On May 26, 2019, another horse was euthanized at Santa Anita racetrack located in Southern California. This was the 26th horse death since December 26, 2018, and the third death of a horse for trainer Hall of fame inductee Jerry Hollendorfer.
There have been three deaths at Santa Anita of thoroughbreds in the past nine days.
During the 5 1/2 furlong race, Kochees, a gelding who was 9-years- old was participating in his 49th race worth $10,000. The horse had won 11 races and earned over $245,000.
Mario Gutierrez, the jockey had just left the far turn and had just entered the top of the stretch when the gelding injured his left leg. He was taken by van from the track, and his leg was splinted.
The horse was placed in a stall overnight, hoping, he would stabilize. The injury was not a compound fracture. Career ending surgery was being considered to save the horse’s life.
After examining the gelding, surgeons found the horse lost the flow of blood in his leg, and euthanasia was the humane choice.
Track spokesperson spoke with KABC on May 26 and told the Los Angeles based ABC television station that “Everything was tried to save the horse, but unfortunately he had to be euthanized.”
Written by Barbara Sobel
ABC News: 3rd horse in 9 days dies at California’s Santa Anita racetrack, marking 26 fatalities in 6 months
Los Angeles Times: Another horse dies at Santa Anita; 26 thoroughbreds have died at the track since Dec. 26
New York Times: Another Horse Dies at Santa Anita Park
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