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).
Night Girl, Jul 20, Del Mar T
“Collapsed following half-mile workout – sudden death, cause undetermined.” Night Girl was just two years old and being prepped for her first race.
Rapacious, Jul 26, Los Alamitos T
“Several displaced vertebral fractures with exposure of the spinal cord, [multiple] rib fractures, extensive hemorrhages, complete bilateral hind paralysis.” Rapacious was also just two years old, and he, too, was being prepped for his first race.
Smokin Hot Fire, Jul 30, Los Alamitos R
“Fell past wire: bilateral carpal breakdown with [multiple] fractures and [multiple] ruptures [in each].” Again, both front legs. Smokin Hot Fire was also just two years old.
Munny One, Jul 31, Del Mar T
“During training, horse appeared tied up, distressed, and shocky. Attending vet administered IV fluids, NSAIDS, muscle relaxants, and DMSO. Horse urinated red-colored urine. Following treatment, horse became more unstable and died spontaneously – cause not determined.” Munny One was also just two years old.