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Santa Anita: Sixth horse death of racing season, and 43rd since December 2018

JOHN CHERWA: ‘Santa Anita had its sixth racing or training fatality of the season when Double Touch, a 6-year-old gelding, died on the training track Saturday in what was described as a “sudden death.” Though the track released few details, this kind of death is generally attributed to a heart attack or something other than “catastrophic,” or a horse that breaks down because of some kind of exercise-induced fracture.

The horse had completed a four-furlong workout on Saturday and collapsed and died. If a horse fatality is listed as sudden death the horse was not euthanized. As is standard, a necropsy will be performed… Last year, to this point, Santa Anita had 13 fatalities… and a disastrous season in which 37 horses died, including Mongolian Groom in the Breeders’ Cup Classic’. SOURCE…

 

 

 

 

 

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