Through a FOIA request to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following 65 kills at that state’s tracks in 2021. Please note, however, that the Commission only forwarded four stall deaths. Four stall deaths, in twelve months, spread across five Thoroughbred tracks? In addition, there was not a single harness death in the FOIA documents. Kentucky has two harness tracks – no deaths, all year? Please. When I inquired, here was their response:

“Per the letter, there were no Standardbred or harness fatalities during the requested period of Jan 1 through Dec 31, 2021. Additionally, the records sent comprise all records that the KHRC has that are responsive to your request. Thank you.”

So, once again, consider the following – horrifying as is – less than a full accounting of Kentucky horseracing carnage last year.

My Mane Girl, Jan 2, Keeneland T
“Filly worked a half and went down – complete, comminuted fracture of the humerus; large amount of hemorrhage; tearing of muscle.” Also: “gastric ulcers; suppurative hepatitis.” My Mane Girl was three years old.

Shartle, Jan 8, Turfway R
“[Suffered] catastrophic comminuted fracture with extensive tearing of ligaments.” Also: “multifocal ulceration; suppurative hepatitis.” Shartle was two years old.

Miss Eau de Vie, Jan 15, Turfway R
“Horse broke down near the 3/16 pole: open, severely comminuted cannon fracture [with] missing fragments; suspensory ligament severely torn. The horse was sedated, loaded into the horse ambulance, and euthanized.” Also: “extensive ulceration of the squamous mucosa; suppurative hepatitis.” Miss Eau was two years old.

Call to Glory, Jan 23, Keeneland T
“There is a complete, comminuted spiral fracture of the humerus with fragments of bone embedded in the muscle [and] massive amount of hemorrhage.” Call to Glory was two years old and being prepped for his first race.

Be With Us, Feb 5, Keeneland T
“While galloping became acutely ataxic, went down, and rapidly expired.” Also: “stomach ulceration, gastritis.” Be With Us was three years old.

Mountain Bear, Feb 5, Turfway R
“Horse pulled up, non-weight-bearing: multiple fractures; tearing of the superficial and deep digital flexor tendons, the palmar annular ligaments, the sesamoidian ligaments, and the connective tissues of the fetlock.” Also: “severe, chronic ulceration; suppurative hepatitis.” Mountain was two years old.

Sovereign Power, Feb 8, Turfway S
“Horse was found deceased in her stall: vegetative valvular endocarditis, pneumonia, large areas of hemorrhage [in] lungs. Filly had been treated since first week in January for fever and edema.” Sovereign was three years old.

Get Outta Dodge, Mar 4, Keeneland T
“Exercise rider heard a pop: complete, comminuted fracture of the humerus; fragment embedded within the marrow cavity; tearing of muscles.” Also: “suppurative hepatitis.” Get Outta Dodge was two years old and being prepped for his first race.

Palace Moon, Mar 9, Keeneland T (euthanized Mar 11)
“Filly was galloping and became acutely ‘off’ behind: complete, displaced spiral fracture of the right tibia.” Also: “stomach ulceration.” Palace was two years old and being prepped for her first race.

Tizadaisy, Mar 24, Keeneland T
“This filly was walking to the track in preparation to train when she stopped, made audible grunting sound, fell [and] did not attempt to rise – [multiple] hemorrhages.” Tizadaisy was not yet two.

Colton’s Corner, Mar 26, Turfway T
“Horse was working a two-minute lick, broke down at 1/4 pole after one trip around: [multiple] fractures, severe soft tissue damage.” Colton’s was six years old.

Royal Approval, Mar 27, Keeneland T
“Filly collapsed suddenly while galloping…acute death.” Also: “suppurative hepatitis.” Royal was three years old.

Veridical, Mar 31, Keeneland T (euthanized Apr 2)
“Last exercised on Mar 31, today [Apr 2] Grade 5 lame: fractured femur, tearing and hemorrhage within encompassing muscle and soft tissues.” Also: “suppurative hepatitis.” Veridical was still weeks shy of his second birthday.

Ace of Aces, Apr 17, Churchill T
“Horse broke down and fell at 1/16 pole: right humeral fracture – complete, comminuted; left scapular fracture – complete, comminuted; left sesamoid fracture.” That’s three different breaks. Also: “gastric ulcer disease.” Ace was five years old.

