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USL.A. DA to investigate horse deaths at Santa Anita racetrack

08:51  16 march  2019
08:51  16 march  2019 Source:   cbsnews.com

‘Something is drastically wrong’: After 21 horses die, Santa Anita Park shuts down racing

‘Something is drastically wrong’: After 21 horses die, Santa Anita Park shuts down racing Officials at Santa Anita Park announced events have been indefinitely postponed while they investigate the uptick in deaths at the race track.

Yet another horse died at the Santa Anita race track in Arcadia Monday morning, bringing the death toll to 19. Officials shut down the main track to racing

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L.A. DA to investigate horse deaths at Santa Anita racetrack© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. A starting gate stands at Santa Anita Park on March 06, 2019 in Arcadia, California. Santa Anita has suspended horse racing after 21 horses died at the famed racetrack beginning on December 26.

The Los Angeles County district attorney's office has assigned a team to investigate the recent increase of horse deaths at the Santa Anita Park racetrack, CBS Los Angeles reports.

The L.A. County district attorney's office released a statement Friday confirming the investigation has begun.

As Santa Anita Park quietly searches for answers, trainers and jockeys need to run

As Santa Anita Park quietly searches for answers, trainers and jockeys need to run The storied racetrack that will host the Breeders' Cup again this year mum on track condition after 21 horses die in opening months of winter meet.

LOS ANGELES — One horse death followed another at Santa Anita Park, a racetrack for thoroughbreds outside Los Angeles . Santa Anita Park officials are working to discern the cause of these deaths , but no clear pattern has emerged — leaving questions from industry insiders

Engineers at Santa Anita racetrack are continuing to test the facility’s main track to determine if inconsistencies in the dirt surface contributed to the death The organization also has asked the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office and CHRB to investigate whether trainers or veterinarians

"At this time, the District Attorney's Office has assigned investigators to work with the California Horse Racing Board," district attorney's office spokesman Greg Risling said in a statement.

On March 1, PETA requested that the DA's office launch an investigation into the recent rise in horse injuries and deaths at the racetrack.

They asked that the DA's office specifically investigate methods used by the track's trainers and veterinarians.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the DA's office has been in contact with Pasadena Humane Society, who has contacted the Arcadia Police Department.

The track has suspended live racing since March 6, while experts work to determine what could be contributing to the problem.

The main and training tracks have been open for horse workouts and are only allowing horses to jog or gallop.

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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