Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have obtained the following details on some of that state’s kills this year.

Dylans Wild Cat, Feb 3, Santa Anita T
“Catastrophic right humeral fracture with ruptures of [multiple] muscles; blood in the airways and stomach.” Also: “degenerative joint disease of both front fetlocks and elbows; severe [stomach] ulceration.” Dylans Wild Cat was three years old.

Bet On Mookie, Feb 17, San Luis Rey T
“Catastrophic left humeral fracture with ruptures of [multiple] muscles.” Also: “severe metacarpal disease [both front limbs].” Bet On Mookie was three years old.

Ballet Royalty, Mar 12, Los Alamitos R
“Ran race, was being unsaddled when it collapsed and died: cardiac failure; severe, acute pulmonary hemorrhage; abundant red frothy fluid in nasal cavities, trachea, and bronchi.” Also: “several chronic stomach ulcers.” Ballet Royalty was five years old.

Fastidious, Mar 19, Los Alamitos R
“Horse locked up during race, fell, could not rise: catastrophic lumbar fracture [multiple vertebrae] with massive subdural hemorrhage and significant spinal cord compression; multiple variably-shaped fragments within spinal canal; high degree of comminution, many small fragments missing.” Fastidious was three years old.

Stolen Lives, Mar 20, Los Alamitos R
“Catastrophic pastern breakdown with: complete luxation of the joint with proximal phalanx entirely protruding through the skin; severe, complete rupture of [multiple – too many to count] ligaments.” Also: “degenerative joint disease of both carpi; multifocal gastric ulceration.” Stolen Lives was four years old.

Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have obtained the following details on some of that state’s kills this year.

Hygh I. Q., Jan 5, Golden Gate S
“Post-surgical sudden death – cause not identified.” Also: “severe gastric ulcerations in the stomach.” Hygh I. Q. was three years old.

Better Tomorrow, Jan 7, Golden Gate R (euth Jan 15)
“Suffered multiple fractures at the wire. Conservative therapy was attempted with splint, NSAIDs, and stall rest. Today [Jan 15], a fragment of the bone pierced the skin and the fracture became open and euthanasia was elected.” Also: “[multiple] severe, complete ruptures; severe arthritis; extensive cartilage erosion; gastric ulcers.” The 3-year-old Better was made to suffer for eight additional days like this.

Big Fabuloso, Jan 8, Los Alamitos R
“Locked up during race, fell, unable to rise. Catastrophic lumbar fracture: complete, displaced fractures of [multiple] vertebrae; massive subdural hemorrhage and significant spinal cord compression – multiple variably-shaped fragments within spinal canal.” Big Fabuloso was three years old.

Hi Fidelity, Jan 14, Cal Expo S
“Collapsed in barn, nystagmus, seizures, head trauma; hemorrhages in head, stomach, intestines.” Hi Fidelity was 14 years old.

Mugaritz, Jan 16, Golden Gate R
“Catastrophic fetlock breakdown: multiple comminuted fractures; [multiple] severe, complete ruptures.” Also: “severe osteochondral disease.” Mugaritz was six years old.