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27th horse dies since start of California racetrack’s season

June 8, 2019

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A horse has died after fracturing a shoulder while training, making colt Derby River the 27th horse death since Santa Anita opened its season in late December.

The Los Angeles Times reports the 2-year-old unraced horse was euthanized in the nearby city of Chino.

California Horse Racing Board spokesman Mike Marten said the euthanization was being treated as an on-track training death.

A necropsy is planned.

Last year’s national average for fatal injuries was 1.68 horses per 1,000 starts. At Santa Anita, the rate was 2.04.

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