Through a FOIA request to the Arizona Dept. of Gaming, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks thus far this year. (I am posting in installments.)
Last Gifted Eagle, Jan 5, Turf R
“[Multiple] complete pelvic and vertebral fractures with bone exposure and spinal canal hemorrhage.” Also: “chronic ulcerative gastritis.” Then this: “marked chronic osteoarthrosis of the right intercarpal joint [which] may have caused [him] to shift more weight to the hind end, which predisposed to the pelvic injuries.”
Last Gifted Eagle was just two years old; this was his first ever race.
Kat’s Hitman, Jan 12, Turf R
“Severe acute transverse and comminuted fractures of lateral and medial proximal
sesamoids with tendon tear and intraarticular, intramuscular, and subcutaneous hemorrhage.” Also: “osteoarthritis [both front limbs]; chronic gastric ulceration.”
Kat’s Hitman was five years old.
Rail Hugger, Jan 22, Turf S
“Horse was examined Friday, diagnosed with cellulitis. Saturday, horse had a fever. Sunday morning horse was found dead in its stall.” Also: “chronic ulcers.”
Rail Hugger was five years old.
Drama Diva, Jan 25, Turf S
“Horse was found dead in its stall in morning. It had been fine the night before, no signs of illness. There was some blood noted on the gate, the side panel of the stall and below the nose of the horse on the ground.” Cause: “Fatal coagulopathy that resulted in multisystemic hemorrhage affecting the respiratory tract most severely.”
Drama Diva was just two years old.
Graze Stone, Jan 25, Turf T
“Horse got loose, jumped the rail, fell into a drainage ditch and was trapped: blunt-force trauma, brain hemorrhage, pulmonary hemorrhage.”
Graze Stone was two years old.