LOS ANGELES — Santa Anita had its second horse death in four days when a gelding pulled up during a race Sunday and was euthanized a day later.
Twenty-five horses have now died in racing or training at the Southern California track since Dec. 26.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Spectacular Music was running in a six-furlong maiden claiming race when the jockey pulled the horse up on the backstretch shortly after leaving the gate.
The horse was taken off the course with a pelvis injury, and the decision to euthanize him was made Monday morning.
On Friday, a 3-year-old horse broke down with a shoulder injury while galloping and was euthanized at the track.
Santa Anita is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup Nov. 1-2. It’s considered the biggest two-day event in U.S. horse racing.