Santa Anita has 4th horse death in short fall meeting


John Cherwa writes:

“Santa Anita had its fourth equine death of its five-week fall meeting on Saturday when Major Cabbie broke down on the backstretch of a one-mile claiming race and was euthanized. This fall meeting has been a significant backslide from last year when the Arcadia track had no deaths either racing or training.”

“Major Cabbie, a 6-year-old, was running his first race for trainer Victor Garcia after being claimed from the barn of Peter Miller. He was running at the same claiming level as his previous race, in which he finished fourth. It appeared the horse was clear of other horses when the injury occurred, resulting in jockey Ricardo Gonzalez being unseated. Gonzalez was not hurt and rode later in the card.”

“Major Cabbie had won four of 24 lifetime races, winning $230,251. The horse, sired by Into Mischief, was purchased in 2017 for $260,000. He was winless in eight races this year.”

By the way. It turns out that five racehorses were killed in the time period stated above.

If you want to see the long, long litany of racehorse killings — and not just the few that make the occasional headline — go to and you will see how prolific racing is at killing its horses. It is monstrous. We say: Kill Racing — Not Horses.

By the way, HRW reports that Major Cabbie was the 19th racehorse killing of the year at Santa Anita. Cherwa did not mention that. Instead, this is what he ended his article with:

“California has had a precipitous decline in horse deaths the last two years after both track and CHRB reform measures were instituted.” 

The unmitigated gall.

Image Source: TIME Magazine

Updated 4:55 pm.

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