Out Loud, Apr 17, Keeneland S
“Filly worked on Apr 11; fever from Apr 11-Apr 16. Filly found dead in stall [Apr 17] at approximately 5 am. Immediate cause of death is believed to be respiratory insufficiency due to the massive amount of fluid in the thoracic cavity.” Also: “suppurative hepatitis.” Out Loud was three years old.

La Bella Figura, Apr 21, Keeneland T
“After [training] she was 4/5 lame in her left hind: complete, comminuted condylar fracture.” Also: “ulcers; suppurative hepatitis.” La Bella was two years old and being prepped for her first race.

Runrunrun, Apr 23, Keeneland T
“Filly was working and pulled up – complete fracture of the ilium.” Also: “grade 3 squamous gastric ulcer disease; suppurative hepatitis.” Runrunrun was two years old and being prepped for her first race.

Kitten Strikesback, Apr 25, Churchill T
“Horse pulled up severely lame: comminuted condylar fracture.” Also: “multifocal ulceration; hepatitis.” Kitten was two years old and being prepped for her first race.

My Clay Girl, May 1, Churchill T
“Horse went down at the 1/4 pole with a severe injury to the RF limb…started exhibiting signs of shock and pain…euthanized: complete, comminuted humeral fracture.” My Clay Girl was three years old and being prepped for her first race.

Lucky Treasure, May 5, Keeneland T (euthanized May 9)
“Comminuted pelvic fracture [with] fragments embedded in the surrounding muscle.” Lucky was three years old and being prepped for her first race.

Holiday Cruising, May 11, Churchill T
“Rider said he felt a pop and the horse went down: complete, comminuted humeral fracture with tearing of the muscles.” Also: “subacute to chronic squamous ulceration.” Holiday was four years old.

Little Feather, May 13, Churchill T
“Filly pulled up after the gallop-out severely lame RF limb: complete, comminuted fracture of the first phalanx.” Also: “acute, glandular stomach erosions; suppurative hepatitis.” Little was two years old and being prepped for her first race.

City Tavern, May 16, Churchill R
“Horse pulled up after the 1/4 pole with a catastrophic injury: slab fractures of the third and intermediate carpal bones, comminuted fracture of the ulnar carpal bone, small fracture of the fourth carpal bone; all carpal joints contain a large amount of blood, with variably-sized bone fragments.” City was three years old.

Shifting, May 22, Keeneland T
“Exhibited lameness [after] workout: [multiple] comminuted fractures.” Also: “grade 3 gastric ulcer disease.” Shifting was two years old and being prepped for her first race.

Devil’s Den, May 27, Churchill T
“Horse pulled up after breezing with a severe injury to the RF fetlock: multiple fractures, extensive soft tissue damage.” Also: “stomach ulceration.” Devil’s was two years old and being prepped for his first race.

Honey Royale, May 28, Keeneland T
“[Horse] suddenly collapsed following completion of a routine breeze, perished prior to arrival of the Response Team.” Also: “multifocal squamous ulceration; suppurative hepatitis.” Honey was two years old and being prepped for her first race.

Hard to Be Good, May 29, Churchill T
“Horse was galloping this morning and became shaky while pulling up; the rider jumped off and the horse collapsed and died – aortic rupture.” Also: “extensive stomach ulceration; suppurative hepatitis.” Hard to Be Good was seven years old.

All Fact, Jun 12, Churchill R
“Flipped over [before] race: skull fracture – multiple fragments.” Also: “degenerative joint disease, front fetlocks, right carpus.” All Fact was five years old.

Bodemeister Wind, Jun 12, Churchill R
“Horse pulled up after the wire lame left front: [multiple] fractures.” Also: “multifocal stomach ulceration.” Bodemeister was three years old.

Cool Celeste, Jun 17, Keeneland S
“Mare fell along the edge of the exterior barn wall into the concrete flume: complete, markedly comminuted spiral fracture of the femur; severe tearing of the muscles.” Also: “gastric ulceration.” Cool was four years old.

Hitch Kick Double, Jun 19, Churchill T
“Complete, comminuted fracture of the third metatarsal bone with a large open wound; further fracture at the lateral-most aspect of the sagittal ridge resulting in complete separation of the ridge from the metatarsal; fractures are severely comminuted with fragments entirely free of the bone, some embedded in the ligament.” Also: “gastric ulceration; bilateral metacarpal disease.” Hitch was two years old and being prepped for her first race.

