Through a FOIA request to the New Mexico Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following deaths at New Mexico tracks in 2016.

(Notes: The Commission did not forward dates of death.

There were a handful of horses on their lists who did not in fact die, but were only injured. They, of course, are not included here.

There were many horses “vanned off,” especially at Zia, who have since disappeared from the charts. I believe most, if not all, of those horses are dead, but because they did not show up on the FOIA documents I cannot include them below.

There were zero training deaths reported for both Albuquerque and Sunray. Zero. There weren’t any submissions at all for Ruidoso and only four for Zia (all racing). Combined, these four tracks ran for roughly 12 months in 2016.

In short, not only was the Commission’s information sloppily produced – with a seemingly indifferent attitude – more to the point, it is grossly incomplete. Put another way, in my estimation, the carnage below is significantly understated.)

Marys Machine, Sunland training, “broken leg”
Lady French, Sunland training, “communited, open sesamoid fracture”
Saint X., Sunland training, “fetlock”
Crimson Night, Sunland training, “sesamoid fracture”
Proprietor, Sunland training, “head injury”
Flaco C, Sunland training, “shoulder fracture” (unraced 2-year-old)
Holland Oak Special, Sunland training, “shoulder fracture” (unraced 2-year-old)
After Its Over, Sunland training, “lateral fracture”
Spicy Jerrae, Sunland training, “sesamoid fractures”
Smoking Talent, Sunland training, “shoulder fracture” (unraced 2-year-old)
Wild Sixes Cartel, Sunland training, “fractured sesamoids, suspensory breakdown”
Childhood Dream, Sunland training, “carpus”
Southwest Winter, Sunland training, “shoulder fracture” (unraced 2-year-old)
Sneakin Kisses, Sunland training, “hoof injury” (unraced 2-year-old)
Famous Edge of Glory, January 17, Sunland 1, “carpus”
Bank Dunit, February 27, Sunland 3, “sesamoid”
Lookwhosdancinnow, March 1, Sunland 2, “both sesamoids fractured”
Roja Caliente, March 8, Sunland 8, “lame”
Ohs of Oaks, March 18, Sunland 4, “carpus acute”
Charlies Soldier, March 19, Sunland 4, “shoulder fracture”
King of Cool, March 22, Sunland 8, “sesamoid fracture”
Froth, March 25, Sunland 6, “cut legs” (second race, first was last of 10)
Pfinding Jessie, March 26, Sunland 2, “possible stroke” (three years old)
Rey Del Mar, March 29, Sunland 9, “owner believes horse fell from heart attack”
Chamiso James, April 1, Sunland 6, “sesamoid fractures/luxation”
Better Go Trixie, April 1, Sunland 7, “no apparent injury”
Silca Sheets, April 9, Sunland 5, “suspensory”
Zoom With Fame, April 15, Sunland 9, “shattered carpus”
Indy’s Rocket, April 30, Sunland 8, “sesamoid fracture, ruptured suspensory”
Unforgettable Glow, May 1, Sunland 10, “shoulder”
Skimasco, June 12, Sunray 9, “bilateral sesamoid” (10-year-old, 61st race)
Whata Wild Night, June 19, Sunray 7, “bilateral sesamoid fracture”
Turbulent Sea, June 26, Albuquerque 9, “head injury”
Loaded and Wacky, July 8, Albuquerque 3, “bilateral sesamoid”
Roll Smash Roll, July 8, Albuquerque 8, “fell dead after race”
True Heat, July 13, Albuquerque 8, “fractured ankle”
Dandy One, July 13, Albuquerque 10, “fractured ankle”
Bonita Bully, August 6, Albuquerque 5, “went down…dead when D.S. arrived”
Handsome N Dashin, August 7, Albuquerque 2, “fractured scapula”
Highly Confident, August 13, Albuquerque 3, “suspensory”
Cash U Later, November 12, Zia 3, undisclosed injury
Graypromise, November 12, Zia 9, “ankle”
One More Polish, November 14, Zia 6, “ankle”
Streakin Lane, December 20, Sunland 7, “fell after race – unknown cause”
Charlie Bit Me, December 31, Sunland 4, “laceration hind pastern”

