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USNewsom calls on racetrack to halt races until further inspection following 29th horse death

08:25  12 june  2019
08:25  12 june  2019 Source:   thehill.com

2nd horse in 2 days, 29th overall, dies at Santa Anita

2nd horse in 2 days, 29th overall, dies at Santa Anita A second horse in two days and 29th overall has died at Santa Anita, where management has chosen to continue racing for the rest of the current meet. 

LOS ANGELES — One horse death followed another at Santa Anita Park, a racetrack for thoroughbreds outside Los Angeles. While the recent deaths have drawn renewed attention to the dangers facing racehorses, experts and animal rights advocates note that they are not an anomaly in

The death toll from races and training incidents now stands at 29 since the storied California track began its The CHRB said it recommended that Santa Anita halt racing but “allow horses to continue to Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) called in April for all racing at Santa Anita to be suspended “ until the

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) called Tuesday night for a racetrack in the state to suspend horse races until state officials can guarantee the facility's safety after more than two dozen horses died.

Newsom said in a press release Tuesday evening that he was asking state officials to suspend all business at the Santa Anita Park until veterinarians hired by the state inspected the conditions at the horse track.

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119 horses killed on track for a number of reasons most commonly for catastrophic front limb injury (56). On average one horse will die on Australian racetracks every 3 days. 4 horses died from bleeds. The state with the highest recorded deaths was NSW (52) followed by VIC and QLD (24).

Since the start of the racing season in late December, a shocking 21 horses have died at the famed Santa Anita Park racetrack in southern California. "While we are confident further testing will confirm the soundness of the track , the decision to close is the right thing to do at this time."

"I continue to be troubled by the horse deaths at Santa Anita Park. Enough is enough. I am calling on the California Horse Racing Board to ensure that no horse races until they are examined by independent veterinarians and found fit to compete," he said in a statement.

"As Santa Anita prepares to host the 2019 Breeders' Cup in November, we must show the horse racing world that California puts safety first," Newsom added.

His remarks come after operations at the track were previously suspended "indefinitely" in March, only for the track to re-open weeks later. Following the re-open, at least 8 other horses have been euthanized following injuries at the track.

The Stronach Group, which owns the track, pledged in mid-May to investigate the injuries after one 3-year-old horse was euthanized following an "unusual" shoulder injury.

Santa Anita track to stay open despite more deaths

Santa Anita track to stay open despite more deaths The owners of Santa Anita racetrack rejected calls to suspend horse racing at the course on Monday as the equine death toll at the facility rose to 29 after two more fatalities. Animal rights groups have led calls for Santa Anita's closure, with some arguing that the unusually high death toll demanded an outright ban of horse racing. "Santa Anita averages 50 dead horses a year. It is business as usual," said Heather Wilson, an advocate for Horseracing Wrongs, a New York- based nonprofit that is working to eradicate horse racing in the US. "The general public must understand that horse racing kills horses at every single track.

She performs pre- race inspections and treats horses injured in races but is not responsible for their overall care. New Mexico recently became the first state to temporarily ban all horses from racing on clenbuterol, a drug that aids respiration, but that has been widely abused because it can build muscle.

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"Equine shoulder injuries are rare, especially for a horse that is galloping as opposed to breezing or racing," the organization said at the time. "A comprehensive evaluation will be completed to understand what might have caused this uncommon injury."

The number of deaths at the track since Christmas, 29 in total, surpass the total number of deaths suffered by horses at the track throughout the entirety of 2018.

"The tracks out here are built not for weather like that," Tim Ritvo, COO of the company, told ESPN in March that wet conditions and cold temperatures contributed to the injuries.

"The safety, health and welfare of the horses and jockeys is our top priority," he added in a press release. "While we are confident further testing will confirm the soundness of the track, the decision to close is the right thing to do at this time."'

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