• Santa Anita has First Horse Death of the Year

    A 4-year-old horse named Golden Birthday was injured during a race at Santa Anita Park on Wednesday and became the first horse to die this year at the famed California racetrack. The animal suffered a “hind pastern fracture with sesamoid involvement” in a possible collision with another horse on the turf, Santa Anita Park officials […]

  • Newsom Signs Bill Allowing State Board to Suspend Horse Racing at Tracks

    Days after Santa Anita concluded a racing meet marred by the deaths of 30 horses, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation Wednesday giving the California Horse Racing Board authority to suspend racing at a track to protect horses or riders. The new legislation, SB 469, allows the board to suspend racing licenses “when necessary to protect […]

  • Inland Empire Ranch Accused of Neglecting Retired Racehorses

    Animal control officers are considering whether to suggest criminal charges after about 40 retired racehorses were removed from a Southern California sanctuary that is accused of neglecting and starving the animals. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports Monday that many of the horses taken from the California Equine Retirement Foundation were so skinny that their ribs were protruding. The […]

  • Feinstein Joins Call for Santa Anita to Suspend Racing

    U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has joined the California Horse Racing Board in calling for Santa Anita to immediately suspend the remainder of its meet after the deaths of two more horses last weekend. A total of 29 horses have now died since the track opened for the season in December. The current meet is scheduled […]

  • Santa Anita Park to remain open after three more horses die

    Santa Anita Park will continue with its race schedule, rejecting a request from state regulators to close even as the deaths of three more horses were reported in the last five days. The Daily Racing Form, a leading thoroughbred racing industry journal, and The Associated Press reported Sunday that a horse sustained a fractured pelvis […]

  • Another Horse Dies at Santa Anita Park, the 22nd Death Since December

    A horse death was reported Thursday at Santa Anita Park, the 22nd in a string of fatalities since December at the historic track northeast of Los Angeles. The death was confirmed by the park, which reopened for limited training Monday after a week-long closure was ordered after the 21st horse death since December. The track […]

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