With U.S. Racing barely operational, they still can’t help but kill:

Yesterday, in the 6th at Tampa Bay (Florida, unsurprisingly, is one of the handful of holdout states), Tizaprincessa was, says Equibase, “vanned off the course” – “vanned off,” I can confirm, to her death. She was five. Saturday, Enchanting Eva, also five, broke and died while training at Golden Gate. Last Thursday, it was Royal Callan Rocks, training at Los Alamitos. He was two. Same track, two days prior, The Cullinan Dream perished from “other” (the CHRB didn’t specify) causes. He, too, was but two.

The NYS Gaming Commission has disclosed the death of Peter’s Project at Belmont Wednesday: “colic, worsened throughout day…euthanasia.” This long-suffering horse was ten years old and had been put to the whip 61 times, most recently at Aqueduct in March. Just another sad, miserable life, and death. This, still, is horseracing.

The final batch of 2019 California kills, from my FOIA request to the CHRB.

Ought to Be Wanted, Oct 5, Fresno R – “[multiple] fractures, severe cartilage loss”

Into a Hot Spot, Dec 14, Los Alamitos R – “collapsed, sudden death” (four years old)

Mighty Elijah, Dec 14, Los Alamitos R – “comminuted fracture, severe rupture”

Truest Reward, Dec 26, Santa Anita T – “comminuted, complete fracture; massive hemorrhage; muscles severely torn”

Saddle Club, Dec 28, Los Alamitos R – “[multiple] fractures and ruptures”

The final batch of 2019 California kills, from my FOIA request to the CHRB.

unidentified 3-year-old, Nov 5, Los Alamitos T – “fracture, rupture, massive hemorrhage”

Ghost Street, Nov 10, Del Mar R – “[multiple] fractures and ruptures”; stomach: “multiple chronic ulcers” (three years old)

Prayer Warrior, Nov 10, Del Mar R – “compound, comminuted fracture; rupture”; stomach: “multiple chronic ulcers” (three years old)

Slewgoodtobetrue, Nov 17, Del Mar T – “the horse suddenly became weak in the hind leg, then wobbly, then went down and expired”

unidentified 5-year-old, Nov 17, Los Alamitos S – “severe colic”

Koa, Nov 30, Del Mar T – “catastrophic breakdown of left front fetlock”

unidentified 2-year-old, Dec 2, San Luis Rey S – “found dead in stall at 3 am – possible cardiac failure”