Super de Shine, Jun 27, Ellis R
“Horse broke down, was sedated and attempted to load on the ambulance but became severely painful and fractious – euthanized on the track: [multiple] open, disarticulated fractures.” Super was two years old and under the whip for the first time.

Danza Queen, Jul 2, Ashwood Training Center T
“Fell – severe trauma, right shoulder and neck; multifocal tearing of the musculature.” Danza was two years old and being prepped for her first race.

Global Appeal, Jul 4, Ellis R
“The colt was euthanized following a breakdown – multiple comminuted fractures with avulsion and hemorrhage.” Global was three years old.

Great Escape, Jul 7, Keeneland T
“The horse was exercising when he pulled up, staggered, weakened, and collapsed. He subsequently became pale, nonresponsive, and expired – extensive hemorrhage with multifocal areas of rupture.” Also: “stomach ulceration; suppurative hepatitis.” Great was three years old and was bred in Argentina.

Crystal Got Even (probably sic), Jul 22, Churchill T
“Complete spiral fracture of the humerus, tearing of the muscles.” Also: “stomach ulceration, gastritis.” Crystal was three years old.

Sir Rough Cut, Aug 15, Keeneland T
“Complete, comminuted fracture with tearing of muscles.” Sir was three years old and being prepped for his first race.

Lean In, Aug 20, Ellis T
“Horse pulled up at 1/8 pole – [multiple] comminuted fractures.” Also: “degenerative joint disease.” Lean In was three years old.

Mondo Gold, Aug 20, Ellis R
“Horse broke down and fell with a catastrophic injury: fetlock open, with disarticulation and marked contamination of the wound; biaxial sesamoid fractures with severe soft tissue damage.” Mondo was two years old.

West Bank Baby, Aug 22, Churchill S
“Horse was being treated for a few weeks for chronic laminitis and founder [both forelimbs]; deteriorat[ed] this week when the coffin bones rotated through the soles.” Also: “suppurative hepatitis.” West Bank was four years old and had been raced 14 times.

Bamalama, Sep 3, Ellis R
“Horse broke down at the 3/16 pole: open fracture, severe comminution with a large fragment missing; suspensory ligament is torn with an embedded fragment of bone; extensor tendons are torn.” Bamalama was three years old.

Floroplus, Sep 8, Kentucky R
“Horse pulled up at the 1/16 pole with a catastrophic injury: open fetlock fracture with disarticulation, extensive soft tissue damage.” Floroplus was seven years old.

Burnished, Sep 9, Keeneland T
“Grade 5 lameness post [workout], suspect complete fracture of scapula.” Also: “suppurative hepatitis.” Burnished was two and being prepped for her first race.

City Magic, Sep 9, Kentucky R
“Horse pulled up at the half-mile pole with a catastrophic injury – biaxial sesamoid fractures with severe soft tissue damage.” City was three years old.

Camellia Gal, Sep 26, Churchill T
“After galloping and getting into stall, horse became severely uncomfortable and violent even after two rounds of sedation – pelvic fracture, severe hemorrhage and tearing of the muscles.” Also: “suppurative hepatitis.” Camellia was four years old.

Clear Steps, Sep 26, Churchill R
“Horse pulled up near the 3/8 with a catastrophic injury to RF fetlock: comminuted fracture of the medial sesamoid; soft tissue disruption is severe, including [multiple] tendon tears and [multiple] ligament ruptures.” According to the jockey, “The horse warmed up a little funny in the post parade, [and] she was sweating and seemed to be stressed.” Clear Steps was three years old.

Rouson, Oct 3, Churchill R
“Horse broke down at the 1/16 pole: [multiple] open, comminuted fractures with extensive soft tissue damage, including tearing of the superficial and deep digital flexors, rupture of the suspensory ligament, and rupture of the intersesamoidian ligament.” Also: “stomach ulceration.” Rouson was three years old.

Newt, Oct 16, Churchill T
“Broke down while breezing – [multiple] fractures, extensive soft tissue damage.” Also: “suppurative hepatitis.” Newt was two years old.

Stacks Up, Oct 19, Churchill T
“Horse was half mile into a routine gallop when it broke down: complete spiral fracture of the humerus with tearing of the muscles.” Also: “grade 3 ulceration; suppurative hepatitis.” Stacks was two years old and being prepped for his first race.

