Santa Anita refusing to shut after horse dies of coronary heart assault


ARCADIA, Calif. — A second horse in two days and 29th total has died at Santa Anita, the place administration has chosen to proceed racing for the remainder of the present meet.

Truffalino collapsed within the closing phases of the third race on turf Sunday. A observe spokesman says the 3-year-old filly died of a coronary heart assault.

She was educated by Corridor of Famer Richard Mandella and was ridden by Joe Talamo. Truffalino had one win in six profession begins and earnings of $53,602, in accordance with Equibase.

A day earlier, Formal Dude pulled up within the 10th race and was vanned off the observe after breaking down nearing the end line. Tiago Pereira was aboard the favourite educated by Phil D’Amato. The 4-year-old gelding was winless in six profession begins and had earnings of $15,127, in accordance with Equibase. Formal Dude was euthanized.

The California Horse Racing Board has really useful that the observe droop the remaining days of its meet, which is ready to finish June 23. Nonetheless, Santa Anita administration has chosen to proceed racing.

The racing board doesn’t have the authority to droop a race meet or take away race dates from a present meet with out the approval of the observe operator or with out holding a public assembly that requires 10 days’ discover.

The CHRB really useful that Santa Anita droop racing however enable horses to proceed coaching, believing it could present the trade further time to totally implement introduced security initiatives.

“It’s our understanding that Santa Anita administration, after session with sure different trade stakeholders, believes that for quite a lot of causes, the way forward for California racing is greatest served by persevering with to race,” the racing board stated in an announcement.

In offering Santa Anita 10 days’ discover, the CHRB might be able to shut down the observe for the final three days of the meet.

Santa Anita has enacted a collection of reforms geared toward enhancing security, however regardless of its efforts and a six-week stretch through which no horses died on the Arcadia observe, extra deaths have occurred.

“Both the principles aren’t sturdy sufficient or the principles aren’t being adopted, however regardless of the purpose for the deaths of two extra horses, Santa Anita must take heed to the California Horse Racing Board and shut down,” stated Kathy Guillermo, senior vice chairman of Folks for the Moral Remedy of Animals.

Santa Anita is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup world championships Nov. 1-2.