Santa Anita track to remain open after 3 more horses die

Santa Anita Park will stay open despite the number of horse deaths at the track hitting 29 in seven months this weekend.

An unraced colt died Thursday after suffering a fractured shoulder while galloping during a training session, followed by two more horses that died Saturday and Sunday.

The first sustained a fractured pelvis during a race on Saturday and later had to be euthanized, while the second collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack during a turf race on Sunday.

After the first death of the weekend took place Saturday, the California Horse Racing Board said in a statement that it “recommended to Santa Anita management that they suspend racing for the seven remaining race days but that they allow horses to continue to train during that period.”

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