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23rd Horse Dies At Santa Anita Park Just Days After Racing Resumed

The races at the Southern California park had only just resumed when another horse lost its life.  

Just two days after the races had resumed a horse sadly lost its life. It is now the 23rd horse to have passed away on the famed track since late December.

The park was recently closed for three weeks and had only just reopened when the incident took place.

The park closed its gates to horse racing on the 5th March 2019 after almost two dozen horses died there since December 26th. As a result of the multiple horse deaths at the park the owner, the Stronach Group announced rules on the track that limits the used of whips and banned the use of nearly all medication on race day.

The rules were approved by the California Horse Racing Board and were put into immediate effect when the park opened up again on Friday the 29th March.

Unfortunatley, despite the rules in place to prevent death a horse named Arms Runner fell and collided with another horse at the dirt crossing during the San Simeon Stakes on Sunday.

Arms Runner sustained fatal injuries and the horse that he collided with, La Sardane, came out untouched.

"While this incident happened during competition on a track that has been deemed by independent experts to be safe, we are working closely with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) to understand if there was anything additional that we could have done to prevent today's tragedy," according to the park's statement.

 

"Today's incident speaks to the larger issue of catastrophic injuries in horse racing that The Stronach Group together with our industry stakeholders are working to solve throughout California and across the country," it stated.