Through a FOIA request to the Colorado Department of Revenue, I have confirmed the following kills at Arapahoe Park in 2018. Please note, however, that no training deaths were forwarded, which can only mean one thing: trainers/owners are not required to disclose those. So, this list should be seen as (significantly) incomplete.
Selway, June 1, Arapahoe R
Dauns First Desirio, June 10, Arapahoe R (died at hospital next day)
“heatstroke – renal failure”
Dominance Period, July 1, Arapahoe R
Preachers Money, July 7, Arapahoe R
Gins and Giggles, July 7, Arapahoe R
Black Gargola, July 27, Arapahoe R
Mobiledixie, August 11, Arapahoe R
In addition, these still-very-much-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry craftily calls “non-racing” causes. Technically true, perhaps, but morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.
Cougar Cowboy, June 29, Arapahoe
“colic, nephrosplenic entrapment – euthanized”
Titfortat, July 4, Arapahoe
“pleuritis, sick for two-plus weeks – euthanized” (last raced in June)