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.)
Arson, Jul 18, Del Mar T
“Open, comminuted tibial fracture; severe hemorrhage and tearing of musculature and skin.” Also: “osteochondral disease in both hindlimbs; [previous] femoral fragments surgically removed; gastric ulceration.” Arson was two years old and being prepped for his first race.
Shesgotattitude, Aug 6, Del Mar R
“Horse flipped en route to Receiving Barn [prior to race] – nystgmus, recumbency, paddling, mucus membranes brick red, blood exuding from mouth and both ears. Basisphenoid and occipital bone fractures – complete, displaced, acute. Severe, diffuse hemorrhage surrounding tissues and compression and laceration of brain stem (from displaced bone fragments).” Shesgotattitude was just two years old.