ARCADIA (CBSLA) — Two racehorses died after suffering training injuries at Southern California tracks last weekend, according to state officials.

Tailback, a 4-year-old gelding, died Sunday at Santa Anita Park, according to the California Horse Racing Board, while Rowboat Romeo, a 2-year-old colt that had not raced before, died Saturday at Los Alamitos Race Course.

Both horses were euthanized after suffering injuries, CHRB spokesman Mike Marten said.

Rowboat Romeo had participated in a 220-yard workout the day he died, according to the Daily Racing Forum. He is the 13th horse to die at Los Alamitos in racing or training-related incidents during this race season.

Los Alamitos is the the only track in the state to hold live horse racing since Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered non-essential businesses to shut down to slow the spread of coronavirus. Fans, however, are prohibited from Los Alamitos during the shutdown.

Tailback is the 14th horse to die in racing or training-related incidents at Santa Anita Park this season. Racing at the track was suspended in late March.

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Comments (3)
  1. Gina Powell says:

    Horse racing should have been shut down a long time ago.
    It would have saved hundreds of racehorses lives.
    This business exploits non-consenting, voiceless racehorses by doping, beating, and confining them.
    Then after they are done crippling them they dump them and many end up at kill auctions.
    Racehorses are mere disposable gambling chips and this antiquated business model belongs in the history books.
    It’s long overdue to move on.

  2. Kevin D. Moran says:

    Gina, I hope the thing you love most in life gets taken away. Then a person clueless about how these animals are treated and vomits three lies. We are long overdue letting overweight do nothing loud mouths tell us what to do. You are a liar…

  3. Joe Harrison says:

    I have been a fan of horse racing since I was a teenager. My dad used to take us to the track and we’d have to wait outside because back then they wouldn’t children 10 and under inside. But as I got older I would go with him and we would figure out the races together. It was a great bonding time for us. I have many fond memories of racing and I hope it never gets canceled. I think what most people who want the sport to be outlawed don’t realize is many people depend on it for their livelihood, all the jockeys, trainers, exercise riders, grooms, breeders and other people who work the backstretch taking care of the horses.

    One thing the industry could do is outlaw drugs that enhance performance or mask pain in the horse. Another thing they could do is breed more for soundness, instead of just for performance and speed. This sport can be saved for future generations if it is done right.

    I’ve had my say.

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