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Second Fatality In Two Days – 29th Horse Dies At Santa Anita Park

ARCADIA, Calif. (FOX11) – Officials at Santa Anita Park have refused a request by the California Horse Racing Board to suspend racing at the track for the remaining seven days of the season, after a 28th horse died at the facility since Dec. 26.

‘Truffalino’ is the 29th horse to die at the track since December.
The 3-year-old filly reportedly collapsed and died Sunday during a race conducted in near-triple digit temperatures. Sunday’s temperature in Arcadia reached a high of 97 degrees.

FILE – In this Oct. 30, 2013 file photo, an exercise rider takes a horse for a workout at Santa Anita Park with palm trees and the San Gabriel Mountains as a backdrop in Arcadia, Calif. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says a 21st horse has died at Santa Anita. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Tuesday, March 5, 2019, because the fatality has not been announced publicly. A total of 21 horses have died since the race track’s winter meet began on Dec. 26. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

It’s reported that the horse pulled up inside the eighth pole and collapsed after the jockey dismounted.

This is the second fatality in the past two days. On Saturday ‘Formal Dude’ was euthanized after suffering an injury during that day’s 10th race, said Mike Marten spokesman for the CHRB.

Officials at Santa Anita Park have refused a request by the California Horse Racing Board to suspend racing at the track for the remaining seven days of the season. 

The number of deaths at the track have prompted calls from animal- advocacy groups and some politicians for a halt in racing at Santa Anita, or even to ban the sport in California altogether.

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