections. But how did things look out on the course as the races unfolded? More >>
The Govaness (GB) Wins at Cheltenham, 2015
Photo credit: Sporting Life
Three horses died today on day one of the 2016 Cheltenham Festival. The horses may love to run, but do they know the danger they face or that this may be their last race? No. Only the humans know that. Here are the three racehorses and what happened in their respective races: More >>
Steeplechaser Sunloch (GB) joins the Memorial and oldest horses pages today. He reminds us that every racehorse has a story to be told. In this case, the horse is celebrated. Sunloch will receive the coveted “green plaque.” More >>
We send our love and best wishes to all the horses working or competing today. Regardless of rank, every racehorse is engaged in an extreme sport with inherent dangers. So, for every horse who puts his or her foot on the track, we wish you well.
For over 10 years the Memorial has tracked fallen racehorses amid the industry's attempts to make racing safer. Surely, no one would like to minimize injuries more than the very industry whose survival depends upon its athletes. More >>
Visits to the Memorial are increasing, with the largest audiences from: USA, UK, Canada, and Russia, with an increasing number recently from Australia, Ireland, France, Germany, and The Netherlands (in that order). We encourage visitors from around the world to suggest fallen racehorses we may have missed on the Memorial. Suggest a horse >>