It was once a grim trifecta and a well-recognized end result for Santa Anita Park: 3 horses died in 3 days this previous weekend at California’s very best recognized and maximum scrutinized racetrack.

All 3 horses had been euthanized, two after breaking their ankles in turf races and the 3rd after colliding with some other horse whilst coaching on filth, racing officers stated.

The most recent spate of fatalities on the observe started on Friday, when a 6-year-old gelding named Harliss broke an ankle in a turf race and was once euthanized, in line with racing officers.

Then on Saturday, a 5-year-old gelding named Uncontainable additionally broke an ankle in a claiming race on turf and was once euthanized. The 3rd dying got here on Sunday when Tikkun Olam, a 4-year-old gelding who had received $40,743 in 9 races, collided with some other horse whilst coaching on filth. The character of the pony’s accidents was once no longer straight away transparent.

There have now been 5 deaths at Santa Anita for the reason that get started of this yr, prompting the gang Folks for the Moral Remedy of Animals to name on state racing officers to droop racing on the Arcadia, Calif., observe.

“3 useless horses in 3 days calls for rapid motion,” PETA stated in a commentary. “The California Horse Racing Board was once not too long ago given the authority, in regulation subsidized by means of Gov. Gavin Newsom, to droop racing — and now it should just do that.”

The outcry adopted the deaths of 56 horses at Santa Anita from July 1, 2018, to Nov. 30, 2019, in line with a distinct investigation by means of a role pressure that was once created remaining yr by means of the Los Angeles County District Lawyer’s Workplace.

The inquiry discovered no proof of felony animal cruelty or illegal habits by means of the observe’s house owners, the Canada-based Stronach Crew, which closed Santa Anita in March for a number of weeks whilst the observe’s protection and different racing practices had been evaluated. However that has no longer placated animal welfare activists.

“There is not any sense within the board permitting racing — and deaths — to proceed till it enacts all its personal pending laws and acts at the suggestions of the Los Angeles County District Lawyer’s Workplace,” PETA stated. “If it takes the closure of a observe to prevent the deaths, then shut the observe.”

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