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.
Emma’s Dance, Jan 14, Golden Gate S
“Found dead in stall early this morning. The three previous days was being treated for acute inflammation and infection of tarsus. 102 fever and painful in LH limb.” Additional findings: “severe fibrinonecrotizing colitis; multifocal hemorrhages head, thorax, abdomen, diaphragm, [digestive tract].” Emma’s was four years old. That poor girl.
Lexcellent, Apr 8, Golden Gate S
“Cardiac arrest post-surgery.” Lexcellent was but two years old. No details on what that surgery was for. She had last been raced Feb 24.
Honor Our Fallen, May 21, Santa Anita S
“Found at 1:50 pm with signs of post-operative evisceration – eviscerated small intestine on ground, euthanized.” More detail: “There are 16 meters of small intestine coming out of the abdominal cavity through an orifice on the left inguinal area. From these eviscerated loops, one meter of small intestine is red, friable and has pieces of mesentery softly attached. The exposed intestine is covered by dirt. A section of 50 cm of the mesentery root is torn and detached from the intestine with bruises at the free edges.” Honor was just two years old; he was being prepped for his first race.