The Sad Fall of a Racehorse

Deputy Broad owned and trained by Danny Bird last raced at Mountaineer July 11, 2011.

Less than 48 hours after running what would be his last race where he placed last, Bird had arranged for this Florida bred 2005 son of Deputy Commander to be taken directly to Ohio kill buyer Fred Bauer. Bauer confirmed that the horse was sent to the Richelieu Meats slaughterhouse in a load on Monday July 18th. Richelieu confirmed the load arrived on Tuesday July 19th and that he had been “processed”.

Caring people tracked his story and had this to say:

“Deb networked today (July 21st) in an attempt to uncover if Deputy was still alive. Yesterday, July 20th, Deputy’s former trainer contacted me because Deputy had run poorly in his last race on July 11th.

Deputy’s current trainer, Danny Bird, told my contact that he had gotten “rid” of him and he didn’t deserve a home because he was nasty, mean and ornery. My contact said that he was a “doll baby” when she trained him.

Bird actually admitted to me on the phone today that he handed Deputy off to someone who handed him off to Fred Bauer, a kill buyer in Ohio. Deputy went direct to kill, not through an auction so he had little chance of being saved. When I asked Bird if he knew about the Mountaineer anti-slaughter policy, he said he didn’t care and would “take care” of anyone who came after him. When I told him that he had broken the law, he promptly hung up on me.”

This is another sad story of a horse known only to those into whose care he was placed.  It has been reported that he passed through many hands before he ended up with Mr. Bird.

This horse, no doubt, trusted those around him to take care of him and treat him well but like so many other horses who in their lives were racehorses, family pets, working horses and others, this was not to be.

Doubtless, also, is the fact that this poor horse would have been full of drugs as any horse that is still on the track at this age will have ailments that require medication.  So, the people who ate his body have more than likely ingested a cocktail of different medications most of which are dangerous to humans.

Deputy Broad had a great pedigree like so many of his brothers and sisters who fall into the wrong hands and the sad truth is that until horse slaughter is banned many more will fall victim to “nasty, mean and ornery” people in their lives.

His pedigree. Pretty good, eh?

Same entry but with his death notice (Click to enlarge):

Man’s second best friend deserves so much better.

The link below opens to a web page for Singing Saint a horse who raced against Deputy Minister in 2003 at Woodbine.  Deputy Minister’s post position was 2.  You’ll have to scroll down on the page and look for the video icons on the left.  It’s the second one.

In all of our searches online the only images we have of Deputy Broad are grainy footage from this race long ago.  If you have any clear photos of this boy we’d sure love to see them.  Please send to

This is his last race entry:

Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort Entries, Monday July 11th, 2011

July 9, 2011, 12:17 p.m. EDT

Then straight off to die horribly at slaughter.  Thanks, Danny.

Everyone at the track and other officials are claiming that this was an isolated incident but we know that Thoroughbreds along with their non-Thoroughbred brothers and sisters end up in the slaughter pipeline on a daily basis.

What happened to this horse is inexcusable and although Deputy Broad is gone the people responsible for him need to answer to the racing commission as to why this horse shipped less than 48 hours after he came in last in his last race but this will probably be forgotten in a few days and Deputy Minister will be just another number in the slaughter statistics for Canada for 2011.

Update:  Thank you to Mindy for the photo of him:

From December 2010


  1. […] Deputy Broad owned and trained by Danny Bird last raced at Mountaineer July 11, 2011. Less than 48 hours after running what would be his last race where he placed last, Bird had arranged for this Florida bred 2005 son of Deputy Commander to be taken directly to Ohio kill buyer Fred Bauer. Bauer confirmed that the horse was sent to the Richelieu Meats slaughterhouse in a load on Monday July 18th. Richelieu confirmed the load arrived on Tuesday Jul … Read More […]

  2. Brenda3224 · ·

    I have a real issue with the HBO documentary on this horse and then the horse was not rescued. That’s how I feel. It’s like filming a drowning and not saving the animal.

  3. cherie · ·

    Its discusting ive trained racehorses for 17 yrs never once have i or ever will i send a horse to slaughter. These assholes at mountaineer have been doing it for yrs and the racing commission knows this and who they are and they dont give a shit. They need to get off their asses and do something. This is the most crooked racetrack in america. I cant tell you how many times they have been sued for multiple things. It should be closed down for good.

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  5. Mary Johnson · ·

    The racing industry…where should I start? What about the Baird boys at Mountaineer? They are just like Passero, yet when Pappa Dale died, so many racing fans were distraught because of his demise. Wouldn’t you think the slaughter pipeline would slow down once Dale Baird was gone? Heck no because there are many others that operate openly on the backside of that track. What enrages me the most is that the racing officials know what is going on and they choose to turn a blind eye toward the “middlemen” who move the horses to the kill buyer. One pro-racing enthusiast told me to be “patient” while Mountaineer makes things better for the horses. I asked her how much longer I should be patient – 10 years, 15 years? She never responded because she had no answer. She, and others like her, make their money on the backs of these horses. She also “scolded” me for being involved with the Deputy Broad billboard. I guess this girl was uncomfortable with the billboard telling the truth. Support slaughter but don’t support a billboard because it states the truth. Therefore, I continue to support the precipitous decline of the racing industry because it is a sinister and corrupt industry.

  6. I worked at Woodbine Racetrack for 10 years. The horsemen are just businessmen in suits with dollar signs in their eyes. Most horses are sucked dry, broken down then shipped for slaughter.
    Fort Erie is the worst as they are the horses that aren’t good enough to race at woodbine.
    The last day of racing the meat buyers are lined up in the parking lot ready to purchase.
    There are also many many horses that snap legs off during training in the mornings.
    It is a hush hush world and they treat the grooms no better.
    Pound them into the ground just to make a quick buck. The vets around these racetracks run from barn to barn pumping into horses every kind of drug. Boom boom….on to the next barn.
    Been there, done it and have seen it all. the cruelty level behind the scenes to horses is sickening.
    There are other treicks such as putting rubbing alcohol under tails of fillies and mares just before they leave the barn to race, injecting bleach into veins, tubing horses with what they call a milkshake into their empty stomachs and plugging horses in( this is where they hose off the horse then take a frayed xtn cord and hit them with electricity on the shoulders and hind quarters.
    Each time the jockey uses his whip, the horse runs for it’s life as it thinks it’s getting hit with voltage again.
    You should see the horses for 2-3 days after they race, they are pretty exausted, some fillies have a hard time urinating because they are so burnt up under their tails. Alcohol is for external use only, not internal. It would be interesting to see how many horses from Woodbine and Fort Erie are sent for meat the minute they aren’t good enough. The #’s would shock you.
    Do you ever wonder why they have 12′ high fences around the barns and it’s such a hush hush world.
    How many horses has Frank Passero destroyed and sent for meat over his many years of training.
    Public hasn’t got a clue the shit that goes on behind the scenes. But I do.

  7. Hi, Foalfan. The spelling is Canadian as we are a Canadian organization and we are taken quite seriously by those that need to take us seriously.

  8. Mountaineer needs to enforce their no horse to slaughter policy. There is enough evidence here that they should do something. On a different note, Can you change the Typo in the headline of this blog,,”Defense” not “Defence”. Not trying to be the spelling police, but people tend to take you less seriously when you have such an obvious typo.

  9. I would love to see the racetracks have a more proactive approach to this growing epidemic. my suggestion would be to hire equine protective advocates. Hired by the racetrack owners or the state race associations. these individuals would be beyond reproach of bribery or trickery. by constantly patroling the backsides of the tracks looking in on ALL of the horses housed on the facility grounds. Reporting any growing concerns of wellness amongest the horses. I know it sounds kinda silly. but i really feel that if someone is watching you will run alot of those useless ass people out of the business. i realize it is not a fix or an end but it is a proactive approach. unfortunatley whenever you have humans involved you will have evilness.I have been involved with horses my whole life and would lay my life down for them. but i also realize how evil mankind can be. it seems as though so many people are making money off the throughbreds that some of that passion for the money could spill over the the animal itself in the long term. I am a 6th generation virginian whose ancestors traded horses during the civil war. the fact that so many of the people that own racehorses these days are not horsemen(women) they do not have good sense to know or listen to the right people. all they want is return for investment MONEY/SPEED. this is sad to me as when my grandad raced horses years ago he never ran a two year old. if the trainer asked to run them that young he would laugh and say send that horse home before you bust him up!! i hate that the industry is getting beat up so bad by so many people. some of the points made i feel the same way about. it just makes me sad that the horses have been soooo misunderstood and not listened to by the people who are supposed to keep them safe so they can do what they love and that is to RUN!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL FOR THE GOOD WORK YOU DO.

  10. Anita Xanax · ·

    I cannot read any more. It’s horrible what happened to Deputy Broad, to Ferdinand, to Exceller..absolutely terrible and wrong. 90% of the people who posted above sound like PETA parrots. It is NOT the fault of racing as an industry!! There are lowlives in EVERY aspect of ANY sport, occupation, recreational pursuit, religion and ESPECIALLY in Government. Is the entirety of each entity to be blamed for the behaviour of a few?? A majority of breeders/owners/trainers/jocks/grooms active in the racing industry know who pays their bills…the HORSE and the BETTOR. Throughout the industry those who love the HORSE and who love their JOBS are focusing on improving the image of racing. The dregs eventually settle to the bottom, to be flushed out. Every single horse the partnership I am involved with has owned/claimed and raced has been found a home offtrack after their racing days are over, all of them GOOD homes. We as an INDUSTRY have seen slaughter come to light in a different way but we realise it’s taken years to get where it is, it will take time to rectify the situation. Monica, I absolutely agree with you…I too am a nurse and it’s terrifying to Google that…but where would people be when they ran in the ER with a blue baby, and no nurses? Don’t blame the many for the crimes of the DIRTY FEW. We know they are out there…and we deal with our own, eventually.

    1. well said.

  11. Mary:

    The NTRA has an After Care program and also accredits race tracks across the United States. It would be good to have the NTRA Safety Alliance Committee know this story, there are several board members (some that I know personally) that you can address your concerns to regarding what is happening with Mountaineer. I would suggest Mary that you go there with your story and let them know the names and connections on the backside that are allowing the “disappearance” of the race horses off the track straight to slaughter. Clearly you are aware that there is not a “six degree of separation” at the track that many trainers exclaim when they are caught. If the director of the race track is not enforcing rules in place (especialy if the track is accredited, which I do not believe that they (Mountaineer) are currently, but understand that ALL tracks will need to be), this Committee and the NTRA may have pull to enforce them.

    On the Mountaineer website (as with many race track websites) there are not tools listed on the site to help Horsemen have alternatives (and yes I know most every track has someone trying to help transition horses off the track), but I am discovering through my work with assisting horseman and owners to retire their horses the right way, that many do not know where to turn.
    Someone said education was key and I agree….I also agree that burying heads in the sand isn’t an excuse either…

    Here is the link

  12. Proud Tracker,

    I can understand your wish to be listened to, and for the racing community to be understood as not all one way or the other.

    Bottom line, I think everybody is on the same page – this is really about the horse.

    It would be helpful to hear your views on slaughtering American Thoroughbred race horses vs retiring and retraining. What are you doing to help the horses, if you are not comfortable working with rescues?

    Can you tell us what happens to the horses at your track, in your barn after they are no longer competitive at the level you want?

    Do you support retirement – retraining programs funded out of the purses like some tracks have? If you don’t, what other plan do you think could work better? Registration fees, sales fees?

    Or do you honestly think the way it’s going now is fine?

    I respect your right to your opinion if that’s what it is, but here’s the problem with that.

