Santa Anita deaths

Maiden Filly Breaks Down In Training At Santa Anita; 22nd Fatality At The Meet

Three-year-old filly Princess Lili B broke down during a half-mile workout at Santa Anita Thursday, becoming the 22nd horse to die in racing or training since the meet began Dec. 26. Princess Lili B was in training for her third career start, after finishing ninth in her debut Dec. 29 in a $50,000 maiden claiming […]

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‘Our Circle Keeps Shrinking’: An Open Letter To The Thoroughbred Industry

Erin O’Keefe is the customer relations manager for Millennium Farms in Lexington, Ky., serves as vice-president of aftercare placement for the National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization, and is an adviser to a national racing syndicate. She previously worked at Darby Dan and Taylor Made farms, as well as Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. Why is it […]

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Author Jane Smiley: ‘I Do Not Know Whether Racing Can Be Saved’

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and horse owner/breeder Jane Smiley is among those sharing opinions publicly in the wake of Santa Anita’s closure due to 21 fatalities at the meet. Smiley, who penned the books A Year at the Races and Horse Heaven, writes in a Los Angeles Times piece that she’s no longer a fan. “Like […]

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The Friday Show: The Bigger Picture From Santa Anita?

The shutdown of Santa Anita Park due to a rash of horse racing fatalities has been hard not only on all of the people who work at the Southern California racetrack but the racing industry as a whole. In today’s edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow talks with Ray Paulick, who is at Santa […]

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Peterson: ‘Something We Don’t Understand’ Underlies Santa Anita Fatalities

Days after he declared the Santa Anita main track “100 percent ready” for racing and training and subsequently two more horses died, racing surfaces consultant Mick Peterson stands by his examination but also believes Santa Anita shutting down the track indefinitely was the right thing to do. “There was no other option at this point, […]

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‘I Have No Idea Why Horse Racing Is Still A Thing’: Mainstream Media Responds To Santa Anita Deaths

Santa Anita’s rash of equine fatalities has not only rocked the horse racing world — it’s attracting attention outside of it, too. The track’s indefinite closure made headlines in state and regional newspapers and got a mention on the ESPN news ticker Tuesday night. Sports Illustrated ran a brief video report on the situation Wednesday, […]

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The Friday Show: Still Seeking Answers To Racing Fatalities

The recent rash of horse racing deaths at Santa Anita Park in Southern California has captured national attention. It is, of course, not the first time the Thoroughbred racing industry has faced difficult questions about fatalities at the track. In this week’s edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the factors […]

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