A second horse dies in 2 days at Santa Anita Park

ARCADIA, Calif. — A 4-year-old colt with five first-place finishes in 14 career races has died at Santa Anita Park, the second racehorse death in two days and the third in the past six days, officials confirmed Sunday. state horse racing. .

Barraza was injured Saturday morning during practice at Santa Anita, requiring euthanasia, according to Mike Marten, public information officer for the California Horse Racing Board.
Barraza suffered a sesamoid injury, his trainer Vladimir Cerin told Daily Racing Form.

“He was a really cool horse,” Cerin told the publication.

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The colt had won three of his four races this year, all at Santa Anita.

Barraza’s death came a day after 4-year-old filly Pray for My Owner suffered “sudden death” immediately after Friday’s seventh race at the Arcadia track.

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On Monday, the 4-year-old filly Speedcuber was euthanized. She had injured herself near the eighth post in the seventh race two days earlier.

“There had been hope to save this filly, but euthanasia became necessary,” Marten told the City News Service.

Eight horses have died of injuries while racing or training this year at Santa Anita.

Track officials noted that the number of fatalities in 2022 is down sharply from 2019, when 42 horses died at the facility, sparking widespread debate about safety issues at the track and in racing. horses in general. The uproar has prompted changes in procedure and veterinary oversight at the park.

According to the CHRB, 16 horses died at the racetrack in 2020, and 19 died last year.

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