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.)
Mizhipzletus, Feb 8, Turf S
“This horse was entered to race on Feb 8. It received IV Phenylbutazone morning of Feb 7. At about midnight, Dr Westermann was called because the horse was sweating profusely and had a fever of 102. Horse was treated with IV Banamine, but died several minutes later.” Also: “erosive to ulcerative gastroenteritis; lymphoplasmacytic hepatitis.”
Mizhipzletus was just three years old.
He’s a Candy Man, Feb 13, Turf R (euth Feb 20)
“Horse was pulled up lame in RF and vanned off. Radiographs showed [multiple] fractures.” Also: “severe, subacute, locally extensive, erosive arthritis [two limbs].”
He’s a Candy Man, just two, was made to suffer with multiple fractures for a week.
Juana Gallo, Feb 26, Turf R
“LF: compound fracture of cannon; comminuted fractures of both sesamoids; comminuted fractures of P1 and P2, with tearing of joint capsule and ligament; in addition, acute and chronic injuries to RF carpus and fetlock, as well as bilateral hind limb P1.” Also: “ulcerative and hemorrhagic gastritis.”
Juana Gallo was just two years old.
Mystical Image, Mar 1, Turf R
“Midway through turn, horse fell: comminuted scapular fracture involving the neck, ligaments frayed and hemorrhagic.” Also: “ulceration throughout squamous tissue.”
Mystical Image, below, was eight years old.
Starzan, Mar 1, Turf R
“Fell over fallen rival [above], landing on its back: [multiple] comminuted vertebral fractures; comminuted fracture of left scapular neck and proximal humerus, with associated hemorrhage.” Also: “osteoarthrosis [all four fetlocks]; chronic-active ulcers.”
Starzan was five years old, just approaching a horse’s natural age of maturity.