Published On: Thu, Mar 14th, 2019

Another Horse Dies At Santa Anita Track Just Days After It Re-Opens Following Investigation Of 20 Horse Deaths

A photo of an empty Santa Anita racetrack.

Just three days after the Santa Anita race track opened following an investigation of 20 horse deaths in three months, another horse has died in a tragic accident.

On Thursday, a 3-year-old filly named Princess Lili B suffered an injury while working out just after 9 a.m., Santa Anita officials told NBC News. The track has now suffered 21 horse deaths since Christmas, and officials immediately canceled races including the $ 600,000 Santa Anita Handicap.

Officials had suspended racing on the track on March 5 to investigate what was behind the rash of catastrophic injuries being suffered by thoroughbreds.

The track had just reopened on Monday for what officials said was “limited training” and included new safety protocol that officials said they hoped would curb the horse deaths.

“Santa Anita’s main track will remain closed for live racing until outside experts let us know that it is safe to resume racing,” said Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns the track (via NBC News).

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Another Horse Dies At Santa Anita Track Just Days After It Re-Opens Following Investigation Of 20 Horse Deaths