Death of 21 Horses at Santa Anita Park

The Santa Anita Park, a Los Angeles-area racetrack, has shut down following the deaths of 21 horses. Do you think horse racing should become a thing of the past?

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According to the Washington Post, almost two dozen horses have died since the winter season opened at the Santa Anita Park in Los Angeles in December. Accordingly, park officials have decided to postpone any coming events following the deaths of the 21 horses. Just earlier this month, a four-year-old filly had to be put down after she had injured her right leg during training.

Horse trainer and former jockey Art Sherman, 82, who managed the 2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes wins by California Chrome, told the Los Angeles Times, “Something is drastically wrong. I’ve been around a long time and have never seen this,” said Sherman. “There’s something wrong in the foundation, or something is not right. The only way to find out is shut it down.”

These unfortunate deaths raise a lot of questions, and according to the Washington Post, Santa Anita wants to reinstate its former track superintendent Dennis Moore “as a precautionary measure with regard to the condition of the one-mile main track.’”

Tim Ritvo is the chief operating officer of the Stronach Group, a company that owns Santa Anita. He told the Associated Press, “We think that [rain] could definitely contribute even though our experts are telling us not. The tracks out here are built not for weather like that.” Ron McAnally, who was the filly’s trainer, agreed. “I think the weather has a lot to do with it,” said McAnally. “Santa Anita has been a wonderful track, and they’ve done all kinds of tests. I don’t know what else they could do. It’s a fluky thing.”

Let’s cross our fingers that no more horses will be harmed going forward.


Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

The Santa Anita Park, a Los Angeles-area racetrack, has shut down following the deaths of 21 horses. Do you think horse racing should become a thing of the past?

Totals
50% Yes, it’s time
50% No, important sport
Males
48% Yes, it’s time
52% No, important sport
Females
55% Yes, it’s time
45% No, important sport

Yes, it’s time

No, important sport


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