Royal Commission, Oct 20, Churchill T
“Horse pulled up with catastrophic injury – [multiple] fractures, extensive soft tissue damage.” Also: “focally severe stomach ulceration.” Royal was four years old.

What the Elle, Oct 22, Keeneland R
“Horse fell over another horse – complete, comminuted humeral fracture with tearing of muscles.” Also: “ulcerations and suppurative hepatitis.” What the Elle was three years old, and this was his first race.

Bellinger, Oct 22, Keeneland R
“Horse pulled up with a catastrophic injury: [multiple] fractures; fetlock open and luxated; severe tissue damage. Started showing signs of severe distress, euthanized.” Also: “severe stomach ulceration and gastritis.” Bellinger was two years old.

Urban Hope, Oct 28, Keeneland T
“[Breakdown] occurred during a work – [multiple] fractures, severe soft tissue disruption.” Also: “stomach ulceration.” Urban was three years old.

All Bodes Well, Nov 3, Churchill R
“Horse flipped in gate, was severely painful and distressed, euthanized: complete, comminuted fracture of the femur; tearing of the muscle.” Also: “gastric ulceration.” All Bodes Well was three years old.

Ceeky, Nov 3, Churchill R
“Right forelimb: complete luxation of fetlock with massive damage to soft tissues; the straight, oblique, and cruciate ligaments are severely torn with complete rupture at base of sesamoids. Left forelimb: chip fracture resulting in acute cartilage damage.” Also: “grade 4 ulcer disease; suppurative hepatitis.” Ceeky was seven years old.

Vertical Threat, Nov 6, Churchill R
“Horse clipped heels and fell. Left forelimb: multiple fractures of the scapula, myriad spicules embedded within muscle; severe tearing. Right forelimb: complete fracture of the carpal bone.” That’s two broken legs. Vertical Threat was four years old.

Behave Virginia, Nov 8, Keeneland T
“Pulled up acutely lame in left front – complete spiral fracture of the humerus with tearing of the muscles.” Behave was two years old.

Midhurst, Nov 13, Turfway T
“Horse pulled up near 3/16 pole: [multiple] open fractures, severe soft tissue damage, near complete rupture of suspensory ligament.” Midhurst was two years old.

Can to Man, Nov 26, Churchill T
“Became severely ataxic in hind limbs after galloping, severely painful response: lumbosacral subluxation with compressive myelopathy of the lumbar cord.” Can to Man was three years old and being prepped for his first race.

Sovereign Immunity, Nov 29, Turfway T
“Horse backed up to finish line before suffering a catastrophic injury – complete spiral fracture of the humerus with tearing of the muscles.” Also: “grade 4 squamous ulcer disease.” Sovereign was two years old and being prepped for his first race.

Jason Be Good, Dec 8, Keeneland T
“[Horse] sustained an open, compound fracture of MCIII; ligament [and] tendons torn with embedded fragments of bone.” But, not euthanized right away: “Horse was sedated, loaded on ambulance, removed from [track and] euthanized in ambulance.” Also: “squamous ulceration; suppurative hepatitis.” Jason was four years old and had been raced twice, finishing a combined 38+ lengths back.

Alec and Arthur, Dec 19, Turfway T
“Horse broke down: severe tearing of the suspensory and sesamoidian ligaments; complete rupture of the straight, oblique, and cruciate ligaments.” Also: “multiple chip fractures in [other front] fetlock.” Also: “extensive ulceration of the stomach; adult roundworms in the small intestine.” Alec was four years old.

Man in Full, Dec 19, Turfway R
“Horse went down and was reluctant to rise – fractures of the 14th and 16th vertebrae, partial transection of the spinal cord.” Also: “severe, chronic ulceration.” Man in Full was four years old, and this was his first race.

Fire Marshall Bill, Dec 30, Turfway R
“Horse pulled up just past wire: [multiple] comminuted fractures, ruptured ligament.” Fire Marshall was four years old.

Toe the Line, Dec 31, Turfway T
“Horse collapsed and died after gallop.” Also: “multifocal squamous ulcers.” Toe the Line was four years old.

