A horse has died after sustaining a racing injury at Los Alamitos racetrack, state regulators confirmed on Sunday – a month after officials said the Cypress track had taken a series of measures aimed at improving safety after a series of four horse deaths in 11 days range.
Scream and Shout, a 5-year-old mare, was injured in race four Saturday night at Los Alamitos, requiring euthanasia, California Horse Racing Board spokesman Mike Marten told the City News Service.
Scream and Shout participated in its first race on Saturday. She was owned by Rakoczy Racing LLC and Saratoga West and was trained by Jeffrey Metz. His jockey was Ricardo Ramirez.
Prior to Saturday, the most recent death on the track occurred March 23, when an unraced colt named See You At Front injured his leg while galloping during practice.
According to the CHRB, Los Alamitos eliminated the use of “high toe grips” — similar to the cleats worn by soccer players to give them better traction on the turf — on the back horseshoes. The track has also eliminated the “break bar” in quarter horse races. The bar is similar to a starting block in track competitions, adding traction at the start of a race.
The track is also consulting with a running surface expert to determine if track surface is a contributing factor to recent injuries, and it has contacted UC Davis to “fund a study of lumbar fractures in quarter horses,” they said. CHRB officials.
According to the CHRB, a lumbar – or dorsal – fracture led to the death on March 19 of a 3-year-old filly named Fastidious, who stopped during a race at Los Alamitos before reaching the finish.
See You At Front’s Wednesday death and Stolen Lives’ March 20 death after a race were both the result of euthanasia due to lower leg injuries, according to the CHRB.
The March 12 death of a mare named Ballet Royalty, who collapsed after a race, was attributed to “sudden death”, with an autopsy pending.
A fifth horse – Big Fabuloso, a 4-year-old gelding – died from an injury while racing on the track on January 8.
Eleven horses died from racing or training at Los Alamitos in 2021, and the track was briefly tested by the CHRB in July 2020 due to a new wave of horse deaths from race. At that time, at least 20 horses had died on the track in 2020 after sustaining racing or training injuries.