LOS ALAMITOS (CBSLA) — A 5-year-old quarter horse was fatally injured during a race at Los Alamitos Race Course, the California Horse Racing Board confirmed Monday.

Chronie is the second equine fatality at Los Alamitos in April and the 10th this year.

Chronie was fourth at the start of Saturday’s 870-yard race for 3-year-olds and up who had not won at the distance in 2020. He was bumped early, chased the field and was pulled up by jockey Henry Lopez. He was then taken off the track in a van and euthanized.

Los Alamitos remains open for racing even as other venues that generally draw fans and crowds are closed during the coronavirus pandemic, but fans are prohibited from attending.

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Comments (4)
  1. Sandra Bell says:

    Horse racing is a despicable activity, engaged in by the greediest and most primitive among us. How many beautiful, innocent horses have to be killed before it is stopped? The entire industry is an atrocity, from the mass breeding, misery and slaughter to the races themselves, where myriad animals are fatally injured. It’s time for the human race to wake up, evolve and make horse racing as illegal as dog fighting.

  2. RG Smith says:

    These “beautiful innocent horses” would not exist if there was no racing. They are bred to race, raised from birth on farms by people who love the animals and are part of a sporting endeavor that goes back hundreds of years. Horses born in the wild die terrible deaths because they have no one to care for them like these horses do.

    This is not dog fighting. You do not have to teach a horse to run and compete with another horse. Go out to the farms and watch horses together in an open field: they run, they run fast … and yes, sometimes they get hurt.

    If only CBS Los Angeles cared for the people who are dying from this virus as much as they do horses who are bred to compete against one another.

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