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New Report on Santa Anita Deaths: Horse Trainers Don’t Know ‘Basic Anatomy’

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The Daily Beast

Nearly three months after the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office found no evidence of misconduct in a cluster of horse deaths at Santa Anita Park in Los Angeles, the California Horse Racing Board has published a study of their own that clashes with those conclusions. The 77-page report—nearly five times as long as the D.A.’s and with a fraction of the pictures—described a climate of “cumbersome, disorganized, and often incoherent” record-keeping, pervasive pressure to race horses, ignorance among horsemen about “basic anatomy,” and several violations of CHRB policy that will result in at least 10 complaints filed against trainers and veterinarians.