    Only 22% of Americans have a favorable opinion of horse racing now – Jockey club study released last week. More fans are dying off than coming in to the game, and in 10 years it will be a fraction of what it is now.

    If horses are being treated OK, there’s nothing to hide. Let’s get real; there is a big gap between “peppermint” and, say, nerve blocks to get a forgotten, lame gelding past the track vet one more time and into the gate, hoping somebody dropped a claim slip on him.

    If horse racing wants to survive at some level, it might be time to stop thinking the other 78% (American voters with an unfavorable view of racing) don’t know what they’re talking about, when a horse like Deputy Broad goes from his last race to slaughter with nobody lifting a finger to save his life.

    I did not have the chance to meet this horse. It’s too late now, but I am honored to hear about him here.

    Was it worth it, I wonder, the few bucks the killer paid? To lose more fans, one more horse who could have had a life?

    1. Mary Johnson · ·

      Susan, I want to keep the story of Deputy Broad in front of the racing industry. Deputy represents all those horses that have been slaughtered before him and all those that will be slaughtered after him. Please feel free to post far and wide that we are putting up two billboards close to Mouintaineer Racetrack and they will tell the story of Deputy Broad. Rosemary Williams, the Racing Director at Mountaineer, is now into damage control. In my opinion, she is a sorry excuse for a racing official. I know for a fact that she doesn’t give a damn about the horses that put money into her bank account. She would rather see the horses go to a kill buyer than to work with those that are trying to do the right thing for the horses.

  13. Mary Johnson · ·

    I just wanted everyone to know that a couple of weeks ago I posted Deputy Broad’s story on Zenyatta’s website. One of my contacts suggested I do so. Zenyatta’s supporters have been coming out of the woodwork in support of Deputy Broad. There is a small group of us that are working on purchasing a billboard on a major highway close to Mountaineer. We have already come up with the message for the billboard. This is a first step. There are other things going on behind the scenes. By the way, Lisa Caddedu contacted me a couple of weeks ago. She boarded Deputy Broad when he was two. Reach out to me if you would like to know what she said about this wonderful horse.
    Mary Johnson

  14. This is so sad, and so unnecessary.

    With what the public knows goes on at the Richelieu slaughter plant, anybody involved with sending this horse there should be out of the animal business for life. Deputy Broad worked hard, he did his job. To wind up in a place like this is a crime.

    So is allowing him to go into the food supply, with drugs banned from food animals. Drugs like BUTE, and monthly wormers that cause cancer, liver failure, fatal anemia in people. With the new drug rules in the EU, somebody, or several people, had to lie to sell this horse to slaughter.

    Horse racing is a $10 Billion industry. To not have a nationwide aftercare program for all its athletes, to turn the other way when so many of them face the brutality of slaughter like Deputy Broad is totally unacceptable. There is not a whisper from the industry to fix that, just some vague idea maybe some day.

    Well, that day is today.

    Today is when “From the Stable to the Table in 7 Days” needs to stop. Yes, there are wonderful people in the sport. Some horses are cared for like they deserve. Even so, it’s easy to lose track of a horse with a 30 year life expectancy after two or three sales.

    Even big horses that start at upscale tracks can end up on a truck to Canada or Mexico. There’s no money left from their winnings to retire when they drop down in class, and are no longer competitive.

    Too many US Thoroughbreds, maybe 10,000 a year, go down the slaughter road. With 24,000 expected foals next year, that’s a lot of Thoroughbreds.

    Why are the American taxpayers subsidizing this, when dog fighting is illegal, and dog racing was banned in MA for killing dogs after they were used up?

    Polls show only 22% of Americans have a favorable opinion of horse racing. Poll after poll shows Americans don’t want horse slaughter. The industry admits it’s losing fans. Even so, it’s not a long shot that horse racing won’t fix its slaughter problem voluntarily, or its retirement crisis with nationwide funding for every racing Thoroughbred on its own.

    Heck, horse racing’s main body, NTRA, has even refused to support the popular, bi-partisan Federal bill to ban horse slaughter. Why won’t Alex Waldrop (NTRA director) stand up for the horses that make his lifestyle possible?

    Does the economic model of horse racing need slaughter to continue?

    Americans don’t believe in animal cruelty. Shipping Deputy Broad and thousands of other ex-racers to slaughter is cruelty. So is doing nothing to stop it, at the track level, and at the national. Paying lip service with a no-slaughter policy big enough to drive a double deck trailer through insults the intelligence of the American people, and the horse.

    How long will it be before the public asks for its VLT money back, and tax subsidies, to use for things America believes in?

  15. Proud Tracker. · ·

    Not many people on the track want to work with these so called “rescue” groups because they are all just judgemental pieces of garbage who think they have a right to peoples horses. If someone who is on the outside doesn’t like what you aredoing at the track with bandages or medication etc because it’s not peppermint, sunshine and rainbows they say you are abusng your horse.. Oh he doesn’t get turned out in a paddock with his friends, so you are abusing him.. Nevermind he is an athlete and should be treated as such while he is in training thats right – to make money..It’s not a hobby like picking your nose sitting at the computer..

    It’s a two way street people. Rescue groups don’t like being sterotyped as right wing crazy freaks. Well track people don’t like being sterotyped as animal abusers who slaughter ALL of their animals. Used up or not.. But there are idiots who make the case for the opposing side in every business.

    1. Woah right there !!!!
      I grew up in the standardbred industry. My father was a great horseman along with many others. I have seen the great care racehorses get but I have also seen the abuse they suffer at the hands of the scumbags that don’t treat them right, and there are many.
      I own and operate a horse rescue farm and have saved many from completely broken down to simply discarded going through the meat sales the day after they raced with harness marks still fresh on them.
      So YOU are calling me a judgemental piece of garbage. Funny I go around rescuing these abused broken down life sucked out of them kind of horses from the auctions and racetracks.
      You HAD better watch your mouth on here and WHO you are calling a piece of garbage.

      How many of your well-cared for racehorses over the years ended up in the slaughter pipeline. Can you assure any of us how many if any all found a good home and a happy life ending?????? Can you account for every horse you’ve cared for over the years, where are they now?
      Ya want to get into it, I’ll go toe to toe with you.

      Oh and by the way I am not an outsider to the business, I have been on both sides of the fence. Both Thoroughbred and Standardbreds for many many years. I’ll share some pretty abusive stories with the public from behind the scenes, and you know exactly what i’m talking about. I can also share some great stories of how certain stables treat their horses.

      Watch your mouth, cause mine can be even worse when it comes down to defending us RESCUE FARMS and the horses we help.
      Horses are LUCKY we exist…Make sure one of yours doesn’t end up here.

  16. Shari Lounsbury · ·

    Well, in my 49 years I have seen it and HAD known people that did it. I was born and raised out in the country where everyone had horses and a lot of them raced. I saw what some would do and it was sheer mean and brutal. I watched 6 month old colts and fillies be worked because some of the owners had said and I quote, “Got to build up their muscles early”, or “Got to teach them early how to run and win”, or “they have to be shown why they’re here”. Every single one was an ass and every single one I threw out so to speak as a friend. One place I even boarded decided to breed their mare to have a nice big baby so it could race and hopefully win them “big money”. They started THAT filly the day they weaned her at 3 months! This was two years ago. The filly’s bones got so bad that by the time she was 1 yr and about 3 or 4 months, they put her down because her bones were chipping and her knees developed oddly and she was in pain. Yet there that had two ex race horses and one plus a perfectly good mare they sold at an auction to a KB and the other ex racers knees were so bad but they came up with too many excuses not to put him down. Almost 2 years later and the local SPCA not doing a single thing about it, he was trying to stand on two legs! One morning they MADE him leave his stall to go out to the paddock knowing full well he could barely walk and he collapsed right outside the stall door. These people though that made so many damned excuses for not letting him be put down with a vet though sure didn’t think about shooting that horse in the head four times before they hit the spot now though did they. An ex friend of my parents used to race horses as well and he even started them around 6 months or just a bit over. One day we were there and I said to my mother that the colt was limping. He had overworked it too. To death. The little one had to be put down and he said it was because he had weak bones and obviously wouldn’t have made a good race horse anyhow so it gave him an excuse to get rid of him!!! Like I said, I have had the horrible misfortune of meeting asses out there that race and some that don’t do that. If you look up a lot of the race horses like Deputy Broad, then you should obviously see the age too when they started. NO horse as far as I’m concerned should be ridden or anything until they are at LEAST two. Did I say every breeder of race horses does this???? NO!!! To me from what I have seen all these years, I have to look at it as 50/50. I have seen race horses treated like kings and queens and I’ve seen race horses treated like crap and disposable. The thing is, no matter whether it is a race horse or not, the issue is of slaughtering and I have seen that happen too much as well. My own father did that to my horse when I was fifteen! 8 year old gorgeous loving huggable and my life dream then and I come home to find him gone and years later find out he went to slaughter? What the heck did he do? Nothing. My father was mad at ME so killed an innocent animal. He is different now as that was 34 years ago almost now but the thing is, it was done and numerous people are slaughtering horses for no good reasons. Since then EVERY single animal I have and have had are all rescues. Even my horses. The issue here isn’t JUST race horses. It is all horses and to me all animals. What you have seen and what I have seen are different but you cannot tell me people do NOT do this when I have seen it with my own eyes. You cannot say people don’t when they do. Not all people and did I point at you personally? I pointed at what I have seen right up until now. Those people with the horse that was eventually leaning on a wall standing on two legs? Guess what? They have new horses now and the same crap still goes on. I walked in there 2 1/2 years ago and walked right out with a marble appy that had skin rot and worms and stood in her feces and urine day in and day out. Her hooves were LONG overdo and they said she was wormed etc. Ever see worms over 18 inches come out of a horse? It was gross. They tried to stop me and they couldn’t. My second oldest who is 25 had a vested interest in the horse and was worried about her. I had her vet checked, her shots done, her feet done, her teeth floated, de-wormed and a fecal and bloodwork and everything done on that horse. 6 months later she had gained back the 100 pounds the vet said she was under and turned out she had been a professionally trained dressage horse. She went to an awesome home where they love her to pieces and the woman that owns her for life is a vet too. I would love to have been able to stand in your shoes and never have seen what I have but that can’t happen. I have unfortunately seen what I have and absolutely hate it. I can’t stand the people that find anything animal or human disposable or use them as a test subject. EVERY animal and human has the right to a full life, not be abused and not shot 4 times before it finally dies. They shouldn’t keep people alive if they are overly suffering either. And we are supposed to be a superior race? Have you seen the video of the wild mustang stallion who managed to escape and watched all his mares and babies get loaded into a truck and he ran after it? Then he saw another truck and thought that was his family. Thank God he wasn’t captured but it shows the love animals have not just for each other but for humans that they love and place their lives and trust in and they end up getting the death sentence for no reason. And yes, I have volunteered in rescue with dogs for over 27 years. I also have a degree in animal behavior and have worked with some of the meanest dogs out there. Making it so they never had to die except from old age. Now due to numerous health problems I cannot do it anymore. But why did the dogs act the way they did? The so-called superior race/person that had owned them and they did not deserve to die because of a stupid human. In those years, only four ever had to be put down and I was the one there holding them and telling them I loved them. They died from abuse and skull fragments in their brains or internal bleeding. Horses don’t deserve it either. Most people cannot account for the horses they sold 10-20 years ago. Makes me wonder if they met the same fate as Deputy Broad. Like I said, the issue here is slaughter not just race horses but all horses. So don’t take it personally because I have seen what I have seen.

