Horse deaths shut down California track

Posted at 12:10 PM, Mar 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-08 15:10:18-05

Racing has been halted at California’s Santa Anita Park, one of the nation’s most famous race tracks, after more than 20 horses suffered injuries on the track and had to be euthanized.

Twenty-one horses have been euthanized since December 26 after they suffered catastrophic injuries on the race course.

Racing was halted less than two weeks ago after 19 horses died. After the track was tested and cleared, racing resumed, but two more deaths followed.

“We readily acknowledge we are closed for an indefinite period for live racing,” said Santa Anita Park Director of Publicity Mike Willman.

On Friday, the inner training track was reopened while testing continued on the main dirt track.

Horses were restricted to jogging or galloping on the training track only. No timed workouts were allowed.

Some trainers are sending their horses to Los Alamitos in Orange County for workouts on the one-mile track there.