A famed Southern California thoroughbred track had its 20th horse death in only over two months after a 4-yr-old filly suffered severe harm all through a race on Saturday. Eskenforadrink injured her proper foreleg and became euthanized, the California Horse Racing Board stated. The death comes just days after the park reopened its most important music following a rash of 19 horse deaths.
Mike Marten, a spokesman for the state horse racing board, informed NBC News a necropsy would be carried out on Eskenforadrink. As is the case for each horse that dies within a facility regulated through the California Horse Racing Board, the research will take place. It turned into the 7th dying in the course of a race on the dust tune, seeing that overdue December. There were five on turf and eight for the duration of schooling on the dust. Santa Anita shut down its most important racing floor for 2 days a final week as officials tested the tune for any problems with the soil. Regularly scheduled workouts on the dirt have been canceled on Monday and Tuesday. It reopened on Thursday.
While deadly injuries are constantly a danger in horse racing, the latest number at Santa Anita stands proud. There have been approximately 10 horse deaths at Santa Anita inside the identical duration of 2017-18, 8 in 2016-17, and 14 in 2015-16, in step with statistics from the California Horse Racing Board. A spokesman for Santa Anita Park did now not immediately go back to NBC News’ request for remark. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) issued a announcement calling for the track to close. “Twenty lifeless horses are 20 too many, and the most effective responsible movement is for the tune to shut straight away to stop this spiral of deaths,” PETA said. “The California Horse Racing Board and Santa Anita need to try this now, and regulation enforcement should begin a direct research of trainers and veterinarians to find out if injured horses were being pressured to run.”