Through a FOIA request to the Washington Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Emerald Downs in 2020 (there was no racing at Washington’s other track, Sun Downs, last year).

Hide N Seeker, Feb 24, Emerald T – “humeral fracture – acute, severe, with hemorrhage”

Rojo Bou Peep, Mar 19, Emerald S – “suspected pleuritis”

Double Zero Seven, Apr 24, Emerald T – “collapsed – unknown” (three years old)

Ready Eddie, May 9, Emerald T – “collapsed – unknown” (five years old)

Little Cat Gee, May 23, Emerald T – “fetlock luxation”

Midnight Medley, May 28, Emerald T – “fractured sesamoids”

Good Mischief, Jun 12, Emerald T – “fractured humerus”

Sketchy Lady, Jun 17, Emerald S – “sick – unknown”

O. K. So Far, Aug 23, Emerald T – “fractured sesamoids”

Bobble Doit, Aug 31, Emerald T – “displaced fracture, severe ligament laceration, tendon lacerations”; also, “chronic osteoarthritis, gastric ulceration” (two years old)

Scotchontherocks, Sep 24, Emerald S – “chronic, severe cutaneous wound; chronic, severe laminitis with P3 rotation and sinking” (two years old)

Great Gasby, Oct 1, Emerald R – “severe blunt-force trauma: skull fracture – comminuted, acute, severe”

yet-to-be-named 2-year-old, Oct 4, Emerald T – “compound fracture, multiple fragments”

Through a FOIA request to the Washington Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Emerald Downs in 2019.

Midnight Retreat, Mar 15, Emerald S – “gastric rupture”

Fury’s Prospect, May 18, Emerald T – “fractured humerus”

Shanghai Billy, May 20, Emerald T – “ligament rupture”

U Nomutt, May 22, Emerald S – “colic” (raced just five days prior)

Formal Joker, May 25, Emerald R – “unknown” (9 years old, 66th race)

Private Star, Jun 1, Emerald T – “fractured carpal”

All My Heart, Jun 2, Emerald R – “fractured carpal”

Glenwheresmymoney, Jun 7, Emerald R – “pulmonary hemorrhage”

Doc Brown, Jun 23, Emerald T – “fractures both front legs” (three years old)

Oreosong, Jun 28, Emerald R – “fetlock joint luxation”

Audacious Sadie, Jul 7, Emerald S – “cecal impaction” (two years old)

Racy Opinion, Jul 21, Emerald R – “fractured spine” (first race)

Informed Lady, Jul 21, Emerald R – “fetlock joint luxation”

Gypsy Chick, Jul 26, Emerald R – “fractured carpal”

Smokin Wild, Jul 27, Emerald R – “fractured sesamoid”

He’s Not Grey, Jul 28, Emerald R – “fetlock joint luxation”

Calex, Sep 7, Emerald R – “fractured sesamoid”

Tapalot, Sep 14, Emerald R – “fractures both front legs” (three years old)

Through a FOIA request to the Washington Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Emerald Downs in 2018.

Medicine Bundle, March 19, Emerald T
“fractured pelvis”

Oasis Wells, June 9, Emerald R
“fractured sesamoid”

Bet the Harbor, June 17, Emerald T
“fractured sesamoid”

Citizen Sam, June 29, Emerald R
“fractured sesamoid”

She Walks On Water, July 21, Emerald R
“pastern joint luxation”

Gavinator, July 22, Emerald R
“fractured sesamoid”

Emerald Candy, July 27, Emerald R
“fetlock joint luxation”

Calculated Chaos, July 28, Emerald R
“fetlock joint luxation”

Cruzin in Style, August 5, Emerald R
“fractured sesamoid”

Charming Ruler, August 5, Emerald R (euthanized for laminitis four days later)

Im Insatiable Too, August 31, Emerald R
“exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage”

Az Dreamer, September 1, Emerald R
“fractured carpus”

Pepe the Legend, September 7, Emerald R
“fractured carpus”

Lofty Cause, September 14, Emerald R
“fractured sesamoid”

Ever Special, September 16, Emerald R
“fractured sesamoid”

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.

Jensen, February 28, Emerald
“cecal rupture intestines” (four years old, last raced in January)

Part of the Plan, April 7, Emerald
“colic” (two years old, had been raced once)

Lucy’s Eclipse, August 12, Emerald
“hematomas” (two years old, last raced in July)

Through a FOIA request to the Washington Horse Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at Emerald Downs in 2017. Unless otherwise noted, immediate cause of death was limb fracture of one kind or another – with the underlying cause, of course, horseracing itself.

Big Daddy’s Dream, March 4, Emerald, training

Six Pack Pop, March 11, Emerald, training

Rat City Ruby, March 20, Emerald, training

Chocolate Tycoon, March 20, Emerald, training

Joshua’s Miracle, April 16, Emerald, race 5

Smokey Point, July 2, Emerald, race 1

Signorina Ermenia, July 22, Emerald, race 6

Gold Revelation, August 13, Emerald, race 4 (euthanized August 24)

Sweet Tashi, August 27, Emerald, race 8
“dislocated fetlock”

Hard Slider, September 24, Emerald, race 7
(9-year-old being raced for 53rd time)

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

Sing and Pray, May 22, Emerald
“pleuropneumonia” (last raced May 1)

Afinetimeforwine, June 21, Emerald
“colic” (3-year-old, last raced June 2)

Local One Thirty, June 23, Emerald
“anaphylaxis” (last raced June 11)

Perfect Meeting, July 2, Emerald
“histiocytic myositis” (last raced June 3)

A Lot of Style, July 19, Emerald
“hemorrhage” (last raced June 30)

One More Orman, July 21, Emerald
“pleuropneumonia” (last raced July 15)

Remy Royale, August 9, Emerald
“colic” (3-year-old, last raced July 2)

Cascade Kitty, August 14, Emerald
“colic” (3-year-old, last raced July 29; same trainer, Roy Lumm, as above)