Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have obtained the following information regarding racehorses killed at California tracks in 2019. Due to the volume, I will be posting incrementally.
Valencia Jqm, Sep 15, Los Alamitos R (euthanized Sep 20) – “catastrophic sacral fracture, extensive hemorrhages, muscle tearing; [subsequent] colic”
Yes, this horse was made to suffer for five days with a broken back.
Contratto, Sep 22, Los Alamitos R – “started to wig out at 5/10 pole, ran into outside rail and flipped over it – [at least eight] pelvic and vertebral fractures, rupture of pelvic diaphragm and rectus abdominis muscle”; “severe gastric ulceration”; “severe [ringworm] infestation”
“Started to wig out.”
pelvic and vertebral fractures
rupture of pelvic diaphragm and rectus abdominis muscle
severe gastric ulceration
severe [ringworm] infestation
Shes a Famous Royal, Oct 12, Los Alamitos R – “lethal fall due to lumbar fracture – broke neck and upper and lower jaw, skull fractures; severely comminuted vertebrae, multiple [bone] fragments within spinal canal accompanied by massive hemorrhage and complete transection of the spinal cord”
broke neck and upper and lower jaw
multiple [bone] fragments within spinal canal
complete transection of the spinal cord
Emtech, Sep 28, Santa Anita R – “catastrophic fetlock failure – [multiple] fractures and ruptures with displacement of the cannon bone through the lacerated skin”