Santa Anita had its third horse death in nine days when a gelding pulled up during a race Saturday and was euthanized Sunday.

Twenty-six horses have died in racing or training at the Southern California track since Dec. 26th.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Kochees sustained an injury to its left front leg in a 5 1/2-furlong race on Saturday.

In a statement, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said:
“Santa Anita and all California tracks must suspend racing until the ongoing investigation by the district attorney is complete and the new rules have been strengthened.”
PETA and the non-profit Social Compassion in Legislation are working with the Stronach Group, owners of the racetrack in Arcadia, to enact laws and regulations to stop the deaths, PETA said.
In mid-March, the park implemented stringent protocols after the deaths of the first 22 horses and suspended racing and training for a time.
Santa Anita is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup Nov. 1-2. It is considered the biggest two-day event in U.S. horse racing.

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