Through a FOIA request to the New Jersey Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks thus far this year.
(Every report came with this: “Carcass Removed By M & S Pet Removal.” From “majestic athletes” to “carcasses.”)
Melanie’s Fran, Feb 6, Meadowlands R – “comminuted pastern fracture”
yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, May 7, Monmouth T – “fractured shoulder, severe and extensive hemorrhage”
Wishful, May 9, Monmouth S – “Found dead in stall this afternoon. A definitive cause of death for this mare was not apparent…. The subcutaneous hemorrhages were consistent with trauma related to peri-mortem collapse.” (six years old)
Incredible Shark, May 29, Meadowlands R – “severely comminuted and displaced skull fracture” (video here)
Bold Agenda, Jun 4, Monmouth T – “[multiple] fractures, [multiple] torn ligaments”
Now Tiz Time, Jun 6, Monmouth R – “fell in race: [multiple] fractures, [multiple] torn ligaments” – euthanized on track”