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BC-RAC--Santa Anita-Fatalities,7th Ld

March 6, 2019
AP Racing Writer

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A track official says Santa Anita is canceling racing indefinitely to re-examine the dirt surface after the deaths of 21 horses in the last two months.

Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, tells The Associated Press that officials feel confident in the track surface but want to be “very proactive” and do all the testing that needs to be done.

Ritvo said Tuesday that racing won’t be held this weekend, when two major races were scheduled: the San Felipe for 3-year-old Kentucky Derby hopefuls and the Santa Anita Handicap for older horses. He wouldn’t speculate on when racing would resume.

The latest fatality occurred during training on Tuesday, when a 4-year-old filly got injured and was euthanized.