Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have obtained the following details on 4 of that state’s 64 kills last year (previous ones here).

Miss Sugar Hill, Aug 18, Del Mar T
“Horse was working on the main track. As [she] was pulling up, [she] whinnied, became ataxic, and collapsed. Cause of death: exercise-associated pulmonary hemorrhage [both lungs] – hemorrhages severe.” Also: “chronic stomach erosions/ulcers.” Miss Sugar Hill was three years old.

Echosmith, Sep 18, Santa Anita T
“Catastrophic scapular fracture – complete, displaced, severely comminuted; severe hemorrhage of surrounding muscles.” Also: “palmar osteochondral disease; gastric ulceration.” Echosmith was three years old.

Invictatatus, Sep 27, Los Alamitos S
“Horse found down in stall – severe colitis, [euthanized].” Invictatatus was six years old and had been raced 22 times, most recently in April.

January Magic, Oct 27, Los Alamitos T
“Catastrophic humeral fracture – comminuted, complete, displaced; [multiple] ruptures; severe and extensive hemorrhage.” Also: “palmar osteochondral disease [both front limbs].” January Magic was just two years old. Osteochondral disease.

Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have obtained the following details on 4 of that state’s 64 kills last year (previous ones here).

Night Girl, Jul 20, Del Mar T
“Collapsed following half-mile workout – sudden death, cause undetermined.” Night Girl was just two years old and being prepped for her first race.

Rapacious, Jul 26, Los Alamitos T
“Several displaced vertebral fractures with exposure of the spinal cord, [multiple] rib fractures, extensive hemorrhages, complete bilateral hind paralysis.” Rapacious was also just two years old, and he, too, was being prepped for his first race.

Smokin Hot Fire, Jul 30, Los Alamitos R
“Fell past wire: bilateral carpal breakdown with [multiple] fractures and [multiple] ruptures [in each].” Again, both front legs. Smokin Hot Fire was also just two years old.

Munny One, Jul 31, Del Mar T
“During training, horse appeared tied up, distressed, and shocky. Attending vet administered IV fluids, NSAIDS, muscle relaxants, and DMSO. Horse urinated red-colored urine. Following treatment, horse became more unstable and died spontaneously – cause not determined.” Munny One was also just two years old.

Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have obtained the following details on 4 of that state’s 64 kills last year (previous ones here).

Cayton Kid, Apr 26, Santa Anita T
“Catastrophic fetlock breakdown: [multiple] open, comminuted fractures; [multiple] severe, complete ruptures.” Also: “biaxial palmar osteochondral disease; gastric ulcers.” Cayton Kid was just four years old.

One More Fly, Jul 16, Los Alamitos T
“Fell – catastrophic lumbar fracture with spinal cord compression.” One More Fly was two years old and being prepped for her debut.

yet-to-be-named 1-year-old, Aug 15, Pleasanton S
“Horse crashed through a fence: catastrophic fractures of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th metacarpal bones with transection of the suspensory and lateral intercarpal ligaments and carporadial tendon; all fractures were open, complete, and comminuted – multiple fragments missing.” Again, one year old.

Mia Solina, Sep 4, Golden Gate R
“Catastrophic injury to fetlock: [multiple] complete fractures, [multiple] ligament tears.” Also: “osteochondral disease; cartilage erosion.” Mia Solina was six years old.

Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have obtained the following details on 4 of that state’s 64 kills last year (previous ones here).

Resurrected Noble, Jun 17, Golden Gate S
“Severe cellulitis of RH limb of 10 days duration, with two perforated skin ulcers. Laminitis of the LH hoof, [with] severe rotation of the distal phalange, tip pressing the sole.” Then this: “This horse has a history of chronic dorsal metacarpal disease [and had] shock wave treatment of both metacarpals on May 27.” Resurrected Noble was just three years old. Now go back and re-read his death.

Cheap Cheap Cheap, Jun 24, Pleasanton R
“[Multiple] complete, comminuted fractures; [multiple] tears; severe soft-tissue hemorrhages.” Also: “marked palmar osteochondral disease; severe stomach ulcers.” Cheap Cheap Cheap was just five years old.

Action for Autism, Jul 2, Pleasanton R
“Catastrophic breakdown – multiple displaced, comminuted fractures.” Action for Autism was just three years old.

Apollitical Jet, Oct 30, Los Alamitos R
“Jogged back and unsaddled – collapsed and died. Most likely, acute heart failure.” Apollitical Jet was just two years old – an equine babe. “Acute heart failure.”