CYPRESS (CBSLA) –The California Horse Racing Board voted Thursday to extend Los Alamitos racetrack’s quarterhorse racing license from six months to one year.
The reversal of a six-month license occurs after two horses died while training on the Cypress track over the past week.
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According to the California Horse Racing Board website, Don’t Stop Looking, a 3-year-old filly, and Noor Khan, a 4-year-old mare, died on Sunday. Details of the deaths were not immediately available.
These are the first fatalities to have occurred on the track since December 16.
On December 17, the CHRB granted Los Alamitos a license to run quarter horse races in the 2020-21 season, but only for six months, unlike the full year requested by track owners.
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Los Alamitos had requested the organization of quarter horse races from December 23, 2020 to December 21, 2021.
After the board of directors approved new regulations limiting the amount of medication that can be administered to horses before racing in Los Alamitos, Commissioner Oscar Gonzales brought forward a motion to limit the license to six months so that the board can revisit the issue and consider whether the new changes have been successful in reducing the number of equine fatalities on the track.
Los Alamitos was briefly placed on probation by the CHRB on July 10, 2020, due to a spate of racehorse deaths.
By that time, at least 20 horses had died on the track in 2020 after sustaining racing or training injuries, and another 10 had succumbed to gastrointestinal and other illnesses.
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