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Editorial: Fewer racehorses are dying — but still too many

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Los Angeles Times

It’s been two years since Santa Anita Park started a tumultuous season of horse racing that saw 37 horses die from racing or training and ushered in a new period of reform in this risky sport. The alarming spate of deaths from late December 2018 to November 2019 led to an overhaul of the California Horse Racing Board and jump-started the federal Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act. The bill, which passed last month, establishes new drug regulations and a national safety program. But it’s still not enough; here’s what government and the industry should do next.