After several requests, I finally received documentation on Rillito Park’s dead from last year. The response, however, strains credibility – but two horses killed in a spring meet that spanned three months. That said, here they are:

6-year-old Praise a Native, February 14, Rillito 5

10-year-old Lisasfinishline, March 29, Rillito 5

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Through a FOIA request to the Arizona Department of Racing, I have confirmed the following kills at Turf Paradise in 2015. (Unless otherwise noted, fatal injury was a leg fracture of one kind or another.)

11-year-old Tejano Trouble, January 6, Turf 4
“fractured neck”

3-year-old Volage, January 13, Turf 6

3-year-old Hidden Angel, January 20, Turf 3

3-year-old Time for a J, January 27, Turf 2

7-year-old Cowtown Star, February 10, Turf 4

3-year-old Zen Zai Sun, February 10, Turf 4
“fractured shoulder”

5-year-old Ms PK Blue, February 16, Turf 2

3-year-old Dylbug, February 22, Turf 5

4-year-old Aerial Dancer, February 23, Turf 4

3-year-old Noble Metal, March 10, Turf, training

3-year-old Mizzo’s Gold, March 21, Turf, training
“heart attack”

3-year-old Mo’s a Wine Snob, April 14, Turf 5

5-year-old Dirty Diamond Jim, April 20, Turf 3

2-year-old Carson City Zip, October 4, Turf, training

3-year-old Shadow Mountain, October 9, Turf, training
“head trauma, neurologic”

3-year-old Gone Forever, October 14, Turf, training (being prepped for first race)

8-year-old Royal Looker, November 7, Turf 2

4-year-old Shakahari, November 9, Turf, training

Super Yacht, November 18, Turf, training

3-year-old Cinderella Lady, December 5, Turf, training

3-year-old Lucky Larry, December 6, Turf 1

3-year-old Red Phone, December 27, Turf 8
“complete disarticulation of fetlock – all supporting structures destroyed”

photo credit: The Guardian

In addition, the following still-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry calls “non-racing” causes. Technically true, perhaps, but on a moral level, these horses are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

9-year-old Start Time, February 2, Turf
“unknown – unable to rise” (was last raced one week prior)

3-year-old Canopus, March 26, Turf
“colic” (just raced two days prior)

2-year-old Yakima Wine, September 17, Turf
“suspected virus – high temp 105 & up for 2 days – resultant dehydration”

Sunday, September 25, Turf
“pleuropneumonia”

4-year-old Kakini, December 20, Turf
“pneumonia” (just raced five days prior)

Through an Arizona “Public Records Law” request, I have confirmed the following 45 deaths at Turf Paradise in 2014. Please note that while I also requested documentation on Rillito Park, to date I have not received.

4-year-old Honor Thy Wife, January 3, Turf 6 (euthanized January 6)

4-year-old Big Pancho’s Star, January 7, training
“spinal cord injury”

9-year-old Favorite Meeting, January 8, training
“fracture hind”

8-year-old Devils Afleet, January 8, Turf 3
“ruptured suspensory ligament and fracture sesamoids”

3-year-old Elite Boutique, January 11, Turf 5 (euthanized January 14)

4-year-old Horizonbound, January 21, Turf 8
“fracture shoulder”

7-year-old Irish Shortcut, January 26, Turf 1
“fracture fetlock”

4-year-old Gimmenosass, January 26, Turf 8
“fracture cannon”

4-year-old Special Sale, January 28
“infection in neck” (last raced January 3)

4-year-old Collective Concept, February 3
“spinal cord disease” (last raced January 22)

4-year-old Minotaur, February 4, Turf 1
“fracture fetlock”

4-year-old L G Jet, February 15, Turf 2
“fracture pelvis/lower spine”

4-year-old Play N Win, February 16, Turf 3
“fracture ligament”

5-year-old Gracias, February 17, Turf 2
“fracture fetlock”

5-year-old First Time John, March 1, Turf 2
“fracture sesamoid”

4-year-old Humble Suspect, March 9, training
“fracture sesamoid”

3-year-old Honor Spirit, March 12, Turf 6 (euthanized March 13)
“fracture”

3-year-old Hot Little Thang, March 17, Turf 1
“fracture fetlock”

Foxy Silvers Socks, March 18
“colic”

2-year-old Sportwagon, March 18
“tendon infection”

5-year-old Tapits Wildcat, March 26, Turf 8
“fracture sesamoid”

6-year-old Lewkacy, March 30, Turf 6
“fracture fetlock”

2-year-old Blondie La Jolla, April 6, Turf 2 (euthanized April 9)
“compound fracture both cannons”

5-year-old Bojax, April 21, Turf 2
“fracture shoulder”

3-year-old Genuine Windi Dash, April 23, Turf 2
“bled – died”

4-year-old Gadzooks, April 24, training
“fracture sesamoid”

5-year-old Rock U Up, April 26, Turf 6 (euthanized April 28)
“torn suspensory”

2-year-old Distorted Trick, September 15, training
“broken shoulder”

7-year-old Saturday in May, September 26, training
“fracture sesamoid/suspensory”

4-year-old La Tiela, October 9, training
“fracture bone and paralysis”

2-year-old Eyesa Feisty Dasher, October 16
“foundered”

10-year-old Yes Talk to Me, November 4, Turf 1
“probable aneurysm”

4-year-old Alydidit, November 5, training
“stifle injury”

2-year-old Pb El Chiltepin, November 23, Turf 1
“compound fracture of both fetlocks”

3-year-old Pull in Time, November 25, Turf 8
“compound fracture cannon bone”

3-year-old Verri Fast, November 28, training
“fracture shoulder”

4-year-old Whistle My Way, November 30, Turf 6
“heat stroke”

2-year-old Sweet Strider, December 3, Turf 1
“multiple fractures pastern”

3-year-old Jacaranda Cat, December 6, Turf 5
“compound condylar fracture”

3-year-old Be Remarkable, December 8, training
“fracture sesamoid”

Storming Dreams, December 9, training
“slab fracture”

3-year-old No Ice Castles, December 14, Turf 8
“ruptured suspensory and fractured sesamoids”

6-year-old F D Icy, December 20, training
“anaphylactic shock”

5-year-old La Mano Nera, December 28, training
“injured spinal cord”

3-year-old Moonlight Stroll, December 31, Turf 6
“ruptured ligament and fractured sesamoids”

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