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.)
This Famous Dream, Jan 28, Turf R
“Comminuted fractures of both RF sesamoids, tendon tear, ligament rupture.”
This Famous Dream was three years old.
Class Proof, Jan 28, Turf R
“LF: compound cannon fracture, shattered into many fragments, bone protruding. First race since [coming] off Vet’s List Jan 3 for grade 3/5 RF [other leg] lameness.”
Class Proof was four years old.
Golden Rachel, Feb 4, Turf R
“Horse reared and flipped backwards: [multiple] spine fractures with severing of the cord and hemorrhage within the spinal canal.” Also: “[multiple] rib fractures.”
Golden Rachel was two years old.
Master Ruler, Feb 5, Rillito R (euth Feb 12)
“Ran Sunday and won, then body/muscle sore and acutely colicky.” Ultimate cause of death: “severe pleuropneumonia with pulmonary abscesses and likely early sepsis.” Also: “chronic osteoarthrosis; chronic ulcerative gastritis; hepatitis.”
Master Ruler was seven years old.
Swamp Souffle, Feb 7, Turf S
“Horse was lame after race Dec 27. Euthanized Feb 7 for severe laminitis with severe coffin bone rotation and sole abscess.” Also: “severe, chronic ulcerative gastritis.”
Swamp Souffle was six years old.