23rd horse death since December at Californian race track

A horse has died at a Californian racing ground that had closed temporarily following a string of deaths since December.

22 horses had died at Santa Anita Park between December and March forcing it to close.

Two days after it re-opened another horse has now died.

The park re-opened on Friday and the horse, called Arms Runner, died on Sunday.

The parks owners released a statement:

“While this incident happened during competition on a track that has been deemed by independent experts to be safe, we are working closely with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) to understand if there was anything additional that we could have done to prevent today's tragedy.
“Today's incident speaks to the larger issue of catastrophic injuries in horse racing that The Stronach Group together with our industry stakeholders are working to solve throughout California and across the country.”

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