Santa Anita ‘Racetrack of Death’ Claims the Life of a 24th Horse

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RacetrackSouthern California’s Santa Anita Racetrack went six weeks without the death of a horse.

On May 17, 2019, a horse was injured while training and required euthanasia. This is the 24th death of a horse since December 2018.

Commander Coil was partaking in light practice when the gelding, who was three years old, suffered an injury to its shoulder according to the Los Angeles Times. Commander Coil did not actually participate in a race.

Stronach Group released a statement calling Commander Coil’s injury extremely uncommon.

In March 2019, Santa Anita racetrack closed indefinitely after Let’s Light the Way, a filly who was four years old was the 21st horse to die. The filly was working out and became injured.

On March 31 during the San Simeon Stakes, Arms Runner, a five-year-old horse collapsed and died while draining. The horse’s death occurred after the track re-opened and racing resumed.

The death of Commander Coil happened on the exact date another horse, Congrats Gal who was a filly age 3, died in Baltimore at the Pimlico Racetrack during the eighth race. It appears the horse died from a heart attack.

Congrats Gal died on the eve of the Preakness Stakes. Pimlico Racetrack, located in Baltimore, is also owned by the Stronach Group.

National Geographic reported according to the Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database, 492 racehorses died in 2018.

Written by Barbara Sobel


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