The Los Alamitos Race Course in Cypress, California has been forced to cancel several days of races due to a lack of horse entries in the wake of the fallout from the dozens of horse racing deaths this past season at Santa Anita.
Los Alamitos announced that there would be no daytime racing on Thursday, July 11th, but racing would resume on July 12th. Los Alamitos is currently in the midst of its three-week Summer Thoroughbred Meet.
“Due to a shortage of entries, there’ll be no daytime Thoroughbred racing Thursday, July 11th,” the track wrote in a tweet. “Daytime simulcasts will be offered. Racing resumes on Friday, July 12th”
Los Alamitos canceled its first Thursday and Friday races before its season started June 29 as well.
The track’s Thoroughbred Meet runs through July 14th, 2019.
Los Alamitos is Not the Only Track
A shortage of entries also caused Santa Anita to run only three days a week the last half of its troubled season and Del Mar racetrack in San Diego County has races scheduled for only Wednesday through Sunday.
Thirty horses died while racing or training at Santa Anita since their racing season began on Dec. 26th, 2018. This is in addition to thirty-six horses which died at the track during the 2018 season. This is what has caused all the horse racing madness.
This has led to growing outrage from animal rights advocates and politicians as to why horse racing has been allowed to continue at the park.
As we mentioned in previous posts California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a Senate Bill last month which gives the California Horse Racing Board the authority to immediately suspend a track’s horse racing license. Prior to that bill, the CHRB could only recommend that a track cancel races.
Previously, racing at Santa Anita was temporarily suspended in February following the 19th horse death. And then again for most of March following the 21st horse’s death. This was done so that experts could conduct testing on the park’s three tracks (the main, training and turf tracks) to try and pinpoint the issue. None of the horse deaths have occurred on the training track, however.
In mid-March, Santa Anita officials announced a series of new measures to help bolster the safety of horses at the track, including restrictions on certain medications, requiring trainers to get permission in advance before putting a horse through a workout and investing in diagnostic equipment to aid in the early detection of pre-existing conditions.
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