Through a FOIA request to the Maryland Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks last year. Please note: Maryland provides the most detail in the nation. Therefore, I will post in installments so that each of these deaths can be fully appreciated (previous ones can be found here).
Bourbon Swing, Jul 28, Laurel R
“Broke down after the wire: fetlock completely dropped, both RF sesamoids fractured and displaced.” Also: “moderate-to-severe ulcers present in the stomach.”
Jockey Yan Aviles: “After crossing the wire, I could hear the bones breaking.”
Dr. Walsh (commission vet): “When I arrived on the scene, the fetlock was completely dropped to the ground. She was placed in a splint and vanned off for euthanasia.”
Dr. Daniel (commission vet): “I am somewhat surprised to see the degree of gastric ulceration in this horse.”
Bourbon Swing, below, was just four years old.
Candy Corner, Aug 26, Timonium R
“Broke down at approximately the 1/4 pole: [multiple] displaced fractures, severe ligament damage.” Also: “severe degenerative joint disease, all four limbs.”
Dr. Daniel: “I have examined this mare many times and am somewhat surprised at the degree of joint disease present.”
Again, Dr. Daniel is “somewhat surprised.” She shouldn’t be. Candy Corner was just five.
Hooky Player, Oct 21, Laurel R
“Broke down and fell right before the finish: extreme open fractures in RF cannon and RF fetlock – euthanized on track.” Also: “degenerative joint disease, all four limbs.”
Hooky Player, below, was just three years old.
Player Boy, Nov 4, Laurel T
“Broke down during morning training: complete fracture with fragmentation, marked hemorrhage, ligament and tendon damage.” Also: “The degenerative joint disease [here] is commonly seen in young racing horses.”
Player Boy was just two years old.