Through a FOIA request to the New Mexico Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks in 2020. Please note, however, that among the four tracks that were active last year (SunRay did not run any races because of covid), there were but five stall deaths forwarded – and I only received those after complaining that there were none on the initial documentation. When I pressed further, I received the following response:

“Good morning, I have gone through all the Dead/Injured horse reports that were originally sent to you and I find that you have been given everything the commission has on file.”

Big picture: New Mexico’s “reporting” is, along with Florida’s, the worst in the country. There are horses I know are dead who aren’t included in the FOIA documents, there are duplicate documents, documents from the wrong year, illegible forms, misspelled names, etc. In short, consider the following undoubtedly incomplete.

yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, Jan 3, Sunland T – “shoulder fracture”

Positive Numbers, Jan 3, Sunland R – “fetlock fracture”

Mr Beacon, Mar 10, Sunland T – “shoulder fracture”

Ritzy Racer, Mar 10, Sunland R – “sesamoid fracture”

Grc Justplainazoom, Mar 14, Sunland T – “collapsed after workout” (was disqualified in last race for drug positive)

Cleverclaimjumper, May 24, Ruidoso T – “sesamoid [fracture]”

Cherry Way, May 31, Ruidoso R – “fracture both sesamoids”

Whiskey Worthy, Jun 6, Ruidoso R – “scapula fracture” (first race)

Endless Thyme, Jun 6, Ruidoso R – “sesamoid fracture”

Im Macys Princess, Jun 13, Ruidoso R – “cannon fracture” (first race)

Absolutely Flashing, Jun 14, Ruidoso R – “muscle tear, bleeding rupture”

Unforgetable Fine (sic), Jun 16, Ruidoso T – “open, compound ankle fracture”

Fast Copy Katie Shae, Jun 16, Ruidoso T – “sesamoid fracture”

Daddy Lane, Jun 20, Ruidoso R – “multiple fractures”

Eagle Down, Jul 11, Ruidoso R – “unknown death” (after “winning”)

Rc Dragoncito Cartel, Jul 13, Ruidoso S – “colic, died in barn” (raced three days prior)

Vincom Strong (sic), Jul 15, Ruidoso S – “colic, died in barn” (two years old)

One Warrior Hero V, Jul 17, Ruidoso S – “colic, died in barn” (two years old)

Cc Miracle, Jul 17, Ruidoso T – “sesamoid fracture”

Precious Looker, Jul 25, Ruidoso R – “ankle fracture”

Dont Pitch to Darcy (sic), Aug 1, Ruidoso S – “colic, died”

Mister Hocks, Aug 7, Ruidoso T – “fracture, dead”

Paint Your Chick, Aug 7, Ruidoso R – “slab fracture”

Woodlittlecorona, Aug 8, Albuquerque R – “slab fracture” (first race)

Best Two Minutes, Aug 12, Albuquerque R – “sesamoid fracture”

Sc Divas Famous Man, Aug 21, Ruidoso R – “carpus fracture”

Mister Beduino, Aug 22, Albuquerque R (unknown cause; was a scratch that day)

Battle Weary, Aug 23, Ruidoso R – “flipped in gate, blunt force trauma to the head”

Daredevil Tom, late Aug, Ruidoso S – “extreme cellulitis” (raced Aug 14)

Texas Swagger, Sep 4, Ruidoso T – “comminuted fracture RH”

You Light Me Up, Sep 9, Albuquerque R – “fracture both sesamoids”

One Dashing Fling, Sep 13, Albuquerque R – “euthanized on track”

Oc Mademoiselle, Sep 18, Albuquerque R – “spinal injury”

It’s My Bliss, Oct 2, Zia T – “sesamoid fracture, suspensory rupture”

Dreams N Nightmares, Oct 12, Zia R – “suspected fractured spine”

Acclimated Song, Oct 13, Zia R (euthanized Oct 15) – “sesamoid fracture”

Vine Master, Oct 19, Zia R – “false break at gate – head injury”

Elusive Rose, Oct 20, Zia T – “cannon fracture”

Take the Spoon Max, Oct 28, Zia R – “fractured knee”

Stay Away Jonesy, Nov 1, Zia T – “metacarpels fracture”

Teller James, Nov 3, Zia R – “collapsed, died on track after race” (two years old)

Trebulski, Nov 3, Zia R – “fell, unable to use back legs – euthanized”

Cannelloni, Nov 9, Zia R – “[multiple] fractures”

Sally’s Sister, Nov 12, Zia T – “scapula fracture”

Sidepocket Charger, Dec 3, Zia T – “sesamoid fracture, suspensory rupture”

Through a FOIA request to the New Mexico Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks in 2019. Please note, however, that the Commission’s paperwork is, as always, a mess, so this is a work in progress. For now, here is what I have. (This is Part 2; Part 1 here.)

