Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have obtained the following details on 2021 kills. (I have been posting in installments.)
Noodles, May 22, Los Alamitos S
“2-year-old Thoroughbred with a history of being found dead in his stall – necrotizing bronchointerstitial pneumonia.” Noodles, again just two, had not yet been raced.
Registrant, Jun 12, Los Alamitos R
“After unsaddling, horse appeared to weaken, staggered, fell, seized and died – likely acute heart failure. The anterior chamber of both eyes was severely hemorrhagic; hemorrhage [in] lungs [and] stomach.” Registrant was three years old.
Pushing Sixty, Jun 13, Santa Anita R
“Horse broke down during race – LF P1 fracture, comminuted; complete rupture of sesamoidean ligament. Horse has history of LF P1 fracture repair [with] metal implant.” And, of course, “multifocal gastric ulcers.” Pushing Sixty was four years old.
Uncle Boogie, Jun 27, Santa Anita T
“Catastrophic humeral fracture with partial rupture of brachialis, biceps, and teres minor muscles; severe hemorrhage.” And, of course, “multifocal gastric ulceration.”
Needless to Say, Jul 18, Del Mar T
“Sudden spontaneous death, cause undetermined.” Also: “multifocal moderate-to-severe ulcers [in] stomach.” Needless to Say was three years old.
Luca’s Ride, Oct 17, Los Alamitos R
“Fell during race, died on impact – complete, displaced cranial neck fracture with compression of spinal cord and tearing and hemorrhage of surrounding tissues.” And, of course: “gastric ulceration.” Luca’s Ride was four years old.
Set the Tone, Nov 3, Del Mar T
“Horse ran into pole – severe laceration of right shoulder, loss of function of the entire limb, [and] open, comminuted fracture of the right frontal bone [head].” And, of course: “severe gastric ulceration.” Set the Tone was two years old.
Barbwire, Nov 20, San Luis Rey T (euthanized Nov 21)
“Highly comminuted, complete, displaced P1 fracture; transported for [surgery] – euthanized on table due to poor prognosis. Additional findings include bilateral dorsal metacarpal disease and palmar osteochondral disease.” Barbwire was three years old.
Conchita, Nov 28, Los Alamitos R
“Fell during race unable to rise – catastrophic lumbar fracture [with] multiple variably-shaped fragments within spinal canal accompanied by massive hemorrhage and complete transection of the spinal cord [and] complete separation of major and minor muscles from the lumbar vertebrae.” Conchita was two years old.
Not This World, Nov 28, Los Alamitos R (same race as above) (euthanized Dec 1)
“Locked up, down, unable to rise – lumbar fracture [with] multiple variably-shaped fragments within spinal canal, which together with displacement of the cranial fracture produced massive hemorrhage and significant spinal cord compression.” And, of course, “multifocal gastric ulcers.” Not This World was two years old.