Santa Anita Rejects CHRB Request To End Meet; 29th Horse Dies Hours Later

A 28th horse died after racing at Santa Anita’s meet Saturday, prompting the California Horse Racing Board to request the track end its meet early, according to the Los Angeles Times. The track rejected that request, citing feedback from industry stakeholders. Formal Dude, a 4-year-old gelding trained by Phil D’Amato, pulled up while running in a claiming race Saturday. Reports indicate the horse was later diagnosed with a pelvic fracture and was subsequently euthanized.

(Read more about pelvic fractures here.)

On Sunday, Truffalino, a 3-year-old filly trained by Richard Mandella, collapsed after the conclusion of an allowance race, becoming the 29th racing or training fatality since the start of the current meeting Dec. 26. Mandella told the Daily Racing Form’s Brad Free it appeared she died of a heart attack and had no musculoskeletal injuries.

The CHRB’s request would have suspended the remaining seven days of racing at Santa Anita, while allowing the track to remain open for training. Under the current law, the commission cannot force a track to suspend its meeting.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Breeders’ Cup will meet at the end of June to discuss whether to move forward with the event at Santa Anita.

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