As Santa Anita approaches the opening of its fall season and the 2019 Breeders’ Cup, another horse died at the Arcadia track on Monday.
Zeke, a 4-year-old gelding, was working on the training track on Monday when the rider recognized a problem.
According to a press release from Santa Anita, veterinarians “diagnosed a pelvic fracture. Zeke was initially stable, but, unfortunately, his condition deteriorated later that evening. After consultation with veterinary experts, the owner’s team determined that this type of injury would not be able to be repaired to support continual weight on all four legs.”
At that point, veterinary experts made a decision to euthanize the horse.
Zeke was trained by Dean Pederson and owned by Tom Acker, Rudy Lapera, Scott Knight, Alan McKean and Jason Ehrlicher.
Monday’s fatality was the 31st at Santa Anita since last winter’s meet opened Dec. 26, 2018, bringing the track under intense scrutiny. It was the second death on the training track in 2019.
Santa Anita’s fall meet opens on Friday, Sept. 27 and the Breeders’ Cup, one of horse racing’s biggest events, is scheduled for Nov. 1-2.
“Everyone at Santa Anita and throughout The Stronach Group is devastated by this loss,” said Dr. Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinarian for The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita. “We are carefully reviewing what factors could have contributed to Zeke’s injury. Santa Anita will continue to work closely with the California Horse Racing Board and will continue to be transparent with our stakeholders and all of our constituents, including the public, as more facts come in.”
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