32nd horse dies at Santa Anita from injury

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32ndhorsediesatSantaAnitafrominjury

September30,20195:48pm。

byAAP

Athree-year-oldcolthasbecomethe32ndhorsetodieatSantaAnitasinceDecemberafterbeingeuthanisedwhenhesustainedacatastrophicinjuryinarace。

Two-timeKentuckyDerby-winningjockeyMarioGutierrezwastossedoffintheincidentontheseconddayoftheautumnmeetingatSantaAnitawheretheBreedersCupwillberuninNovember。

TrackofficialssaidGutierrezwasnotinjuredafterlandingneartheinsiderail。

TrackveterinarianDrDanaSteadsaidinastatementthatEmtechhadtwobrokenfrontlegsandshemadethedecisiontoeuthanisethecoltonthetrack。

Workershurriedtoputupagreenscreentoshieldthefounderingcoltfromthecrowd,hisfrontlegsunabletowithstandhisweight。

DrDionneBenson,chiefvetforTheStronachGroup,whichownsSantaAnita,saidareviewwouldbeopenedtoconsiderthefactorsthatcontributedtoEmtechsinjury。

ShesaidthecoltwouldhaveanecropsyattheUCDavisSchoolofVeterinaryMedicine,whichismandatoryforallon-trackaccidents。

TheresanexpectedlevelofsafetyandaccountabilitythatisrequiredtoparticipateataStronachGroupracetrack,astatementfromthetrackownersaid。

Ifanythinglessisfoundwhichcouldhavecontributedtothisincident,itwillbeaddressedimmediately。

ThefatalitiesatSantaAnitasinceDecember26haveraisedalarmwithinCaliforniaandtherestoftheracingindustry。


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