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.)
Holdfast, Sep 16, Golden Gate T
“Horse went to track and backtracked; rider said horse fell off so he…took him off track; horse collapsed and died – cardiac death, chronic myocardial infarcts, presumptive coronary artery disease.” Holdfast was just five years old.
Left Alone, Sep 19, Golden Gate T
“The cause of death in this animal was exsanguination [she bled out]. Frank blood gushes out of the abdomen upon opening. The right kidney is completely encased in hemorrhage that extends down the retroperitoneal space and along the pelvis. Suspect aneurism with rupture.” Left Alone was six years old.
Galloping Slew, Nov 14, Golden Gate T
“catastrophic left tibial fracture”
“severe hemorrhage and tearing of musculature”
“multifocal ulcerative gastritis”
The report added this: “Young horses and older horses returning from a layup are at higher risk for tibial fractures due to the potential insufficient adaption of their skeletons to the expected performance.” Galloping Slew was four years old.
Ima Rumbler, Nov 16, Golden Gate T
“comminuted, complete, displaced humeral fracture”
Findings also included: “metacarpal disease, degenerative joint disease, osteochondral disease, and chronic/stress remodeling.” Ima Rumbler was just three years old – still an equine pubescent.
Inimitable, Nov 19, Golden Gate R
“open fractures in [both] forelimbs”
“[multiple] ruptures, [both forelimbs]”
“displacement of both cannon bones”
Inimitable was just two, and this was only his second race. Broke both front legs.