Ahead of filing my half-year FOIA report for Ohio tomorrow, I’ve decided to highlight these three in a standalone post:
From Mar 25 to Jun 5, 3-year-old Frontal Assault was raced four times. Racing-wise, he did not fare well: a combined 100.5 lengths back – an average of 25/race. Here is what the Commission says befell Frontal less than two weeks after his final race:
“This horse had a history of sporadic epistaxis – bleeding through both nostrils. He would occasionally bleed in stall. Radiographs [found] mass in sinus – possible undiagnosed tumor? On June 17, horse bled profusely in stall – blood all over. Horse was agonizing in shock and had [to be] euthanized.”
6-year-old Carina, says the Commission, “broke down” in a race at Mahoning Mar 28. She was reported as 4/5 lame and “vanned off.” The attending vet “suspected a femoral fracture and horse was shipped to farm.” From there, “horse deteriorated and was humanely euthanized on Apr 8.” Is that, folks, what we’re to call “humane euthanasia”? Made to suffer with a probable fracture – definite lameness – for 11 days?
Yamboree Queen was three when she ran her final race on New Year’s Day at Mahoning; she finished last, almost 20 lengths back. Four days later, well, I’ll let the Commission tell it: “Found in stall with severe colic this morning. A distended intestine prevented exam. Horse died while waiting for permission to euthanize.”
Need I say more?