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).
No Ice Cream, Oct 6, Santa Anita T
“Horse died spontaneously following workout: extensive hemorrhages involving all components of both lungs.” Also: “multifocal chronic stomach ulcers.” No Ice Cream was just three years old.
Decline to Rule, Oct 20, Los Alamitos T
“Horse flipped over in gate – head trauma followed by significant epistaxis [bleeding from nostrils], dilated pupils, and labored breathing. [Multiple] catastrophic skull fractures. Severe, regionally extensive hemorrhage and tearing of the dura mater [membrane around brain].” Decline to Rule was just two years old.
Heaven’s Music, Oct 21, Santa Anita R
“Catastrophic complex fetlock breakdown: [multiple] open, comminuted, complete, displaced fractures; [multiple] complete ligament ruptures; completely torn flexor tendon.” Also: “pre-existing subchondral necrotic and sclerotic bone with focal severe erosion of the superficial cartilage in both PS bones; palmar osteochondral disease in both condyles of the MC3; gastric ulceration.” Heaven’s Music was just three years old.
Beautiful Lavender, Dec 6, Golden Gate S
“Euthanized after six days of fever and significant weight loss: severe, diffuse aortic endocarditis – the three leaflets of the aortic valve, with the right leaflet being the most severe, are diffusely thickened by the accumulation of a light yellow to gray, friable vegetation; multiple septic joints.” Beautiful Lavender was just two years old.