Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have obtained the following details on 2021 kills. (I will be posting in installments of five.)
Rustic Canyon, Feb 26, San Luis Rey T
“Horse was working 5/8 mile, collapsed, sudden death, spontaneously – significant hemorrhage both within the peritoneal cavity as well as multiple organs.” Also: “chronic gastric ulceration.” Rustic was but five years old.
Squeaky Cheeky, Feb 28, Santa Anita R
“Horse collapsed past wire during race – [multiple] open fractures, [multiple] complete ruptures.” Also: “[stomach] ulcers.” Squeaky was but three years old.
One Famous Prize, Mar 2, Los Alamitos T
“Fractures of the proximal sesamoid bones accompanied by complete rupture of medial branch and body of the suspensory ligament, and collateral ligaments of the fetlock joint.” And also this: “severe dorsal metacarpal disease, [both] front forelimbs [and] remarkable, severe gastric ulceration.” OFP was just two years old.
Surfside Sunset, Mar 5, Santa Anita S
“Rupture through major curvature [of stomach] with dissecting hemorrhage [after] history of colic over [several] days.” This poor, poor horse.
Squiggy, Mar 10, Golden Gate S
“Pony horse, worked in the morning…was untacked and when rider returned, pony was down in stall. Horse displayed acute neurological signs – recumbency, poor tail tone, paraphimosis.” Why? “Complete fracture of the lumbar vertebral column between L4-L5, spinal cord completely severed.” They then added this: “An exact cause of the fracture with severing of the spinal cord is not known but it is likely due to some sort of trauma.” Yes, I would imagine it was “some sort of trauma.” Vile.