Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have confirmed the following deaths at that state’s tracks in 2018. (Please note: The Board redacted the names of the dead horses; any identifications below came via other channels.)

Rewired, August 5, Santa Rosa R
“Horse pulled up with catastrophic fracture to LF – multiple sesamoid fractures. Treated with 7 mg Detomidine on track, set Kimzy splint and vanned off. After further evaluation, humane euthanasia was elected.”

unidentified, August 8, Del Mar T
Fracture of the proximal sesamoid bones complete, displaced, comminuted. Rupture of the annular palmar and the intersesamoidean ligaments. Tear and significant fraying of the deep digital flexor tendon. Tear of superficial digital flexor tendon. Tear of the suspensory ligament. Tear of the distal sesamoidean ligament. Rupture of the collateral lateral ligament. Significant fraying of the cruciate sesamoidean ligaments. Rupture and fraying of the short sesamoidean ligaments. Gastric ulcers.”

unidentified, August 8, Del Mar T
Rupture and massive hemorrhage of distal sesamoidean ligaments. Rupture and hemorrhage of short and cruciate sesamoidean ligaments. Rupture of the suspensory ligament. Massive hemorrhage on palmar supracondylar surface. Gastric ulcers.”

Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have confirmed the following deaths at that state’s tracks in 2018. (Please note: The Board redacted the names of the dead horses; any identifications below came via other channels.)

unidentified, August 19, Golden Gate T
“Both sesamoid bones are fractured. Severe soft tissue hemorrhages and edema. Both front limbs demonstrated severe palmar osteochondral disease.”

unidentified, August 24, Golden Gate T
“Right front limb: Fractured sesamoids; palmar annular ligament tear; intersesamoidean ligament tear; intraligament hemorrhaging; subchondral bone disease. Left front limb: suspensory ligament branch hemorrhage; subchondral bone disease. Extensive gastric ulcerations.” (this horse was four years old)

unidentified, August 24, Los Alamitos
“Flipped in stall. Head/neck trauma unable to rise. Severe, comminuted skull fracture involving right lateral and ventral walls of the cranial cavity, was accompanied by marked subdural hemorrhage. Chronic ulcerative gastritis.”

unidentified, August 25, Del Mar T
“Left humerus fracture with possible pre-existing stress fracture. Complete transverse rupture of brachialis muscle. Massive hemorrhage affecting soft tissue.”

unidentified, August 27, Del Mar
“Horse reportedly acting colicky over the last 24 hrs. Palpation revealed distended small intestine. Rectal also had old blood on sleeve. The cause of colic is due to herniation of a 141 cm segment of mid jejunum through a rent in the gastrosplenic ligament leading to torsion and infarction of that bowel segment.”

unidentified, August 30, Los Alamitos T
“Catastrophic breakdown of the right front fetlock – [multiple fractures, multiple ruptured ligaments].”

unidentified, September 1, San Luis Rey Downs T
“Catastrophic breakdown of the left front fetlock – [multiple fractures, multiple ruptured ligaments]. Massive hemorrhage with bone exposure.”

unidentified, September 4, Golden Gate
“Euthanized due to colic – large colon torsion with cecal-colonic displacement and obstruction. Gastric ulceration.”

Valley Child, September 6, Los Alamitos T
“Left front carpus failure, [multiple fractures]. Right front carpus failure, [multiple fractures]. [That’s two broken legs.] Complete, transverse rupture and severe fraying of the lateral collateral ligament. The most significant findings, other than carpi breakdown, was extensive hemorrhages in the sub cutis of the forehead, likely of traumatic origin. Reason for the fractures may be related to extensive sclerosis and focal porosity on the fracture surface of the third carpal bones. This would cause an area of weakness in the bones, consequently making it prone to fracture.” (Valley Child was two years old – “weakness in the bones”)

Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have confirmed the following deaths at that state’s tracks in 2018. (Please note: The Board redacted the names of the dead horses; any identifications below came via other channels.)

We Have a Favorite, March 10, Los Alamitos R
“Comminuted, complete, displaced slab fracture of radial carpal, intermediate carpal, ulnar carpal and carpal III, plus osteochondral fragmentation of the palmar aspect of the proximal articular surface of MCIII (acute). Chronic cartilage lipping and osteochondral disease [both] front limbs.” (she was but three years old)

unidentified 12-year-old, March 18, Los Alamitos
“Hauler got to Los Alamitos, noticed blood on trailer. This horse was picked up from Burns Ranch earlier and likely went down on trailer during transport. Fracture, open, complete, severely comminuted. Subcutaneous and intramuscular hemorrhage, severe. Hemorrhagic puncture wound of skin. As suspected, she was pregnant with a 5-6 week gestation embryo.” (again, pregnant)

Native Jaylo, April 20, Golden Gate R (died April 22)
“Pulled up at 1/8 pole. Grade 4 lame RF with hyperdorsiflexion at R carpus. Radiographs diagnosed fracture of C3. Today 4-22-18 during surgery to compress fracture, filly experienced cardiac arrest and died.”

