- California, USA -
When we read about bullfighting and how innocent bulls are killed for amusement, we animal lovers promptly feel outraged and condemn this contest.
What about horse racing? Do we feel just as outraged when innocent horses die for amusement during a race that many PAY to watch?
On Saturday, September 28, a colt lost his precious life at Santa Anita Park.
The 3-year-old named Emtech, had to be euthanized on the track after the eighth race of the day.
Emtech was assessed by a team of veterinarians and it was determined that the poor colt suffered two broken front forelimbs.
He crashed to the ground and so did jockey Mario Gutierrez who was also injured.
Dr. Dionne Benson, chief veterinarian for the track’s owners, The Stronach Group, said: "We will open an immediate review into what factors could have contributed to Emtech's injury."
Saturday was only the second day of its 23-day autumn race meet.
More than 30 innocent horses have died at Santa Anita since December.
Santa Anita Park is scheduled to host during the first week of November, The Breeders' Cup World Championships, which is an annual series of Grade I Thoroughbred horse races.