Through a FOIA request to the Arizona Dept. of Gaming, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks thus far this year. (I will be posting in installments.)

Ms Michelle, Feb 9, Turf R – “[multiple] fractures, severe hemorrhage”
also: “chronic degenerative joint disease; chronic gastric ulcerations”
Ms Michelle was three years old.

Kodiak King, Feb 16, Turf R – “scapula fractured into four pieces”
also: “multiple purple gastric ulcers”
Kodiak King was seven years old.

Supah Sista, Mar 4, Turf R – “numerous fractures, marked subcutaneous hemorrhage”
also: “severe degenerative joint disease; several areas of stomach ulceration”
Supah Sista was six years old.

Copper Peg, Mar 8, Turf T – “[multiple] fractures, [multiple] tendon lacerations”
also: “chronic degenerative joint disease; chronic-active ulcerative gastritis”
Copper Peg was five years old.

Distinguished, Mar 11, Turf T – “complete, comminuted neck fracture”
also: “multifocal gastric ulceration”
Distinguished was four years old.

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  1. Arizona consistently provides the most painfully obvious examples of how so-called “Horse Safety” measures simply DO NOT WORK. All three of Arizona’s desert dump tracks apparently work together each year to rival even freaking Camarero, in freaking Puerto Rico, in the dead racehorse department. Their revolving-door racing commissioners beat back questions of equine fatalities, obscene heat conditions, and outright animal ABUSE — Creative Plan, anyone? — the way we REAL horse lovers beat back the flies during these desert summers. Each month, they feature an ironically-titled “Safety Report,” in which a different horse-killing apologist hems and haws and obfuscates and rationalizes the previous month’s horror show (though Dr. Susan Gale has been stuck with this “reporting” job for the last few months, and conveniently “couldn’t be here” for their most recent meeting, about their “safest” death track: Arizona Downs — hence no “Safety Report” to address their Grand Meet Opening Bloodbath).

    Oh, and I can’t believe I actually had some hope that Arizona’s two newest commissioners — both smart, non-racing horsewomen with no apparent ties to this disgusting industry — would attempt to address their state’s horrific racing reputation, and at least try to temporarily shut this horse-killing shitshow down. Alas, so far at least, they seem to be just more of the same. (As all horse racing “regulators” know, there can never, ever be “too many” dead horses.)

  2. Horrific racehorse cruelty, abuse and inhumane treatment as the continuous Kill Lists show.
    As mentioned, the racehorses are running in extreme and excessive heat that not even a domestic pet is subjected to.
    In order to get on the commissions horse racing ensures that they will be apologists and loyalists to the business not to the welfare of racehorses.
    After all, they must carry on their tradition of killing and shielding this vile business from the usual venues that everybody else is subjected to.
    The commissioners are the moat around the castle of abuse that consistently and effectively provides their line of defense from the real world.
    Aside from the obvious vile operations are the environmental factors.
    Recently, I’ve been raising issues about the massive amount of water required to keep a racetrack going.
    A dirt track requires at least 4000 gallons after each race so that’s at least 30,000 gallons for the average race day at 1 track.
    Then there’s the massive amount of water required to bath the racehorses that is extraordinary because horses in a natural environment don’t require bathing every single day and rarely require bathing at all.
    I’m not at all suggesting that racehorses should not be bathed after having dirt all over their bodies and in their eyes, but I’m saying that this is an unnecessary gambling venue, in the least, that is a total waste of natural resources that are becoming more and more precious every day.
    Arizona is now at a Tier 2 severe water restriction level for all residents, but horse racing continues to be isolated from our animal cruelty laws and water restrictions.
    Horse racing is an antiquated business model that continues to exacerbate all that’s wrong including the very real environmental challenges facing communities across America.

    • Bonnie, I wonder the same thing. Every day that I read of these horrific injuries and deaths, I am made to feel more and more helpless, which is a feeling I fight daily, as we cannot give up. The fight needs to go on. But if legislators have been made aware, and the public has been made aware, where is the disconnect? I am simply baffled. This is 2022. Animal rights is an acknowledged and accepted movement. Strides have been made with elephants, whales, puppy mills, and so many more. WHY not race horses???? Where is everybody??

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