Derby River became the 27th horse to die at California’s Santa Anita Racetrack since December 26, 2018.
The horse, a 2-year-old colt became injured in a training session on the morning of June 6, 2019, while galloping according to Mike Marten, a spokesperson for the California Horse Racing Board.
Ruben Gomez, a horse trainer said Derby River suffered a fractured shoulder during the training session at Santa Anita.
Derby River was bought in March for $50,000 and was taken immediately to a clinic which has specialists in this type of injury.
After the horse was examined, it was determined that medical treatment was not feasible, and the horse was euthanized.
After the last death of a gelding named Kochees on May 26 who had to be euthanized after he obtained a leg injury, advocacy groups, and lawmakers have asked for an investigation into Santa Anita. They wanted to know if Santa Anita breached its safety protocol, which led to the death of the horse.
Peta has asked that all races be stopped at Santa Anita. The track did close the track while it instituted new safety protocols.
The California Horse Racing Board released a statement saying that they regretted the death of any horse. They remained committed to working with the horse racing industry in California to protect riders and horses.
Written by Barbara Sobel
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