New Mexico’s Dead, So Far…

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”

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  1. Have a look at the ARCL rulings website, tells a story in an of itself. Plenty of other articles and such around about some of these “top” trainers, a hot mess indeed.

  2. NEW MEXICO horse racing is an abyss of corruption.
    Like most other tracks it was on the verge of shutting down, but the good ole boys club in local/state politics came to the rescue with taxpayers money and/or casino profits.
    In fact, acting Attorney General Whitaker amended the Interstate Horse Racing Act.(AKA Wire Act) as soon as he got into office.to make it easier for multi-billion dollar, TAX FREE horse wagers to cross state lines with little to no transparency.
    He also launched a campaign to STOP internet gambling which was taking a huge chunk out of horse wager profits:
    https://www.reviewjournal.com/business/casinos-gaming/wire-act-reinterpretation-was-not-corrupted-matthew-whitaker-says-1593429/
    Oh, and does it surprise you that New Jersey had a huge role in this?
    New Jersey just authorized 20 MILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR OF TAXPAYERS MONEY to start up horse racing in New Jersey to “create jobs” and help the “agricultural business” – the usual lines.
    So while they collect staggering profits, with hardly any transparency, they are also getting taxpayer handouts!
    Now if this isn’t the definition of corruption I don’t know what is.
    You ever notice how none of these politicians, who authorize taxpayers support, ask “where in the hell are the billions in wagering profits going? Not a word – silence.
    Of course in the midst of all of this are the defenseless, voiceless victim racehorses dying on their tracks with little to no funding available for the disposables most of which end up on the slaughterhouse floor.
    Horse racing is corruption central and it’s so sad that the racehorses pay the price every single day.

  3. I find it amazing that most tax payers don’t even know this is going on. It is quickly hustled through with little fanfare- and the voting public isn’t asked if they even would like to foot these bills. If it was – I bet that horse racing would go the way of greyhound racing in FL.
    I found it even more interesting that the comments I saw on the New Jersey situation, on a pro racing site, even pro racing supporters were against it for the most part. That’s telling.

  4. I find it amazing that most tax payers don’t even know this is going on. It is quickly hustled through with little fanfare- and the voting public isn’t asked if they even would like to foot these bills. If it was – I bet that horse racing would go the way of greyhound racing in FL.
    I found it even more interesting that the comments I saw on the New Jersey situation, on a pro racing site, even pro racing supporters were against it for the most part. That’s telling.

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