Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have obtained the following details on 6 of that state’s 64 kills last year (previous ones here).
Kazuhiko, Nov 11, Del Mar R
“Ataxia, sudden death on way back to barn after being pulled up during race: severe hemorrhages involving both lungs, abundant bloody froth in airways.” Also: “large numbers of hemosiderophages suggest previous bouts of pulmonary hemorrhage.” And, of course: “chronic ulcers/erosions in stomach.” Kazuhiko was five years old.
Coast of Roan, Nov 13, Del Mar R
“Horse became ataxic, collapsed and died spontaneously on main track: arterial rupture.” Also: “Horse had history of pulmonary hemorrhage during last start.” Coast was six years old.
Majestic Sam, Nov 19, Santa Anita T
“[Multiple] complete, displaced fractures; [multiple] ligament and tendon ruptures.” Also: “palmar osteochondral disease [both forelimbs]; stomach ulceration.” Majestic was just two years old and had yet to be raced.
yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, Nov 28, Golden Gate S
“Bilateral atrioventricular valvular dysplasia with congestive heart failure.” Again, so young she didn’t even have a name yet. Congestive heart failure.
Javelina Cantina, Dec 3, Los Alamitos R
“Collapsed while walking back to the barn post race and died – cause not apparent.” Also: “chronic stomach ulceration.” Javelina was five years old.
Sugar Girl, Dec 10, Los Alamitos R
“Horse unseated rider post parade, ran loose, flipped over outside rail, ran into barn area, and collapsed. Recumbent, agonal, died spontaneously: [multiple – at least nine] catastrophic rib fractures; [fractured bones caused] multiple tears in lung, heart, and diaphragm; severe hemothorax; several muscles ruptured.” Also: “multiple roundworms observed in intestine.” Sugar was just two; this was to be her first race.