Through a FOIA request to the Colorado Dept. of Revenue, I have confirmed the following kills at Arapahoe Park in 2022 (this is part 2; part 1 here). 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.”
Iza Lightning D Capo, Jul 25, racing
“Shoulder fracture – severe, acute, complete, comminuted – just past wire.” Iza Lightning D Capo was three years old, and this was his very first race.
Days of Glory, Aug 29, racing
“[Multiple] fractures and complete breakdown of the suspensory apparatus of the left forelimb.” Also: “chronic gastric ulcerations.” Days of Glory was six years old.
I Walk Alone, Sep 5, racing
“Severely comminuted fracture of the scapula with abundant intramuscular hemorrhage.” I Walk Alone was four years old, and this was his very first race.
Decker, Sep 26, stall
“Laminitis with rotation and crushed dermal tissue.” Also: “previously repaired slab fracture.” Decker was just two years old and coming off his first race.
Gold Label, Oct 3, racing
“[Multiple] comminuted fetlock fractures.” Also: “chronic stomach ulcer.” Gold Label was seven years old.