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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Breakdowns Mar First Weeks of Racing on Santa Anita 's New Artificial Surface

The Daily Racing Form is reporting that 11 horses have been euthanized since September 24 at California's Santa Anita racetrack near Los Angeles. The fall "Oak Tree" meet is the first to be run on Santa Anita's new Cushion Track surface and also the first to be run there there since the state of California passed a rule banning toe grabs on front raceplates.

Five horses have died during training and six horses have died during races. The latest death is a three-year-old maiden filly.

1 comment:

Simply Marvelous said...

This is just too depressing. We had such hope for the new artificial surface in California.

I'm bewildered, as I had heard there were great improvements with the new surface at the Del Mar race track.

However, some complaints were registered and apparently one major owner left taking all his horses.

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