“Pulled Up, Collapsed, Epistaxis, Died Spontaneously”

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.

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  1. And “the surf meets the turf at ol’ Del Mar” coming soon…such a beautiful piece of land used this time of year (beginning July 29) for greed and animal abuse. The ‘big hat’ day and blah blah blah. I continue to share these posts so my friends on Insta know about the real story behind all the hyped up glitz and glamour. Disgusting

  2. There are so many things that bug me about equine slavery in racing. One of the many is that, if the horse exploiters don’t have several horses at the starting gate, they think the gamblers and other morons, won’t have an interest, if say, there are two horses at the starting gate.

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