Two more horse fatalities at Santa Anita

TwomorehorsefatalitiesatSantaAnita

June10,20194:52pm。

byAAP

Asecondhorseintwodaysand29thinthepastfewmonthshasdiedatSantaAnitawheremanagementhaschosentocontinueracing。

TruffalinocollapsedinthefinalstagesofthethirdraceonturfonSunday。

Atrackspokesmansaysthethree-year-oldfillydiedofaheartattack。

ShewastrainedbyHallofFamerRichardMandellaandwasriddenbyJoeTalamo。

Truffalinohadonewininsixcareerstarts。

Adayearlier,FormalDudepulledupinthe10thraceafterbreakingdownnearingthefinishline。

TiagoPereirawasaboardthefavouritetrainedbyPhilDAmato。

Thefour-year-oldgelding,winlessinsixstarts,waslatereuthanised。

TheCaliforniaHorseRacingBoardhasrecommendedthetracksuspendtheremainingdaysofitsmeetingwhichissettoendonJune23butSantaAnitamanagementhaschosentocontinueracing。

Theracingboarddoesnothavetheauthoritytosuspendaracemeetingorremoveracedateswithouttheapprovalofthetrackoperatororwithoutholdingapublicmeetingthatrequires10daysnotice。

TheCHRBrecommendedSantaAnitasuspendracingbutallowhorsestocontinuetraining,believingitwouldprovidetheindustryextratimetofullyimplementannouncedsafetyinitiatives。

ItisourunderstandingthatSantaAnitamanagement,afterconsultationwithcertainotherindustrystakeholders,believesthatforavarietyofreasons,thefutureofCaliforniaracingisbestservedbycontinuingtorace,theracingboardsaidinastatement。

IngivingSantaAnita10daysnotice,theCHRBmaybeabletoshutdownthetrackforthelastthreedaysofthemeeting。

SantaAnitahasenactedaseriesofreformsaimedatimprovingsafety,butdespiteitseffortsandasix-weekstretchinwhichnohorsesdiedattheArcadiatrack,moredeathshaveoccurred。

Eithertherulesarentstrongenoughortherulesarentbeingfollowed,butwhateverthereasonforthedeathsoftwomorehorses,SantaAnitaneedstolistentotheCaliforniaHorseRacingBoardandshutdown,KathyGuillermo,seniorvicepresidentofPeoplefortheEthicalTreatmentofAnimals,said。