Twelve Race Horses Put Down at Santa Anita So Far in 2021; CHRB & Legislation Hopeful That New Law & Regs Will Solve Problem. Still Much Doubt

HORSE RACING

SITUATION:

Industry leaders have heads buried, fingers crossed, & producing denial PR. 
Horse deaths from track break downs continue as Industry hunkers down.
Young horses are still being put down at Santa Anita Race Course & CA tracks.
California Horse Racing Board & Legislators remain quiet, in denial, & hopeful.
New regs and state & national legislation does not go into effect til 2022.

Here is a listing of Deaths to Date at Santa Anita in 2021: 

Date       Horse                        Age

June 18 Pushing Sixty 4
June 16 Meet at Dudleys 3
June 1 Agamemnon, 4
Apr 18 Multiplier 4
Apr 18 My Child Sbud 3
Apr 3 Call Sign Lucky 5
Mar 30 Nomadess 3
Mar 21 Mantra 5
Mar 3 Squeeky Cheeky 4
Feb 6 Natural History 4
Jan 23 Scats Choice 3
Jan 9th Cali Caliente 4
Jan 2nd Ebeko 2

SIGNIFICANCE:
I
t is worthy to note that every horse put down was 5 or younger.
The vet schools, track owners,  & some track vets have not said age is a factor.
Contention is that horse bone structure is not mature til 6 years of age.
Racing young horses and exposing to strain & stress is exploitive.
Muscle and skeletal injuries account for 80% of deaths at California race tracks
Half of those deaths stem from injuries to bones in the
horse’s ankle area,

SOLUTION:
Really change the industry, economic model, and culture to protect young horses.
Seek to not race these young horses till at least 6 year of age. Five, at least.
The Truth– This will never happen – Economically & culturally not possible.

STATS
The Killing Fields: Dead Racehorses at the Various Tracks (176 – and counting)

SOURCES:
https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2021-06-13/pushing-sixty-horse-dies-santa-anita-race

https://horseracingwrongs.org/killed-2021-2/

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