Pretty Peggy Pepper, Apr 20, Sunland T – “fractured humerus”

Jm Run Willie Run, May 22, Ruidoso S – “colic” (died, not euthanized; two years old)

Themysteryoflife, May 24, Ruidoso R – “knee”

Queen Shelly Ann, Jun 2, Ruidoso R – “broken, disarticulated cannon bone”

Need No Reason V, Jun 8, Ruidoso S – “colic” (died, not euthanized; two years old)

American Proud, Jun 15, Ruidoso R – “fractured cannon” (9 years old, 68th race)

Senator Tequila, Jun 16, Ruidoso T – “broke back”

Five Bar On the Go, Jun 17, Ruidoso S – “colic” (died, not euthanized; two years old)

Secret Agent Girl, Jun 22, Albuquerque T – “collapsed on racetrack, sudden death”

Give Me a Reason V, Jun 22, Ruidoso S – “colic” (two years old, yet to be raced)

Ace Flyer, Jun 22, Ruidoso R – “radius fracture in starting gate”

Tomy, Jun 29, Albuquerque T – “collision with loose horse”

Watyurname, Jul 6, Ruidoso R – “fractured shoulder, severe hemorrhage”

Cyns of D Money, Jul 12, Ruidoso R – “fractured sesamoids”

Jess Moonflash, Jul 14, Ruidoso R – “compound fracture both front fetlocks”

Stylistic, Jul 19, Ruidoso R – “compound fracture cannon”

Mister Jesse Tee, Jul 26, Ruidoso S – “colic” (raced 12 days prior)

M G M’s Victoria, Jul 27, Ruidoso R – “fractured fetlock”

Df Wagon Sign, Jul 28, Ruidoso S – “colic” (raced 3 weeks prior)

Fine Breeze, Aug 4, Albuquerque R – “open, disarticulated fracture”

Heza Streakin Legacy, Aug 4, Ruidoso R – “died after finish of race” (four years old)

Moon Carbon, Aug 16, Ruidoso R – “died after race” (two years old)

Major Irish Shortcut, Aug 17, Albuquerque R – “knee fractures”

Mc Miracle, Sep 24, Zia T – “fractured sesamoids”

Golden Celestial, Sep 30, Zia R – “complete, displaced slab fracture”

Knows Pro, Oct 1, Zia S – “colic” (last raced Aug)

Western Dancer, Oct 4, Zia S – “colic” (died, not euthanized; three years old)

Psycho Eagle, Oct 26, Zia R – “slab fracture”

Im Evin Im Leavin, Oct 28, Zia R (euthanized Oct 29) – “displaced knee fracture”

Tico’s Premed, Nov 11, Zia R – “collapsed post race, died” (three years old)

Coronas Dashin Injun, Nov 16, Zia R – “broken back”

Rancers Dancer, Nov 17, Zia R – “broke leg above knee, died [not euthanized] in place”

Fast Steppin, Dec 6, Zia T – “shattered pastern”

Bobsindianrose, Dec 9, Zia T – “open, dislocated, comminuted fetlock fracture”

Favorite Storm, Dec 11, Zia T – “fractured both RF sesamoids”

Thecaptainnshawneel, Dec 20, Sunland T – “broken back”

Beauty N Art, Dec 27, Sunland S – “idiopathic death” (two years old, raced 9 days prior)

Ivan El Grande, Dec 28, Sunland T (euthanized Dec 30) – “hind”
(Ivan El Grande was “vanned off” after races on Dec 17 and Oct 7. Killed Dec 28.)

