Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, USA
As a result of an alarming number of fatal injuries suffered by horses since December 26, 2018, the opening day, in Santa Anita Park, racing has been canceled indefinitely Published Report in Daily Racing Form .
The announcement was sent to the newspaper by Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer of The Stronach Group's Racing and Gaming division, owner of Santa Anita. Ritvo did not offer a date to resume racing, but said the weekend's live programs were Samita Class 1 Santa Anita Handicap and Level 2 San Felipe – the latter an important preparation for the Santa Anita Derby Class 1 and a points competition for the Kentucky Class 1
Ritvo told Daily Racing Form that Dennis Moore, former Superintendent of Santa Anita, who was obliged to inspect and monitor the surface earlier in the day, will extensively inspect the track.
The coaches were told that the main line and the inner training track are closed until further notice.
On Tuesday morning, Lets Light the Way, a 4-year-old filly trained by Hall of Famer Ron McAnally, was the 21st race or training fatality of the meeting when she broke and euthanized Sesamoids while driving.
On Saturday, March 2, two days after reopening the track following a review by the University of Kentucky Racing Surfac Advisor Mick Peterson, 4-year-old colt Eskenforadrink, suffered a catastrophic injury in a $ 16,000 race , She was euthanized after being examined by veterinarians. Eskenforadrink is one of seven horses that have been euthanized due to injury during the race on the main dirt area. There were nine training fatalities on the dirt, of which the California Horse Racing Board was due to a "sudden death," suggesting a heart attack. During the race, there were five deaths on the grass field.
The train was closed for training from February 26 to 27, to allow Peterson to assess that the track was 100 percent ready for the race. Following the Eskenforadrink injury on Saturday, officials canceled a scheduled race program on Thursday, March 7, saying it was in anticipation of a storm in Southern California that had been through an extremely wet and cold winter.
The fatalities have done generated national and local media coverage and demonstrators from animal welfare organizations who were arrested on Sunday in Santa Anita.
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