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”

Through a FOIA request to the New Mexico Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following deaths at New Mexico tracks in 2016.

(Notes: The Commission did not forward dates of death.

There were a handful of horses on their lists who did not in fact die, but were only injured. They, of course, are not included here.

There were many horses “vanned off,” especially at Zia, who have since disappeared from the charts. I believe most, if not all, of those horses are dead, but because they did not show up on the FOIA documents I cannot include them below.

There were zero training deaths reported for both Albuquerque and Sunray. Zero. There weren’t any submissions at all for Ruidoso and only four for Zia (all racing). Combined, these four tracks ran for roughly 12 months in 2016.

In short, not only was the Commission’s information sloppily produced – with a seemingly indifferent attitude – more to the point, it is grossly incomplete. Put another way, in my estimation, the carnage below is significantly understated.)

Marys Machine, Sunland training, “broken leg”
Lady French, Sunland training, “communited, open sesamoid fracture”
Saint X., Sunland training, “fetlock”
Crimson Night, Sunland training, “sesamoid fracture”
Proprietor, Sunland training, “head injury”
Flaco C, Sunland training, “shoulder fracture” (unraced 2-year-old)
Holland Oak Special, Sunland training, “shoulder fracture” (unraced 2-year-old)
After Its Over, Sunland training, “lateral fracture”
Spicy Jerrae, Sunland training, “sesamoid fractures”
Smoking Talent, Sunland training, “shoulder fracture” (unraced 2-year-old)
Wild Sixes Cartel, Sunland training, “fractured sesamoids, suspensory breakdown”
Childhood Dream, Sunland training, “carpus”
Southwest Winter, Sunland training, “shoulder fracture” (unraced 2-year-old)
Sneakin Kisses, Sunland training, “hoof injury” (unraced 2-year-old)
Famous Edge of Glory, January 17, Sunland 1, “carpus”
Bank Dunit, February 27, Sunland 3, “sesamoid”
Lookwhosdancinnow, March 1, Sunland 2, “both sesamoids fractured”
Roja Caliente, March 8, Sunland 8, “lame”
Ohs of Oaks, March 18, Sunland 4, “carpus acute”
Charlies Soldier, March 19, Sunland 4, “shoulder fracture”
King of Cool, March 22, Sunland 8, “sesamoid fracture”
Froth, March 25, Sunland 6, “cut legs” (second race, first was last of 10)
Pfinding Jessie, March 26, Sunland 2, “possible stroke” (three years old)
Rey Del Mar, March 29, Sunland 9, “owner believes horse fell from heart attack”
Chamiso James, April 1, Sunland 6, “sesamoid fractures/luxation”
Better Go Trixie, April 1, Sunland 7, “no apparent injury”
Silca Sheets, April 9, Sunland 5, “suspensory”
Zoom With Fame, April 15, Sunland 9, “shattered carpus”
Indy’s Rocket, April 30, Sunland 8, “sesamoid fracture, ruptured suspensory”
Unforgettable Glow, May 1, Sunland 10, “shoulder”
Skimasco, June 12, Sunray 9, “bilateral sesamoid” (10-year-old, 61st race)
Whata Wild Night, June 19, Sunray 7, “bilateral sesamoid fracture”
Turbulent Sea, June 26, Albuquerque 9, “head injury”
Loaded and Wacky, July 8, Albuquerque 3, “bilateral sesamoid”
Roll Smash Roll, July 8, Albuquerque 8, “fell dead after race”
True Heat, July 13, Albuquerque 8, “fractured ankle”
Dandy One, July 13, Albuquerque 10, “fractured ankle”
Bonita Bully, August 6, Albuquerque 5, “went down…dead when D.S. arrived”
Handsome N Dashin, August 7, Albuquerque 2, “fractured scapula”
Highly Confident, August 13, Albuquerque 3, “suspensory”
Graypromise, November 12, Zia 9, “ankle”
One More Polish, November 14, Zia 6, “ankle”
Streakin Lane, December 20, Sunland 7, “fell after race – unknown cause”

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In addition, the following horses died on track grounds from what the industry calls “non-racing” causes. While this may be technically true, morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

Cajun Cascade, Sunland, “pneumonia” (last raced January 17, 7th of 8)
Bob Bobo (perhaps sic), Sunland, “EHV-1 positive”
Bigtime Return, Sunland, “colic” (2-year-old coming off first race)
She’s All Real Dandy (perhaps sic), Sunland, “EHV-1, paralysis”
Girls Got Skills, Sunland, “EHV-1, paralysis” (2-year-old coming off first race)
Misinformation, Sunland, “EHV-1 neurotropic” (unraced 2-year-old)
Pierre Bear, Sunland, “EHV-1 positive” (9-year-old coming off 34th race)
Bogie She’saplayer, Sunland, “EHV-1 recumbent and paralysis”
Easy Snow, Sunland, “EHV-1 positive” (unraced 2-year-old)
Too Many Chiefs, Sunland, “EHV-1 positive”
Kerri’s Black Gold, Sunland, “EHV neurotropic”
Tempered Ivory, Sunland, “EHV positive” (unraced 2-year-old)
Statingtheobvious, Sunland, “colitis” (4-year-old, last raced March 12)
Insurectionist Rebel (10-year-old pony), Sunland, “colic – death,” not euthanized
Richard Prichard, Sunray, “colic”
Skipper (8-year-old pony), Albuquerque, “colic”

There can be no justification for the killing of animals for $2 bets. End it. Now.