Carulli, April 20, Los Alamitos R
“Open, comminuted, complete, displaced condylar fracture with rupture of the articular capsule, annular ligament and collateral fetlock ligaments. Open, comminuted, complete, displaced fracture of the medial proximal sesamoid bone with avulsion fracture of the tip and avulsion fracture of the axial surface; rupture of the intersesamoidean ligament and fibrocartilage. Deep gastric ulcers.”

unidentified 3-year-old, May 9, Los Alamitos T
“Open, comminuted, complete, displaced fracture of MCIII. Missing bone fragment(s).”

Blackhawk Beauty, May 11, Golden Gate R
“Horse had an open, displaced fracture in the fetlock with fractures of the proximal sesamoid bones and tendon/ligament rupture. Gastric ulceration was severe.”

unidentified 3-year-old, May 30, Golden Gate T
“Complete humerus fracture with an additional fractured proximal bone fragment. Marked hemorrhage within the surrounding soft tissues which also are partially torn.”

Irish Spring, August 4, Del Mar R
“Horse was in tight and appeared to clip heels and fell. Horse was dead upon arrival. Complete, comminuted, displaced fracture of C 3, with complete transection of the spinal cord and extensive hemorrhages.” (he broke his neck)

unidentified 2-year-old, August 4, Los Alamitos T
“Upon arrival horse was dead. Viewers described slowing down and stumbling to outside rail, then collapsed, DX: cardiovascular failure. Pulmonary congestion, edema and extensive pleural hemorrhages. Tracheal congestion and hemorrhages, marked. The stomach had numerous irregular deep ulcers.” (again, two years old)

Mz Brown, September 2, Del Mar R
“Catastrophic breakdown of the left front fetlock. Fractures of the proximal sesamoid bones. Full thickness, transverse rupture of the palmar annular ligament. Full thickness, transverse and longitudinal rupture of the intersesamoidean ligament.”

Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have confirmed the following deaths at that state’s tracks in 2018. (Please note: The Board redacted the names of the dead horses; any identifications below came via other channels.)

unidentified, March 1, Del Mar T
“Fracture of the humerus. Periosteal callus at caudal aspect of neck through which fracture runs. Extensive hemorrhage and edema of surrounding musculature and soft tissues. Hemarthrosis of the humeroradial and humeroscapular joints. Chronic deep linear ulceration of articular cartilage of dorsal third.” (three years old)

Cat From Iraq, March 4, Los Alamitos R
“Sudden death after race. Presumtive heart failure with: Pulmonary hemorrhage, congestion and edema. Hemorrhage and congestion of upper respiratory tract. Congestion and hemorrhage of abdominal organs. There was a large amount of stable pink froth in the trachea and lower airways.” (had just turned seven – “sudden death”)

Cash Prize, March 17, Golden Gate R
“There is an open and displace fracture of the left front fetlock joint. Environmental debris contaminates the affected joint and adjacent connective tissue. There is a fracture of metacarpal III. There is also a medial sesamoid fracture with comminutions and avulsions. There is partial rupture of the deep digitial flexor tendon. Additionally the intersesamoidean ligament is completely ruptured along with the medial branch of the suspensory ligament and medial collateral ligament.”

unidentified, March 19, Golden Gate
“Right hind: Moderate to severe laminitis with rotation of the coffin bone and a fissure within the sole. Left hind: Moderate to severe cellulitis with focal hemorrhage within the coronary band and hoof wall defect.”

Foxtrot Romeo, March 23, Golden Gate R
“In the right foreleg, there is a fracture of the medial proximal sesamoid bone. There [is] severe scoring of all articular surfaces of the fetlock joint. The proximal phalanx has a comminuted fracture with multiple fragments of bone. There is associated hemorrhage and soft tissue swelling. In the left foreleg, there is erosion along the transverse ridge of the distal MCIII and focal deep ulceration on each condyle with erosion of the distal articular cartilage. Gastric ulceration, chronic, severe.”