Through a FOIA request to the New Mexico Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks thus far this year. Please note, however, that New Mexico is a work in progress: It is not clear whether all the horses in the FOIA documents are indeed dead, an ongoing problem I’ve had with this state (the Commission has assured it is working on it). For now, the confirmed:

Mr First Regard, Jan 4, Sunland R – “internal bleeding – euthanized on track”
Cryptic Queen B R, Jan 8, Sunland R – “ankle”
Heza Wild Dragon, Jan 11, Sunland R – “dead upon arrival” (chart: “good try, vanned”)
Flying Kolors, Jan 12, Sunland R – “cardiovascular, fractured knee…died on track”
A. C. Val, Jan 19, Sunland T – no details given
Ocean Bound, Feb 5, Sunland T – “shoulder”
Hollywood Angel, Feb 8, Sunland T – “bilateral sesamoid fracture”
Laffy Brown Taffy, Mar 3, Sunland T – “shoulder”
Mr Klee, Mar 16, Sunland R – “slab fracture”
Premeditatedrunner, Mar 23, Sunland T – “bilateral sesamoid fracture”
Buffalo Gold, Mar 23, Sunland R – “fracture at ankle level”
Gallup Scat [sic], Mar 31, Sunland T – “sudden death”
Dom Cool, Apr 4, Sunland T – “shoulder fracture”
Madcat Cartel, Apr 9, Sunland T – “shoulder”
Coronas Al Jaguar, Jun 2, Sunray R – “EIPH collapse, sudden death”

Through a FOIA request to the New Mexico Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2018. Please note, however, that this report is a work in progress: New Mexico’s records are a mess. Included in my simple request for dead/euthanized racehorses were medication notifications, horses who died in 2017 (even one from 2016), many duplicates, and those noted as injured and/or “vanned off” but with no clear indication of death. It’s in this last grouping that more research is needed on my part. For now, I give you what I have so far.

Tornillo, January 5, Sunland T (“multiple fractures”)
Keep On Rockin, January 26, Sunland R (“euthanized on track”)
Pozzi Track (probably sic), January 28, Sunland T (“shoulder”)
Miss Nobility, January 30, Sunland R (“euthanized in ambulance”)
Waki’s Pride, January 30, Sunland R (“cannon”)
This Is How U Roll, February 22, Sunland T (“ankle”)
Tarzan On Fire, February 24, Sunland T (“suspect internal rupture”; two years old)
Sunny Rithm, February 25, Sunland R (“carpus”)
Move Bingham, March 2, Sunland T (“collision on racetrack with another horse”)
Naevussquall, March 2, Sunland T (“collision on racetrack with another horse”)
Fearlessly Authentic, March 5, Sunland T (2-year-old being prepped for first race)
Crown N Royal Gal, March 6, Sunland T (2-year-old being prepped for first race)
Some Dandy, March 7, Sunland T (“sesamoid”)
Joyco, March 16, Sunland R (“spine”)
Iron Strike, March 19, Sunland T (“multiple fragments”)
Ize On Jasper, March 27, Sunland R (“sesamoid”)
Ike’s Prince, March 29, Sunland T (“shoulder”)
Royal Easter Rose, March 30, Sunland R (“sesamoid”)
Fico Score, April 7, Sunland R (“euthanized and vanned off”)
Hennessy Whisper, April 15, Sunland R (“euthanized on track”)
Who Am I Now, April 21, SunRay R (“slab fracture left and right carpus”)
Buildem Fast, April 21, SunRay R (“sesamoid, disarticulation”)
Bm Cartel, April 27, SunRay R (“collapsed under inside rail”)
A Spring Snow, May 6, SunRay R (13 years old, 68th race)
Left Out, June 10, Ruidoso R (“broken ankle”)
illegible name, June 15, Ruidoso T (“hemorrhage into respiratory tract”)
Hopes Genuine Effort, June 17, Ruidoso R (“spinal”)
unidentified, June 21, Ruidoso T (“broken leg”)
So First N Famous, June 30, Ruidoso T (“laceration of both back legs”)
Our First Secret, July 7, Ruidoso R (“slab fracture knee”)
Flashing Queen Bud (probably sic), July 12, Ruidoso T (“slab fracture knee”)
Ms Dale Gilr, July 15, Ruidoso R (“dislocated shoulder”)
Lady Jodie Perry, July 21, Ruidoso T (“severed tendons and ligament”)
Kamila, July 22, Ruidoso R (“fracture and dislocation”)
Favorite Dividend, July 28, Ruidoso R (“bled”; died, not euthanized)
Sunnysyde, August 17, Ruidoso R (“bled, died on way to barn”)
Southbound Storm, August 26, Ruidoso R (“sesamoid fracture with fetlock luxation”)
Summer Runner, August 26, Ruidoso R (“compound cannon”)
Mr Reed Ricks, August 31, Ruidoso R (“carpus”)

