Idaho’s Dead Racehorses – “Ankle Hanging by a Shred of Skin”
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Patrick Battuello,
March 2015

horse racing

Through a “Public Records Act” request, I have confirmed the following 12 deaths at Garden City, Idaho's Les Bois Park in 2014.

The notes after the dates come directly from the Racing Commission documents; my notes follow beneath:

7-year-old Walker Rd., April 8, “severe colic, died in stall” – not euthanized - This pathetic gelding was put to the whip 63 times – almost all at the claiming level.

5-year-old Benchmark’s Rebel, April 30, “head trauma, hit head while loose in barn area, died on impact” -
4 “career” races: 2 last place, 1 second-to-last, 1 DNF

5-year-old Okey Dokey Legend, May 7, Les Bois 5, “collided with other horse” - Equibase only said “bad step late” – no mention of collision, no mention of euthanasia.

3-year-old Party Boy Streakin, May 7, Les Bois 5, “collided with other horse” - Equibase only said “erratic path” – no mention of collision, no mention of euthanasia.

8-year-old Sum Special Hum, May 14, “heat distress, picked up off racetrack and died at barn” – not euthanized - Probably a pony – last race was in 2009.

3-year-old Alpinheimer, May 17, “fractured withers, flipped over at barn” - Her only race was two weeks prior.

7-year-old New Vogue, May 28, Les Bois 5, “suspensory ligament rupture, sesamoid fracture” - Equibase had this mare as “eased, vanned off.”

8-year-old Never, June 10, “unknown – found dead in stall” - A $5,000 claimer who had been running in the rear over his last five starts.

6-year-old Given Episode, July 16, Les Bois 10, “multiple displaced fractures of the carpal bones” - Equibase merely had her as “eased.”

2-year-old Heza Fast Wagon, July 19, Les Bois 3, “RF ankle was disarticulated from the parent bone and hanging by a shred of skin” - Equibase had this equine child as finishing the race without incident.

3-year-old My Bananarama, July 23, “hit head in paddock” - Her last race was almost a year prior; she finished last of 10.

8-year-old Possy Beach, July 23, Les Bois 9, “open fracture to the ankle” - Equibase had him as “no factor, vanned off.”

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