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Sport22nd horse suffers fatal injuries at Santa Anita

22:10  14 march  2019
22:10  14 march  2019 Source:   ap.org

Horse racetrack reopens after 19 deaths in 2 months

Horse racetrack reopens after 19 deaths in 2 months A prominent horse racetrack in Southern California reopened Thursday morning after being closed for soil inspection in the wake of 19 horse deaths. Find the Top 3 Financial Advisors Near You Compare Advisors Ad SmartAsset Santa Anita Park closed its main track on Monday to evaluate sub-surface conditions and determine whether excess rain has contributed to the recent spike in fatalities. At least 19 horses have died there while racing or training since the track in Arcadia, about 17 miles northeast of Los Angeles, opened for the winter season on Dec.

22nd horse suffers fatal injuries at Santa Anita© The Associated Press FILE - This March 7, 2019, file photo, shows the empty home stretch at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. A filly broke both front legs at the end of a workout on the main dirt track at Santa Anita and has been euthanized, becoming the 22nd horse to suffer catastrophic injuries since Dec. 26. Trainer and owner David Bernstein says the 3-year-old filly named Princess Lili B broke down just past the finish line on Thursday morning, March 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

ARCADIA, Calif. — A filly broke both front legs at the end of a workout on the main dirt track at Santa Anita and was euthanized on Thursday, becoming the 22nd horse to suffer catastrophic injuries since Dec. 26.

Santa Anita racetrack has 20th horse death

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Trainer and owner David Bernstein said the 3-year-old filly named Princess Lili B broke down just past the finish line after a half-mile workout.

Bernstein told KTLA-TV that Princess Lili B apparently took a step as she changed leads, which led to her breaking her left ankle and then her right ankle. A lead change refers to which set of legs, left or right, leads or advances forward when a horse is galloping.

"She was always very sound and we've never had a problem with her," Bernstein said in the interview. "We didn't have to train her on any medication. She's just a lovely filly to be around."

Bernstein said the filly's exercise rider didn't indicate any problem with the dirt surface.

"I think it's one of those things that happens, sadly enough," the trainer told KTLA.

Official: Santa Anita cancels racing after 21 horse deaths

Official: Santa Anita cancels racing after 21 horse deaths A track official says Santa Anita is canceling racing indefinitely to re-examine the dirt surface after the deaths of 21 horses in the last two months. Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, tells The Associated Press that officials feel confident in the track surface but want to be "very proactive" and do all the testing that needs to be done. Ritvo said Tuesday that racing won't be held this weekend, when two major races were scheduled: the San Felipe for 3-year-old Kentucky Derby hopefuls and the Santa Anita Handicap for older horses.

Bernstein said he wouldn't hesitate to train another horse on Santa Anita's surface again.

"I know they've done the best job they can possibly do," he said. "They're hired a number of great experts to handle this surface."

Santa Anita had reopened its main track for limited workouts on Monday, with horses limited to jogging and galloping while the surface was monitored for any irregularities that may have caused the deaths of 22 horses since the winter meet began on Dec. 26.

This week's workouts were the first conducted under the track's new training protocols, which include two veterinarians observing each horse going to and from the track.

Santa Anita set to resume racing on March 29.
Santa Anita plans to resume racing on March 29, pending approval of new safety and medication rules by the California Horse Racing Board.Racing has been suspended since March 5 at the track, where 22 horses have suffered fatal injuries since Dec. 26. Limited training is being allowed on the main dirt track while testing of the surface and new rules involving safety and medication are being worked out.The track, along with Golden Gate Fields in Northern California, and the Thoroughbred Owners of California reached agreement late Saturday to enact the most stringent medication rules in North America.

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