“Sudden Death” Kill at Los Alamitos – 60th Dead Horse (That We Know About) in Cal This Year

Javelina Cantina, five, was killed in the 10th race at Los Alamitos Saturday – “sudden death,” says the CHRB. Again, she was but five years old. She becomes the 60th (admitted) victim in the Golden State this year (and at least the 15th “sudden death”):

Hygh I. Q., Jan 5, Golden Gate S – “sudden death” (three years old)
Better Tomorrow, Jan 7, Golden Gate R (euth Jan 15) – “multiple fractures/ruptures”
Big Fabuloso, Jan 8, Los Alamitos R – “significant spinal cord compression”
Hi Fidelity, Jan 14, Cal Expo S – “collapsed, seizures, head trauma”
Mugaritz, Jan 16, Golden Gate R – “multiple fractures and ruptures”
Dylans Wild Cat, Feb 3, Santa Anita T – “catastrophic fracture, [multiple] ruptures”
Bet On Mookie, Feb 17, San Luis Rey T – “catastrophic fracture, [multiple] ruptures”
Warren’s Showtime, Feb 26, Santa Anita T – “[multiple] open, comminuted fractures”
Ballet Royalty, Mar 12, Los Alamitos R – “collapsed – acute pulmonary hemorrhage”
Fastidious, Mar 19, Los Alamitos R – “catastrophic fracture, [multiple] vertebrae”
Stolen Lives, Mar 20, Los Alamitos R – “phalanx entirely protruding through the skin”
See You At Front, Mar 23, Los Alamitos T – “[multiple] open, comminuted fractures”
Royally Command, Apr 17, Santa Anita R – “open fracture, severe ruptures”
Scream and Shout, Apr 23, Los Alamitos R – “catastrophic fetlock breakdown”
Magnolia, Apr 25, Santa Anita T – “complete fracture, [multiple] ruptures”
Cayton Kid, Apr 26, Santa Anita T – “musculoskeletal”
Speedcuber, May 7, Santa Anita R (euth May 9) – “[multiple] fractures/ruptures”
Pray for My Owner, May 13, Santa Anita R – “collapsed, fell awkwardly – sudden death”
Barraza, May 14, Santa Anita T – “[multiple] open fractures, [multiple] ruptures”
Honey Doo, May 20, Golden Gate T – “catastrophic fracture, tearing of musculature”
Urban Dance, May 27, Los Alamitos S – “ran head first into barn at full gallop”
My Panache, May 29, Golden Gate R – “[multiple] skull fractures, bled out”
Desert Fog, May 30, Golden Gate R – “collapsed and died from exsanguination”
Hong Kong Cowboy, May 30, Golden Gate R – “[multiple] fractures/ruptures”
yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, May 31, Santa Anita T – “fracture, severe hemorrhage”
Silver Lyric, Jun 7, Golden Gate T – “sudden death” (four years old)
Untuckit, Jun 15, Los Alamitos S – “four-year-old found dead, cause undetermined”
Resurrected Noble, Jun 17, Golden Gate S – “laminitis” (three years old)
Cool Acclaim, Jun 19, Sacramento T – “[multiple] fractures, ligament rupture”
Cheap Cheap Cheap, Jun 24, Pleasanton R – “sesamoid fracture”
Proof of Love, Jun 25, Cal Expo T – “[multiple] fractures, [multiple] tears”
Action for Autism, Jul 2, Pleasanton R – “lost action”
One More Fly, Jul 16, Los Alamitos T – “musculoskeletal” (two years old)
Night Girl, Jul 20, Del Mar T – “sudden death” (two years old)
Megameister, Jul 23, Sacramento R – “[multiple] comminuted [9 pieces] fractures”
Rapacious, Jul 26, Los Alamitos T – “accident”
Smokin Hot Fire, Jul 30, Los Alamitos R – “fell past wire”
Munny One, Jul 31, Del Mar T – “sudden death” (two years old)
Show Your Cards, Aug 3, Del Mar T – “catastrophic fracture”
yet-to-be-named 1-year-old, Aug 15, Pleasanton S – “accident”
Little Princess, Aug 16, Los Alamitos S – “flipped – extensive hemorrhaging in skull”
Miss Sugar Hill, Aug 18, Del Mar T – “sudden death” (three years old)
Mia Solina, Sep 4, Golden Gate R – “pulled up, vanned off, [euthanized]”
Echosmith, Sep 18, Santa Anita T – “musculoskeletal”
Invictatatus, Sep 27, Los Alamitos S – “sudden death” (was trained three days prior)
Johneedwnthestreet, Oct 1, Golden Gate S – “neurological” (three years old)
No Ice Cream, Oct 6, Santa Anita T – “sudden death” (three years old)
Decline to Rule, Oct 20, Los Alamitos T – “accident”
Heaven’s Music, Oct 21, Santa Anita R – “injured, vanned off, euthanized”
January Magic, Oct 27, Los Alamitos T – “musculoskeletal”
Apollitical Jet, Oct 30, Los Alamitos R – “sudden death” (two years old)
Kazuhiko, Nov 11, Del Mar R – “sudden death” (five years old)
Quirt, Nov 13, Del Mar S – “gastrointestinal”
Coast of Roan, Nov 13, Del Mar R – “sudden death” (six years old)
Dub Town, Nov 16, Golden Gate S – “colic”
Majestic Sam, Nov 19, Santa Anita T – “musculoskeletal”
Pistachio Princess, Nov 21, Los Alamitos T – “sudden death” (four years old)
Cyclone Slew, Nov 25, Golden Gate R – “musculoskeletal”
yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, Nov 28, Golden Gate T – “cardiovascular”
Javelina Cantina, Dec 3, Los Alamitos R – “sudden death”


  1. Los Al Horse Hell officials are by far the most secretive and defensive horse-killers in all of California racing. Since the CHRB officially started its (hyper-exclusionary) public death count, the other major tracks have had to get really creative in their approach to public and media relations. Not Los Alamitos, though…
    They’ll keep right on avoiding questions, refusing to give statements, and just generally expressing their complete disdain for those with any concerns whatsoever about horse welfare. That’s why every single news story about their many horse fatalities will feature some variation of the phrase, “Track officials could not be reached for comment.” (Which is just fine with the CHRB, of course; cuts their chances of having to publicly report dead horses when they don’t absolutely have to.)

  2. This depraved abuse and killing of horses in the State of California is nothing to be proud of at all, but that doesn’t stop the people who claim to be “horsemen and horsewomen” from bragging/boasting about how their industry “enriches the communities” and “provides jobs” even for the slaughterhouses in Mexico.
    How can anyone be so morally depraved?
    In this egregious cruelty to horses, it’s not the horses that really matter to these morally depraved people. It’s their culture to be horse-abusing, horse-doping killers of racehorses and to put some of the most vile, despicable, disgusting human beings on the planet in the Hall of Fame which is more accurately known as the Hall of SHAME!

  3. Well, where are the apologists defending the myriad of sudden deaths and catastrophic breakdowns, not to mention the hemorrhaging and exsanguination? And let’s not forget the poor horse that was so terrified out of his mind that he ran into the side of a barn at a full gallop, cause we all know horses just do that on a regular basis.

  4. Lots of horses just dropping dead; horses dying because of non specific “accidents”; horses bleeding to death and even running head on into a barn at full gallop…
    Hard to believe this is “legal” in 21st century America in the most progressive state.
    How can that be?!

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