  17. Genna Frazier · ·

    I am the PROUD owner of an OTTB. He raced 5 years and only won $50,000 but had an owner kind enough to ensure that he was well cared for, and came off the track with clean legs and a personality that causes everyone who meets him to fall in love with him. He is gentle enough that my small children (7, 5, and 2) can help me bathe him (all 17 hands of him) but has enough intelligence that he’s a BLAST to ride. He is the most trusting horse, typical of most TBs, and could have easily been one to end up at auction. I am SO thankful that his owner was so kind and made sure he went to a good home. He’s loved, and even with this cruddy feet and high metabolism (this horse takes after his great-grandfather, Secretariat, and eats enough for 2 horses) is a joy in our family, and will never leave our family if we have any say in the matter. I’m enjoying re-training him now, and one day when my daughter outgrows her (large) pony, he’ll be there to take her as far as she wants to go in competition. He’s exactly what most people would get if they’d take in these OTTBs, and give them a second chance. It’s a lot of work, but it is SO worth it.

  18. Lana,

    Pro-slaughter people always try to spin this is a horse welfare issue with the argument that it’s better for the horses to be slaughtered humanely instead of being starved to death. There are two problems with this logic. First, starving a horse to death is illegal regardless of the owner’s financial circumstances. People who break the law should be punished, but what you propose is that we kill the intended victim to prevent the crime. With this logic, should we pre-emptively murder any potential crime victioms? Think about it.

    The second problem is that there is nothing humane about any aspect of the slaughter process starting with how horses are treated at the auction houses. Numerous eyewitnesses have documented horses beaten, starved and kept without food and water. Horses continue to be transported in double deckers in spite of laws against it. Baker of Sugarcreek has been fined repeatedly by the USDA for violations and refuses to pay. Horses are shipped over the border without the required veterinary checks which is a huge security and health risk. In spite of what some would have us believe, the captive bolt is only effective if used by a highly skilled operator on a horse whose head is held still long enough to deliver the blow to the center of the forehead. This is virtually impossible given that kill boxes are designed for cattle and the objective is to kill as many animals in as short time as possible by the lowest paid workers in the market.

    I also want to address your claim that animal rights advocates shut down the US slaughterhouses. Yes, a law was passed cutting funding for inspection of horse meat, but the USDA provided a work around that enabled the slaughterhouses to continue operating. The Texas slaughterhouses were shut down after a judge decided to uphold a law prohibiting horse slaughter that had been on the books since 1948. This was after numerous complaints from the community about rats breeding in decomposing carcasses and blood backing up into everyone’s plumbing with the slaughterhouse refusing to fix the problems. The Illinois slaughterhouse burned down. In addition your claim that the ride to the slaughterhouse was only 4-5 hours is completely unfounded. After the Illinois slaughterhouse burned down, horses from the Midwest were shipped to Texas which is at least 24 hours.

    The Vetrinarias for Equine Welfare just published a white paper debunking all the pro-slaughter myths. They summarized the whole debate by saying that slaughter is about “….getting paid to do the wrong thing instead of paying to do the right thing.” I couldn’t agree more.

  19. Rosemary is a piece of shit… I have emailed her on more than one occassion about different horses.. When I emailed Mountaineer directly saying she never got back to me she said she never received my email she answers each and everyone so I responded to the 2 horses I am looking for. Well guess what she didn’t answer back she is a LIAR!!!! I promise to try again today and give her another chance… We can not let Deputy Broad name just die along with him we must keep his voice heard..

    1. Mary Johnson · ·

      Stacy, I found out yesterday about another Mountaineer horse by the name of River Spey who has met the same fate. She last raced on April 1st at Mountaineer and she didn’t finish the race. Bobby Lee, her owner of record, took her to Bird’s farm and, of course, we know the rest of the story. Also, go to Deputy’s website: RIP Deputy Broad. I have called on Rosemary Williams to resign. She is either incredibly stupid or she is a liar, maybe both. Mountaineer needs a Director who does the right thing for the horses.

  20. I can say one thing to this. Back in 1987, my grandfather broke his sip. He had emphazema very bad so they could not operate. Instead, they had him laying flat in a bed with a weight hanging off of his ankle trying to pull the hip back into place. But, because of the emphazema, they knew he was going to pass sooner or later anyhow. All they did was pump him with more and more and more morphine until he didn’t know who his children were and they were in the 70’s and he didn’t know even who his wife of almost 65 years was anymore. He died drowning from the emphazema basically. I went to see him only once in the hospital as I couldn’t stand to see him like that ever again. I pleaded with my parents to just take everything off of him and let him go in peace but they didn’t.
    My opinion, if a person is suffering like that, put them to sleep. I’d rather that be done to me. If an animal IS suffering as Deputy Broad was not, you do what you can so they can have that quantity and a quality life. If an animal is suffering they should be put down properly. Not with a 22 and not with a captive bolt. A needle.People generally miss with spot with a 22 so the horse suffers more. The captive bolt is meant for cattle whose brains are right at the front of the head. A horses brain is not so the horse lies there suffering for a minimum of 30 seconds. To me that 30 seconds must feel like a lifetime when they go just doze off from a needle. Tomake any person orhuman go the most comfortable way in my opinion is the best for all.
    A woman where we board some of ours had her 15 year old horse put down last fall ‘thinking’ he MIGHT founder over the winter as he had the winter before. He was the sweetest most bomb proof horse I had ever met since my Dusty. The chances of him foundering again was 50/50 and the vet even said he highly doubted it would happen again just because it only happened one winter in his entire life. Not to mention she was told last summer to shave him down as he wasn’t losing any of his winter fur. She ignored the woman who owns the stables and thank God the woman watches every single horse almost 24/7. He got so hot that he was brought into the stables, hosed down and fans put on him and the vet called. The owner actually got angry about this!!! But the woman that owns the place didn’t care as she cares super well for all 30+ horses there. The woman who owned the horse was so mad and came and laughed about having to shave him down and didn’t blink an eye when it came to killing him for no real good reason.
    Like I said, it’s just my opinion but I have letters given to my closest friends that IF I should become like my grandfather had, a vegetable, they are to pull the plug so to speak. The letters all state that it is my wishes and to absolve them of any crimes they might be facing. Even my lawyer signed them. I would rather not suffer and be put to sleep personally. 🙂 Not to mention I lost 6 people this year. Family members. 5 to cancer and one unknown still. They suffered alot. I have cancer and a heart condition and half the time can’t get up but if it gets too bad, I want to be put to sleep. No person or animal should suffer.

  21. Mary Johnson · ·

    Just wanted everyone to know that Steve Wilson, a Mountaineer owner and operator of a feed and hay outlet at Mountaineer, is the “middleman”. He takes the discarded horses and hands them over to Fred Bauer. Call on Mountaineer to abide by the law THEY created and ban this bastard forever!
    Mary Johnson

    1. Jan Doyle · ·

      Mary, thank god for you. I was sicken and totallly outraged over reading about Deputy Broad. Please let me know what I can do to help. There should be someway remove Rosemary from her position at Mountaineer. Rest assured , Danny Bird might have a hard time coming after all of Zenyatta’s fans. Again, please know you don’t stan alone on this.

      1. Mary Johnson · ·

        Jan, tell Mountaineer to clean house and fire Rosemary Williams. She is a sorry excuse for a humane being, let alone a Director of Racing. Keep the pressure on. Deputy Broad is the tip of the iceberg. Please feel free to visit his site on FB: RIP Deputy Broad.

  22. Lana Guvens · ·

    I am not defending what happened to the race horse at Mountaineer, but I am going to be the lone voice to defend horse slaughter. I have lived my whole life around horses, and not one of mine has ever went to the slaughter house, if it became time, the vet came and put them down and they were buried and treasured. But, not everyone that has a horse feels that connection with them. And folks I am here to tell you that I would much rather see them go to a slaughter house then to die a slow miserable death being starved. And that is already a reality in the US right now, and the worse the economy gets the more you are going to see it. Your race track people are the least abuser. You should be looking at all the people that bought little Mary or Joey a horse, but now can no longer afford to feed the horse. You might not like what happens at a slaughter plant but it is a whole lot more humane then letting on starve. And you people who helped to shut down the slaughter houses in the US, you didn’t do anyhing kind to the horse world. Now instead of only having a 4-5 hr ship alot of them are in trucks up to 12-15 hours to Canada and Mexico. At least the slaughter houses in the US had to comply with USDA standards. So unless you have millions of dollars and thousands of acres to care for all if the unwanted horses, quit making them be starved or shipped ungodly hours. Because your not going to shut down the plants in Canada or Mexico that is just a reality

    1. Mary Johnson · ·

      Oh dear, Lana, I’ve been up all night trying to figure out if it is better to let a horse starve or send it to the slaughterhouse. Then I became horribly confused because another question popped into my head. Is it better to beat a person to death or let that person starve? Anyone with minimal intelligence knows that these two issues are not mutually exclusive. YOU DON’T HAVE TO CHOOSE EITHER!!! Therefore, I’m telling you that the right thing to do is to humanely euthanize. Now you have the answer to your question!!! If you are too poor to do what is right, then you have no business owning any animal. I hope that I have made myself clear.

      1. sybil miller · ·

        I’ve been turning this one over, too. Mary is right, those are not the only two options. And a person would have to be REALLY in bad shape to not be able to afford enough hay or pasture to maintain a horse in decent shape (not fat, but ok). With our extreme drought this year, and no pasture, it costs more to feed than normal. That’s what belt-tightening budgets are for. And it will get better once we get rain and the grass grows. So it’s not a permanent problem, though many will use it as an excuse. There are lots of excuses.

        The extremely thin ones are from neglect, pure and simple. We see dogs with this level of neglect as well, thin and bloody with mange, yet the owners seem to be doing ok. Some people will overextend themselves (hoarders) and some people just don’t see neglect when it’s right in front of them. For the ones who happen to have horses, the temptation to make some money off their neglected animals seems to be too much. So off to slaughter they go…..

        My budget is stretched thin every month. I feed the animals first. Period. And that includes my horse, dogs, cats, birds and feral cats (and the possum and raccoon on occasion as well.) Does this make me some kind of saint? NO. Just a matter of priorities. If I could not feed the animals I’ve taken responsibility for, then I should not have them. That however does NOT mean I should sell them for x dollars on the pound so that someone else can make their last days on earth days of complete and utter misery, and then kill them in the most fear-inducing manner possible. Watch the slaughterhouse videos…is that really a good option for an inconvenient animal that someone supposedly really wanted once? Sorry, just can’t accept that, not now, not ever. If it really comes down to it, and one just can’t find a new home or a non-slaughter solution, and the animal is truly in trouble and there’s just no way out, then humanely euthanize (the cost isn’t that much, and is a one-time expense – ask your vet to cut the cost, ask friends to help out, whatever it takes). And as it dies, please stand there with your beloved animal, look it in the eyes, touch it and hold it as its life fades away, tell it you are sorry it’s come to this, but that you do love it, ask forgiveness, honor its life and all it gave to you, and take responsibility. Sending them to slaughter is just a cop-out. RIP Deputy Broad and all the others like him, there are far far too many…..

      2. Mary Adkins- Matthews · ·

        Pro-slaughter advovates always use the starvation of horses as a means to prove that slaughter is a necessary thing. They are just desperate to get slaughter back in the US. They will claim that the horses suffer more by traveling out of the country and they will claim that horses that are sent to slaughter is better than starvation. This is not the truth and just propoganda to make their point. Do they really care? Of course not! Slaughter and starvation should not be an option! If you are an owner of a horse, it should be your responsibility to euthanize the horse if needed. Starving it should not be an option and sending it to slaughter should not be an option either.

