Another horse dies at Santa Anita during Thursday morning training


The Santa Anita horse fatality nightmare continued Thursday morning when a horse died during the second day of training since Santa Anita allowed horses to return to the main track. It’s the 22nd death since Dec. 26.

Princess Lili B, owned and trained by David Bernstein, was injured near the end of a half-mile workout, breaking both front legs, and had to be euthanized.

The latest casualty was first reported by Brad Free of the Daily Racing Form.

Santa Anita had closed the track for racing on March 5 in an effort to determine why there were so many deaths. Horses had been allowed to gallop on job since Monday and returned to training at race speeds on Wednesday.

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Former track superintendent Dennis Moore was rehired as a consultant and has been working with Dr. Mick Peterson in an attempt to find a solution to the problem. Peterson is a third-party consultant who is the director of the University of Kentucky’s Agricultural Equine Program and a professor of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering.

Training continued on the track after the latest accident Thursday. Racing was tentatively scheduled to resume March 22, but the latest fatality might put that in peril. Santa Anita’s parent company The Stronach Group plans to make “a major corporate announcement” before noon.

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