The spike in fatalities has put a bull’s-eye on the game.
Nearly 10 horses every week on common died at American racetracks in 2018, in accordance with the Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database. That fee is 2 and a half to 5 occasions larger than in the remainder of the horse racing world.
Here is an inventory of the horses which have died at Santa Anita. The New York Times will proceed to replace it.`
Derby River, an unraced 2-year-old colt, sustained a catastrophic shoulder damage whereas coaching and needed to be euthanized at a close-by clinic. Mike Marten, a spokesman for the California Horse Racing Board, mentioned necropsy can be carried out and that the dying can be included on the Santa Anita record although Derby River had died at the clinic.
Kochees, a 9-year-old gelding, sustained an damage in a $10,000 claimer, one of many racetrack’s lowest ranges, on May 25 and was taken off the observe by van. He was euthanized the following day. He was skilled and partly owned by Jerry Hollendorfer, a Hall of Famer. After being offered at a 2-year-old public sale for $120,000 in 2012, Kochees was in 49 races, successful 11 occasions and incomes greater than $245,000 in purses.
Spectacular Music, ridden by Jorge Velez, pulled up within the backstretch after leaving the gate in a $25,000 claiming race on May 19. He was taken away with an obvious pelvis damage, and euthanized the following morning.
Commander Coil, a Three-year-old gelding, was euthanized after sustaining a shoulder damage whereas coaching. He was skilled by Marcelo Polanco.
Arms Runner, a 5-year-old gelding, fell in a race, sustaining a catastrophic damage to his proper entrance leg that led him to be euthanized. He was skilled by Peter Miller and was offered at a 2-year-old in coaching sale for $525.000. Two days earlier than Arms Runner was fatally injured, the observe had reopened after an almost monthlong shutdown in response to the equine deaths.