        The reason that most pro-slaughter advocates want slaughter to be an option in the US is due to the one simple fact which is the overbreeding of horses for many many years which has now destroyed the breeding industry. They have destroyed themselves but yet now the horses are supposed to pay the price. The breeders are in a big hurry to get rid of the excess horses in the US so that cost of the current horses will go up. An article from last year explains it very well from a breeders point of view. In the article you will see that the auctions are killing their business. They would prefer that they still the option to take horses directly to a slaughter house here in the US. It is all about supply and demand. If the supply of horses is less the demand and price will go up. Of course this could also be accomplished by breeding less horses but they won’t dare to try that.

  23. 5 years later he still bears the scars but now is in a huge 20 acre paddock being what he should be. A horse. He runs and plays and eats like he is wild yet the minute he sees us even from that distance, he comes running neighing all the way. Sometimes I think he knows what was done for him. Now I just want him to be free and the fellow he was meant to be. He loves his grooming and loves me and I love him but he is as free as he can be. The people tried to get us to take the other one there but she wasn’t all cut up and needing help. We got Storm out of there then called the local Humane Society for the other one. They took her away and last I heard they had bought 2 TB’s and had them in the same enclosure until the Humane Society found out and they were taken and rehomed too. There were broken beer bottles and everything in the paddock they had been in. It was like it was a paddock yet a garbage dump too. Sick people. I will never understand why people get animals if they are not willing to take care of them. They wouldn’t do this to their kids. Well, maybe some would. I am glad we took him or he’d probably eventually get tangled up in that wire and have to be put down. He is the happiest fellow now. I think he knows though deep down and that’s why he hugs us. He wraps his neck and head around yours and doesn’t move then kisses your face. 🙂 He is such a sweetie now. Too bad the one place we boarded him too kicked him where it counts. Cost us $900.00 for that surgery but was more than worth it. I sold a ton of things to raise that money for his surgery. As long as he was healthy, I would have sold everything I owned to meet his needs as well as the others. I would have even sold my home if it had come down to it. They are all happy now but I think Blaze has some brain damage not sure from the cracked corn he was fed. His vision has been checked and he is fine but he still at 2 1/2 walks into things and is finally starting to be sturdy on his feet and not tripping over himself. He used to fall over alot. Even Whisper I believe has some brain damage as the girl I took him from used to beat the tar out of him at 3 months of age just because she couldn’t get a halter on him. Took me about 2 hours of talking with him then he let me slip it on. He’s fine now just kind of a dud but I love him to bits! I love every single one and wouldn’t have anything change about them but their pasts. Hopefully they don’t recall any of it and just know that they are safe now.

    1. sybil miller · ·

      what a lucky boy! all of them, really! my trainer has a horse that lays his head on you, and nuzzles, wouldn’t think of biting, just likes to give and receive love. it’s the coolest thing! so glad you took poor little whisper and blaze and storm, great names!

  24. I can’t stand it when people dope up their animals. The only things mine get is their annual shots and their Strangles and when needed, Bute. My one rescue Blaze was just going on 6 months and because she couldn’t find a buyer was goingto sendhim to slaughter. Once she decided that, she started feeding him (now it) cracked corn which boils the blood. When I got him home he was full of matts from his winter coat so I started to shave him down and he was a bone bag. The lady said she had dewormed him as well as he had had hisshots. Gee, forsome reasonI didn’t believe herso dewormed him again and had the vet come the very next day to do a physical on him and give him his needles and Strangles. Being he was a class B mini, he wasdown about 60 pounds the vet said. We got our own hay forhim then the farm said not to bother they would use theirs. Sure they did. Cattle hay! I pulled him and my other two outof there so fast the people didn’t know what hit them. We also had another B mini there and our big pony. The big pony we found in an enclosure made of barbed wire and the posts were pointing inward. His neck was so cut up it wasn’t funny. We offerred them what we had and they took it. Got him home and had the vet fix himup as well. From that place we went to another where they had one off the track TB who wasn’t gelded but was a sweetie. There they wanted me to breed my large pony to one of their friends ponies and I said no I dodn’t want him hard to handle. One night we walked in and the girls mother was standing beind him. She had kicked him where it counts sending one of his testicles up to his stomach. We travelled an hour and a half to get his gelding done because at this point it was a cryptorchid. I watched the entire thing and then almost died when he wouldn’t start breathing on his own. Finally he did but the vet, his assistant and of course us and the womans daughter knew he had both testicles the week prior because we’d had Blaze done and he had checked Storm. Couldn’t prove it but all of us knew. Moved them from there right away too. By this time I had four and all rescued from abuse and neglect. NowI have 6. 🙂 The last one being a deformed Shetland going for slaughter because she had deformed feet/hooves. I got her without knowing she was in foal. She carried the baby and had now problem birthing thank goodness. I have the farrier come every four weeks so I know she is comfy.
    Makes me wonder though how many do actually dope up their animals. Would they do it to themselves? Makes me think they are on something to have the unemotionness to do what they do. Eventually and hopefully those people will get what is coming to them. What goes around hopefully comes around.It’s a shame no one knew what Deputy’s fate was going to be after is last race. I never knew him or of him but now feel as though I did and I miss him.

    1. sybil miller · ·

      well, his owner/trainer sure knew what was coming.
      good for you with all you are doing for your horses, too! awful story about Storm. I’ll never understand how people can be so unbelievably mean. Never. There is no reason and no excuse.

  25. That’s what happened! They all losst weight and a few arenow classidied as hard keepers. The one horse calmed down after a few weeks but the other the one persin is still having problems with. He’s a good 17.2 H and is mr groucho and thus far after almost 2 years, unrideable. They have had to send him to a rainer who even got hurt. He is just nasty. They tried to sell him and even tried to give him away but because he was the way he was, no one would take him.Even after they gelded him he didn’t calm down. He hated eing outside too as he was so used to be stalled all the time except for his workouts. A horse can be tested then shot up. Iam not saying most or all people do this but there are quite a few. As for that one attacking me personally and thinking I don’t know what I am talking about thinks that they know EVERYTHING. I don’t claim to know everything but have been in the horse world all my entire almost 49 years and have seen and witnessed what too many to count have had done to them. Some even having to be put down as their knees are shot and they stand there on three legs.I knew someone that had two horses like this and I called the Humane Society on them as the one horse stood on two good legs whille leaning against a wall and his knees were so swollen yet they would force him out of the barn to pasture. Their other one stood on three legs with the knee and fetlock joint so swollen you couldn’t tell what it was. They let them suffer like that and the SPCA did nothing!!!! Finally one day they went to take out the horse that had two good legs and he tried to go out, stopped and hit the floor. They dragged him out back of the barn with a dozer still alive and shot him! The other one they sold at an auction along with a good horse and they were sold to a KB!!!The pair together went fir $138.00!!!!!!!!
    People should take what happened to Deputy and yes learn from it but think too of all the ones this has happened to in the past AND take it and try to stop it from happeneing again to another race horse, bucking horse or any horse. This is the point we should be making. Toomany horses are sent to slaughter for stupd ass reasons. Maybe if the slaughter is topped and then the breeders will be more picky of who they breed their horses with and the price of a stud may go up also causing less breeding. It’s just a thought.

    1. sybil miller · ·

      all i can suggest for the horse that is still difficult would be to take it to a REALLY good and I mean REALLY good natural horsemanship trainer, and let them work with the horse for a good long time. by that i mean months, not a few days or couple of weeks. that won’t bring about the change this horse needs. and the owner needs to participate in the retraining of the horse so they know how to properly handle it. it’s the only way to change its mind and its conditioning, and it has to be done well. there are no shortcuts. also look at various common causes for the behavior — OTTBs commonly have ulcers and those will make them cranky. mine did, and is much happier now that he gets treatment for that. a poor fitting saddle will cause all kinds of issues, from ear pinning and evasion to bucking. not the horse’s fault if the saddle doesn’t fit. neglected teeth can also cause pain. hopefully your friend has worked through all the possible physical causes. and punishing the horse or getting mad at it will only make things worse. you have to find a different way to work things out.

      my NH trainer who is working with me and my OTTB the past seven months trained under Frank Bell — a very gentle yet firm approach, which is what these OTTBs need, both kindness and direction. she spent weeks on groundwork and manners. all that time is really paying off now that i am riding him. there are certified Frank Bell trainers around the country, maybe your friend can look for one. my OTTB was never a real problem, he was just young and green. still, he needed to learn how to respect space, to not be pushy at feeding time, to stand still when mounted, so many things….fortunately he was gelded young as he does like to be the dominant horse in the herd.

      my horse doesn’t like being stalled, but he does like having access to an open stall from his small pasture, it’s his comfort zone, so we give it to him. he comes and goes as he pleases and is happy. if i tried to stall him all the time, i’d have a problem. the first month i had him, he was stalled over the weekends. by monday morning, i had a very irritated horse on my hands. same if i never let him into a stall when he needs it. he now has 24/7 turnout with 24/7 stall access because that is what he needs. so important to get to the know the horse, try to see things from their vantage point and work with them, not against them. they are who they are. some might think this is catering to the horse, but i see us as a TEAM and we have to work together and understand each other. otherwise, what’s the point? and every time i think of Deputy or say RIP Deputy Broad, it is to remember not just him but ALL the horses lost to slaughter. so RIP Deputy Broad.

  26. “infuriate everyone on here. ”
    Nice, John. You enjoy this, I see. Kinda creepy.

  27. Horselvr · ·

    Anyone try contacting Maggi moss (she has raced horses at mountaineer and is a lawyer). What about Nick Zito’s wife???

  28. Every TB any of my friends have got off the track had been on steroids. They were all vet checked and were not clean of it. So you might be one person that doesn’t do that but I am telling you, it IS done.Obviously secretively but it is done. These particular horses came fromthe Fort Erie track and at all different times and had been taken in by more than one person. One friend of mine bought two a year apart and both tested positive for steriods. Another friend bought one thinking he would be a great jumper prospect. He also tested positive. Another that owns a farm fortraining and she teaches riders has had four off the track TB’s and all but one tested positive. So yes, I do know what I am talking about. It wouldn’t stop me from purchasing one though if I had the room and give it as much as a life as posible but I used to work at the track too cleaning andsuch and was there 2 years and saw first hand what some of these people did. Did I say all? NO! As for kids not taking care of their horses, then I guess they weren’t that interested in them to begin with. And that is a loss of heart for the horse to not have the love and compassion they desire. I started riding at three years of age and was showing by the time I was 9 and I am almost 49 now and have ALWAYS been around horses. I remember a lot of the girls that would take lessons and thought they were all that but then when it came down to grooming or cleaning or anything they thought they were too god for that. They’d be all dressed in their riding clothes bought from the most expensive stores and think their you know what didn’t stink. Those girls I’ll bet never grew up to care for much. They had no quams about hurting their horses or ponies either. You could tell the ones who were serious and cared. I did and do care. I still have 6 that are all rescues from slaughter and abuse. Even my dogs are rescues. The welfare of animals is and always has been my concern ever since my father sent my horse off to slaughter because he was mad at me. If people could bemore like animals, forgiving and loving,this world would be such a better place.

    1. sybil miller · ·

      Some trainers may not use drugs on the horses, but it’s common knowledge that when you take a horse off the track, you need to allow time for it to “come down.” In the book “Beyond the Track: Retraining the Thoroughbred from Racehorse to Riding Horse” there are several pages discussing the effect of anabolic steroids on the horse. There are two types used, and they are both legal: synthetic growth hormone, which is to finish out the horse musculature as part of his conditioning; and synthetic testosterone, which is used to “add aggressiveness as well as body bulk.” So when you see a racehorse that looks well muscled and acts “hot”, you are most likely seeing steroids at work. When that horse comes off the track and the steroids are stopped, two things will happen: the personality will improve and the muscle will decrease, resulting in the thin and ribby OTTBs we are so familiar with. The author of this book is the director of the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption program. Anyone who has or is thinking of getting an OTTB needs to buy this book!

