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Another racehorse dies at Santa Anita, bringing total to three horses in three days

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LOS ANGELES -- Santa Anita suffered its third horse death in three days when a freak accident occurred during morning training on Sunday.

Tikkun Olam, a 4-year-old gelding, collided with an unidentified other horse while training. The second horse appeared to be uninjured. Tikkum Olam was euthanized from undisclosed injuries.

So far, Santa ...Read more

Death of Mongolian Groom in Breeders' Cup could have been prevented

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LOS ANGELES -- The death of Mongolian Groom in the $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 2 could have been prevented, according to a report released Wednesday by the Breeders' Cup.

The report said that 253 horses were evaluated several times and that 24 horses were scratched either in the Breeders' Cup races or on the ...Read more

Two horses have died at Santa Anita since start of new racing season

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LOS ANGELES -- Santa Anita, trying to reset the clock after a disastrous year of horse fatalities, had its first racing death of the new meet when a horse broke down in the last race on Wednesday. Golden Birthday took a bad step early in the stretch and jockey Victor Espinoza came off the horse while he was trying to pull up the 4-year-old ...Read more

Investigation into horse deaths at Santa Anita finds no unlawful conduct

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The California horse racing industry at Santa Anita Park, reeling from a series of equine deaths and threats from state and national officials, was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing on Thursday by the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.

After a nine-month investigation, a special task force that looked into 30 deaths at Santa Anita ...Read more

Two horses die in same race at Los Alamitos

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Los Alamitos had its first two deaths during daytime thoroughbred racing this year when two horses died in the first race on Saturday. The deaths were not related.

Mighty Elijah injured his left front leg in the stretch, according to the stewards. He was vanned off and euthanized when his injury could not be repaired. The horse was trained by ...Read more

California closer to adopting nation's most restrictive horse racing whip rule

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LOS ANGELES -- The California Horse Racing Board, faced with a crisis over a spike in equine deaths, on Thursday voted to implement the most stringent use of the riding crop by jockeys in North America.

The riding crop, or whip, has not been proved to be a factor in the series of deaths, but the optics of a jockey hitting a horse repeatedly has...Read more

Del Mar cancels Thanksgiving racing; 7 turf stakes set for final two days of meet

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DEL MAR, Calif. -- On the day that it had to cancel its Thanksgiving Thursday racing card due to predicted storms, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club took a semantical stab at looking on the bright side.

In a press release, Del Mar's turf stakes "festival" became a "bonanza," and that's not just a public relations spin.

All seven stakes races ...Read more

Mare who suffered racing injury at Del Mar dies after developing laminitis

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A third thoroughbred injured in racing Nov. 10 at Del Mar has died.

According to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, Princess Dorian, a 5-year-old mare, was euthanized Monday morning at San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall after quickly developing laminitis in both of her hind legs.

Princess Dorian suffered fractures to her left front leg. She underwent ...Read more

Maximum Security's owner says he will appeal dismissal of Derby lawsuit

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The owner of Maximum Security said he will appeal last week's dismissal of his case challenging the Kentucky Derby disqualification.

Gary West said in a statement on Monday that Friday's ruling by U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell puts Kentucky's stewards above the law.

"Stewards' decisions are of momentous financial and intangible importance...Read more

Del Mar racetrack suffers first two racing fatalities of 2019 in span of 90 minutes

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DEL MAR, Calif. -- Amid the debate about the safety of thoroughbred racing in Southern California, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club could point to one fact: It had not suffered a single racing fatality in 2019.

That changed Sunday afternoon when in the third race on the turf course, a 3-year-old gelding named Ghost Street suffered a front leg ...Read more

Del Mar faces scrutiny for fall horse racing meet after Breeders' Cup death at Santa Anita

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DEL MAR, Calif. -- From his seat beyond the finish line Saturday at Santa Anita, Josh Rubinstein was focused on the celebration in the seconds after Vino Rosso won the Breeders' Cup Classic.

It was only when the president of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club turned his gaze to the left that he saw the ambulance on the track and the 4-year-old ...Read more

Vino Rosso wins Breeders' Cup Classic, but another horse dies in last race at Santa Anita

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It appeared that Santa Anita had a safe Breeders' Cup, but in the last race, at the top of the stretch, Mongolian Groom was pulled up in distress. He suffered a life-ending injury to his left-hind leg and was euthanized on Saturday. It was the 37th death at Santa Anita since Dec. 30 and will raise the temperature even higher on the track with ...Read more

Breeders' Cup Classic claims Mongolian Groom, 37th horse death at Santa Anita

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There were 13 Breeders' Cup races run without incident over the last two days at Santa Anita Park.

But in the 14th and final race, the Classic, Vino Rosso's win was overshadowed by the breakdown of Mongolian Groom, a 4-year-old gelding who was vanned away after pulling up and not finishing.

The Breeders' Cup later announced horse had been ...Read more

Omaha Beach enters Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile with something to prove

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LOS ANGELES -- Six months ago, Richard Mandella sat next to Dr. Foster Northrop at an impromptu news conference at Churchill Downs. That combination, trainer and veterinarian, is rarely a good sign.

Stoically, Mandella explained why Omaha Beach, the morning-line favorite, would not be running in the Kentucky Derby. A trapped epiglottis, a ...Read more

Undetectable drugs might have role in horse racing deaths

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LOS ANGELES -- Horse racing has never experienced a year like this one. A spike of deaths at Santa Anita, Keeneland and tracks in New York, mixed with a controversial finish in the Kentucky Derby that prompted a lawsuit, have left the sport with a crisis-a-week feel.

This week, there is plenty more anxiety as attention turns to the Breeders' ...Read more