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For the love of God stop racing at Santa Anita Park


Look, Santa Anita is a beautiful place and one of the favorite and most recognizable tracks in all of horse racing. I have been there and it is wonderful. It’s like a desktop wallpaper image that has hosted several prominent races, including nine Breeders’ Cups. Great time there.

But something is obviously wrong with the current state of the track and now ANOTHER HORSE has died from an injury sustained during a race there. The body count is now up to 26 horses since December with this last death on Sunday.

Santa Anita Park shut down in early March to try to identify the problem after a 21st horse had to be put down. It reopened a couple weeks later but obviously there is still a huge issue because five more have died in less than two months, three in the last nine days.

How many more will it take before Santa Anita closes its doors for longer than a couple of weeks? I’m the furthest thing from a horse racing expert and even I know something is very, very wrong.

Lock it up, Santa Anita.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

7 Comments for For the love of God stop racing at Santa Anita Park

  1. Cole28
    10:23 am May 28, 2019 Permalink

    Wow. Wonder if they have tried/considered new turf?

  2. makeitstop
    12:57 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

    Right on all counts, Drew. Beautiful place, storied history but the numbers are too far out of the norms. Horses do break down, but this is ~4x the national average. (I can’t easily get the number of “starts” at the track since December, but 2 years ago it was 8400 in the year. Assuming half of that in 6 months it’s 6 deaths per thousand. The average is 1.5 to 1.8.) Until they identify root causes, they are putting people and property at risk. FYI, Andy Barr sponsored the National Horseracing Integrity Act of 2019 to address some of the local “anomalies” in testing and treating horses.

  3. unbridled
    2:59 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

    They need to start completely over on the track. This is silly.

    • Drogon
      8:24 pm May 28, 2019 Permalink

      Someone needs to burn the building the eff down and turn the track in to a parking lot. The owner(s) are greedy pieces of sh*t. Someone needs to step in and do something.