Through a FOIA request to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, I was able to go back and get these death confirmations from 2015:

Bandini’s Star, Jan 3, Turfway R – “fracture, ligament rupture”
Fancita Mae, Jan 18, Turfway R – “tendon rupture”
Cozy Nicole, Jan 25, Turfway R – “open, comminuted fracture”
H’s Cat, Feb 1, Turfway R – “open fracture”
Twisted Zing, Mar 21, Turfway R – “soft tissue rupture”
How Bout That, May 9, Churchill R – “fracture, rupture, severed tendon”
Argumental, May 17, Churchill R – “fracture, rupture”
Sadler’s Warrior, May 25, Churchill R – “MCIII/MTIII fracture”
Barefoot Children, Jun 4, Churchill R – “pulmonary hemorrhage, sudden death”
Canny Nanny, Jun 6, Churchill R – “[multiple] fractures, [multiple] ruptures”
Mariano Intheninth, Jun 12, Churchill R – “open, comminuted fracture”
Jilleah, Jul 10, Ellis R – “open, comminuted, displaced fracture”
Flat Deposit, Aug 7, Ellis R – “sesamoid fracture”
Spooky Ghost, Aug 16, Ellis R – “sudden death”
Royal Gloves, Sep 4, Ellis R – “severed tendon, ruptured ligament”
Pierson, Sep 6, Ellis R – “displaced fracture”
Pomodoro, Sep 20, Churchill R – “multiple fractures”
Shore Runner, Oct 3, Keeneland R – “[multiple] fractures and severed soft tissue”
Skyring, Oct 3, Keeneland R – “[multiple] fractures and severed soft tissue”
Get in Line, Oct 18, Keeneland R – “comminuted fracture, severed soft tissue”
Rathbaun, Nov 11, Churchill R – “displaced, comminuted fracture”
Chide, Nov 26, Churchill R – “open, displaced, comminuted fracture”
Drivin Miss Ellie, Dec 26, Turfway R – “sesamoid fracture”

and 2016:

Stef’s Girl, Feb 14, Turfway R – “open, comminuted fracture”
Grey Balls of Fire, Feb 20, Turfway R – “acute soft tissue rupture”
Valiant Hope, Apr 1, Turfway R – “comminuted scapula fracture”
Fancy Hat, Apr 20, Keeneland R – “open, displaced fracture”
Pristine Sistine, Apr 22, Keeneland R – “MCIII/MTIII fracture”
Back in Dixie, Apr 22, Keeneland R – “[multiple] fractures, soft tissue rupture”
Not an Illusion, May 4, Churchill R – “[multiple] open fractures”
Tarpy’s Goal, May 14, Churchill R – “acute fetlock luxation”
Planet, May 22, Churchill R – “open, displaced fracture”
Showered, May 26, Churchill R – “humerus fracture”
Fashion Setter, Jun 4, Churchill R – “sudden death” (three years old, second race)
Cowboy Humor, Jun 5, Churchill R – “open, comminuted fracture”
Gigi’s Kitten, Jun 10, Churchill R – “[multiple] fractures”
Open Order, Jun 19, Churchill R – “open fracture, acute rupture”
The Conception, Jun 24, Churchill R – “pulmonary hemorrhage, sudden death”
Toby the Tiger, Jul 1, Churchill R – “sudden death” (three years old, first race)
Snare, Jul 23, Ellis R – “sesamoid fracture”
Bet With Charlie, Sep 18, Churchill R – “multiple open fractures”
Miss Pink Diva, Oct 9, Keeneland R – “[multiple] fractures”
All Y’all, Oct 23, Keeneland R – “displaced, comminuted fracture”
Whispering Dancer, Nov 9, Churchill R – “grade 5 [lame]”
Millenial, Nov 10, Churchill R – “compound, displaced, comminuted fracture”
Mister Pippit, Nov 10, Churchill R – “displaced, comminuted fracture”
Tiz Candy, Nov 16, Churchill R – “slab fracture”
Lightning Strike, Nov 24, Churchill R – “MCIII/MTIII fracture”
Walkers Sentry, Dec 28, Turfway R – “open, displaced fracture”

Through a FOIA request to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks in 2020.

Note regarding the training death at Ellis August 24: According to the Commission, the dead horse was Loving Lucky; when I cross-checked on Equibase (something I always do), I found that Loving is still very much active, having raced this past January. When I brought this to the attention of the Commission, its general counsel responded:

“Dear Mr. Battuello: Thank you for your e-mail. The records concerning ‘Loving Lucky’ speak for themselves, and the KHRC is unable to comment on any listings found on Equibase.”

