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

Mar 8, 2019

Horses have resumed training on an alternate track, but racing remains suspended at Santa Anita Park while officials examine the main track for clues on why 21 horses have sustained deadly injuries on the track since the end of December, 2018.
Credit Screenshot from KTLA 5 Los Angeles

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.