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

Cajun Cascade, Sunland, “pneumonia” (last raced January 17, 7th of 8)
Bob Bobo (perhaps sic), Sunland, “EHV-1 positive”
Bigtime Return, Sunland, “colic” (2-year-old coming off first race)
She’s All Real Dandy (perhaps sic), Sunland, “EHV-1, paralysis”
Girls Got Skills, Sunland, “EHV-1, paralysis” (2-year-old coming off first race)
Misinformation, Sunland, “EHV-1 neurotropic” (unraced 2-year-old)
Pierre Bear, Sunland, “EHV-1 positive” (9-year-old coming off 34th race)
Bogie She’saplayer, Sunland, “EHV-1 recumbent and paralysis”
Easy Snow, Sunland, “EHV-1 positive” (unraced 2-year-old)
Too Many Chiefs, Sunland, “EHV-1 positive”
Kerri’s Black Gold, Sunland, “EHV neurotropic”
Tempered Ivory, Sunland, “EHV positive” (unraced 2-year-old)
Statingtheobvious, Sunland, “colitis” (4-year-old, last raced March 12)
Insurectionist Rebel (10-year-old pony), Sunland, “colic – death,” not euthanized
Richard Prichard, Sunray, “colic”
Skipper (8-year-old pony), Albuquerque, “colic”

There can be no justification for the killing of animals for $2 bets. End it. Now.

Through a FOIA request to the New Mexico Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following 59 kills on New Mexico tracks in 2015. (Note: This list does not include horses killed at private farms or off-site training facilities.)

3-year-old Hiclass Local, January 4, Sunland 3
“collapsed and died”

5-year-old Warrens Venedalucy, January 17, Sunland 7

2-year-old Go See Too, January 18, Sunland 7

4-year-old Paramounts Fortune, January 24, Sunland 4

3-year-old Birdie Brew, January 26, Sunland 10

3-year-old Bounty for Devon, January 31, Sunland 10

4-year-old Strawberry Park, February 2, Sunland, training
“cardiac arrest”

3-year-old Saint Rafael, February 6, Sunland, training

3-year-old Wildly Quiet, February 8, Sunland 10

3-year-old Delphia, February 13, Sunland, training

6-year-old Indian Flag, February 13, Sunland 10

4-year-old Penny Ante Cat, February 18, Sunland, training

1-year-old Over the Fence, February 22, Sunland, training

3-year-old Let’s Dance, February 27, Sunland, training

4-year-old Derby Hat, February 27, Sunland 7

2-year-old Wise Option, March 2, Sunland, training
“skull injury – not euthanized, died in paddock”

4-year-old Dandy Guy, March 7, Sunland, training

3-year-old Texas Rapper, March 7, Sunland 8

4-year-old Diabolic Diva, March 9, Sunland 3

3-year-old Hot Dom, March 13, Sunland (pre-race)
“died after post-lasix injection”

3-year-old Sovereign Desire, March 13, Sunland, training

3-year-old Polish Justice, March 14, Sunland 10

2-year-old Stolis Bud, March 28, Sunland 5

4-year-old Criminal Element, March 29, Sunland 7

5-year-old Axle, March 30, Sunland, training

4-year-old There’s a Dream, March 30, Sunland 7 (euthanized April 3)

2-year-old I’ll Be Dom, April 3, Sunland 7

5-year-old Lucy’s Tacos, April 3, Sunland 10
“stroke”

3-year-old Dans Pot of Gold, April 10, Sunland, training

3-year-old Gabis Fortune (probably sic), April 25, Ruidoso, training
“run off track and hit pole – broken hock”

2-year-old Cash in the Wagon, April 27, Ruidoso, training (coming off first start)

4-year-old Devlins Flash Dance, April 29, Albuquerque 1

2-year-old James Bordeaux, May 5, Ruidoso, training
“EIPH” (exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage)

3-year-old Jess Special Baby, May 6, Albuquerque 1

4-year-old Red Mills, May 12, Ruidoso, training

3-year-old Fast Down the Track, May 24, Ruidoso 7

4-year-old Phyilming, May 25, Ruidoso, training
“right front knee shattered”

4-year-old Thebiddingisclosed, May 31, Albuquerque 8

6-year-old Zenon’s Star, June 8, Ruidoso 2
“cut LH to coffin bone”

4-year-old Lamar Special, June 12, Albuquerque 5

4-year-old Kicking Bear, June 12, Ruidoso 8

5-year-old Might Be a Eagle, June 14, Ruidoso 5
“broke back and neck” – not euthanized
(Although FOIA document revealed “died on track,” chart merely said “fell, vanned.”)

