Santa Anita had its ninth death of the racing and training season when Chosen Vessel became the fourth fatality on the track’s turf course Saturday due to a fractured left front ankle. The season started on Dec. 26.
The 5-year-old gelding was pulled up by jockey Edwin Maldonado as he approached the far turn in the ninth and final race of the card, a 1 1/8 mile turf race for allowance horses for a purse of $59,000.
This is the first fatality for trainer Craig Dollase since the horse death situation became critical early last year.
Last year at this time, Santa Anita had 19 fatalities. To read the rest of the story click here