You’re a Daisy, March 24, Los Alamitos R
“Catastrophic left MCIII fracture with hemorrhage and fraying of deep digital flexor tendon and body of suspensory ligament. Gastric ulcers.”

unidentified, April 12, Golden Gate T
“Discovered in stall Thursday morning – left hind open, comminuted, medial condylar fracture. Filly had breezed the previous morning.” (yes, broke leg the previous day)

Dashing Roja, June 23, Oak Tree R
“Complete rupture of the sesamoidean ligaments.”

unidentified, June 28, Santa Anita
“The horse was found dead by barn personnel following an unexplained struggle in the stall. Presumptive heart failure with: Severe pulmonary congestion and edema. Pronounced paintbrush hemorrhages of pharyngeal, guttural pouch, laryngotracheal and hilar bronchial mucosa. Focal hemorrhagic skin abrasions, dorsolateral aspect of left eye. Focal moderate subcutaneous hemorrhage, caudo-dorsal aspect of skull.”

Imperial Legacy, June 30, Los Alamitos R
“Fracture of medial proximal sesamoid bone. Fracture of lateral proximal sesamoid bone. Hemorrhage and fraying of suspensory ligament. Rupture of intersesamoidean and palmar annular ligaments. Rupture of medial collateral ligament of the fetlock. Rupture of medial collateral sesamoidean ligament. Gastric ulcers.”

Through a FOIA request to the California Horse Racing Board, I have confirmed the following deaths at that state’s tracks in 2018. (Please note: The Board redacted the names of the dead horses; any identifications below came via other channels.)

Califo Cat, June 1, Golden Gate R
Severe soft tissue damage, rupture of ligaments and tendons, right foreleg fetlock region, with eroded/ulcerated articular surfaces of bones. Both limbs and the right side more extensively, had degenerative changes with surface damage as well, which may have played a role in the formation of the observed breakdown.”

unidentified 5-year-old, June 2, San Luis Rey Downs T
Horse went down while being walked after working on track. Became agonal quickly and died within minutes. Cause of death, hypovolemic chock with abundant frank blood and blood clots [in] abdominal cavity [and] extensive hemorrhage [in] abdominal wall. Chronic changes of the right forelimb: roughly triangular 1.5 cm long x 1 cm deep slab held in place by a screw; lipping and deep ulceration of articular cartilage and erosion of the articular surface. Chronic changes of the left forelimb: pitting and linear erosion of articular cartilage. Stomach: Chronic erosions/ulcers, multiple. Horse has been gone from racing since Sept 2016.” (again, five years old)

unidentified 3-year-old, June 3, Golden Gate T
“This horse sustained a complete fracture of the medial and lateral proximal sesamoid bones in the right front fetlock, which was accompanied with rupture of tendons and marked bruising and edema of the subcutaneous tissues.”

unidentified 8-year-old, June 3, Golden Gate T
“Condylar fracture multiple pieces; history of sheath sever[e] synovitis, was lanced and drained four weeks ago. An approximately .6 cm long displaced bone fragment was between the sagittal ridge fragment and medial condyle. There were small fragments of bone pieces scattered throughout. There was marked hemorrhage and edema of the subcutaneous and soft tissues. There was acute, complete rupture of the lateral branch of the suspensory ligament.”

unidentified 2-year-old, June 16, Golden Gate T
Comminuted fractures of the diaphysis with approximately 10 major fragments. The skin is lacerated with bony fragments extending through.

unidentified 2-year-old, June 16, Los Alamitos T
Acute comminuted fracture of the neck. A (chronic) callus located at the distal end of the spine of the scapula was likely the predisposing lesion.” (again, two years old)

Phantom Flyer, June 27, Golden Gate T
Complete, comminuted fracture of the metatarsal. Abundant soft tissue hemorrhage surrounds all portions of the fracture.”

unidentified 2-year-old, July 27, Los Alamitos T
“Complete, comminuted, displaced, open fracture of medial proximal sesamoid bone. Displaced fracture of lateral proximal sesamoid bone Hemorrhage and fraying of medial and lateral branches of suspensory ligament. Rupture of fetlock collateral ligaments. Rupture of collateral sesamoidean ligaments.”

Skidazzle, July 29, Golden Gate T
Fetlock crush injury: Comminuted fracture of both proximal sesamoid bones. Bilateral, apical proximal sesamoid bone fractures into 2-3 fragments with ligament rupture. Severe hemorrhaging, lateral suspensory branch fraying and partial tear, lateral collateral ligament fraying. Focally extensive ulceration of the stomach.”

Unusual Kiddy, July 29, Los Alamitos R
Fell leaving gate paralyzed: Comminuted fracture of the lumbar spine, with extensive hemorrhages in the adjacent musculature and connective tissue.”