      1. You’d think they’d just let them grow normally. Ugh. They have done this to turkeys to the point they cannot fly anymore becauseof thegrowth hormone tomake the breast bigger. That I saw on that show Life After People. The wild horses will live on but the tame ones in barns and paddocks will wait for their owner to come back and take care of them as that’s the way they were ‘conditioned’. Even the caribou used at Christmas for ‘Santas’ will not survive as they are too dependant on people and they are also smaller than normal caribou. They will remain in their enclosures and starve to death and will not even make it through their first winter according to this program.
        We should all be focusing on how to not let this type of thing happen aain like it did to Deputy but it is going to take time and a lot of hard work and letters etc to get it to end. I can see Canada stopping it eventually but Mexico? I have my doubts. Somehow they will be snuck over. Horses should only be put down the properway if they are too badly injured, in ain, suffering or their age is affecting them and they are uncomfortable. He could have taken a bitof his so called busy time totry and find a homefor Deputy but even before he ran, this fellow had that horses fate already planned, signed, sealed and then delivered. At least now he can run freely and without cruelty like in his first life. RIP Deputy Broad. We are allthinking of you and you have given us all that much more strength to carry on and stop what happened to you. We all love you.

  29. “Once the public is “educated” “. I am so sorry, but “education” is something the horse industry in general is terrible at. Every single faction has it’s cretins. And those cretins have been doing it all of their lives. They ain’t gunna change. Nobuddy can tell THEM what they are doing is wrong. There are people without an iota of compassion in their bones, for anything other than themselves. I don’t know how you could educate someone like that. That pessimistic view aside, I so agree with the above poster who said the racing industry needs to become something respected and enjoyed, not reviled. I worked for Windfields Farm, centuries ago, in Oshawa, for ONE day. I couldn’t handle the numbered foals. They weren’t allowed names. I saw one of the best TB establishments in Canada. Having since seen the worst, I can’t take the industry seriously anymore. The TB industry needs to show they are united in their “love” of a horse. They can’t do it. It is a revenue generated business. Period.
    I hope and pray enough will eventually care, and getting the word out is indeed the ony way. I support Long Run. What else can I do? I ain’t no rich TB stallyun owner.
    RIP, Deputy Broad. Your run through this cruel world is over.

    1. Mary Johnson · ·

      It is because of public pressure that Mountaineer instituted the no horse to slaughter policy due to the HBO documentary on No Day Off. Most of the general public has no clue as to what the dirty secrets are in the horse industry. They don’t know that horses run with significant injuries or that the kill buyers operate openly on the backside of the track. Therefore, we have to continue to shine the light on how the horses are treated when their productive days are over and we have to hold the low life trainers, such as Danny Bird, accountable. Please put pressure on Mountaineer and those that are into damage control (Rosemary Williams) to do the right thing. Am I holding my breath? No, but I won’t give up until there is justice for Deputy Broad.

  30. Bird is lucky that unsuccessful trainers don’t meet the same fate that his unsuccessful horses do.

  31. John D · ·

    This segment was aired on HBO real sports if nobody ever saw it. This will likely add more color to this story and infuriate everyone on here. – part 1 – part 2

    1. sybil miller · ·

      Thanks for posting those links, John! And isn’t it ironic that the track in this documentary from 2008 is Mountaineer?! And that Rosemary Williams was and still is the track’s manager? And that she now claims she never heard of this documentary? She is arrogant and thinks we are all fools. I agree with the posters that we need to be careful of painting everyone with the same brush, but when the manager of a track that is known to aid and abet the slaughter of horses, when that person, Ms. Williams, in effect looks us all in the eye and lies about her knowledge of the demise of No Day Off, Deputy Broad and the countless other horses sent to slaughter from Mountaineer racetrack alone, it is very hard to not dislike the entire industry that allows this to happen. Corrupt at the top, and cruel at the bottom. And those who do try to help, those are the inside and outside, are threatened and punished. Every decent person in the racing industry, from the jockeys to the owners to the trainers to the fans really need to stand up to the people giving their sport a black eye and say ENOUGH!

  32. Danny Bird is truly his father’s son. Dale Bird sent untold thousands of horses to slaughter, and before they took that final ride he wrung every ounce of production from them. Four years ago I wrote an opinion piece for The Bloodhorse suggesting that one of racing’s biggest problems was the growing public awareness of the inhumane treatment of the sport’s equine stars. The general public doesn’t support slaughter, drugging horses to mask lameness or other inhumane treatment. Unless racing cleans up its collective act, I think the sport is doomed.

    1. Sarah, excellent article in the Bloodhorse. Sad to think that you wrote this in 2007 and still not much has changed. Shameful on the part of the racing industry.

    2. Mary Johnson · ·

      Sarah, I agree with you. Once the public is “educated” as to the dirty secrets of the racing industry, I believe that the industry will be effected. I applaud the precipitous decline of racing and I encourage family members and friends to stay away from the tracks and refrain from betting on the horses. There is absolutely no accountability in racing and no oversight by racing officials. As long as there is money to be made, everyone is a happy camper. I remember several years ago when Dale Baird died, and everyone in racing was so distraught over his death. If I remember correctly, Bloodhorse published an article about how well respected Baird was and how he had done so much for racing. Of course, no one mentioned the thousands of horses that he sent to slaughter. His boys are continuing in his footsteps. Also, Mountaineer is continuing to try to intimidate those who have spoken up concerning the treatment of Deputy Broad. This comes from a trusted and confidentail source. The bottom line is that the officials at Mountaineer, including Williams and the legal department, care nothing about Deputy and the other horses that put bread and butter on their tables. They are the epitome of evil and I truly hope they come after me for making that statement. I can handle the Mountaineer “clowns”.

    3. Mary Johnson · ·

      Sarah, I forgot to ask you a question. I sent an e-mail to Ray Paulick at Bloodhorse and asked him if he would like to do a story on Deputy Broad. Not surprisingly, I didn’t hear back from him. Do you have any sort of relationship with one of the editors who might like to tell the truth about what happens to horses when they can no longer be productive? I have contacted Tim at Thoroughbred Times but I would also like for Bloodhorse to take a stand against this insanity. Thanks!

      1. It’s Danny BIRD and Dale BAIRD…they aren’t freakin’ related. I hate the happenings here just as much as anyone else, but please keep the facts straight. Some of you folks just make shit up and post whatever sounds good.

  33. I’m sorry it sounds like it happened to you as well.The only thing that keeps me going at times is Dusty’s memory when I hear of these horrid barbaric acts of people that are supposed to be taking care of something and turn on them and abuse or kill them. I just keep thinking of what my Dusty went through and my parents are now on my side. I have a deformed therapy pony here and the town wants me to get rid of her.I have refused so they are going to take legal action. Most of the time I cannot drive the 25 minutes to see my geldings that I board. My parents are standing behind me 1000%. My mother even found a Readers Digest book from November 2010 and it had an article on therapy horses. A few people have written letters to me to give to the town for me to keep my girls and a few people have even called the City Halls by-law ‘officer’ that trespassed and took pics etc. I have a PRIVATE sign on my house at the front of the lot. Then she calls the Humane Society to do a welfare check on all my animals which all passed with flying colors and she sent that to the by-law officer but she still wants me to remove the 31 inch pony and her baby who is 24 inches. I didn’t know she was in foal when I took her from being slaughtered and 2 1/2. All because she has deformed feet/hooves. The Humane Society officer said she had never seen anyone take such good care of a pony before. She had 2 buckets of water, a large cooler filled with water, a super clean barn which is left open all day for her to go in and out of and she constantly has hay in the rack inside. The baby bit her in the hiney but she even stayed awhile and played with the filly. She couldn’t get over how well she is even though she is deformed. She’s my girl and her baby is too. I would fall so far back health wise if either had to go.
    I will never have Dusty back as he is long gone but anything I can do to save any other horse wild or not I will. I feel I myself owe it to Dusty even though my father was the one who sent him there. I miss him every single day of my life and it’s been 33 years since it happened.

  34. Well, duh I am stupid. Winnipeg is in Manitoba! lol But, here’s another one. I came in from the store and had left the television on when I had left. I came in to catch the end of a story in Winnipeg in a town near Cowen (Cowan??). A drunk driver ran over a horse and has been charged with driving under the influence. What about the horse???? Just a few days ago a semi ran into an carriage carrying an entire Amish family. He killed their 3 year old and theor horse and the stupid driver is blaming the buggy because it was black and he ‘couldn’t see it’???? He admitted though to bending down to grab a cigarette he had dropped and swerving the transport truck and was saying that when he looked up, poof!, there they were and it was unavoidable if the buggy hadn’t been black. They are MADE to have a sign on the backof them even though it is against their beliefs they must have the triangular caution sign on them. Not to mention it was in broad daylight!!! Yet this idiot driving the truck admitted to swerving and not looking yet blames the family of which he killed their toddler and their horse??? LOSER

  35. as promised · ·

    You won’t like me much for saying this, but you just are not being realistic. I, too, hate the thought of them going for slaughter but there are simply too many horses, of all breeds. We can’t save them all, where would we put them? Honestly, I meant that. Where? So many people drive down the road and see horses out in the field and think “awwww”. Do not assume their lives are great. Get up close and they need their feet done, their teeth done, they are malnourished or wormy or the birds have been picking at them. “Happily ever after” filled with companionship would be wonderful, but sadly it’s not going to happen. Compared to the number of horses there are and the space they require there just aren’t enough people with the money you need.
    My family has been in racing all my life, almost 50 years. I have floated around the subject of minimizing the number of papered animals going to slaughter with the following idea: at time of registration the fee for each horse includes an ‘insurance’ policy of sorts, one that would (hopefully) encourage horsepeople to at least ensure a more humane ending for a horse they can not or will not (or should not) find a good home for. The fund would pay or reimburse for having them ‘put down’ with at least some dignity and hopefully minimize the numbers going for meat.

    1. A more humane answer than euthanizing unwanted horses would be to control and slow down the breeding of horses.

      1. as promised · ·

        Certainly, but not very realistic. I blame some of that on the state/province breeders’ programs. They unintentionally encourage breeding of lesser-quality horses.

      2. sybil miller · ·

        @ as promised — just need to know why it is not realistic to reduce the number of horses being bred? as in any industry (and these breeders are more likely to view what they do as a business first), if the demand isn’t there, the supply is reduced. If people won’t buy Hummers, for example, they will simply make fewer Hummers. I am sincerely asking the question of how the breeding industry is different?

  36. Let me know where the restaurants are. I feel like a road trip.

  37. For those in the uS, 2 Senators are introducing a bill to enforce NO shipment of horses across
    either border. There names are Sentor Mary LAndreu of Louisiana and Senator Linsey Graham.
    Dropthemanote that you fully support the stopage of horse shipments across either border.

    RIP Deputy Broad, a race well run.

    His last race was on a sealed sloppy track,could have had a little to dowith performance that day.
    C BAiley shows owner until 6-19, then it is D Bird. KARMAi s a bitch,.

  38. Why don’t they just say they use, abuse and throw away like a Bic freakin’ lighter. Those horses mean absolutly nothing but money to them and then they are tossed aside. I hate it. A few friends of mine have got some really wonderful horses straight off the track. The ones they have all got were pumped on steroids and had to go through withdrawals!!! They were kept in stalls all day except for their heavy workouts and got run into the ground for those then back to their stalls. Each and every one of them! And I have numerous friends with ex race horses and every single one was treated the same. No matter which track they came from Fort Erie, Woodbine etc. They work the heck out of these horses when they are young and it damages their baby bones. Most end up if they are lucky to make it to the age of 19 because of their legs and knees. It’s sick.

