Through a FOIA request to the New Mexico Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks in 2021 (this is part 2; part 1 here). Please note, however, that covid continued to have a major impact there, with Sunland’s meet canceled and curtailed racing at a couple of the other tracks. In addition (and as always), the New Mexico records are about the worst in the nation, so I do not believe I’m capturing all deaths. In any event, here is what I do have.

Canyon Klif, Aug 22, Albuquerque R – “slab fracture left carpus”
Lilbluechicknfry, Sep 12, Albuquerque R – “bilateral sesamoid fractures”
Executive Trust, Sep 26, Zia R – “fractures [two legs] past wire”
Jess Cartel Eyes, Sep 28, Zia R – “knee fracture past wire”
Saigon Star, Oct 4, Zia R – “bilateral open, compound fractures”
Ghost Dancer, Oct 11, Zia S – “sick three days, found deceased in stall” (two years old)
Night N Red Satin, Oct 19, Zia R – “LF MC3”
Shame On Dixie, Oct 30, Zia T – “sesamoid fracture”
Doubledown Dreamer, Nov 9, Zia T – “horse fell – [multiple] fractures”
Loud House, Nov 10, Zia S – “colic death”
Lisas Special Woody, Nov 10, Zia S – “all-night colic”
Desert Ghost, Nov 15, Zia R – “[multiple] comminuted, displaced fractures”
Juices Boy Wtxrt, Nov 29, Zia R – “compound fracture past wire” (first race)
Indian War Paint, Dec 5, Zia R (euthanized Dec 7) – “compound fracture past wire”

Through a FOIA request to the New Mexico Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Ruidoso and Sunray thus far this year:

Lethal Glory, Apr 3, Ruidoso T – “broke neck”

Willing to Resorce, Apr 6, Ruidoso S – “died in stall”

Bf One Sweet Memory, May 8, Sunray R – “flipped in paddock, probable skull fracture”

Gbh Wagon, May 18, Ruidoso S – “colic”

Rhythm of the Night, May 21, Ruidoso S – “colic” (not euthanized, just died)

Remember Then, May 30, Ruidoso S – “colitis” (not euthanized, just died)

Cartels Comet, Jun 1, Ruidoso S – “colic”

Hush’s Storm, Jun 10, Ruidoso S – “horse died in stall, colic – no vet needed” (11 years old, had been raced 86 times)

Syms Dandy Tlc, Jun 18, Ruidoso R – “fractured knee”

Straightupp, Jul 6, Ruidoso T – “horse collapsed; hemorrhage from pulmonary cavity led to sudden death” (not euthanized, just died) (two years old)

Motiveighted, Jul 27, Ruidoso S – “colic” (not euthanized, just died) (two years old)

E J’s Gold, Jul 31, Ruidoso R – “fractured sesamoid” (75th race)

Exhalted Spirit, Aug 8, Ruidoso R – “fell, spinal cord injury”

Tell Em I Got Candy, Aug 13, Ruidoso S – “colic from 12:30 am to 8 am – surgery not requested by owner” (two years old)

Jam Candy, Aug 20, Ruidoso R – “fell, shoulder”

Kat Eye Kylie, Sep 6, Ruidoso R – “unknown, [just died]” (two years old)

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”