Well, of course the records don’t “speak for themselves.” (This wasn’t the first time she had used that phrase on questions I had.) Accordingly, I will have to list that death as “unidentified.” How sad, but not at all surprising: From the start (2014), the KHRC has been obstructive, contentious, and downright rude – easily the most difficult to work with in the country. So much for its newfound “accessibility” and “transparency.”

I’mluckysgirl, Jan 10, Turfway R – “[multiple] fractures and ruptures”

Run Rite, Jan 11, Turfway T – “comminuted P1 fracture”

Pourmeanotherone, Feb 6, Turfway T – “[multiple] fractures”

First Things First, Feb 22, Keeneland T – “sudden death, caudal vena cava tear”

All Out, Mar 3, Turfway T – “[multiple] fractures, ligament failure”

Super Touch, Mar 6, Turfway R – “collapsed and died – hemorrhage, shock”

Love Totem, Mar 12, Turfway R – “skull fracture, epistaxis from both nostrils”

Tudox Lifting Off, Mar 13, Turfway R – “open, complete diaphyseal fracture”

Danica, Mar 17, Turfway T – “MCIII fracture”

Emely Heart, Mar 20, Turfway R – “[multiple] fractures, extensive soft tissue damage”

D’oro Bode, Apr 23, Keeneland T – “head trauma” (being prepped for first race)

Storm Biz, Apr 25, Keeneland T – “[multiple] fractures” (being prepped for first race)

Cat’s Popstar, Apr 28, Keeneland T – “scapula fracture”

Gold Trader, May 11, Turfway T – “basisphenoid fracture” (being prepped for first race)

Alittlevodka, May 31, Churchill R – “comminuted fractures”

Cass City, Jun 13, Keeneland T – “[multiple] fractures”

Bold Esther, Jun 13, Churchill T – “sudden death – hemoperitoneum”

Toshio, Jun 15, Keeneland T – “sudden death – hemoperitoneum”

Free the Kitten, Jun 16, Keeneland T – “humeral fracture” (being prepped for first race)

Pam’s Avery Rose, Jun 22, Keeneland T – “humeral fracture”

Gold Credit, Jul 3, Churchill T – “sesamoid fractures”

yet-to-be-named, Jul 20, Ellis T – “MCIII fracture”

Censored, Jul 22, Churchill T – “humeral fracture”

Endowment, Aug 8, Ellis R – “slab fracture” (of previously operated-on leg)

Libertyrun, Aug 9, Ellis R – “sesamoid fractures” (chart said “went wrong”)

Limnery, Aug 17, Ellis T – “sesamoid fractures”

Chainsthatbindyou, Aug 21, Churchill T – “tibial fracture” (being prepped for first race)

unidentified, Aug 24, Ellis T – “[multiple] fractures”

Market Garden, Aug 28, Ellis R – “comminuted fractures, tearing of ligaments”

Snake Doctor, Sep 7, Kentucky R – “fractures, massive amount of soft tissue damage”

yet-to-be-named, Sep 8, Churchill T – “MTIII fracture”

Kowalski, Sep 10, Churchill T – “comminuted sesamoid fractures”

Glissando, Sep 12, Churchill T – “sudden death” (being prepped for first race)

Innis, Sep 16, Keeneland T – “sesamoid fractures”

Urbana, Sep 17, Churchill R – “[multiple] fractures, massive soft tissue damage”

Tour Spuzz, Sep 26, Churchill S – “laminitis” (three years old, never been raced)

Lucky Asset, Sep 26, Churchill R – “fractures, tearing of tendons, rupture of ligament”

Tormenta, Sep 27, Churchill R – “[multiple] fractures, severe soft tissue damage”

Wild Love, Oct 5, Keeneland T – “open, displaced fractures”

unidentified, Oct 8, Churchill S – “neurological”

unidentified, Oct 9, Ellis S – “neurological”

Kalydar, Oct 10, Keeneland S – “colic”

Pow Wow Indian, Oct 18, Churchill T – “[mult] fractures” (being prepped for first race)

Uncle Robbie, Oct 31, Churchill T – “[mult] fractures” (being prepped for first race)

