Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have obtained the following details on 2021 kills. (I will be posting in installments of five.)

Nomadess, Mar 30, Los Alamitos T
“Pulled up galloping, dropped dead.” Nomadess was just two years old.

Call Sign Lucky, Apr 3, Los Alamitos T
“A 3-year-old Thoroughbred euthanized following a history of hitting the outside rail – open, highly comminuted, complete, displaced fracture.” Also: “metacarpal and osteochondral disease, [both] forelimbs.” Call Sign Lucky was just two years old.

Steamy, Apr 30, Los Alamitos R (euthanized May 4)
“Quarterhorse euthanized following history of being unable to rise – catastrophic lumbar fracture with significant compression of the spinal cord.” Also: “Focal abscessation and regionally extensive suppurative bronchopneumonia in the left lung.” Steamy was just three years old.

Agamemnon, May 31, Santa Anita R
“Biaxial comminuted fractures of right proximal sesamoid bones, complete rupture of suspensory ligament’s medial branch, bilateral rupture of collateral ligament of fetlock joint, and complete rupture of superficial and deep digital flexor tendons.” Then this: “Bilateral degenerative changes in radiocarpal joints. Described changes in both fetlocks are consistent with bilateral repetitive overuse injury.” And: “chronic gastric erosions/ulcers.” Agamemnon was just four years old.

Meet At Dudley’s, Jun 9, Santa Anita T
“Left forelimb: comminuted, complete, displaced humeral fracture; massive hemorrhage affecting soft tissues extending from the shoulder to the proximal antebrachium. Right forelimb: complete fracture of the accessory carpal bone; moderate to severe hemorrhage of the radiocarpal ligament.” That’s both front limbs. And, of course: “stomach: multiple ulcers.” Meet At Dudley’s was just three years old.

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Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have obtained the following details on 2021 kills. (I will be posting in installments of five.)

Rustic Canyon, Feb 26, San Luis Rey T
“Horse was working 5/8 mile, collapsed, sudden death, spontaneously – significant hemorrhage both within the peritoneal cavity as well as multiple organs.” Also: “chronic gastric ulceration.” Rustic was but five years old.

Squeaky Cheeky, Feb 28, Santa Anita R
“Horse collapsed past wire during race – [multiple] open fractures, [multiple] complete ruptures.” Also: “[stomach] ulcers.” Squeaky was but three years old.

One Famous Prize, Mar 2, Los Alamitos T
“Fractures of the proximal sesamoid bones accompanied by complete rupture of medial branch and body of the suspensory ligament, and collateral ligaments of the fetlock joint.” And also this: “severe dorsal metacarpal disease, [both] front forelimbs [and] remarkable, severe gastric ulceration.” OFP was just two years old.

Surfside Sunset, Mar 5, Santa Anita S
“Rupture through major curvature [of stomach] with dissecting hemorrhage [after] history of colic over [several] days.” This poor, poor horse.

Squiggy, Mar 10, Golden Gate S
“Pony horse, worked in the morning…was untacked and when rider returned, pony was down in stall. Horse displayed acute neurological signs – recumbency, poor tail tone, paraphimosis.” Why? “Complete fracture of the lumbar vertebral column between L4-L5, spinal cord completely severed.” They then added this: “An exact cause of the fracture with severing of the spinal cord is not known but it is likely due to some sort of trauma.” Yes, I would imagine it was “some sort of trauma.” Vile.

Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have obtained the following details on 2021 kills. (I will be posting in installments of five.)

Natural History, Feb 6, Santa Anita T
“[Multiple] open fractures accompanied by complete rupture of both branches of the suspensory ligament; changes in both fetlocks are consistent with bilateral repetitive overuse injury.”

“Repetitive overuse injury” is the incessant grinding of unformed bodies – NH was just three years old – I speak of when arguing the inevitability of dead racehorses.

Black Badge, Feb 8, San Luis Rey T
“Rider and outrider heard ‘loud pop’ while horse [was] galloping. Catastrophic breakdown with complete humeral fracture associated with stress fracture and callus formation…massive hemorrhage affecting soft tissues from the shoulder to the proximal antebrachium. Chronic changes [included] healed, mid-body fracture of lateral proximal sesamoid bone [and] moderate to severe dorsal metacarpal disease.”

Yes, Black Badge, just two years old and yet to be raced, had a previously healed fracture in the same leg that ultimately broke down. Oh, and this baby also suffered from “severe gastric ulceration.”

Munny, Feb 11, Golden Gate S (last raced Feb 4)
“Horse had upper airway surgery on 2/10 for dorsal displacement of soft palate. Recovery uneventful. Last checked on at 10 pm. Found deceased in stall this morning. Bilateral epistaxis. The amount of hemorrhage surrounding the larynx likely compressed the airway and caused respiratory distress and failure are evidenced by the large amount of blood froth observed within the trachea and bronchi. There was also evidence of hemorrhage within the guttural pouch which is the likely cause of the blood observed coming from the nose.”

Imagine this poor animal’s pain and terror: “compressed airway, respiratory distress, epistaxis.” And yes, she too suffered from “chronic gastric ulcers” – at three years of age.

Sweet Boy, Feb 20, Golden Gate T
“Galloped out and fell over dead. The cause of the sudden death was not determined.”

“Fell over dead” – Sweet Boy was just three years old.

Okoye, Feb 23, Golden Gate T
“Horse attempted to duck into saddling paddock while jogging and ran into rail…sustained severe laceration to chest with severe hemorrhage. The trauma caused a penetrating wound into the thoracic cavity with a rib fracture and collapsed the entire right lung. Additionally the tremendous amount of blood within the cavity likely resulted in exsanguination.”

“Exsanguination” – Okoye, also just three, bled out.

Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have obtained the following details on 2021 kills. (I will be posting in installments of five.)

Cali Caliente, Jan 9, Santa Anita T
“Horse was jogging, collapsed near wire, got up, did circles, then collapsed and suffered sudden death. History of collapsing/severe epistaxis 11/26/20; was sent [to] farm and had several rounds in oxygen chamber. Horse came back to track mid December and has only been jogging.”

Once more: Cali collapsed from “severe epistaxis” – acute hemorrhage from the nostril(s) – less than two months prior to collapsing again and this time, dying.

Noor Khan, Jan 17, Los Alamitos T
“Per assistant trainer Linda Thrash, horse did not finish work well. Walked back to barn ok. At 7:45 am, horse staggered in tow ring and collapsed. Presumptive cardiopulmonary collapse; extensive hemorrhages.” also: “chronic ulcers [in] stomach”

Don’t Stop Lookin, Jan 17, Los Alamitos T
“[multiple] open fractures, [multiple] severe ruptures”; also: “chronic ulcers [in] stomach”

Scat’s Choice, Jan 23, Santa Anita R
“[multiple] open fractures, [multiple] complete ruptures”

Staredown, Jan 28, Golden Gate T
“fracture, rupture, massive hemorrhage, muscles severely torn”

“At 7/8 pole [Staredown] fractured proximal RF limb and fell immediately to synthetic surface…. Horse was unable to rise, there was crepitation [crackling sound] and instability at the elbow/distal humerus region. After evaluation and consulting with trainer and owner, euthanasia was elected due to the grave prognosis….”