Through a FOIA request to the Maryland Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks in 2019 (previous ones here.) Please note that in the wake of Santa Anita, Maryland began releasing much more detail. Because those details – and the words of the vets – are so powerful (and damning), I will post these in installments so as to give each death its proper due. Please share.
Portulaca, Sep 21, Laurel R
“severe/displaced MCIII fracture”
This was Portulaca’s first race.
Shes Not Not Fast, Nov 2, Laurel T
“severe open/compound fracture with avulsion [cartilage torn from the bone] of the RF fetlock joint”
Loudon’s Song, Nov 7, Laurel T
“collapsed and died, aortic rupture; stomach: large erythematous [red] ulcer”
Loudon’s Song was just three years old.
Polite Pearl, Nov 7, Pimlico T
“RF leg fracture; subcutaneous hemorrhage on [both] sides of the cannon bone; blood and foam were coming from the nostrils; severe bruising over the right eye, right side of poll and neck and right side of head; right hock showing some degenerative joint disease; left hock showing some degenerative joint disease; LF fetlock showed advanced cartilage erosion/bone cyst; stomach had gastric ulcers present”
This poor, abused animal was just seven years old.