The Arizona 2017 Dead-Athletes Report

Through a FOIA request to the Arizona Department of Racing, I have confirmed the following kills on that state’s tracks in 2017.

Running for Annie, January 3, Turf, race 1
“open fracture fetlock”

With Love Too, January 8, Turf, race 1
“open fracture fetlock” (10 years old, 50th race)

Mydancingshadow, January 8, Turf, race 7
“open fracture fetlock”

Roi Soleil, January 30, Turf, race 3
“luxated fetlock, possible sesamoid fractures, disruption of supporting tissue”

Sir Got Class, February 4, Turf, race 1
“suspected medial and lateral sesamoid bones, with soft tissue insults”

El Trompito, February 5, Turf, training
“fracture to shoulder” (not yet two years old, being prepped for first race)

Indian Nate, February 12, Turf, race 7
“fracture sesamoids with concominant soft tissue disruption”

Ra Indio Tizok, February 19, Rillito, race 1
“fracture radius”

Clever Bling Chick, February 22, Turf, training
“fracture humerus” (two years old, being prepped for first race)

Amberella, February 26, Rillito, race 7
(seven years old)

Guybrush, February 27, Turf, training
“flipped over on training track, died moments later – suspect a broken neck”

Quorum of Joy, March 7, Turf, training
“ruptured digital flexor tendon”

Inexcess Time, March 8, Turf, training
“slab fracture knee” (most recent race, February 25: last, 34 lengths back)

Hail Casper, March 20, Turf, training
“fracture cannon” (not yet two years old, being prepped for first race)

He’s a Dandy, March 22, Turf, training
(nine years old)

Papa Howg, March 25, Turf, training
“sesamoid fracture” (not yet two years old, being prepped for first race)

Smack Talk, March 25, Turf, training
“slab fracture carpus”

Five Star Bert, March 27, Turf, training
“probable heart attack” (five years old)

Kickin Carver, March 28, Turf, training
“heart attack” (two years old, being prepped for first race)

Thundersgold, April 1, Turf, training
“fracture shoulder”

Lo Duca, April 1, Turf, race 2 (euthanized April 3)
“slab fracture carpus”

Market Mayhem, April 4, Turf, race 8
“broke fetlock”

Brazilian Barbeque, April 9, Turf, race 6
“fetlock fracture”

Jess a Dejon, April 29, Turf, race 1
“broken leg at cannon” (first race)

Hymn’s Girl, May 1, Turf, race 7
“fracture cannon bone”

Catching Fire, September 24, Turf, training
“collapse – lung bleeding”

Tizfun, September 29, Turf, training
“collapsed – bled into lungs”

La Moneda, November 5, Turf, race 3
“exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage”

Sooner Boomer, November 5, Turf, race 7
“fracture phalanx”

Bistro Lights, November 12, Turf, race 4
“fracture sesamoids”

Spanish Jazz, November 20, Turf, race 4
(eight years old, 55th race)

Compadre Sam, November 27, Turf, race 5
“fracture cannon”

Lady Chatterley, November 28, Turf, training
“fracture shoulder” (two years old, being prepped for first race)

Dont Tell Danna, December 1, Turf, training
“fracture shoulder” (two years old, being prepped for first race)

Arizona Dreamer, December 18, Turf, race 8
(first race)

Joshuas Glory, December 27, Turf, race 4
“fracture cannon”

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.

Doginabox, February 22, Turf
“pleural pneumonia”

Flat Out Filly (sic perhaps), February 22, Turf

Sunday Dawn, April 5, Turf
“colic” (seven years old, raced 42 times, most recent March 14)

Dollys Party Doll, October 2, Turf
“colic collapse” (last raced April 18)

Kershner, October 24, Turf
“sudden death; had been treated for colic, intestinal rupture” (last raced February 14)

Jamaalaree, November 16, Turf
“pleuropneumonia” (last raced July 16)


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  1. I once went to Turf Paradise looking for a job. I got hired, but I only worked one day. I quit after seeing what kind of poor shape the horses were in. It would have been like working in a hospital.

    I watched some videos of the barn help being exploited. This is one sorry way to make a living.

    I have three mental illnesses and I think they caused me to have delusions of grandeur. I always thought I would win a lot of money, but I didn’t . The illegal drug use in horse racing is not funny. Regarding jockeys using buzzers , I saw that too and the jockeys were making a joke about it and laughing.

    I got out of horse racing because of losing money I used to read the Racing Form and see the past performances. To actually make sense of the horse’s form, you would need to know what drug cocktail was in his system when the horse made that performance.

  2. FORTY-TWO (42) innocent horses were put to their painfully cruel deaths for –
    Justify this, racing apologists!

  3. The list is a sickening look at the outrageous suffering of horses in this sorry business. Anyone reading the list can see something is terribly wrong – no animal should suffer and die because of a corrupt and dirty gambling enterprise that, amazing as it is, has no oversight.
    And lets see the apologists respond to your challenge, Carolyn.

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