Four horses were euthanized after racing at the New Orleans Fairgrounds Race Course within the last six racing days (ten calendar days).
In a video posted on social media, the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) reiterated it opposes efforts to ban race-day medications for horses as well as an initiative that would create a private, independent panel to oversee drug testing on thoroughbreds, standardbreds, and quarter horses nationwide. Those are the main tenets of the Horseracing Integrity Act, bipartisan legislation sponsored by US Reps. Paul Tonko (D-New York) and Andy Barr (R-Kentucky) in the House and US Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) and Martha McSally in the Senate.
Santa Anita suffered its third horse death in three days when a freak accident occurred during morning training on Sunday. Tikkun Olam, a 4-year-old gelding, collided with an unidentified other horse while training. The second horse appeared to be uninjured. Tikkum Olam was euthanized from undisclosed injuries. So far, Santa Anita has had five deaths since Dec. 26, the scheduled start of the season.