The horse is contributing about $ 50 billion directly to the US economy and creating nearly 1 million jobs in 2017 alone, according to American Horse Council data.
As the North American Triple Crown season approaches, the focus of attention should be on the winning candidates of the Kentucky Derby. Instead, Santa Anita racetrack must suspend activities due to mass death of horses, causing people to ask questions about the safety of the race.
A young horse named Lets Light the Way has recently been killed after breaking a sesame bone in the ankle joint. Since December 26 last year, there have been a total of 21 racecourse deaths when competing or practicing at Santa. Earlier in 2017, 20 deaths occurred within 122 days of racing, according to data from the Jockey Club race horse company.
“The safety, health and welfare conditions of horses and jockey are our top priorities,” said Tim Ritvo, executive director of Stronach Group, which owns the track, said in An announcement. “While we continue to conduct tests to ensure the safety of the track, the closure decision is a must at this time.”
This is the second time in eight days that the famous racetrack under the San Gabriel Mountains is closed.
Since the 2008 Kentucky Derby race, when the young Eight Belles was killed after finishing second, officials of the entertainment industry were concerned that a similar incident might make the sport become lost.
In a series of incidents in 2012, 24 racing horses died each week at tracks across the United States, many of them in shock or lack of regulatory protection. This prompted regulations to help protect racing horses across the country and reduce the number of deaths.
Heavy rains will make it difficult to maintain the dirt track, especially when leveling the ground to avoid puddles on the track surface. Imagine how fragile race horses with ankles just like a Coke bottle must move constantly on a poor quality track that will impact.