Two-year-old colt fatally injured at infamous Santa Anita track

A two-year-old colt racing in the $80,150 Eddie Logan Stakes at Santa Anita was fatally injured Sunday, becoming the Southern California track’s first fatality since June.

Trained by Peter Miller, Ebeko was lagging the field when he injured his left front leg at the top of the stretch in the one-mile turf race, throwing jockey Joel Rosario to the ground.

The picturesque Santa Anita racetrack recorded 23 equine fatalities in three months at one stage.Credit:AP

The colt was triaged on the turf course, but a statement from Santa Anita said veterinarians determined it was an unrecoverable injury and Ebeko was euthanised. The horse will undergo a mandatory necropsy at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine.

Rosario was examined by first aid staff and although he skipped the next race, he was approved to ride the rest of the day.

Ebeko had two wins in eight career starts and earnings of $122,930, according to Equibase.

It was the first racing fatality at Santa Anita since June 20. The track didn't have any racing or training incidents during the fall meet and hasn't had a fatality on the main dirt track during racing this year. The track's winter-spring meet opened on Saturday.

The track, located in Arcadia, had 23 fatalities between December 26, 2018, and March 31, 2019.


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