Protesters Call For Change At Santa Anita Following 25 Horse Deaths
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Protesters Call For Change At Santa Anita Following 25 Horse Deaths

August 11, 2019


SANDRA: NEW CALLS FOR CHANGE AT SANTA ANITA RACETRACK. 25 HORSES DIED SINCE DECEMBER. TWO OF THEM WERE PUT DOWN IN THE PAST WEEK. GOOD AFTERNOON EVERYONE I AM SANDRA MITCHELL. IT IS OUR TOP STORY ON KCAL9 NEWS AT NOON. TODAY THE STATE HORSERACING BOARD MEETING AT SANTA ANITA TODAY. THE FIRST TIME THEY MET SINCE THE RECENT HORSE DEATHS. KARA FINNSTROM IS LIVE WITH THE LATEST IN ARCADIA. REPORTER: HI, SANDY. BECAUSE OF THE RECENT DEATHS, THE ANIMAL ACTIVISTS WHO HAVE COME HERE TO SAY DESPITE THE CHANGES THEY BELIEVE HORSES ARE STILL AT RISK. THEY CAME HERE TO SANTA ANITA. YOU CAN SEE THE RACETRACK THERE BEHIND US AND THEY ARE IN A MEETING RIGHT NOW. WITH CALIFORNIA HORSES RACING BOARD. THIS IS GOTTEN A BIT HEATED. LISTEN TO THIS. THEY ARE DYING. AND IF THEY ARE NOT HERE THEY WOULD NOT BE DYING. YES, SOME OF THEM DIE IN NATURE. MANY ANIMALS DIE IN NATURE. BUT NOT LIKE THIS. NOT ON OUR TURF. I DOUBT THERE’S ANYONE IN THIS BOARD WHO HAS EARNED A NICKEL FROM HORSERACING. YOU DO NOT MAKE MONEY TRAFFIC WEST IT IS ALL RIGHT HERE. BUT YOU DO NOT SEE THE EXPENSES THAT ARE NOT RIGHT THERE. YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THE EXPENSES AND HOW MUCH IT COSTS BUT THANK YOU VERY MUCH. YOU’RE MAKING A LOT OF MONEY OFF OF THIS. YOU ARE WRONG, I’M SORRY. REPORTER: THEY WANT A TOTAL BAN ON RAISING ANOTHER SAID THAT THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE REFORMS. THE LATEST DEATHS AT THE TRACK MAKE 24 HORSES THAT HAVE DIED IN THE LAST SIX MONTH. THE TWO DEATHS THIS PAST WEEKEND WERE SEPARATE INCIDENTS.ONE HORSE BROKE HIS PELVIS AND THE OTHER SUFFERED A SHOULDER INJURY. INVESTIGATIONS ARE NOW UNDERWAY INTO THE DEATHS. THIS QB LOOKED OUT THE TRAINING WE SAW THIS BACK IN MARCH ALL TRAINING AND RACING WAS SUSPENDED AT THE TRACK WHILE THE DISTURBING COURSE DEATHS WERE INVESTIGATED. SOME BELIEVE THE UNUSUAL WET WEATHER IS WHAT CAUSED MORE HORSES TO SUFFER THESE DEADLY INJURIES. EXPERTS HAVE BEEN BROUGHT IN REPEATEDLY TO STUDY THE TRACK. AT THE SAME TIME THEY’RE TALKING ABOUT THE TREATMENT OF HORSES. THEY HAVE A BAND OF JOCKEY WHIPS AND MEDICATION RACE DAYS. THIS MORNING WE SPOKE WITH A HALL OF FAME TRAINER WHO LOST HIS HORSE AT THIS TRACK. I WANTED TO CRY WHEN I GOT HOME. YOU KNOW JUST, IT’S YOU KNOW, IT HURTS US AS MUCH AS EVERYBODY ELSE. DURING TRAINING ON THE TURN, THAT IS WHEN THEY CHANGE LANES YOU KNOW AND SHE BROKE HER ANKLE. I WAS JUST SICK. ONE THING AND THAT IS THE WEATHER. YOU KNOW, THE RAIN AND IT STOPPED RAINS IN A STOCK THEY STEAL THE TRACK AND UNSEAL IT. REPORTER: HE SAYS THAT HE HAS BEEN IN THE BUSINESS HERE FOR 40 YEARS AND HAS NEVER SEEN

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  1. We need someone who knows what they are talking about to speak for these horses. Someone call Dick Francis!

  2. A 26th horse died at Santa Anita on May 25. I've smelled a couple of things since this disaster started: Luxury home developers who want that fabulous piece of land and an undetectable neurotoxin in the turf.

  3. Calipunk N-words STILL at it by their worst, bottom hypocrisy. 26 horses just passed out, collapsed on their own? By what? 26 horses all at once faint by natural causes? Anti-Trump punkers behind all this, and the concerned whistle-blowers are put down as "haters". "No comment". "I don't know what you're talking about, sir". HAHAHA! Just typical resistance, nothing to say, and running scared getting mama.

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