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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

A 22nd horse since Christmas dies from injuries sustained at Santa Anita Park racetrack

A 22nd horse since Christmas dies from injuries sustained at Santa Anita Park racetrack A 3-year-old filly named Princess Lili B became the 22nd horse to die as a result of injuries sustained at the Santa Anita Park racetrack since Christmas. The horse was euthanized Thursday morning after breaking both of her front legs in the final stretch of a half-mile run, according to Daily Racing Form. Racing was suspended last week as track officials tried to figure out what had led to 21 horses being injures since the racing season kicked off on Dec. 26. The track reopened Monday — just three days before Princess Lili B came up lame at the end of an 8 a.m. practice run.

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.

Santa Anita imposing new safety, welfare rules for horses

Santa Anita imposing new safety, welfare rules for horses Santa Anita is imposing new rules to scrutinize horses training on its racetrack. It's also adding a director of equine welfare, whose job includes conducting transparent investigations of injured horses. 

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 and thoroughbred owners make deal that could reopen track Friday.
LOS ANGELES - Santa Anita and the Thoroughbred Owners of California reached an agreement Saturday that could pave the way for the track to open as soon as Friday. Santa Anita has been closed since March 5 after a dramatic rise in horse deaths, which is now up to 22 since Dec. 26. While both sides have agreed to changes on medication rules, there is still the issue of getting the deal approved by the California Horse Racing Board. There is a CHRB meeting Thursday, but the medication changes were not listed on the docket and did not meet a 10-day public notification period.

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