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Horse euthanized after breaking down in race at Santa Anita

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Posted at 10:53 PM, Jan 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-02 01:53:33-05

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) - A horse broke down in the last race at Santa Anita and was euthanized in the track's first death of the winter-spring meet.

Golden Birthday took a bad step in the stretch and jockey Victor Espinoza fell off while trying to pull up the 4-year-old gelding.

Espinoza wasn't hurt. Veterinarians recommended that Golden Birthday be euthanized, although it wasn't immediately clear what his injury was.

Two days before the meet began last Saturday a horse broke its leg on the training track and was euthanized.

A total of 37 horses died at the track last year.