FILE – On this Thursday, March 28, 2019, file photograph, a couple of horses and riders are seen on the observe whereas members of the California Horse Racing Board weigh new security and medicine guidelines within the wake of 22 horse deaths at Santa Anita Park, throughout a gathering on the observe in Arcadia, Calif. The Stronach Group are the homeowners of Santa Anita Park that was the location of 23 horse deaths over a span of three months. (AP Photograph/Amanda Lee Myers, File) The Related Press
By STEPHEN WHYNO, AP Sports activities Author
BALTIMORE (AP) — The chief working officer of the group that owns Santa Anita Park mentioned the racetrack will preserve monitoring the protection situations after one other dying of a horse in coaching.
A Three-year-old horse broke down with a shoulder harm Friday whereas galloping and was euthanized on the observe in Arcadia, California. It is the 24th horse fatality in racing or coaching there since Dec. 26. It is the primary since March 31.
“The numbers at Santa Anita the last two months were really good until (Friday),” Stronach Group COO Tim Ritvo mentioned Saturday. “It’s an unfortunate incident that we continue to look and study to see what we can do better all the time.”
A filly additionally collapsed and died at Stronach Group-owned Pimlico Race Course on Friday, the day earlier than the Preakness. Phrase of the dying at Santa Anita reached the racing circles of Pimlico.
In an announcement launched Friday, the Stronach Group referred to as “an uncommon injury” to Commander Coil, who had not but made his racing debut. Ritvo says 240 horses labored out Saturday morning with out incident and racing is on once more for Santa Anita within the afternoon.
“We’re on top of it,” Ritvo mentioned. “It’s critical to us. We understand the position that we’re in and the industry’s in, so we take everything very serious. It’s very serious.”
Since varied reforms involving race-day treatment and security had been instituted on March 15, The Stronach Group mentioned there’d been greater than 80,000 gallops throughout coaching with no fatalities.
California Horse Racing Board spokesman Mike Marten just lately mentioned Santa Anita instituted treatment limits and supplied further observe veterinarians to observe coaching hours. The board additionally elevated veterinarian, steward and investigator staffing time.
Ritvo mentioned the objective is to develop these reforms to different Stronach Group tracks.
Santa Anita Park is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup Nov. 1-2. Ritvo expressed no issues about staging what’s thought-about the most important two-day occasion in U.S. horse racing.
“We feel this track is probably one of the safest racetracks in America right now with the protocols in place and the material and looking at everything and as cautious as we are,” Ritvo mentioned. “We work with our industry partners. The Breeders’ Cup is really comfortable from all the talk, the things we’ve done. We look forward to it getting there.”
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