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Santa Anita Reopens Training Track; Main Track Still Closed After 21 Horses' Deaths

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Horses at Santa Anita Park were allowed to exercise on a small training track adjacent to the facility's main track.  The main track has been closed since Tuesday, after a 21st horse in less than three months had to be euthanized from injuries received working out on the track.  More from KVCR's Ken Vincent.

Racing remains suspended indefinitely,, but horses have resumed training this morning at Santa Anita Park. Training is restricted to the smaller inner dirt track, while the main outer race track remains closed, as tests continue on that surface. 

Over the Past couple of months, 21 horses have had to be put down after injuries received on that main track.   On Tuesday night, Santa Anita officials announced an unprecedented suspension of all racing and training activities at the facility, while the inspection of the main track continues for damage perhaps done to the track surface by all the rain we’ve had in SoCal  this winter. 

No word from track officials on when racing might resume.  The group PETA - People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals – has been organizing protests at the track, demanding a criminal investigation into the horses’ deaths.

Ken Vincent has retired. We appreciate the way he shared his expertise with many of our young interns and reporters over the nearly eight years he spent as KVCR's lead journalist and Morning Edition host. We wish him a happy and relaxing retirement as he spends more time in his garden and, as he mentioned, more time on the golf course. Thanks Ken!
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