Through a FOIA request to the Virginia Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kill at Colonial Downs last year. Please note that in a first, I was denied the request based on state citizenship: “As a resident of the State of New York, the Virginia Freedom of Information Act does not entitle you to the requested information.” Yes, that’s right, although horseracing is an interstate business – horses, trainers, jockeys travel and race from coast to coast; Colonial takes bets on races held in other states; races at Colonial are bet on at tracks the country over; etc. – the commonwealth, in its infinite wisdom, believes that its dead horses are for Virginians’ eyes only. No matter, I simply had a Virginia-based activist file on my behalf.
Virginia Fable, Aug 10, Colonial R – “left femoral fracture”
(Colonial Downs is the lone Thoroughbred track in Virginia and ran only 16 days of live racing last year.)