Four Dead in California

From the most recently released Stewards Minutes in California (CHRB):

Los Alamitos, October 13: “Following the fifth Favorite Check appeared to be injured while pulling up…[the vet] notified us that the gelding fractured his right knee and was euthanized.” Dead. Favorite Check was two and being raced for the first time.

In the Santa Anita minutes, which are the least forthcoming of any California track, three “fatalities” are reported for the week 10/16-10/22. Although none were identified, we do know (from another source) that one was Warrenscrystalized on October 19. As for the other two, a pair of horses were “vanned off” on October 21 – Real Big Deal in the 1st; Verraco in the 3rd. So…

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