Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have obtained the following details on 4 of that state’s 64 kills last year (previous ones here).
Resurrected Noble, Jun 17, Golden Gate S
“Severe cellulitis of RH limb of 10 days duration, with two perforated skin ulcers. Laminitis of the LH hoof, [with] severe rotation of the distal phalange, tip pressing the sole.” Then this: “This horse has a history of chronic dorsal metacarpal disease [and had] shock wave treatment of both metacarpals on May 27.” Resurrected Noble was just three years old. Now go back and re-read his death.
Cheap Cheap Cheap, Jun 24, Pleasanton R
“[Multiple] complete, comminuted fractures; [multiple] tears; severe soft-tissue hemorrhages.” Also: “marked palmar osteochondral disease; severe stomach ulcers.” Cheap Cheap Cheap was just five years old.
Action for Autism, Jul 2, Pleasanton R
“Catastrophic breakdown – multiple displaced, comminuted fractures.” Action for Autism was just three years old.
Apollitical Jet, Oct 30, Los Alamitos R
“Jogged back and unsaddled – collapsed and died. Most likely, acute heart failure.” Apollitical Jet was just two years old – an equine babe. “Acute heart failure.”