Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have obtained the following details on some of that state’s kills this year.
Actuator, Jan 28, Santa Anita T
“Sudden death following a five-furlong workout – cause not evident [but] highly suggestive of acute heart failure.” Actuator was three years old. Acute heart failure.
yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, Feb 7, San Luis Rey T
“[Multiple] open [through skin], complete, comminuted fractures; ruptured tendon.” Also: “palmar osteochondral disease [both front limbs].” Again, two years old.
Big Talker, Feb 20, Santa Anita R
“Horse pulled up in stretch, collapsed, epistaxis [bleeding from nostrils], died spontaneously.” Big Talker was four years old.
Heza Valentine, Mar 6, Golden Gate S
“Yesterday (Mar 5) did ok at training, but movement was off. Today very ataxic, flipped over two times before loading. While unloading [at hospital] flipped over back, highly ataxic, went down. Euthanized.” Also: “complete fractures of the spinous processes with associated hemorrhages” (I’m guessing from all that flipping). Heza was four years old.