Ahead of my Illinois report, three of the more abhorrent cases there last year:
On Jul 20, Jack N John perished in his stall at Fairmount, the official cause: “multifocal hemorrhagic colitis and typhlitis.” Left unsaid in the FOIA documents was that this poor soul was 12 years old when he died and had been raced 94 times, most recently just 11 days before perishing. In that race, by the way, he finished last, 22+ lengths back, but still won $576 for his exploiters, Kevin Wilborn et al.
On Sep 24, 8-year-old Archiemyboy “pulled up” in a race at Hawthorne: “complete fetlock collapse: [multiple] comminuted fractures, ligament rupture.” The attending state vet said this: “The horse was pulled up with fetlock touching the ground. Palpation through the bandage gave the impression that both sesamoids had multiple fractures. When taken off track, there appeared to be fluid seeping through the bandages. The horse was humanely euthanized.”
“Fetlock touching the ground, multiple comminuted fractures, ligament rupture, fluid seeping” – and yet he wasn’t euthanized then and there?
Then this on 4-year-old Khozie’s Ghost at Hawthorne: “On Dec 9, horse reared up in gate, twisted around, and went over the back. The horse was hung up over the gate and struggled for a while until they were able to open the door. The horse was beat up but not showing any symptoms of back trauma until this morning [Dec 14]. The horse had swelling over the back, sat down, and was unable to get up – comminuted vertebral fracture, spinal cord compressed and lacerated. Euthanized.”
“Beat up, comminuted vertebral fracture, spinal cord compression” – she suffered like that for five days. I have no more words.