Protesters Decry Horse Deaths at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia

3rd horse dies at Santa Anita Park racetrack since beginning of 2020

Another racehorse died Saturday at Santa Anita Park, making it the second horse to be euthanized at the park in two days.

They said they were only further incensed when another horse died at the track on Sunday after suffering an injury in a collision with another horse during training, track officials confirmed.

This marks the fifth horse death at Santa Anita Park since December 26. His death was the first on the main dirt surface.

On Friday, Harliss, a six-year old gelding, fractured his ankle while participating in a race at Santa Anita Park.

Tikkun Olam only had nine career starts under his belt and had just one win to his credit. Santa Anita instituted major reforms a year ago in an attempt to stem the number of fatalities. Both were running in turf races.


Santa Anita is managed by the Stronach Group who have made a raft of changes to improve horse welfare, including changes to raceday medication rulings. 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. The only acceptable fatality rate is zero, and if racing can't be done without horses dying, it shouldn't be done at all'. "If it takes the closure of a track to stop the deaths, then close the track". "Per recommendation from the attending veterinarian, the horse was humanely euthanized". He was competing in a 1 1/8-mile turf race worth $57,000.

Golden Birthday had two wins in 10 career starts and earnings of $117,894. "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".

"Santa Anita remains committed to transparency", it said. A total of 37 horses died at the Arcadia track past year.

"There is no sense in the board allowing racing and deaths to continue until it enacts all its own pending regulations and acts on the recommendations of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office".

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