Through a FOIA request to the Colorado Dept. of Revenue, I have confirmed the following kills at Arapahoe Park in 2022. (I will be posting in installments.) The report, by the way, came with this comment: “Gastric ulceration is common in performance horses with a multifactorial etiology including nutrition, environment, and stress.”
My Money Is Good, Jun 14, training
“Complete, displaced, severely comminuted, open [through skin] fracture of the cannon bone.” My Money Is Good was two years old and being prepped for his first race.
Swanky, Jul 18, training
“The left carpus has fractured bone protruding from the limb and is completely separated [and] lacking ligamentous or tendon attachments. P1, 2 and 3 remain attached to the protruding metacarpal bone by a thin strand of soft tissue/skin.” Also: “chronic stomach erosions.” Swanky was seven years old.
Root Toot Tootie, Jul 22, training
“Sudden death, cause not determined.” Also: “end-stage renal disease, both kidneys.” Root Toot Tootie was just four years old.
Our Buddy, Jul 27, training
“Multiple comminuted, displaced skull fractures; extensive hemorrhage.” Our Buddy was two years old and being prepped for his first race.
Unlawful Assembly, Aug 7, stall
“Cranial dorsal displacement with focal left ventral colon perforation.” Unlawful Assembly was five years old.
Strawfly Eagle, Aug 30, racing
“High-speed trauma: open, displaced fractures, left carpus and right fetlock [that’s two broken legs]; complete rupture of suspensory ligament and complete loss of supporting structures; all intra- and peri-articular supporting structures were severed.” Also: “chronic gastric ulcerations.” Strawfly Eagle was just three years old.