26th horse dies at Santa Anita race course since December

Another horse has been euthanized after racing at a California race track.

The nine-year-old was put down at Santa Anita Park on Sunday, the 26th horse to have died since December.

The owners of Santa Anita say they are “investigating” the incident.

A statement from The Stronach Group said:

“Equine shoulder injuries are rare, especially for a horse that is galloping as opposed to breezing or racing.
“A comprehensive evaluation will be completed to understand what might have caused this uncommon injury.”
“The Stronach Group remains committed to operating Santa Anita Park with stringent protocols that prioritize the health and safety of horses and riders first and foremost.”

Protests took place by animal rights groups outside the venue on Monday.

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