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Third horse in three days dies at Santa Anita Park – four in the new year

The third horse in three days was killed at Santa Anita Park in California. The fourth to die in January, 2020. A total of 37 horses were killed at the track in 2019.

HOLLIE SILVERMAN: ‘The third horse in three days — the fourth this month — was put to death at Santa Anita Park in California Sunday, according to a state horse racing board spokesman.The 3-year-old horse, named Tikkun Olam, “was involved in a head-on collision with another horse while training Sunday morning” and “suffered catastrophic injuries, necessitating euthanasia,” stated California Horse Racing Board spokesman Mike Marten…

On Friday, a 6-year-old horse named Harliss was euthanized after fracturing its right front ankle, and on Saturday 5-year-old Uncontainable was put to death for the same reason. Golden Birthday, a 4-year-old horse was the first to die this year at the track in Arcadia, northeast of Los Angeles, after being injured during a January 1 race.

The number of horse deaths at the track — almost 40 in just over a year — led officials to briefly halt racing there last year. Santa Anita has since made changes in an effort to increase safety for the horses, including restricting steroids, anti-inflammatory drugs and race-day medications.

Animal rights organization PETA on Sunday called on the state’s horse racing board to suspend racing. “Three dead horses in three days requires immediate action,” PETA said in a statement. “If it takes the closure of a track to stop the deaths, then close the track”.’  SOURCE…

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