From the office of Senator Dianne Feinstein (California) on the killing of Mongolian Groom in a Breeders’ Cup race at Santa Anita Saturday:
“It breaks my heart to hear that another horse died because of injuries sustained during the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Racetrack. This year, 37 horses have died at Santa Anita, seven of those since racing resumed in September. That’s simply unacceptable.
“This problem is not unique to Santa Anita. More than 3,000 horses have died at California racetracks in the past two decades, and thousands more at racetracks throughout the country. Unfortunately, most states lack sufficient reporting requirements, so we may never know the exact numbers of horses that die nation-wide as part of the horse racing industry. This is a gap that should be closed.
“Before the Breeders’ Cup, I wrote to the California Horse Racing Board that this weekend would be a critical test…
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