Racing continues March 29
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office is investigating 22 horse deaths at Santa Anita Park in California.
Investigators are working with the California Horse Racing Board amid equine welfare concerns.
Santa Anita Park announced new rules, including a drug ban, after the last horse death. Princess Lili B was a 3-year-old Thoroughbred trained by David Bernstein. A veterinarian euthanized the filly after she broke both front ankles finishing a half-mile workout.
The racetrack’s ownership group promises “a complete transformation” by raising safety and horse welfare standards.
The new measures include:
-transparency of veterinary records,
-increasing the time required for horses on-site before races,
-as well as increasing the ban of legal therapeutic NSAIDS, joint injections, shockwave therapy, and anabolic steroids.
Additionally, trainers must apply for permission to work a horse at least 48 hours in advance.
Santa Anita racing continues on March 29.