Details from the Kentucky Racing Commission on two more of the Churchill 12.
Lost in Limbo, killed May 26: “This horse suffered a catastrophic injury to LF fetlock – severe tearing of connective tissues; complete rupture of sesamoidian ligaments; avulsion fractures of both sesamoids.” And (of course): “chronic stomach ulceration.”
A reminder of how it looked…
Kimberley Dream, killed May 27: “This mare pulled up near the 1/8th pole with an injury to the LF fetlock – avulsion fracture of sesamoid; distal sesamoidian ligaments ruptured; severe tearing and marked fraying.”
Kimberley was seven, and this was her 61st time under the whip. In the five races that immediately preceded her death race, Kimberley finished a combined 130 lengths back. 130 – or 26 per race. Her primary abuser, owner/trainer Freddie Winston, told the Commission that “he had plans to breed the mare after her retirement, and had already made inquiries regarding a stallion.” Apparently, he just had to squeeze a few more racing bucks out of her long-beaten body first, and he killed her in the process. (In her penultimate race, May 14 – yes, less than two weeks earlier – Kimberley “won” over a thousand dollars for Winston despite finishing 7th of 8, 19 lengths back.)
This is horseracing.