“Leg Shattered”; “Ligament Ruptured”; “Neck and Head Fractures”; “Laminitis Both Front Feet” – Some of West Virginia’s 70+ Kills Last Year

Horseracing Wrongs

Through a FOIA request to the West Virginia Racing Commission, I have confirmed the following kills at that state’s tracks in 2019. (This is Part 3; Part 1 here; Part 2 here.)

Sweet Milk, Apr 28, Mountaineer R (euthanized Aug 17) – “laminitis”

Tomb Robber, Jun 22, Charles Town R (euthanized Jun 27) – “slab fracture”

Longstreak, Jun 27, Charles Town T – “shoulder fracture”

Coleman Rocky, Jul 3, Mountaineer R (euthanized Jul 29) – “condyle fracture”

Pastorelli, Jul 9, Mountaineer R – “sesamoids fracture”

Good Boy Lucas, Jul 10, Mountaineer – “laminitis both front feet”
(five years old, last raced Jun 26)

Unsuspected, Jul 12, Charles Town R – “multiple fractures”

Doc Machen, Jul 17, Mountaineer T – “comminuted MCIII fracture”
(two years old, being prepped for first race)

Hey Willie, Jul 19, Charles Town R – “sudden death”

Carolina Reaper, Jul 23, Mountaineer R – “fell…

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