In addition, these still-very-much-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry craftily calls “non-racing” causes. Technically true, perhaps, but morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

Jess Call Me J R, January 15, Sunland – “found dead in stall” (two years old)
Playboy Gold, January 31, Sunland – “hernia” (yet-to-be-raced)
Cooper Leroy, March 1, Sunland – “pleuro-pneumonia” (yet-to-be-raced)
Its Gonna Happen, June 22, Ruidoso – “colic” (yet-to-be-raced)
Shezaffirmedbeauty, July 8, Ruidoso – “colic” (last raced July 1)
Dashn Regard, July 10, Ruidoso – “colic” (last raced June 22)
Mountain Lips V, July 30, Ruidoso – “hernia” (yet-to-be-raced)
Magold Cartel (probably sic), August 2, Ruidoso – “colic”

Through a FOIA request to the New Mexico Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2017. Unless otherwise noted, immediate cause of death was a limb fracture of one kind or another; underlying cause – Racing itself.

Genuine Swaty Child (sic), January 4, Sunland, racing

Lilly Lips, January 6, Sunland, race 1

Winter Storm, January 10, Sunland, race 5

Denis Queen (sic), January 11, Sunland, training

Fateel, January 24, Sunland, training

Definitely Dylan, January 26, Sunland, training

Viola’s Victory, January 26, Sunland, training

Bonnies Sparky, January 28, Sunland, race 6

Music in the Storm, January 31, Sunland, race 3

Elusive Fleet, February 2, Sunland, training

Peppermintonice, February 4, Sunland, race 2

Locket Alley, February 5, Sunland, race 5

Clovers Meltdown, February 11, Sunland, training

Abbys Shooting Star, February 17, Sunland, race 1

Glorias Girl, February 21, Sunland, race 7

Denis Girl (sic), February 24, Sunland, training

Sc Dustychampion, March 10, Sunland, race 3
“fractured ankle…went airborne and landed on the entire left side – including head”

Sweet Sunday, March 14, Sunland, race 1

Exciting Valentine, March 18, Sunland, training

Star of the Storm, March 26, Sunland, training

Proud Ruben, March 28, Sunland, training

Jacky James (sic), March 31, Sunland, training

Skyfall, March 31, Sunland, race 5

Young Moon, April 8, Sunland, prior to race 7
“flipped and traumatized hind”

File and Rank, April 11, Sunland, training

Naci Knothead, April 11, Sunland, race 6

Flair Weather, April 15, Sunland, race 5

Dominant Diversion, May 27, Ruidoso, race 4
“died on track – hemorrhage via nostrils”

Iba Favorite, May 28, Ruidoso, race 12

Quality Boy, July 2, Albuquerque, race 9

Unbridled Critic, July 8, Albuquerque, race 1

Talking to Charlie, July 8, Albuquerque, race 9

Abridged, July 14, Albuquerque, race 7

Mr Flash the Cash, July 15, Ruidoso, race 12

Beduino Smooth Zevi, July 29, Albuquerque, race 8
“sudden death” (nine years old, first race in over three years)

Patty Del Rey, July 29, Ruidoso, race 10
“suspected lumbosacral [spine] fracture”

Olivias Little Bro, August 6, Albuquerque, race 2

First Bank of Papa, August 9, Albuquerque, race 1

Grc Graceful Azoom, August 12, Albuquerque, race 7

Mooch, August 17, Ruidoso, training

Z Rock, August 25, Ruidoso, training
“severed flexor tendon”

DE Last Shot, August 26, Albuquerque, race 3

Boots N Pants, August 27, Albuquerque, race 7

Prayer for Da Bric, August 27, Ruidoso, race 1

Mist Ter Noble, August 27, Ruidoso, race 7

Heal Do It, September 1, Albuquerque, training

Eye for an Eye, September 1, Albuquerque, race 3
(nine years old, 76th race)

