‘Enough Horse Deaths’: LA Times Editorial Board Urges Santa Anita To Call Off Rest Of Meet

by | 05.29.2019 | 1:37pm

In a piece published Wednesday, the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times called for Santa Anita Park to cut short the current meet, in light of the 26 equine fatalities that have occurred in the last five months, the last three of which occurred in a span of nine days.

The Times gives Santa Anita owners The Stronach Group credit for instituting various reform measures in response to the deaths at the track and says racetracks across the country should follow suit, but the editorial board concludes with this:

“At the end of the day, there may be no good explanation for the surge in deaths at Santa Anita. It may simply be a stomach-churning cost of doing business. The question that looms for all racetrack and horse owners is, how much death is the public willing to tolerate as “normal”?

“Consider this public statement: “The fact that horses running in America are five times more likely to suffer a catastrophic injury than horses running at international venues is unacceptable and must immediately change.” Think that's from an animal welfare group? No, it's from the Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita Park. It's on the group's website.

“There are only 12 days of racing left at Santa Anita before it closes out the season in late June. The most important and lucrative races of the season have been run. And new tools to measure a thoroughbred's fitness to race are becoming available. Why risk a 27th death? While this investigation continues, Santa Anita should stop risking horses' lives and halt the racing season now.”

Click here to read the editorial at Latimes.com

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