5-yr-old mare collapses, dies at Los Alamitos

She had been raced 27 times Another racehorse has been killed at Los Alamitos Race Course, the track’s 18th horse fatality of the year. Javelina Cantina, a 5-year-old mare with 27 races and one first-place finish in her career, suffered a “sudden death” after finishing fifth in a six-horse field in Saturday’s 10th race, the… Continue reading 5-yr-old mare collapses, dies at Los Alamitos

Santa Anita has 4th horse death in short fall meeting

VIA THE LOS ANGELES TIMES 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… Continue reading Santa Anita has 4th horse death in short fall meeting

Two more horses killed at Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos empty gate. Howard Lipin / San Diego Union-Tribune.

How long? How long . . . and what will it take to start shutting down these assembly line horse killers? ESPN reports via The Associated Press: LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. — Two horses have died after suffering racing injuries at Los Alamitos, which was put on probation by the California Horse Racing Board after a… Continue reading Two more horses killed at Los Alamitos

Racing babies … to death

Protective Thoroughbred mare and young foal huddle together in pasture.

RESEARCH by JANE ALLIN “I think there’s probably a much stronger tendency to have two year old racing nowadays than there used to be….and the lure of prize money. There’s a great incentive to race their horses too young too immature. In the old days, you bought your yearlings, you broke them in, you castrated… Continue reading Racing babies … to death