33 Horses Have Died At Santa Anita Racetrack Since December

Another racehorse has died at California’s embattled Santa Anita Park.

Ky. Colonel, a 5-year-old gelding, died of a suspected coronary heart assault on the thoroughbred racetrack on Saturday after going for a jog on the coaching monitor, the horse’s coach Richard Mandella confirmed to the Associated Press.

It was the second fatality in Mandella’s barn and the 33rd demise on the racetrack since December. 

Speaking to the AP, Mandella described the gelding’s demise as “devastating.” 

“I can only remember one other heart attack in 40 years of training,” the coach stated.

Ky. Colonel, who will endure a compulsory necropsy to substantiate the reason for demise, is the third equine fatality at Santa Anita in slightly below three weeks.

Zeke, a 4-year-old gelding, was euthanized in mid-September after struggling a pelvic fracture on the coaching monitor. Twelve days later, a 3-year-old colt named Emtech was euthanized on the monitor after breaking each of his entrance legs throughout a race.

Santa Anita, thought of probably the most famend racetracks within the U.S., has come below intense scrutiny this yr for the rash of equine deaths.

State regulators and the Los Angeles County district lawyer’s workplace have launched investigations into the fatalities; and California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a invoice in June giving authority to the California Horse Racing Board to droop a race meet license when it’s vital to guard the well being and security of horses or riders. 

Following Zeke’s demise final month, Newsom warned that “time is up” for horse racing in California except the game undergoes important reform.

“Incredible abuses to these precious animals and the willingness to just to spit these animals out and literally take their lives is a disgrace,” Newsom instructed The New York Times.

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