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Another horse fatality at Santa Anita; 24 thoroughbreds have died since Dec. 26

By JOHN CHERWA MAY 17, 2019 LOS ANGELES TIMES

Santa Anita’s unprecedented run of six weeks without an equine fatality ended Friday morning when Commander Coil broke down during light training with a shoulder injury and was subsequently euthanized.


The track’s streak was at about 7,000 timed workouts and race starts when Commander Coil sustained the fatal injury. The incident did not occur during a timed workout but at a less-stressful gallop, which virtually every horse does almost every day. It’s estimated that there have been well in excess of 50,000 gallops since the last fatality. Because of the nature of the injury, this fatality likely will fall under the category of catastrophic death.


The last fatality was March 31 when Arms Runner went down while on the dirt crossover of the downhill turf course. The course has subsequently been closed to sprint racing.

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