Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today renewed her call for a moratorium on horse racing at Santa Anita Race Track after another horse died, the 26th since December 26.
“Another horse has died at Santa Anita Race Track, the 26th in five months and the third in just nine days. How many more horses must die before concrete steps are taken to address what is clearly an acute problem?
“I once again call for an immediate moratorium on racing at Santa Anita. We need a thorough investigation of practices and conditions at the track before any more races are held.
“I believe we need to carefully review what medications horses are given and under what circumstances, as well as take a close look at the issue of overrunning horses, which may be contributing to deaths.
“Tracks in the United States have significantly higher rates of death than tracks overseas. We need to determine what we’re doing wrong in this country and fix it. If we can’t, we need to consider whether horseracing has a future here.”