Another Santa Anita horse death puts Breeders’ Cup site in greater jeopardy – USA TODAY





Rana L. Cash


Louisville Courier Journal

Published 11:34 AM EDT Jun 7, 2019

In just a few short months, horse racing’s richest competition is scheduled to be run at Santa Anita when the Breeders’ Cup commences Nov. 1-2. 

But as horse fatalities continue to mount at an alarming rate at Santa Anita, it becomes increasingly perilous for the event to be hosted there. A 27th horse died Wednesday morning, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

There have been four fatalities as a result of injuries at Santa Anita since May 27, and 27 since the meet began on Dec. 26. 

This time, 2-year-old River Derby suffered a shoulder fracture during training. He was euthanized after surgery to repair the injury was unsuccessful.

The Breeders’ Cup board is scheduled to meet in late June in Lexington, at which time the host site will be discussed.

The event was held last November at Churchill Downs, and it is a favorable replacement should the decision be made to leave Santa Anita. Louisville football is off the first week of November, making the nearby Churchill site even more feasible. 

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