Head-On Collision Proves Fatal During Santa Anita Training Hours

A horse in front of the breezing 3-year-old colt Xten ducked in to the rail during Friday morning’s training hours at Santa Anita Park, causing a collision shortly after the 6:30 a.m. training session began. According to bloodhorse.com, the exercise rider, Baltazar Contreras, was taken to the hospital and found to have fractured his knee. Xten initially appeared to not have suffered any serious damage, but later had to be euthanized due to neurological deficits.

“Santa Anita has such good people—top vets, the gate crew, the maintenance crew,” trainer Tim Yakteen said. “They gave him a full opportunity to make it. We were hopeful, because there was no visible trauma. He showed signs of being in shock, but he had full function in all his extremities.”

Training on the main track was cancelled for the rest of Friday morning, though the training track remained open.

Read more at bloodhorse.com.

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