Sir Winsalot, Oct 31, Churchill R – “fracture, large amount of hemorrhage”

Rebuff, Nov 5, Churchill R – “multiple open, disarticulated fractures both front legs”

Here Comes Josie, Nov 7, Churchill T – “comminuted P1 fracture”

Juggernaut, Nov 7, Churchill T – “[multiple] fractures”

Absolutely Aiden, Nov 7, Keeneland R – “open fractures, ruptured tendon/ligaments”

Uni the Unicorn, Nov 8, Churchill T – “[mult] fractures” (being prepped for first race)

Dear Theodosia, Nov 9, Keeneland S – “tongue laceration/amputation”

Gator Romp, Nov 9, Keeneland T – “P1 fracture”

Winning Impression, Nov 12, Churchill R – “comminuted fractures, hemorrhage”

Binge Watch, Nov 14, Churchill T – “open, disarticulated fracture”

Tenace, Nov 24, Churchill T – “P1 fracture” (being prepped for first race)

Night Candy, Nov 27, Churchill R – “comminuted fractures, severe soft tissue damage”

The Moment Is Now, Nov 27, Turfway T – “[multiple] fractures”

Alexander Hamilton, Nov 29, Churchill T – “fracture, ruptured ligaments”

Dream High, Dec 2, Turfway R – “open fracture, severe soft tissue damage”

Eclipse the Moon, Dec 12, Churchill T – “tibial fracture” (one – yes, one – year old)

Sharp and Strong, Dec 16, Churchill T – “open fracture” (being prepped for first race)

Can’t Quit Now, Dec 31, Turfway T – “sudden death” (two years old)

Kentucky (7 tracks; partial subsidy state)
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An addendum to my 2019 Kentucky FOIA report: The documents I received from the Commission did not include stall deaths; neither, fatalities at the state’s four harness tracks. So, I asked again for the missing information (or, I should say, “records,” as the Commission has held up previous requests over silly semantics). Their answer:

“Dear Mr. Battuello: We received your request for deaths that occurred at Kentucky tracks. We construed this request to include on-track deaths. The information responsive to that request has been produced and we have no further records concerning on-track deaths. If you wish to appeal the Commission’s response to your January 21 request, you may do so by filing a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office…or by filing an original civil action in the appropriate circuit court.”

To which I replied: I do not wish to file a “complaint” or a “civil action”; I simply want the records I requested (which, by the way, are the same I requested in each of the past two years – and yes, at least some stall deaths were included in 2017 and 2018). Fact is, my request couldn’t have been any clearer: “…whether death occurred racing, training, or other (e.g., colic, laminitis, barn accident)….”

Once again, the Commission is playing games. Every other state understands exactly what “at” means. Do not horses who die back in their stalls from colic or laminitis do so “at” the track? In addition, I received no harness records; I’m sure there were at least some deaths at these tracks, too. So again, I request the records for all racehorses who died at a Commonwealth-sanctioned racetrack in 2019.

At last, the Commission sent me more records. However, they came with this note: “Please be advised that the fatalities that are the subject of the attached necropsy reports are not racing related fatalities. These are other incidents which were submitted to the lab out of a responsibility to rule out infectious disease and protect the general horse population.” Which I read as not all stall deaths have been included, just the ones deemed relevant to “protection of the general horse population.”

On the harness end, the Commission wrote: “There were no Standardbred horse fatalities at licensed Kentucky racetracks during the period from January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.” Four tracks over 12 months and not a single death? Please. For context, at New York’s (7) harness tracks, there were 16 deaths in 2019. Draw your own conclusions. Anyhow, here are the four stall deaths they did send me:

unidentified, Jun 13, Churchill S – “spontaneous hemorrhage from both nostrils and urethra; witness reports that subject was hesitant to leave stall, and when removed from stall to begin training, subject resisted…and spontaneously died…likely due to the compression of the brain from the subdural hemorrhage; the location of the [skull] fracture suggests a large amount of concentrated force to the area”

(This, by the way, is the fourth reported kill at Churchill Downs on June 13, 2019.)

unidentified, Aug 26, Churchill S – “found dead – typhlocolitis, bronchopneumonia, severe gastric ulcer disease”

unidentified, Oct 16, Churchill S – “encephalitis, protozoal myelitis, acute colitis”

Mottaret, Nov 10, Churchill S – “large colon displacement”