Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have obtained the following details on some of that state’s kills this year.
Dylans Wild Cat, Feb 3, Santa Anita T
“Catastrophic right humeral fracture with ruptures of [multiple] muscles; blood in the airways and stomach.” Also: “degenerative joint disease of both front fetlocks and elbows; severe [stomach] ulceration.” Dylans Wild Cat was three years old.
Bet On Mookie, Feb 17, San Luis Rey T
“Catastrophic left humeral fracture with ruptures of [multiple] muscles.” Also: “severe metacarpal disease [both front limbs].” Bet On Mookie was three years old.
Ballet Royalty, Mar 12, Los Alamitos R
“Ran race, was being unsaddled when it collapsed and died: cardiac failure; severe, acute pulmonary hemorrhage; abundant red frothy fluid in nasal cavities, trachea, and bronchi.” Also: “several chronic stomach ulcers.” Ballet Royalty was five years old.
Fastidious, Mar 19, Los Alamitos R
“Horse locked up during race, fell, could not rise: catastrophic lumbar fracture [multiple vertebrae] with massive subdural hemorrhage and significant spinal cord compression; multiple variably-shaped fragments within spinal canal; high degree of comminution, many small fragments missing.” Fastidious was three years old.
Stolen Lives, Mar 20, Los Alamitos R
“Catastrophic pastern breakdown with: complete luxation of the joint with proximal phalanx entirely protruding through the skin; severe, complete rupture of [multiple – too many to count] ligaments.” Also: “degenerative joint disease of both carpi; multifocal gastric ulceration.” Stolen Lives was four years old.