Published: Tue, January 21, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Horses Die In 3 Days At Notorious Santa Anita Racetrack

Horses Die In 3 Days At Notorious Santa Anita Racetrack

A third horse has died in a span of three days at Santa Anita, the Los Angeles race track that made headlines previous year when 37 horses died.

Protesters were already planning their demonstration Saturday after word that two horses had died both Friday and Saturday during races at the venue.

A third horse reportedly sustained fatal injuries at trackwork on Sunday.

Almost 40 horses have died at the track in Arcadia, northeast of Los Angeles, since December 2018, and officials briefly halted racing a year ago over concerns about the number of deaths.

From this year, two-year-old horses aren't permitted to be treated with anti-bleeding drug Lasix within 24 hours of competition.

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Tikkun Olam had one win in nine career starts and earnings of $40,743. Uncontainable had two very long periods previous year when he wasn't raced, which likely indicates injury and the need for special attention by veterinarians. Tikkun Olam's death was the first that occurred on the main dirt surface this year. The only acceptable fatality rate is zero, and if racing can't be done without horses dying, it shouldn't be done at all'.

The statement from the park added that horses have trained or raced there "more than 420,000 times over the a year ago with a 99.991% safety rate". "If it takes the closure of a track to stop the deaths, then close the track".

The winter-spring meet began on December 28, two days later than usual after the track postponed opening day due to concern over rain in the forecast. The horse won once in 12 starts with career earnings of $23,026, per the Associated Press. A total of 37 horses died at the Arcadia track a year ago. "The California Horse Racing Board was recently given the authority, in legislation backed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, to suspend racing, and now it must do exactly that".

A recent investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office found no indication of animal cruelty or criminal activity.

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