Through a FOIA request to the Maryland Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks thus far this year.
Goldbar, Jan 14, Laurel T
“The horse was tacked in his barn in anticipation of training. The horse collapsed but was able to stand again. The horse collapsed a second time [and had a] seizure. The horse’s membranes then turned dark red. Blood poured from the horse’s nose following euthanasia. Suspected thorax trauma.”
Goldbar was three years old.
Utterly Courageous, Mar 5, Laurel T (euth Mar 29)
“The horse broke down at the top of the stretch: comminuted, displaced sesamoid fracture. After several weeks of treatment in her stall, it was decided to euthanize.”
Dr. Daniel (commission vet): “It would seem that her treatment was spotty with several missed days of treatment for pain. Ultimately, [she] developed laminitis in [opposite foot].”
Utterly Courageous was four years old.
Forth, Mar 25, Laurel R
“Approaching the 1/4 pole, the horse collapsed to the dirt: compound, comminuted, displaced fracture of cannon – euthanized on the track.”
Forth (below) was four years old.
Notion Street, Apr 8, Laurel T
“Jockey noticed something was not right and pulled up the horse: [multiple] fractures.” Also: “The right eye and lip are missing from rat predation while awaiting necropsy.”
Notion Street was three years old.
Golden Pegasus, Apr 20, Laurel R
“After passing the 3/8 pole, the horse broke down: multiple fractures, tremendous soft-tissue damage, euthanized on the track.” Also: “The degenerative joint disease that is present in the fetlock joints is common in a racehorse this age.” What was his age? Four.
Jockey William Humphrey: “I heard a loud crack and the horse broke down.”