ARCADIA – Last weekend, two racehorses died after training injuries on the tracks in Southern California, state officials said.
Tailback, a 4-year-old gelding, died on Sunday in Santa Anita Park, according to the California Horse Racing Board.
Rowing boat Romeo, an untrained 2-year-old foal, died on Saturday at the Los Alamitos Race Course, the CHRB reported. He participated in a 220-meter training that day, according to the Daily Racing Forum.
He is the 13th horse to die on the Cypress circuit during race or training-related incidents during this racing season, which started in late December.
Both horses needed euthanasia after injuries, said CHRB spokesman Mike Marten.
Los Alamitos is the only circuit in California that hosts live horse racing since the coronavirus pandemic led Governor Gavin Newsom to order many non-essential companies in the state to quit, although fans are prohibited from attending.
At Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Tailback was the 14th horse to die during racing or training-related incidents in Santa Anita this season.
Racing on the track was halted in late March by order of the Los Angeles County health department due to the coronavirus outbreak. However, Santa Anita officials have made a written proposal to the department to resume live racing this Friday.
“With the last LA County Safer-at-Home order expiring May 15, we are aiming for that date to continue racing,” Santa Anita officials said in a statement. “This reopening is conditional on the county’s Safer Home order expiring on that date and the county complying with the necessary statistics.”