Another horse dies at Santa Anita Park
Another horse has died at Santa Anita Park, bringing to 34 the number to have perished at the southern California track since December. The Stronach Group track owners announced that threeyear-old gelding Satchel Paige had been “humanely euthanized” after the fifth race on the card on Saturday. The latest death comes less than two weeks before the track hosts the high-profile Breeders’ Cup world championships. In a statement, Stronach Group said the horse had been pulled up during the race and subsequently diagnosed with an open fracture of his left front ankle. Santa Anita Park has been under scrutiny over its alarmingly high fatality rate. Racing at the track was cancelled for more than three weeks in March following a series of fatalities. Santa Anita hired a consultant to lead a study of the track surface.