Californian racetrack Santa Anita is again receiving unwanted attention after three horse fatalities in three days.
On Sunday, a 3-year-old horse named Tikkun Olam was euthanized after suffering "catastrophic injuries" in a head collision with another horse while training at the track that morning, KTLA reported. The other horse wasn't injured.
Almost 40 horses have died at the track in Arcadia, northeast of Los Angeles, since December 2018, and officials briefly halted racing a year ago over concerns about the number of deaths.
Neither the California Horse Racing Board neither the Stronach Group, which has Santa Anita Park, instantly returned HuffPost's ask for remark. There have been no deaths on the main dirt surface.
On Friday, Harliss, a six-year old gelding, fractured his ankle while participating in a race at Santa Anita Park. The 6-year-old gelding trained by Val Brinkerhoff had one win in 12 career starts and earnings of $23,026. "If it takes the closure of a track to stop the deaths, then close the track".
The report noted that officials at Santa Anita have implemented a series of safety-improvement measures that "have reduced the number of fatal racing and training incidents".
Uncontainable broke its right front ankle on Saturday and had to be euthanized.
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PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) issued a statement after the deaths of Harliss and Uncontainable: 'Two horses dead in two days means horses are being forced to race when they shouldn't be. The horse was euthanized "per recommendation" of a veterinarian.
The winter-spring meet began on December 28, two days later than usual after the track postponed opening day due to concern over rain in the forecast.
Golden Birthday had two wins in 10 career starts and earnings of $117,894.
They marked the 2nd and 3rd deaths during the latest racing season the park.
"There is no sense in the board allowing racing and deaths to continue until it enacts all its own pending regulations and acts on the recommendations of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office".
The board is expected to release the results of its investigation into the deaths at Santa Anita this month.