Another Dead Horse at Santa Anita – That’s 28 Since Christmas

The most recent Stewards Minutes from Santa Anita reveal this: “Veterinarian Report, 4/1-4/7, Fatalities 1.” Yes, that’s right, while the increasingly desperate racing world has been busy congratulating SA for a “safe” couple of weeks, implying of course that recently implemented “protocols” are working, yet another horse has died, leaving SA at 28 dead (and counting) since Christmas. Now, because the above is the extent of the current information (I will FOIA current-year necropsies soon), we do not know how this (unidentified) horse died. What we do know, however, is that he or she died in the servitude of Horseracing – making him or her a Horseracing casualty. Period.

The Los Alamitos Minutes, though still anonymous, were nonetheless more specific: “One equine death was reported this week due to racing injuries.” The “week” in question comprised three days – April 5-April 7 – during which three horses were “vanned off”: Jessa Sweet Dasher on the 5th, Texting and Thorny on the 6th. It’s a good bet that the dead horse is one of those.

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  1. You people that race a horse to death should be tethered to a pole and then stompped to death by all the horses you have.

  2. I have no words ! I wonder how the owners , jockeys sleep at night ! Heartless people! You should be ashamed!

  3. Used to love horse racing but the more I learn the more I hate it! It’s amazing how many of those beautiful tbs end up in killpens!!!

  4. Can you please confirm the number because it looks like it is incorrect – where is this information coming from?

  5. They should ban horse race I know it’s possible that they give drugs to horse not sure if it’s what happened leave horses alone not smart use race . They do for the creed money.

  6. I use to watch horseracing until 1975 when Ruffian a champion filly 4 years old never lost a race until the owners decided to race her against 1975 Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure. she was way ahead middle of the race. she broke down. after surgery on her back hock. she came out of the amnesia and broke her cast . in my opinion they should of retired her she would of had some great off spring. but no they had to race her. I hate horse racing will never watch it again. too many horse are killed because the owners don’t care.

  7. Ban and shut all horse racing now
    This has gone on to long😡😡😡😡🤬
    Wheres the petition to stop this
    Ill be the first to sign it.
    Horses deserves a better life then this.
    Life is more important than money
    Money isnt nothing but shit
    Go get a job if you all want money 🤬🤬😡

  8. We live in a modern world. WHY DO WE NEED THIS ANIMAL ABUSE & TORTURE TO FIND THE DAILY BREAD? Those SUBHUMANS WHO ARE OBSESS WITH MONEY NEEDS TO PUNISH HEAVILY & IMPOSE HEAVY FINES AS WELL.
    THE CRUEL PEOPLE WHO BREED THESE POOR ANIMALS FOR THE PURPOSE OF RACING TO MAKE MONEY.SHOULD BE ILLEGAL & PUNISHABLE. This massive Animal abuse & murder must come to end.SHAME ON YOU MONEY HUNGRY MORONS.

  9. There is a petition on Change.org, I believe Denise Larkin has started it to ban horse racing in California and New York. Thank you Denise for starting this as well. So far 81,561 have signed and needs to get to 150,000. Please spread the word to everyone, so that they can sign.

  10. During the latest CHRB meeting HRW representatives set the record straight by correcting board members such as Chuck Winner about the amount of deaths: “there are 28 dead not 25 as you claim.”
    Mr. Winner, in true industry form fashion, responded something like this “no, those horses died of colic so they don’t count.” or something to that effect “don’t count” in the total number who died because this industry craftily calls it a “non-racing death.”
    Then a person who seemed to be not so familiar with “colic” was scolded by board members who claimed that colic is very common in wild horses – bullshit – not anywhere near common as racehorses and multiple reputable peer-reviewed equine studies clearly evidence that racehorses are prone to colic as a direct result of the stress placed on them via the operating procedures perpetrated on them – FACT.
    Now these board members were so focused on FACTS from opponents of horse racing, yet they repeated claims that are based on nonsense and no facts at all – disrespectful, unacceptable, and unprofessional.
    We know that any death within a track enclosure is a horse racing industry death and they are solely responsible for this death.
    It’s delusional and ridiculous to think or state otherwise.

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