    1. Ok clearly you don’t know what your talking about NOT every horse at the track is treated like that. I’m an owner and trainer at Woodbine and make sure i have right homes for my retired horses. In fact a 12 year old girl was showing my ex-horse 2 weeks after his life on the track. No horses are given steroids they test for that and it’s illegal. When i was a kid i used to show horses tons of spoiled little brats would come out to the farm most of them would hardly even spen the time to properly care for their horses.

      1. Monica · ·

        Kudos to you! There are plenty like you. Unfortunately, the good things done by decent, responsible people in horse racing usually don’t make it to print. What a shame it is that you and others like you have to, it seems, constantly answer for that percentage of “bad guys” in your field! Do all investment brokers have to forever apologize to the world for the Bernie Madoffs in their field? I’m a nurse. Google the words “nurse sentenced” and you’ll see terrible crimes committed by nurses on the job. Yet I don’t see my profession attacked or my personal integrity questioned because of the percentage of unsavory nurses working out there. Why is this done to horse racing? Why is the entire sport labeled “abusive” because of those in it who are irresponsible, greedy and cruel?
        Everyday, in barns all over the world, there are race horses who are loved and cared for as well as or better than most pets are. I know of trainers/grooms– grown men– who cry like babies when a horse of theirs dies. I’ve personally seen the eyes of a trainer mist over still, a more than a year after her death, at the mere mention of his filly’s name.
        “Cruel” “Abusive” “hate the entire industry of horse racing” ????? Broad sweeping generalizations– stereotyping! People need to dig deeper and get to know some of the “other” REAL people in the industry.

      2. Brittney · ·

        I’m getting sick and tired as the racing industry as whole being called ‘abusive’. My grandfather has been a train since the 70’s and I just started to get into the actual training this past year. People have to understand that there is a bad side to EVERYTHING! Do I need to mention Priest molesting children? Caretakers for elderly people abusing their patients? Or even coaches for some sports are very abusive to their players,my brother had a very abusive coach when he played baseball. What about the hunter/jumper industry, reining industry, barrel racers, eventers? Why do these things never seemed to get noticed like these things in the racing industry? I’ve been going to the track since I can remember and 99% of the people I meet are very nice, genuine people who care and love for their animals. Even the jockeys will bond with the horses as well as the exercise riders. Most of these horses are treated better than most kids. I mean have you seen some of these farms? Their more like homes than stables. I’ve worked at both the track and I’ve worked at barns that trained for rodeo’s and one that did eventing, hunt/jumpers/ dressage, etc. I’ve seen some un-told stories at some of these events but no one seems to care, ‘It’s all the racing industry faults.’ I usually just laugh it off but now it’s just pissing me off. I have a bond with every horse at the facility I work at as well as my grandfather, the other 2 workers and our 3 exercise riders. Not all of the horses are kept in their stalls 24/7. Each horse gets their time out in the pasture and or round pen every day rather their being ridden or not. And horses aren’t worked into the ground. It takes months for horses to reach a certain riding level and when their actually ‘worked’, which is usually once a week, their distance always starts out small and then increases over time. People need to have a rain check and actually check into both sides of everything. As for Danny Bird, and his dad, he’s a scum bag and people like him should be banned from the industry. I do wish that the industry would make more regulations and actually inforce them better to keep things like this from happening.
        R.I.P Deputy Board

      3. Kelly, we need more owners and trainers like you. I adopted a 5 year old straight off the track in Fort Erie just last week. She also ran at Woodbine. She is a absolute sweetheart and clearly has been well treated. But she also had to be off the track, NOW! She is safe and off the track and will be looked after for life, but so many don’t end up with the same fate. Maybe more publicity for the “good” owners and trainers is needed.

  39. I personally know a pony rider who works at mountaineer, and she says there’s a feed delivery guy who is taking the horses off the trainers, and disposing of them to the killer buyers, so the trainers don’t have to take the time to find homes for them. mountaineer does have an anti slaughter policy, but apparently the higher ups either don’t know about it , or don’t care. another pony rider apparently tried to report the practice, and promptly got herself fired. now she has no livelihood, in an area where jobs are hard to find. so the practice goes on. my friend saw a handsome 4 yr old gelding the feed delivery guy was getting, and wanted to buy him for retraining as a pony, but they refused, saying the trainer could get in trouble if the horse was found back working at the track, after he had been reported sold off the track. I tried contacting C.A.N.T.E.R., mid atlantic chapter, and they did not respond. it seems no one cares. I recently have come across a new website,, which seems to be making good progress in human and animal interest controversies, contacting the government and state legislatures and such, I signed a few petitions, but I tried to make a case about this subject, and my computer decided it would’nt work for that site. so if anyone cares to start a petition, we can all start signing it, and try to stop this senseless killing of our noble, kindly friends. CAN ANYONE HEAR ME? AGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH……………

    1. Mary Johnson · ·

      Taryn, yes, I know the person you are talking about. He has a feed store and he is an owner at Mountaineer, but he isn’t a trainer. However, I disagree about he higher ups not knowing what is going on. I think they know very well what is going on, but they don’t care. This situation with Deputy Broad has shown me that the TB racing industry is sinister and corrupt. For Rosemary Williams, the Director of Racing at Mountaineer, to tell me that there is no documentation that Mountaineer horses go to slaugher is beyond belief. She also proudly told me that she works closely with CANTER. I went on CANTER’s website and there are approximately 15 horses listed at Mountaineer out of 900 horses, so don’t expect to hear back from CANTER. In their defense, there are thousands of horses looking for a good home so it is virtually impossible to help all of the low level horses. On top of everything else, you have the Danny Bird’s of the world who lie to cover their tracks. There are some things happening behind the scenes and I have to keep it confidential, but, rest assured, I will NEVER forget Deputy Broad and all the other horses who have gone before him and who will go after him. If you want to start a petition, I’ll be the first to sign it.
      Mary Johnson

      1. kmarker · ·

        i’ll sign it too

      2. Mary,
        The racetrack has no control over what trainers decide to use CANTER to list horses. That is the trainer/owner only. We put up flyers to show people they can have free help but we can not make them call. Most of the listings that I take are form trainers who I’ve helped in the past. They are regulars. I also get listings by word of mouth. Since I am not based on the track, I probably get less listed than if I were running off of it rather than on the farm. The other volunteer who takes more listings is a licensed trainer on the track so more people call her. The third is pretty busy with her kids and summer activities…..but we are not exactly overrun with horses to list. I’m not really sure how to increase the number of listings….but you can’t blame the track for trainers not calling.
        Again I really wish people would not lump ALL trainers and owners into the same category. There are many, many racetrackers who try to do their part. They DO care. They are severely overshadowed by those who have no heart.

    2. Taryn, Who did you contact at CANTER? There are only 3 of us taking listings at MNR. All three of us are very good about passing info to each other should we need to follow up with a trainer about a listing. I heard nothing of your request. Unfortunately MNR is kind of “out of the way” of the other Mid Atlantic tracks so we are in our own world down here. We have no way of taking in horses for the program because so many are donated from the other MA tracks that the farms MA uses are always full.

      1. sybil miller · ·

        no one should blame CANTER or any other rescue or person for what happened to Deputy Broad, with one exception: his owner. even as his owner, Danny Bird, was sending him down the slaughter pipeline, a few people where trying to track him. they were simply too late. Bird made NO EFFORT to give this horse any chance at all. NONE. in this one case (which of course is repeated daily at our racetracks, we just don’t hear about it) — in this one case, the responsible party is known and it is Danny Bird. those who helped make this happen — the middle men, kill buyer, racetrack management, and so on, would have none of Deputy Broad’s blood on their hands if his owner had done the right thing to begin with. unfortunately, we do have a system that is too willing, too many times, to look the other way, and too often even assist owners like Bird in eliminating their inconvenient horses. i do not think that everyone is to blame, it was one of Deputy Broad’s previous trainers that was initially concerned about him. but it is also clear that the industry needs to step it up and expose and eliminate people like Mr. Bird. we need to acknowledge those in the industry who do the right thing, who stop racing a horse before it’s used up, who work to give it a second chance, and who oppose slaughter as the easy answer to their “problem”, and we need to expose those who don’t. RIP Deputy Broad.

  40. L Hart · ·

    Same sad story. Run the shit out of it and kick it to the curb when it can’t produce. After all this time, those in charge still don’t get it. The tracks do not enforce their sad ass anti slaughter policies because they don’t want to. There are people from the top of racing to the bottom that don’t give a shit about a horse that no longer makes money. Racing is already on life suppport and the more stories such as Deputy Broads are uncovered the more turned off the public will become. Because those in charge choose to turn a blind eye to scumbags like Danny Bird, the respectable people in racing will continue to suffer as well as the horses. Danny Bird sure sounds confident that there will be no consequences for his cruel and unethical behavior; I wonder why? He may be surprised someday that his time has come.

  41. Concerned TB owner and horse racing Fan. · ·

    There is another trainer and horse killer in the OH/MI area..
    Reid Gross…..
    He needs to be stopped also.

    1. Mary Johnson · ·

      Yes, I know Reid. His wife, Elaine, admitted to a reporter in California that they send their horses to slaughter. I volunteered for 3 years for CANTER-Ohio at Beulah Park and another resident kill buyer, Edward J. Harvey, operates openly on the backside, but, at Beulah Park, it is business as usual.
      Mary Johnson

    2. Reid Gross has been a ass all his life and he will die that way! No one likes him…

  42. sybil miller · ·

    I am looking for photos of Deputy BROAD if anyone has one….

    1. Deputy Broad only won 3 races, 2 at MNR 1 at Woodbine. You should be able to get a win composite photo for one of his races (usually 3 panels). From the track photographer. Go to Equibase, get the date, race number, program number, and and contact them.

      Michael Burns is the photographer at Woodbine and is easy to deal with and pleasant.
      He can be reached at 416-679-9889 or via Email at

      I’ve never had the occasion to buy from MNR photographer, but I have heard you call the track (on a racing evening) ask for the photographer, leave message. Some numbers to try:
      1-800-80-40-HOT! (1-800-804-0468)
      304-387-2400, 304-387-8000
      (Ethel Riser may or may not be the track photographer. She took the photo in the BH of
      Concord Point in the 2010 West Virginia Derby.) It’s a start.
      I doubt you’ll find many others floating around.

      1. sybil miller · ·

        Thanks very much, Donald! I had the number for Michael Burns, haven’t reached him yet, thanks very much for his email address, and thanks for the info on MNR’s photographer. I’ll try that, too. I think you are right, those will be the only photos of him. I’ve watched his race replays on Equibase, he was a sorry horse on his last race, really labored the entire time.

  43. Anthony A. Stabile · ·

    This is dispickable ! I am a trainer at Penn National, and we have the same problem here. Some horses fall thruogh the cracks and wind up in a slaughterhouse. It is up to us horseman to start helping police this problem, and protect our “Children ” as I call all my horses. we make our living off these magnificant animals, and owe it to them to keep them from harms way. I hate to say this, but I think it may be time for some ” Wild West” justice when dealing with these kill buyers. That is gonna be my method of dealing with them, and I don’t care who knows. I’ll ask questions and accept my fate later.

    1. Not that I “condone” violence… but Anthony, good for YOU.
      I have to wonder how often people actually confront these kill buyers.

      I’d also have to recommend caution. You have to assume someone willing to do that as a living has gotta be a coldhearted, sick sonofabitch.

    2. kmarker · ·

      People on the inside need to help shine the light on this, thank you Anthony and be careful.

    3. Awesome Anthony!

  44. Samantha Lemna · ·

    My horse’s grandsire is also Deputy Minister. That really touches home. That’s why I will never sell my boy (even though he’s now an accomplished hunter/jumper). You never know what can happen.