Jess a Leap, September 1, Albuquerque, race 9

Fisher Stel Corona, September 2, Ruidoso, race 3

Zoomin Effortlessly, September 3, Ruidoso, race 8
“cardiovascular collapse”

Jm First Down, September 6, Albuquerque, race 3
“possible suspensory ligament rupture”

Riot Act, September 8, Albuquerque, race 3
“horse in severe pain [broken shoulder] in trailer – drew blood prior to animal being euthanized”

Jess Rockn, September 9, Zia, race 7
“both knees injected” two weeks prior

Tera Inferno, September 11, Zia, race 1
“horse flipped and hit head after race due to heat stroke”

Rusty Road, September 11, Zia, race 4

Yet Another Wain, September 17, Zia, race 1

Altanero, September 30, Zia, race 4

Jess a Tres, September 30, Zia, race 6

Rolling Star, October 3, Zia, race 2

Bar Bandit, October 3, Zia, prior to race 8
“flipped – head trauma”

Bodacious Giggles, October 7, Zia, race 4

Paid the Chick, October 7, Zia, race 4
(chart said “tripped over fallen foe” – see above)

Songof Inspiration, October 10, Zia, race 1

Carson City Guy, October 15, Zia, race 4

Shez Smokin, October 15, Zia, prior to race 10
“hit head in paddock – died”

Cooper Canyon, October 17, Zia, race 9

Rockndinamite, October 22, Zia, race 5

Hopeful Moves, October 22, Zia, race 10

Cecie Go Home, October 31, Zia, training

Altona Cat, October 31, Zia, race 5

Crimson Music, October 31, Zia, race 6

Dashin Foose, November 11, Zia, race 2

Jess Sisters, November 11, Zia, race 3

Blue Over You, November 12, Zia, training
“sudden death – possible heart attack” (three years old)

Split Step, November 19, Zia, race 7

Awesome Time, November 20, Zia, race 3

Vmr Rebel, November 25, Zia, race 4

Wood Be a Bullet, November 25, Zia, race 7
“compound, open, displaced sesamoids; compound, open, displaced carpal; closed spine” – “DOA of track vet” (chart merely said “vanned off”)

Nanango, November 26, Zia, race 1

Putalidonit, November 26, Zia, race 8

Good At Goodbye, November 27, Zia, race 3

Two Dollar Pistol, November 27, Zia, race 5

Warbuck’s Curfew, December 5, Zia, race 3

Hollywood Icon, December 16, Sunland, race 3
“euthanized in ambulance”

Gran Misterio, December 16, Sunland, race 6
(58th race)

Flying Bob Ed, December 19, Sunland, race 8
“euthanized in ambulance”

Kimbell, December 24, Sunland, race 3
“euthanized in ambulance”

Party Beads, December 29, Sunland, training

Jess My Choice, December 29, Sunland, race 2
“euthanized in ambulance”

In addition, these still-very-much-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry craftily calls “non-racing” causes. Technically true, perhaps, but morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

My Precious Stolita, February 21, Sunland
“severe colic – horse was found dead in stall” (four years old, last raced February 10)

Ole Straw, March 29, Sunland
“colic” – no indication of euthanasia (two years old)

All a Beat Tentation (sic), April 4, Sunland
“colic” – no indication of euthanasia

Citizen Ofthe West, April 8, Sunland
“found dead – colic” (last raced February 18)

Big A’s Darlin, August 8, Ruidoso
“colic” (last raced August 2)

Heisman (sic), August 9, Ruidoso
“bilateral forelimb laminitis”

Silver Bullet Rf, August 15, Ruidoso
“found dead in stall – possible colic suspected; 360-degree torsion of colon” (two years old, last raced July 15)

Bronze Bomber, August 24, Ruidoso
“pleural pneumonia with four-feet laminitis” (two years old)

Nacimientos Clasic, September 4, Zia
“horse died during night – colic” (two years old)

Big Boy Baze, October 4, Zia
“colic; horse passed away early morning – [not] euthanized” (two years old, last raced September 4)

Hondos Celesticman, December 5, Zia
“colic” (two years old, last raced November 13)

Legasistic (sic), December 19, Sunland
“evisceration of abdomen”