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.)
Mark Whats Mine, Aug 12, Golden Gate S
“Horse was kicking stall walls and fractured left hind – open, comminuted, complete, displaced.” Also: “chronic ulcerative gastritis.” Mark Whats Mine was three years old.
Moonlite Promise, Aug 29, Del Mar T
“Catastrophic pelvic fracture – comminuted, complete, displaced. The observed swelling was a result of extensive hemorrhage that was caused by the displaced fracture fragment, which most likely severed an adjacent blood vessel.” Also: “gastric ulceration.” Moonlite Promise was three years old and being prepped for her first race.
Esperada, Sep 5, Golden Gate T
“[Multiple] open, comminuted, complete, displaced fractures [with] diffuse hemorrhage. Multiple small bony fragments embedded in the suspensory ligament, [with some] fragments missing.” Also: “moderate to severe dorsal metacarpal disease.” Esperada was two years old and had yet to be raced.
Honor Award, Sep 6, Del Mar R
“[Multiple] fractures, [multiple] ruptures.” Also: “gastric ulceration.” Honor Award was two years old, and this was his first race.