    This is the main reason why I hate the horse/racing industry. Anyone who just can dispose of a horse (especially because it is losing) without even giving it a chance is disgusting in my books. No one can take responsibility it seems.

    I have photos of Deputy Minister (I got a little confused… is that who you want photographs of?). Just some side shots and a head shot. He looks incredibly like my horse, even though my guy is his grandson.

  45. Leslie Fechtmann · ·

    If there was no longer a demand for horse meat; problem would be on a lot smaller scale. The humans who think this practise is okay need to have their heads and hearts examined….case in point…top chef in canada serving roasted foal? Seriously!!! Bad enough they are used in animal food…but for humans to consume them is absolutely disgusting and the reason this is a HUGE problem….and the subhuman who sent the horse to slaughter…may God have mercy on his soul…and justice be served.

  46. […] Deputy Broad owned and trained by Danny Bird last raced at Mountaineer July 11, 2011. Less than 48 hours after running what would be his last race where he placed last, Bird had arranged for this Florida bred 2005 son of Deputy Commander to be taken directly to Ohio kill buyer Fred Bauer. Bauer confirmed that the horse was sent to the Richelieu Meats slaughterhouse in a load on Monday July 18th. Richelieu confirmed the load arrived on Tuesday Jul … Read More […]

  47. I know unfortunatly. I know only a few restaurants in Quebec serve it. They consider their province seperate from Canda UNTIL they need something. There has to be a way to stop the trucks going into Canada. Flatten their tires, put the wrong petrol in their tank anything, Stand guard at the borders. That part would be easier to do for Mexico as there are too many border crossings into Canada. We have to work against the Canadian governemt to get them to stop their so-called billion dollar industry. I know my Dusty ended up in one of these plants 33 years ago. How horrid his last moment must have been and he had never ever done anything wrong. I just had a dad that at that time didn’t think animals had feelings and they were basically material. I still mourn his loss 33 almost 34 years later as I was 15 at the time. I loved away from home a week after 16 because of what he had done, He has changed now and is 84 but then he was a different man. That day when he saw what it did ti me it tore him apart and his ees finally opened.

    1. kmarker · ·

      I am so sorry that you lost Dusty. I actually had a similar experience, and I still mourn that loss as well. I was about 12. My dad is now ninety-one, and joins me in opposing horse slaughter and all that goes with it. RIP all the lost horses….

  48. sybil miller · ·

    @Shari — he was bred in Florida, raced in Canada and the U.S. Sold to an Ohio-based kill buyer who is very well known, and supplied the Canadian slaughterhouse Richelieu. Horses in North America are slaughtered in both Canada and Mexico. It isn’t enough to ban slaughterhouses in one country, they are shipped to another. The banning of transportation of horses across borders for slaughter is a key piece to solving this. Diners in Canada and Europe need to stop eating horse meat and shut down the demand. We are all ashamed and we all need to work together to bring a real and meaningful change — we banned horse slaughter in the U.S., and it just moved to Canada and Mexico. I would be surprised if a Mexican ban would be successful, so we need to stop the TRANSPORTATION piece and the demand at the restaurants. Stopping horse racing won’t solve the problem — only 10% of the horses sent to slaughter are thoroughbreds. The rest are other breeds — mustangs, quarterhorses, draft horses, you name it.

    1. Mary Johnson · ·

      Sybil, thank you for standing up for Deputy Broad on this public forum. I know we communicate privately as well, but you have been a lifesaver. Your support means the world to me.

      1. kmarker · ·

        in it for the long haul 🙂 every day when i see my tb, luckily only raced seven times and retired by an owner and trainer who gave a damn, i think of Deputy Broad and the 10,000 others like him that will die this year. over-raced, and lousy owners….caught in a lousy system they have no say in whatsoever. i love it when people say that “horses want a job to do.” mine would be very happy if his “job description” was eat, sleep and stand for grooming (he does like his grooming!) anything beyond that is my idea, not his! they trust US, and we must not betray that trust, it is too precious. RIP Deputy Broad.

      2. sybil miller · ·

        ok, i see my reply to mary posted under my old username again, which was kmarker. sorry! kmarker is sybil miller.

  49. Mary Adkins- Matthews · ·

    Would you be involved in a club that abused children? Would it be okay to continue to to support the club even if you weren’ t the one abusing the children? Would it be okay to protect the club and defend it and place all the blame on the members that abused the children and yet allow them to stay in the club? If you think of it in that way, you realize fast that unless changes are made in the horse racing industry, no one involved is innocent. From the people that place the bets, the people that work at the ticket booths, to the trainers, owners and jockeys. They are all guilty and part of an industry that they know allow horses to be abused, neglected and sent to slaughter when they are no longer able to be used.

    The current policies at tracks simply do NOT work, and they were not put in place with intentions for them to work! In the end, you can’t really blame the trainers and owners when the racing industry itself does absolutely NOTHING to protect the horses involved in the sport. You will AWAYS have people out there that are NOT going to care or do the right thing. It is up to the industry to MAKE SURE they do. At some point we are going to have to hold ALL people involved in this sport accountable for the atrocities that go on from abuse to negelct to slaughter. As a horse racing fan, it has taken me a painful minute to realize these facts. It HAS to be changed or I am sorry but ALL involved are 100% accountable for the slaughter that goes on in this sport.

    I still have HOPE because of the people that I know that are involved in this industry that do the right thing and try to help. But I have very little hope when I am seeing thoroughbreds being sent off practically every week. At some point it will not be enough and if changes are not made (AND FAST) then even those that would never hurt a horse and only do right by the horses are just as guilty as the ones that don’t.!

    Of course saying this will upset and get a rise out of some people.. and do you know why? One simple word.. SHAME!

    1. Monica · ·

      While we’re making broad, sweeping accusations of guilt……
      I’ve seen some horrendous video footage from hidden cameras located in day care facilities. I’ve heard stories of children being abused, neglected, threatened, and even killed by day care workers who were lazy and uncaring at best and psychopaths at worst. There have been magazine-type TV show segments with this as the topic. And…. who knows how much goes on behind the scenes at day care facilities every day that never makes the news or how many kids are threatened into silence and even their parents never know what they suffer. Soooooo, based on your assumption, everyone who leaves their kids in day care, works at at day care facilities or even sells supplies or services to day care centers is guilty of supporting an industry that abuses children, correct? The thousands of day care facilities that care for the children responsibly and with conscience and kindness are “just as guilty as the ones that don’t.!” Day care is a shameful industry and should be abolished. Right?

      Geez…….. talk about judging everyone by the lowest standards!

      1. Mary Adkins- Matthews · ·

        @Monica..I never mentioned daycare.. that was not my point at all, you totally missed it. Sorry!

      2. Monica · ·

        @Mary No YOU totally missed MY point-
        Let me try to make it more clear- Virtually ALL industries have a “dark side”. As a society we generally do not hold everyone involved in that industry accountable for the conduct of the “bad guys”. We do not speak of abolishing the entire industry bc some percentage of that industry is corrupt. I used day care as an example and you obviously didn’t see the correlation. I could list dozens of industries that have a largely hidden “dark side”– every bit as disgusting as horse racing’s part in slaughter. Here’s a biggie: Pharmaceuticals! Are you aware that for decades major pharmaceutical have been able to sweep under the rug the results of testing that shows a drug to be dangerous? Instead they push the drug on to the the market, make billions (or trillions), and when the lawsuits start coming in they pull the drug, pay off the injured parties and call it a day. They’ve made their huge profit and the persons whose lives are ruined are considered “collateral damage”. Would you say this is as despicable as race horses being sneaked off to slaughter? It’s dead humans vs dead horses. Now, do you buy prescription drugs? Then would you consider yourself and everyone else who takes prescription meds to be guilty of supporting this corruption? How about the guy who sells lab coats to Merck? Would you (in your words) “hold ALL people involved in this [industry] accountable for the atrocities that go on”?
        It is narrow-minded and self-defeating to take the stand that you do. One of placing blame on every last person in the industry. We don’t do that with other industries that have a faction of corruption within. To say that those who work in a ticket booth at a race track are accountable for slaughter is the same as saying that the valets who park cars at government buildings in Wash., DC are accountable for the corruption in the government.
        I disagree with this statement of yours: “the racing industry itself does absolutely NOTHING to protect the horses involved in the sport” and would cite just one example that I am familiar with:
        Slaughter is merely a “symptom” if you will, of the “disease” which is human consumption of horse meat. I say, get to the ROOT of the problem which is the selling of or serving of horse meat for food. Remove THAT industry from the equation! No people eating horse meat = no reason to slaughter horses, ANY horses! Plain and simple. Even if you had ZERO race horses going to slaughter, as long as persons legally ate horse meat, you would have slaughter. They would just get the horses from some where else. If you think about it, if the demand remained the same and the supply was lessened bc no race horses were available at slaughter, you may even see horses being stolen from private owners and taken off to slaughter, bc the lessened supply would drive the price up as horse meat would be a hard-to-find delicacy. My point here is that the root of the problem needs to be addressed or horse slaughter will continue………with or without former race horses being part of it.

    2. You hit the nail on the head Mary Adkins- Matthews.

      1. Mary Johnson · ·

        All industries do have a dark side, but that isn’t a reason to accept the atrocities that occur in the racing industry. I am a proud member of the non-racing public and I do what I can to help these horses at the end of their careers. I am calling on the pro-racing enthusiasts to do their part because they are the ones that are part of this horror story.

    3. Jacqueline Cassavoy · ·

      I don’t eat any animal products now because of the horrors of the slaughterhouses. It is not a good way to end for any animal. I used to work with the racehorses and just like anywhere, there are very good people and very bad people. Lets close all slaughterhouses (even for chickens and turkeys) period.

  50. Pam Nunn · ·

    Boycott Mountaineer Park!!!

  51. Okay, just read he was sent to Canada. What the heck is wrong with people???? This is why I prefer animals over people!!! Canada should have abolished orse slaughter as well when the US did. Some peace filled country. I am ashamed to be Canadian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  52. If he was sent to a kill buyer in Ohio, does that mean he was killed in Ohio? Thought the States didn’t do that???

    1. twelvedogs · ·
      Here you go , Shari-read up!!!

  53. john hallett · ·

    this is a horrible story and if mountineer wont answer questions i guarantee if the spca called them then they would into it.i race harness horses and although there are bad people in the world everywhere,dont condem horse trainers as a horses and most of any i know are treated better than most peoples kids.when someone is found out not doing the right thing whether thru abuse or feeding correctly everyone at the track bans together to rid them of this plague

    1. Thank you for your post John Hallett.

  54. Ingrid Mattsson · ·

    This is sadly going to go on until horse racing is stopped. People also has to be informed about the meat they are eating and the har it can do them. This is another strong argument for people who don´t care about animals!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. This will go on until horse slaughter is stopped.
      If there was no horse slaughter, the racing industry would have to stop breeding so indiscriminately. They would also have to find other alternatives to culls, and what happens to the horses they’ve used up.

      Right now, it’s just too easy for them (still!) to just dump at slaughter.

      1. kmarker · ·

        and please do remember all the horses sent to slaughter from the Amish farms, and the quarterhorses, mustangs, and all the rest. In fact, the American Quarter Horse Association is PRO slaughter. It is discussed in detail on their website. There are well over five million registered quarter horses since the registry began. By comparison, there are about one million listed on the thoroughbred pedigree database. The slaughter option is being used by the racing industry for sure, and it is being kept alive in part by the AQHA, helped by the AVMA. it is a vast ocean and a bloody red one. The thoroughbreds, being beautiful and fast, are leading an enormous herd. Remember one, and remember all – RIP Deputy Broad.

