On March 14, 2019, at Santa Anita Park, Princess Lili B, a 3-year old filly broke both her front legs when she finished working out on the main dirt track. She had to be euthanized.
The filly was the 22nd horse since Dec.26, 2018 to suffer fatal injuries at the racetrack.
Owner and Trainer David Bernstein said, Princess Lili B completed a half-mile workout at Santa Anita Park and collapsed a little past the finish line.
Bernstein stated the filly took a step as she went to change leads, which caused her to break both her left and right ankle.
The trainer said the horse never had any problems and was not trained on medication.
The death occurred after multiple new safety initiatives were put in place and racing at was halted for two weeks.
The Stronach Group, the owners of Santa Anita Park, said it has been devastating to see what has been happening to the horses, and there would be a ban of all medication at the Park on the day of a race.
The workouts this week at the racetrack were the first using the new protocols. Two veterinarians observed each horse as they went to and exited the track.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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