2-year-old Smiling Seen (probably sic), June 19, Ruidoso, training
“got loose, slid on pavement, hit rail and died”

8-year-old Im Royal Quick, June 20, Ruidoso 7

2-year-old Mo Valiant, July 4, Ruidoso 11
“end of race – died in van” – not euthanized

5-year-old Cut to the Front, July 4, Sunray 2

2-year-old Lethal Sham Bo, July 5, Sunray 1
“spinal injury”

2-year-old Jessa Smoocher, July 10, Ruidoso 10
“carpal collapse”

4-year-old Grace Victoria, July 12, Ruidoso 2
“hit rail”

4-year-old JB Concern, July 13, Ruidoso 6

5-year-old Gallant Version, July 17, Ruidoso 1
“hit rail”

2-year-old Kama Corona, July 31, Ruidoso 3

2-year-old Vf Corona N Fire, August 2, Ruidoso 1 (died next day)

3-year-old Jn Takethehardcash, August 3, Ruidoso 3

7-year-old Flyin Fish, August 9, Ruidoso 8
“horse collapsed [and died] after race”

2-year-old Hot Royal in Rio (probably sic), August 10, Ruidoso, training

2-year-old Rinks Last Rodeo, August 15, Sunray 5
“put down on track”

2-year-old Winners Vision, September 13, Zia 3

8-year-old Al’s Best Boy, September 19, Zia 6

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In addition, these 13 still-active racehorses died on track grounds from what the industry refers to as “non-racing” causes. While technically true, morally they are no less casualties of this vile business than the ones above.

5-year-old Change Dancer (probably sic), February 24, Sunland
“death of unknown cause”

8-year-old The Real Rabbit, February 27, Sunland
“hind leg cellulitis”

Brothers Johnanddon (probably sic), March 5, Sunland
“colic”

2-year-old Wagon #1 (probably sic), March 10, Sunland
“found dead in stall”

2-year-old Mystic Dragon, May 16, Ruidoso
“unknown” – not euthanized, though

7-year-old Speedy Trick, June 20, Ruidoso
“colic – died in stall overnight” – not euthanized

7-year-old Buroing the Cash (probably sic), June 22, Ruidoso
“colic” – not euthanized

2-year-old Mister Dark Eagle, June 23, Ruidoso
“tracheal collapse/trauma”

6-year-old Sanford (perhaps sic), July 10, Ruidoso
“head injury – flipped over backwards”

4-year-old Boy Named Lou, July 20, Ruidoso
“spider bite” – not euthanized

2-year-old Sequoya, July 22, Ruidoso
“colic” – not euthanized

4-year-old Why Not Wine, August 3, Ruidoso
“head injury – flipped”

8-year-old unidentified, August 8, Ruidoso
“colic” – not euthanized

Through a “New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act,” I have confirmed the following 16 deaths at Zia Park in 2014. (In addition to these, the Commission sent reports for several horses who were “vanned off” and have since disappeared. This being New Mexico, we can make educated guesses on their whereabouts.)

3-year-old Get That Cat, September 8, Zia 12
“lateral condylar fracture” (chart said finished fine)

3-year-old Noyo Harbor, September 9, training
“sesamoids fracture with luxation”

3-year-old Ali’s Rapper, September 9, Zia 10
“tendon rupture” (chart said finished fine)

[illegible], September 22, training

3-year-old Gold Crown, September 28, Zia 9
“sesamoids fracture” (chart merely said “pulled up, vanned off”)

[illegible], October 2
“colic”

4-year-old Seattle Flash, October 14
“severe colic” – not euthanized

4-year-old Strictly Business, October 14, Zia 10
“fetlock fracture/dislocation” (chart merely said “went wrong, vanned off”)

2-year-old Mama Odie, October 27, Zia 10
“carpal displacement” (chart merely said “vanned off”)

5-year-old Pretty Darn Quick, October 29, training
“bilateral sesamoid fracture”

3-year-old I Like Em Hot, November 2, Zia 9
“severe fracture and dislocation” (chart merely said “vanned off”)

4-year-old In Transition, November 3, training
“bilateral sesamoid fracture”

4-year-old Kasha Roo, November 10, training
“broken shoulder”

3-year-old Chappstick, November 11, Zia 3
“tumbled headfirst – died acutely, suspected CV rupture”

3-year-old Devilish Beast, November 22, Zia 7
“fractured knee” (chart merely said “vanned off”)

4-year-old El Musico, November 29, Zia 6
(chart merely said “vanned off”)

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