      2. sybil miller · ·

        sorry, it is my comment here about the quarter horses, etc. it did not post with my correct name, but with an old username instead. my apologies.

  55. The Owner/Trainer is a low life piece of garbage. Maybe with luck a similar fate will happen to him

    RIP Deputy Broad

  56. Yeah, some real high-quality people in racing, on both sides of the border. Slaughter ’em, or send ’em to the chuckwagons races! Same diff.

  57. A ongoing black eye for the racing industry! Just by Birds comments on Deputy Broad,he could care less where the horse went.

    There is another trainer/owner,he made comments on a recent article concerning USA horses going to slaughter.He buys many weekely at the Shipsy auction and probably collects TB’s to send direct . He gets granted trainers or owners licenecses at Thisledowns,Mt Pleasant Meadows,Presque Isle year after year! Animals Angels has documented reports on him and his opperation.(Roping J Ranch). If he does not run his horses under his name as trainer,he puts them in another trainers name and runs them under Samaron Stables as owner.

    He ships weekly to Richleu ,Here is a documented KB’er and he still gets away running TB’s!

    Here is a good start to bring to light what happens to racehorses!

    1. twelvedogs · ·

      Jaron Gold-aka Frenchie. He has a representative at every little horse auction in Michigan looking for horses to send off to slaughter. Holds a trainers license (unbelievable!) and breaks transportation laws on a regular basis. Would I ever love to shut him down!

  58. […] Bauer confirmed that the horse was sent to the Richelieu Meats slaughterhouse in a load on Monday July 18th. Richelieu confirmed the load arrived on Tuesday July 19th and that he had been “processed”. … … Read the original post: The Sad Fall of a Racehorse | Canadian Horse Defence Coalition's Blog […]

  59. Mary Johnson · ·

    I am the person who initially found out about the situation with Deputy Broad. I had a conversation with his former trainer on July 20th and she informed me that she felt Deputy Broad was in danger of being sent to slaughter. Danny R. Bird, Deputy’s trainer, had told her that this horse didn’t deserve a home. Little did I know at the time, but the 20th was the day that Deputy Broad was processed at the Canadian slaughter plant. Mountaineer has a no horse to slaughter policy just as many of the other tracks do, but, of course, it is a joke. Horses now go underground and kill buyers operate openly on the backside of these tracks. Fred Bauer told me when I spoke to him on the 21st that he hadn’t purchased any TB’s coming from the track at Sugarceek the week before. That tells a powerful story of these horses being sent direct to slaughter. They don’t even have a chance of possibly being purchased privately at the auction because they simply aren’t there. Confidential sources have now given me names of two major kill buyers at Mountaineer. One is a major player and one is a minor player, and racing people, believe it or not, are coming out of the woodwork in support of Deputy Broad. However, Mountaineer is now into damage control. I have spoken to Rosemary Williams twice and she told me that Bird sold Deputy Broad to Bob Lee. Bob Lee is in financial difficulty and had already been banned from Mountaineer for failure to take a drug test. Bob Lee simply didn’t have the money to buy Deputy from Bird so I personally believe that this is a cover up. Why Willliams and her colleagues would believe Bird is truly amazing. Bird is banned from racing in Ohio and hasn’t held an Ohio license since 2005. However, he races in Ohio under his girlfriend’s name, Cynthia Bailey. I have contacted the Ohio Racing Commission and they are looking into this matter. I can only hope they will do the right thing and ban Bailey from the Ohio tracks, as well. Usually, when a trainer has been banned from racing in one state, the other states practice reciprocity, but who knows with Mountaineer. Also, when I asked Rosemary Williams if she knew that Mountaineer horses were slaughtered, she said she had no documentation. I then asked her if she remembered the story about No Day Off. She said that she didn’t remember anything about that HBO documentary hosted by Bryant Gumbel. Williams is either incredibly stupid or she is a liar. I suspect it is the latter. If anyone wants to contact me privately, please feel free to do so.
    Mary Johnson

    1. Mary Adkins- Matthews · ·

      I find it increditble that Rosemary Williams said she didn’t recall the story about No Day off since just last year she talked to Dave Johnson about this situation and the HBO special. In fact he talked about it on his program Down the Stretch which is on every Saturday XM radio

      1. Mary Johnson · ·

        Mary, Rosemary Williams is a liar, plain and simple. It is because of the No Day Off documentary that Mountaineer instituted their no slaughter policy, which, of course, is a joke.
        Mary Johnson

    2. Of course, he has a girlfriend. WTF is wrong with these women, you really can’t find ANYONE better to date than a horse-slaughtering psychopath?

      Typical story though, a nice, big, pretty horse that could have found a good home but no one even tried. Just kill them, it’s easy and profitable. This is why slaughter MUST be made illegal…it keeps every bottom-feeding lowlife involved in the horse industry. If you had to be responsible, those people would switch trades in a hurry.

  60. sybil miller · ·

    @ Linda — this lovely story took place in the United States — he was raced in Canada originally, then ended up in W. Virginia at Mountaineer. Over his short life, he had six owners. It was his last one that sent him back to Canada, but to the slaughterhouse, not the racetrack. Richelieu is the slaughterhouse he was sent to; they supply restaurants in Canada, Europe and Japan. The restaurant La Palette (in Toronto) lists “Quack ‘n’ Track” on their menu, alongside “Hay roasted Horse.” It is truly disgusting from all angles. Please remember Deputy Broad and the 10,000 discarded racehorses sent to slaughter this year from the U.S. alone.

    1. The ONLY area in Canada they serve horse meat was four restaurants in QUEBEC. No other restaurants in Canada serve it. The fourth one in Quebec stopped serving it. Now to shut down the other three as soon as I find out who they are.
      Some of the horses that come off the track are in okay shape. Most are started at 6 months of age doing heavy running workouts on one of those things that go round and round. The ones that generally come off the track end up with bad lag and knee problems, chips bones etc because they are started too young. To me any horse should not be ridden until it is at least 2 when their bones are more solid and properly developed. They end up with hip and shoulder problems and back problems too and do NOT live as long as a normal TB. They are born to suffer to these ignorant people that only care about how much they can make off of them. Jackasses!!!

      1. It is my understanding that there is one restaurant in Winnipeg and one in BC somewhere that serve horse meat. I’m sure there are more. They just do it “quietly”.

      2. Honestly iCAN’T SEE IT IN Alberta as they are big time horse people but then again, they do have that Calgary Stampede. And how many horses and calves weere hurt or killed this year there? I think it is sick either way and horse meat should not be a dinner. That is just gross and sick. My horses are all rescues and I have made plans and have money set aside in my life insurance to ensre all my animals safety and to live out their lives and not anything happen to them. Being I have had 4 kids and now 9 grandchildren, I know the way my kids are and they will make sure not a thing happens to any of them. I don’t understand why the vets at these rodeos and even at the track are not charged> Here in Canada, if a vet does not report abuse or cruelty, they lose their license and get a HUGE fine. The never practise again as a vet. But on goes these stupid rodeos and races and the fact these horses are so young and the vets know this, they should be charged just as much as the owner should be. If it was their dog or cat they would want it put down nicely so what is the difference and horses have their shots in them (mine all do) including Strangles which is intranasal and I have had to use Bute on all mine at one time or another. Whether they have tripped in the field or from playing and swollen, I USE BUTE! I wouldn’t want to eat it that’s for darn sure. Not to mention the Strangles vaccine is able to blind humans and is toxic and can kill us. Oh yum??? Mine get all their shots every single year. Just like my kids had to. They are my kids now and act better than they did too. Would I send one to slaughter? HELL NO!!!! I’ve seen what they do there and mine when their time comes from old age will be put down properly and hopefully with me hilding them. They are also going to get cremated seperatly and mixed with my ashes when I am gone and when the last one passes, we will be scattered in a favorite spot of mine.
        For that race horse to put out and put out since he was probably around six months old then to be shot or have a captive bolt used on him makes me want to go see his owner with either a 22 or a captive bolt and see how he likes it. If the used the bolt, the horse laid there for minimum 30 seconds in agony as it takes that long to hit the brain and then take affect. A gun normally misses the target and I doubt they stood there and found the exact area which is the center point between the ears and eyes. Where the lines cross is where they have to do it. I am so sick and tired of thesepeople taking horses and other animals for granted like they are throw away trash and not living,feeling, loving, bleeding,pleasing creatures that were put here to show us horrible humans the beauty of this world. No natives ever hurt their horses as they needed them. The only time such a thing happened in history was when they had no food and children and such were dying from starvation and cold. Noone here in Canada or France or whatever is dying like that except the underdeveloped countries but they don’t get it. It goes on plates for the rich and famous idiots!!!!!!!!! Would they eat their dog or cat? Aside from China. No. So why eat a horse? Leave them be and I will fight to the death for the horses and any other abused animal. Animals are a luxury to have and as far as I am concerned, they own us not visa versa. They depend on people and this is what a bunch of asses do to them? GRRRRRRRRRRRrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr, I get so damn angry at those people and just want to do to them what they have done to the animal(s). Oooooooooo I want to scream!!!! This has GOT to stop one way or the other!

      3. I don’t know of any who start a colt at 6 months of age. They are not even able run a race tell they are two. Most horses on the tract are very well taken care of and a lot of trainer them selfs will retrain a horse that can’t run to Poney or to be a trail horse so that it can have a new start with a new home. Lots of dressage horses from the tract.

      4. julie craib · ·

        No!….Look up The restaurant La Palette (in Toronto) I just did, and it advertises horse in various dishes on its menu. Unbelievably, horribly wrong. Also, served with duck pate. Terrible way to treat a bird, as well!!!!

  61. Cindi · ·

    I encourage anyone else out there to contact Mountaineer and share the name Danny Bird with any and all race fans you may know. I will be certain to write to Mountaineer with this information this piece of shit should be barred from training or working with any animal forever. Lock ’em up while they are at it. Disgusting.

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  63. julie corwin · ·

    I am sick an heartbroken over this tragic story. So the creepy fella that said he would take care of anybody who approached him about this, I would love to spend five minutes with you ALONE!

    1. Mary Johnson · ·

      Yes, Julie, Bird told me when I talked with him on the phone that he would “take care of” anyone that came after him for breaking the law at Mountaineer. I told him that I was ready for him. He isn’t well respected at Mountaineer and he is obviously part of the slaughter pipeline, but this whole situation is much more sinister than meets the eye.

    2. Yeah, I agree with you 100% would love to have him in a dark alley somewhere !!! This story is just heartbreaking!!

  64. linda redman · ·

    I am not in Canada so I can’t really help. Can’t someone track this trainer down and file a complaint with the racing commission or whatever authority handles race track management.

    This is simply a disgrace. Obviously the horse was young and fit and could have been adopted out. Looks like the trainer didn’t want to spend another cent to be humane to this racehorse.

    People in Canada please pursue this and make your voices heard.


    1. Mountaineer is a racetrack in the United States where most of the slaughter horses come from.

      1. sybil miller · ·

        hi juan, they come from LOTS of tracks. LOTS of them, if not ALL. there is a total of 100,000 U.S. horses sent to slaughter each year; 10,000 are ex-racehorses. that means there is a huge supply line in place, with many kill buyers, many auctions, many tracks, and tens of thousands of owners who do not care. all about two things: convenience and money.

    2. sybil miller · ·

      hi linda, where are you? if in the U.S., you can help, there is a bill now in committee to ban slaughter and transport to slaughter. And the AVMA is taking comments through August on whether or not it’s possible to humanely slaughter a horse or other equine (i assure you, it is not possible). you can find information on these at this website, with links for comments. see also this page

  65. The trainer and owner are pieces of shit and should not be allowed to race a horse anymore!

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