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.)
Nomadess, Mar 30, Los Alamitos T
“Pulled up galloping, dropped dead.” Nomadess was just two years old.
Call Sign Lucky, Apr 3, Los Alamitos T
“A 3-year-old Thoroughbred euthanized following a history of hitting the outside rail – open, highly comminuted, complete, displaced fracture.” Also: “metacarpal and osteochondral disease, [both] forelimbs.” Call Sign Lucky was just two years old.
Steamy, Apr 30, Los Alamitos R (euthanized May 4)
“Quarterhorse euthanized following history of being unable to rise – catastrophic lumbar fracture with significant compression of the spinal cord.” Also: “Focal abscessation and regionally extensive suppurative bronchopneumonia in the left lung.” Steamy was just three years old.
Agamemnon, May 31, Santa Anita R
“Biaxial comminuted fractures of right proximal sesamoid bones, complete rupture of suspensory ligament’s medial branch, bilateral rupture of collateral ligament of fetlock joint, and complete rupture of superficial and deep digital flexor tendons.” Then this: “Bilateral degenerative changes in radiocarpal joints. Described changes in both fetlocks are consistent with bilateral repetitive overuse injury.” And: “chronic gastric erosions/ulcers.” Agamemnon was just four years old.
Meet At Dudley’s, Jun 9, Santa Anita T
“Left forelimb: comminuted, complete, displaced humeral fracture; massive hemorrhage affecting soft tissues extending from the shoulder to the proximal antebrachium. Right forelimb: complete fracture of the accessory carpal bone; moderate to severe hemorrhage of the radiocarpal ligament.” That’s both front limbs. And, of course: “stomach: multiple ulcers.” Meet At Dudley’s was just three years old.