Another Kill at Santa Anita; Pressure Mounts to Shut It Down

In the 10th at Santa Anita Saturday, Formal Dude “took a bad step” and was “vanned off” (Equibase). “Took a bad step” is one of this industry’s euphemisms of choice for dead. And indeed, we have confirmation that the 4-year-old was euthanized – for a broken pelvis. The LA Times quotes the CHRB’s Dr. Rick Arthur: “With few exceptions, fatal pelvic fractures have pre-existing stress fractures at necropsy.” As if this somehow makes it better: “Pre-existing stress fractures” are a direct result of the incessant grinding – training and racing – racehorses are forced to absorb, and, by the way, another reason the killing is inevitable.

Santa Anita has 34, not the 28 being reported in the press, dead animals on its decidedly ignominious ledger. Shut it down.

Psychedelicat, killed racing at Santa Anita Dec 30, 2018
Tank Team, killed racing at Santa Anita Jan 4, 2019
Unusual Angel, killed racing at Santa Anita Jan 4, 2019
Secret Street, killed training at Santa Anita Jan 8, 2019
Derby Treasure, killed racing at Santa Anita Jan 11, 2019
Noise Mandate, killed racing at Santa Anita Jan 18, 2019
Amboseli, killed racing at Santa Anita Jan 20, 2019
Like Really Smart, killed racing at Santa Anita Jan 21, 2019
Last Promise Kept, killed racing at Santa Anita Jan 21, 2019
Dancing Harbor, killed training at Santa Anita Jan 23, 2019
Spitfire, killed training at Santa Anita Jan 25, 2019
Kid Cantina, killed racing at Santa Anita Feb 2, 2019
Comegowithme, killed racing at Santa Anita Feb 3, 2019
Jager Time, killed training at Santa Anita Feb 17, 2019
Unusual Rider, killed training at Santa Anita Feb 18, 2019
Hot American, killed racing at Santa Anita Feb 22, 2019
Battle of Midway, killed training at Santa Anita Feb 23, 2019
Just Forget It, killed training at Santa Anita Feb 23, 2019
Charmer John, killed training at Santa Anita Feb 24, 2019
Eskenforadrink, killed racing at Santa Anita Mar 2, 2019
Lets Light the Way, killed training at Santa Anita Mar 5, 2019
Princess Lili B, killed training at Santa Anita Mar 14, 2019
Arms Runner, killed racing at Santa Anita Mar 31, 2019
Commander Coil, killed training at Santa Anita May 17, 2019
Spectacular Music, killed racing at Santa Anita May 19, 2019
Kochees, killed racing at Santa Anita May 25, 2019
Derby River, killed training at Santa Anita June 5, 2019
Formal Dude, killed racing at Santa Anita June 8, 2019
unidentified, Jan 14-Jan 20, died off-track at Santa Anita
unidentified, Jan 21-Jan 27, died off-track at Santa Anita
unidentified, Feb 25-Mar 3, died off-track at Santa Anita
unidentified, Feb 25-Mar 3, died off-track at Santa Anita
unidentified, Apr 1-Apr 7, died off-track at Santa Anita
unidentified, May 20-May 26, died off-track at Santa Anita

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  1. Disgusting.
    I would continue to contribute to the constant refrain of “SHUT IT DOWN,” but it’s pretty obvious that they’re not about to do anything of the sort. Too bad for the creeps at Santa Anita that they’re signing their own industry death warrant with their greedy insistence on dragging out this very public equine mass-slaughter. The ballot measure to ban all horse racing in California can’t come soon enough, but Santa Anita is expediting the process about a hundred-fold.
    Bye-bye, Bloodsport.

  2. Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
    Time to close Santa Anita.
    Governor Newsom – what are you going to do about this never ending carnage of magnificent racehorses at this track. 34 dead horses now – INDEFENSIBLE

    • Hope they’re mistaken, Carolyn, but I’m reading some unconfirmed reports of a fatal heart attack at Santa Anita TODAY. I’m sure Patrick is on this; these horses are dying at SA faster than the mainstream press can even publish accounts of their “accidents.”
      Sickening.

      • Kelly, you’re right about another horse dying at Santa Anita.
        Patrick has just put it up.
        Hope mainstream press acts on this truly unacceptable situation – it’s beyond a joke.
        SICKENING and UTTERLY INEXCUSABLE.

  3. Listen you assholes shut this shithole down the greed is so Trumpian and your following in the same dispicable behavior

  4. Do something for these horses including something about the horror trip to the slaughter house and the horror of being a companion pet. And dieing a horror death that these poor horses lay alive after being hit repeatedly by a.lead pipe then having their throat slit still breathing dieing a very slow death. Ot is proven the meat is not fit for human consumption Europeans do not allow any horse meat from america cause of the drugs in the meat. I am asking then why are our horses being driven in hell and then put thru hell in a very slow death in hell? For gods sake do something?if I had the sole power to do so it would be done. Please do something. And there are alot of horses that are stolen right off their property not being recovered everyone knows that some undesired human is stealing these horses cause they are missing one or more for their contract at the slaughter house All of this needs attention
    And full attention

  5. Enough! Enough! Ah….the bottom line…money! This is absolutely indefensible! Not only do we exploit these animals to the fullest but, without conscience. We must fight for these magnificent, innocent beings, not only for them but, for our own humanity. 😢

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