A Hall of Fame coach was banned from Santa Anita Park near Los Angeles after the fourth horse from his staff marked the 30th death of a race horse on the famous track since December, Prime Minister said Saturday.
The horse American Currency was injured while exercising Saturday morning and then euthanized, said the California Horse Racing Board. It was the fourth horse death associated with coach Jerry Hollendorfer this season, the board said.
Santa Anita's Canadian owner, The Stronach Group, responded by banning him. Hollendorfer "is no longer welcome to stable, run or train his horses at any of our facilities," says the Stronach Group in a statement.
The coach, introduced to the National Museum of Racing and the Hall of Fame in 201
GOV. Last week, Gavin Newsom ordered a state panel that includes veterinarians to assess horses for risk of injury before driving on Santa Anita. The panel rejected 38 horses scheduled to run during the last six days of racing, the board said on Saturday in a statement.
American currency was not reviewed by the panel because he was not beaten to race, the board said. 19659002] Santa Anita suspended racing for almost a month this season to investigate the deaths, but a reason was never found.
The Stronach Group rejected a request this month by the California Horse Racing Board to close for the rest of the season. Both Newsom and US Sen. Dianne Feinstein called for suspension until regulators could determine what caused the catastrophic horse injuries.
Sunday is the last day of this season at Santa Anita in Arcadia, California.