26th horse death at Santa Anita track prompts calls for a halt to racing

Horses race at the Santa Anita Horse Park in Arcadia, California, on March 29, 2019. Allen J. Schaben / LA Times via Getty Images file. Edited and Resized.

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“Tracks in the United States have significantly higher rates of death than tracks overseas. We need to determine what we’re doing wrong in this country and fix it. If we can’t, we need to consider whether horseracing has a future here.” — Sen. Dianne Feinstein

NBC News reports:

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., called for the famed Santa Anita Park outside of Los Angeles to be temporarily shut down after another horse died at the course over the weekend, the 26th such thoroughbred fatality there since Christmas.

California’s senior senator urged the drastic action after Kochees, a 9-year-old gelding, was euthanized Sunday, marking the third horse death in just nine days.

“How many more horses must die before concrete steps are taken to address what is clearly an acute problem?” a statement from Feinstein said.

She said track conditions and the history of each of the horses’ medications have to be carefully scrutinized. Continue reading »

The 26 deaths matches the same number of fatalities from Santa Anita’s 2017-18 season. But last year’s total came after a full season of 758 races and 5,960 starts by horses, according to the California Horse Racing Board.

Read Feinstein’s Full Press Release »

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Related Reading

» The slow and merciless death of American horse racing, by Vivian Farrell, Tuesday’s Horse, May 28, 2019.

1 thought on “26th horse death at Santa Anita track prompts calls for a halt to racing”

  1. This is appalling! 😡😡😡. Since less loss of horses! 😡😡. Yes fix the problem, check the horse for drugs, whatever it takes! Fix it or stop racing!!😡😡


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