Through a FOIA request to the Arizona Dept. of Gaming, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks in 2021 (this is part 3; part 1 here; part 2 here). (Not all necropsies were in yet, hence the lack of detail on some deaths; I will follow up.)
Florida Two Step, Oct 28, Turf T
“This horse was training when it [it, not he] pulled up lame – severe, acute, extensive, compound fracture with comminuted fracture of P1, avulsion of metacarpus, oblique fracture of medial sesamoid, and hemorrhage.” Also: “The stomach ulcerations and small intestine hemorrhage are suspected to be secondary to stress and can be common findings in racing horses.” Florida Two Step was five years old.
My Proposition, Oct 29, Turf T
“This horse worked three furlongs; as it [it, not she] was galloping out, it became lame on the right front leg – acute, complete humeral fracture. Humeral fractures occur in racing animals as catastrophic failure or accumulation of stress and microfractures.” Also: “The gastric hyperemia and hemorrhage with ulcers in the non-glandular region and along the margo plicatus of the stomach are consistent with equine gastric ulcer syndrome. EGUS is common in racehorses.” My Proposition was two years old.
Cats Blame, Nov 9, Turf R
“The horse was pulled up at beginning of turn – severe, acute sesamoid fractures. Proximal sesamoid fractures may carry an occurrence rate as high as 41.5% in racing Thoroughbreds. Approximately 80% of all forelimb proximal sesamoid fractures are, as in this case, biaxial (both the lateral and medial sesamoid bones are fractured). Racing puts excessive force on suspensory ligament attachments to the proximal aspect of these bones, and creates the condition of fetlock joint hyperextension, predisposing this location to injury.” This was Cats Blame’s 50th time under the whip.
Ambers Storm, Nov 10, Turf S
Half Cocked, Nov 30, Turf R
“At the 5/16 pole, the horse pulled up lame – severe, acute avulsion fracture. The left metacarpophalangeal joint is disarticulated with bone exposure and hemorrhage in the surrounding soft tissue. Based off the pulmonary hemorrhage seen throughout the respiratory tract, this horse likely experienced exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage, which is a common finding in racehorses.” Also: “There was evidence of gastric ulceration. This is a common finding in racehorses, and it can be related to diet, exercise, or stress.” Half Cocked was three years old.
Wasjuannowpaul, Dec 6, Turf S
Naughty Swagger, Dec 14, Turf R
“Just past the wire, it [it, not she] collapsed and fell. Examination found the horse deceased. There is a complete fracture of the second cervical vertebrae, with exposure of the spinal cord, which is partially severed. Osteoarthritic changes of the forelimbs, with the most severe osseous changes found in the left front fetlock joint, may have led to the described slowing and collapse of the patient at the end of the race.” Naughty Swagger was six years old.
Originate, Dec 17, Turf T
“[multiple] fractures” (two years old)
Midnight in Maui, Dec 20, Turf S
Alleyesfollowbelle, Dec 27, Turf T
Tazeeti, Dec 27, Turf T
“flipped – head injury” (two years old)
Midnight Luck, Dec 29, Turf R