A Southern California racetrack has taken an unprecedented step in professional horse racing to ban medications after the 22nd horse died on December 26th at the racetrack.
The racetrack of Santa Anita Park made the announcement in an open letter box published on Thursday.
The decision is made indefinitely more than a week after the closed race at the Santa Anita circuit, after 21 horses were euthanised after injury or injury during training or racing within two months.
"What happened? Santa Anita has not been shaken in recent weeks, "said Belinda Stronach, president of the Stronach Group, which owns the track, in the letter.
Princess Lili B, a three-year-old racehorse who has made her third career, was euthanized on Thursday morning at the Santa Anita circuit after breaking his fore at the end of a half mile workout, according to The Paulick Report, a website for horse racing.
David Bernstein, Princess Lili B's owner and coach told KTLA-TV in Los Angeles that the racehorse was healthy before the injury.
"She was always very healthy and we never had a problem with her," Bernstein said in an interview with the news channel. "We did not have to train her with medication. She's just a pretty foal to be around. "
On Thursday, Stronach announced a list of changes to the racetrack regulations that are likely to have a dramatic impact on professional drivers and their horses in Santa Anita.
" We've come to a watershed, "she added before her carried out a "complete overhaul" of the drug policy of the racetrack and other provisions.
In addition to the ban on Renntag drugs, the performance-enhancing drug Lasix is also banned on the racetrack. According to Inverse.com, Lasix prevents the lungs of a horse from bleeding spontaneously at high speeds. It is banned in other countries, but is usually used on racehorses in the USA.
The Santa Anita line added the following provisions:
The ban on legal therapeutic NSAIDs, joint injections, shockwave therapy and anabolic steroids has been increased.
Complete transparency of all veterinary protocols.
Significantly growing tests outside the competition.
Increasing the time horses need to be on site before a race.
A significant investment by the Stronach Group in the diagnostic equipment that will help in the early detection of past conditions.
Horses in training may only receive therapeutic medication with a qualified veterinary diagnosis.
Earlier this month, officials from Santa Anita ordered additional tests on the park's one-kilometer mainline after a four-year-old foal had to be euthanized after an injury while training on the track. The Stronach group has also conducted on-track ground radar tests, which they classify as "100% operational".
The nearly two dozen fatalities on the track have tarnished the reputation of once as the safest circuit in sports.
Tim Ritvo, Stronach Group's Chief Operating Officer, told The Associated Press that the recent heavy rains in California may have affected the horse's track and health.
According to the park, there were 16 of the horses He died during the race or training on the unpaved track of Santa Anita. Five died after a race on the track.
"We believe that [rain] could definitely help, although our experts do not tell us," Ritvo told AP. "The tracks here are not built for such weather conditions."