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March 26, 2019

A 22nd horse since Christmas dies from injuries sustained at Santa Anita Park racetrack

March 14, 2019
A horse and jockey at the Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. (Jae C. Hong / AP)

A 3-year-old filly named Princess Lili B became the 22nd horse to die as a result of injuries sustained at the Santa Anita Park racetrack since Christmas.

The horse was euthanized Thursday morning after breaking both of her front legs in the final stretch of a half-mile run, according to Daily Racing Form.

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Racing was suspended last week as track officials tried to figure out what had led to 21 horses being injures since the racing season kicked off on Dec. 26. The track reopened Monday — just three days before Princess Lili B came up lame at the end of an 8 a.m. practice run.

“It's shaken everybody and I think it's shaken everybody in the industry,” a racetrack spokesman told ABC News last week when the horse death count reached 21.

The track was inspected for defects and a director of equine affairs was hired to look into the matter, according to Santa Anita Park representatives.

Santa Anita Park opened on Christmas Day 1934 and has hosted the prestigious Breeders Cup nine times. Legendary horses including Seabiscuit have raced on the suburban Los Angeles track, which is also where Shirley Temple filmed “The Story of Seabiscuit.”

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