Three more days results in three more dead horses at the Santa Anita Park racetrack in Southern California, which brings the total to a staggering 49 needless deaths since December 2018.
Life-ending injuries continue to plague overworked horses despite an open investigation into the racecourse following a dramatic surge of horse deaths in 2019 and demands for the park to be closed after it ignored a recommendation to suspend racing by the California Horse Racing Board.
In June, Governor Gavin Newsom urged the California Horse Racing Board to shut down the park until the reason for the racetrack’s increased number of horse injuries and deaths could be determined.
“I continue to be troubled by the horse deaths at Santa Anita Park,” Newsom said in a statement. “Enough is enough. I am calling on the California Horse Racing Board to ensure that no horse races until they are examined by independent veterinarians and found fit to compete.”
A spokesman for The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita Park, told ABC News that the company decided to continue racing horses because the safety reforms it had carried out, including a “zero tolerance” policy for the use of most medications on race day, were effective. This is evidently not the case, however, as horse deaths at Santa Anita Park continue to rise.
Three geldings are the latest victims. According to KABC, six-year-old Harliss and five-year-old Uncontainable were put down over the weekend after fracturing their front ankles, and four-year-old Tikkun Olam was euthanized for unrevealed reasons following an accident during training.
It is despicable that Santa Anita Park track is still operating with no regard for the wellbeing of their horses.
Lady Freethinker has garnered over 29,000 signatures to shut down this venue. Thank you to everyone who signed this petition. If you have not done so already, please take a moment to call for Santa Anita Park to close its doors for good, sparing more innocent horses’ lives.