Fifth horse dies at California racetrack in three weeks

by Editorial Team

A horse was euthanized Saturday while training at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in California, continuing a troublesome trend.

Koa, a 3-year-old gelding, collapsed during a workout and was put down, according to NBC San Diego.

A necropsy will be used to determine an exact cause of death.

Koa is at least the 10th horse to die at the Del Mar racetrack and fifth since the fall season began on Nov. 8. Three horses were injured on Nov. 10: Princess Dorian, a 5-year-old mare, who sustained fractures to her left front leg, Ghost Street, a 3-year-old gelding, and Prayer Warrior, who both injured their ankles.

Ghost Street and Prayer Warrior were both euthanized on the day of their injuries, while Princess Dorian was euthanized on Nov. 17, the same day that Slewgoodtobetrue, a 3-year-old filly, was put down after collapsing during a workout.

The rash of deaths at Del Mar follows a similar controversial trend at Santa Anita Park, where 37 horses died during the last racing year.


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