Santa Anita monitoring safety after latest fatality

Santa Anita monitoring safety after latest fatality
FILE - In this Thursday, March 28, 2019, file photo, a few horses and riders are seen on the track while members of the California Horse Racing Board weigh new safety and medication rules in the wake of 22 horse deaths at Santa Anita Park, during a meeting at the track in Arcadia, Calif. The Stronach Group are the owners of Santa Anita Park that was the site of 23 horse deaths over a span of three months. (AP Photo/Amanda Lee Myers, File)

BALTIMORE (AP) — The chief operating officer of the group that owns Santa Anita Park says the racetrack is monitoring safety conditions after the death of a horse in training.

A 3-year-old horse broke down with a shoulder injury Friday while galloping at the track and was euthanized in Arcadia, California. It’s the 24th horse fatality in racing or training at the track since Dec. 26.

It’s the first horse fatality there since March 31.

Stronach Group COO Tim Ritvo says ownership takes the situation seriously. A filly also collapsed and died at Stronach Group-owned Pimlico Race Course on Friday, the day before the Preakness.

Ritvo says 240 horses worked out Saturday morning without incident and racing is on again for Santa Anita in the afternoon.

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