Through a FOIA request to the Oregon Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks in 2021. Please note, Grants Pass is the only commercial track left in Oregon; it ran 34 full days last year. (There were also about a dozen days of fair racing.) That said, the lack of stall deaths and but one training death is, in the literal sense of the word, incredible. (The FOIA came with this: “Our senior state vet confirmed that we had no in-stall deaths.”) In short, it is my firm position that the five kills below were not the only ones in the state of Oregon last year.
Miss Mozart, May 11, Grants Pass R – “comminuted fractures with disarticulation”
Miss Mozart was five years old and under the whip for the 12th time.
Whiskeygetmefriskey, May 17, Grants Pass T – “open tibia fracture”
Whiskeygetmefriskey was three years old.
Loosin My Lover, Jun 28, Grants Pass R – “broken thoracic vertebrae”
Loosin My Lover was five years old and under the whip for the 23rd time.
Ez Moveslikejagger, Jul 5, Grants Pass R – “fractured scapula”
Ez Moveslikejagger was three years old and under the whip for the very first time.
Sr Mighty Leader Jet, Jul 17, Crooked River R – “fractured humerus”
Sr Mighty Leader Jet was seven years old and under the whip for the 16th time.