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).
Cayton Kid, Apr 26, Santa Anita T
“Catastrophic fetlock breakdown: [multiple] open, comminuted fractures; [multiple] severe, complete ruptures.” Also: “biaxial palmar osteochondral disease; gastric ulcers.” Cayton Kid was just four years old.
One More Fly, Jul 16, Los Alamitos T
“Fell – catastrophic lumbar fracture with spinal cord compression.” One More Fly was two years old and being prepped for her debut.
yet-to-be-named 1-year-old, Aug 15, Pleasanton S
“Horse crashed through a fence: catastrophic fractures of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th metacarpal bones with transection of the suspensory and lateral intercarpal ligaments and carporadial tendon; all fractures were open, complete, and comminuted – multiple fragments missing.” Again, one year old.
Mia Solina, Sep 4, Golden Gate R
“Catastrophic injury to fetlock: [multiple] complete fractures, [multiple] ligament tears.” Also: “osteochondral disease; cartilage erosion.” Mia Solina was six years old.