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Santa Anita Park Cleared Of Any Criminal Wrongdoing In String Of Horse Deaths




Jockey Abel Cedilo rides Mongolian Groom (2/R/) ahead of Joel Rosario riding Mckinzie (R), Jose Ortiz on Elate (2/L) and eventual winner Irad Ortiz Jr. riding Vino Rosso (L) in the Breeders Cup Classic race at the 2019 Breeders Cup at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, California on November 2, 2019.
Jockey Abel Cedilo rides Mongolian Groom (2/R/) ahead of Joel Rosario riding Mckinzie (R), Jose Ortiz on Elate (2/L) and eventual winner Irad Ortiz Jr. riding Vino Rosso (L) in the Breeders Cup Classic race at the 2019 Breeders Cup at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, California on November 2, 2019.
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The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office cleared Santa Anita Park of any wrongdoing in a string of 30 horse deaths. According to the Los Angeles Times, a 17-page report stated that the nine-month investigation “did not find evidence of criminal animal cruelty or unlawful conduct.” 

Toxicology reports from 23 different horses showed no illegal substances beyond legal limits. But the report did offer nearly 30 recommendations for improvements in safety. Most have already been carried out.  Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita Park, has said its thankful for the investigation and that everyone is in the same boat in wanting health and safety for horses and riders. But animal activists, who originally called for the investigation, and argue trainers should be held accountable. Stronach Group has issued a series of safety improvements. L.A. Times contributor John Cherwa has been following the story and sits down with Larry to discuss the latest developments. 

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John Cherwa, special contributor to the Los Angeles Times who’s been covering the story; he tweets @jcherwa