A Southern California racetrack has made an unprecedented transfer to professional horse racing to ban the day-to-day drug after 22 horses died on the track from December 26.
The Santa Anita Park racetrack made the announcement on an open
The decision was more than a week after the Santa Anita track was suspended indefinitely after 21 horses were euthanized after the maintenance of the injuries while training or racing on the track within two months.
"What has happened to Santa Anita over the past few weeks has been so heartbreaking," said Belinda Stronach, president of The Stronach Group, who owns the track, in the letter.
Princess Lili B, a 3-year-old race training for her third career Starts the eurhanization of the Santa Anita racetrack on Thursday morning after breaking the front legs at the end of a half-mile workout, according to The Paulick Report, a horse racing news site.
David Bernstein, owner of Princess Lili B and trainer, told KTLA-TV in Los Angeles that the youth were healthy before the injury.
"He was always very sound, and we did not have a problem with him," Bernstein said in an interview with the news station. "We do not have to train him in any medicine, he's a charming fountain around."
Stronach on Thursday announced a list of changes to racetrack regulations that could affect professionals fans and their horses in Santa Anita.
"We got to a watershed moment," he added, before detailing a "complete revision" on racetrack policy and other regulations.
Including day-to-day drug ban, Lasix, a performance-enhancing drug, was also banned from the track. According to Inverse.com, Lasix prevents lungs of the horse from spontaneously bleeding while running at high speed. It is prohibited in other countries but is commonly used in racehorses in the US.
The Santa Anita track also added the following regulation:
Increase the prohibition on legal therapeutic NSAIDS, joint injections, shockwave therapy and anabolic steroids.
Increasing the time required for horses is on site before a race.
A Stronach Group's huge investment in diagnostic equipment to assist in early detection of conditions before it exists.
Training horses are only permitted in therapeutic drugs with a qualified veterinary examination.
Earlier this month, Santa Anita officials ordered further examination on a one-mile main train in the park after a 4-year-old filly had to be euthanized after injury while training on track. The Stronach Group also completed the ground radar test on the track, which is considered "one hundred percent ready" for use.
Nearly two dozen death tracks on the track experience the reputation of a racetrack formerly considered safest in the sport.
The Associated Press said Tim Ritvo, the chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, said the heavy rains in California and the health of horses could have an affected track.
According to the park, 16 of the horses died of injuries while trained or trained on Santa Anita's dirt tracks. Five died after racing on the track.
"We think that [rain] will definitely help, even though our experts are telling us not," said Ritvo AP. "The tracks out here are built not for the time like this."