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.
Royally Command, Apr 17, Santa Anita R
“Catastrophic breakdown: open, comminuted fracture; severe, complete ruptures.” Also: “osteochondral disease, both forelimbs; severe gastric ulceration.” Royally Command was four years old.
Pray for My Owner, May 13, Santa Anita R
“Horse collapsed during race near finish line, fell awkwardly, head bent back under body – sudden death.” Pray for My Owner was four years old.
Proof of Love, Jun 25, Cal Expo T
“Catastrophic breakdown: [multiple] fractures, [multiple] ligament/tendon tears, severe hemorrhages.” Also: “osteochondral disease.” Proof of Love was three years old.
Megameister, Jul 23, Sacramento R
“Suffered a catastrophic injury: [multiple] comminuted [six pieces, three pieces] fractures, ligament rupture, severe hemorrhages.” Megameister was five years old.