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Latest Fatality Shouldn't Detract From Efforts

Friday, 20th September 2019

Whilst not trivialising the latest death of a horse during training at Santa Anita, it's difficult to see just how much more the 2019 Breeders' Cup venue, owned by the Stronach Group, could be doing to avoid further fatalities. According to horseracingnation.com's report (see above), these are the hoops trainers have to jump through just to work a horse: Every horse who works at Santa Anita Park is required to undergo the same safety protocol, which includes applying 48 hours in advance to work, evaluation of their recent workout and racing history to identify risk factors and, for approximately 20% of those horses, a physical examination by an association veterinarian. In addition to those measures, every horse is required to be examined by that horse's private veterinarian within five days prior to its workout. Horses working out are required to follow the same strict medication reforms enacted earlier this year.

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