Through a “New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act,” I have confirmed the following 28 deaths at Ruidoso Downs in 2014:

2-year-old Secretly Dreaming, May 3, training
“scapula – mid-body fracture”

3-year-old Dontchacallnomo, May 3, training
“medial sesamoid fracture”

8-year-old Bye Bye Jess, May 3
“colic” – not euthanized

3-year-old Asophisticatedmomma, May 21
“dropped dead”
“horse was found dead – horse was insured”

3-year-old Comic Slew (sic ?), May 22, training
“fractured left elbow”

3-year-old Dynastys First Call, May 24, Ruidoso 7
“horse died post-race – collapsed – died quickly” (chart merely said “vanned off”)

3-year-old Valle Vidal, May 25, Ruidoso 11
“sesamoids fracture” (chart merely said “vanned off”)

2-year-old Perry Point, May 26, training
“severe EIPH [exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage]” – not euthanized

6-year-old Genes Kokopelli, June 4
“colic”

2-year-old Princess Marquee, June 7, training
“shoulder fracture”

2-year-old A First Class, June 7, Ruidoso 6
“death – immediately post race – on track!” (yes, exclamation point)

3-year-old Nics First Rainbow, June 9, Ruidoso 5
“fractured sesamoids”

8-year-old Scooper Dee (sic ?), June 12, training
“pastern fracture”

2-year-old Handsome Amigo, June 12, training
“sesamoid fracture”

4-year-old Patron Platinum, June 14, training
“luxation with bilateral sesamoid fractures”

4-year-old Peakaboo Sue, June 23
“colic”

3-year-old Sms First Dibs, June 24
“found dead”

2-year-old Im’s Home, June 25, training
“head injury”

2-year-old Eyesa Llano, June 27, training
“suspected severe EIPH” – not euthanized

6-year-old Carmon’s Trick, June 27
“found in stall dead”

2-year-old Design by Who, July 3, training
“apparent heart attack – dropped dead during gallop”

2-year-old Jaxtens First Wagon, July 3, Ruidoso 5
“slab fracture – knee” (chart merely said “vanned off”)

2-year-old Finns Huckleberry, July 4, Ruidoso 1
“apparent trauma/fracture of back; loss of use of hind limbs”

2-year-old Hocuspocuss, July 4, Ruidoso 5
“shoulder fracture” (chart merely said “injured, vanned”)

3-year-old Coronas Sportiness, July 5, Ruidoso 12
“slab fracture knee” (chart merely said “bad step, vanned”)

5-year-old Miss Bullette, August 22
“colic” – not euthanized
“Additional Information: Dead”

3-year-old Queen But a King, August 25, Ruidoso 5
(chart merely said “went wrong, vanned”)

2-year-old Ize On a Roll, August 29
“pleuritis”

To recap, according to the documents, four horses died of either colic or bleeding in the lungs – without euthanasia. Imagine that. In addition, three – yes, three – horses were simply “found dead.” This is New Mexico horseracing.

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