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No one can explain why 21 thoroughbreds have died tragically at Santa Anita

| Famed park calls off racing indefinitely

| By Stephen Sorace, Fox News – Southern California’s Santa Anita Park postponed horse racing indefinitely Tuesday so experts could study its dirt surface following the deaths of 21 horses since the Arcadia, Calif., track’s winter meet began Dec. 26.

The unprecedented move has shut down two major races scheduled for the weekend, including the San Felipe for 3-year-old Kentucky Derby hopefuls and the Santa Anita Handicap for older horses.

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“In whole, we feel confident in the track and we’re just being very proactive,” said chief operating officer Tim Ritvo. “We want to do all the testing that needs to be done. When we believe we’re in good shape, we’ll start to train over it again.”

While racing for the week of March 14 remains scheduled, Ritvo wouldn’t speculate on when training and racing would resume at the track, which opened in 1934.

Since the winter meet began, seven of the deaths occurred during races on the dirt oval, five on the turf track, and nine during training on dirt.

The highest-profile horse to be euthanized was Battle of Midway, winner of the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. The 5-year-old bay also finished third in the 2017 Kentucky Derby for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. The horse suffered injuries during a workout on Feb. 23.

Lets Light the Way, a 4-year-old filly, was euthanized after shattering the sesamoid, a bone that provides anchor points for the two branches of the suspensory ligament, in her front right leg during training on Tuesday. Read more. 

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