In the 7th at Golden Gate June 2, Alive and Well, says Equibase, “went wrong on the second turn and fell.” As regular readers of this site know, “went wrong” is almost always racing-speak for dead. But curiously, nothing was disclosed in the Stewards Minutes that week. In fact, the stewards there have not reported a training or racing death since January. Not one. This, of course, is quite literally unbelievable, especially with Golden Gate running continuously through the subsequent 4 1/2 months. So, I reached out to the California Horse Racing Board.
First, Alive and Well is nothing of the sort – the 4-year-old was indeed euthanized for a broken fetlock. The board added this in response to my other query: “While there is no statutory requirement for the stewards to include fatalities in their minutes, as a policy matter the CHRB does seek uniformity in the minutes throughout California, so this is an oversight that is being dealt with. You can expect to see fatalities in the Northern California minutes going forward.”
So how many more horses have died at the (other) Stronach California track this year? Stay tuned, as I have submitted a FOIA request.