Breeder’s Cup Marred with Death of 37 Horses at Santa Anita

The Mongolian Groom was the 37th horse to die at the breeder’s cup

The $6 million Classic Breeder’s Cup which held in Santa Anita, California recorded 37 deaths on the track. The Mongolian Groom was euthanized shortly after running. The two-day championship ended wit the marquee race where 13 cup races took place without any injury. The Mongolian Groom had an early pace in the race, but the jockey, Abel Cedillo, cut the race short close to the eighth pole while the other horses charged towards the end of the race.

Veterinarians recommended euthanasia

The Mongolian Groom was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance and officials later announced that the horse has been euthanized due to severe fractures to his hind leg. Four vets deliberated on the condition of the horse before making the decision to euthanize. The Cup officials also hired Dr. Larry Bramlage to conduct an evaluation that will be made public when it is complete.

Breeder’s Cup Ltd released a statement saying that the death of the Mongolian Groom was regretted and is a loss to the racing community. It also emphasized that the safety of its human and equine athletes was a top priority. It assured members of the horse racing community that it worked tirelessly to ensure the safety of the horses before the championships. It announced that Santa Anita had implemented several industry-leading reforms that will enhance the health and safety measures to provide a safe racing environment.

So far, Mongolian Groom has recorded three wins and $579,141 in earnings. The equine just came from a victory over McKinzie, a classic favorite in the Awesome Again Stakes held earlier in September. He was bred in Calumet farm in Kentucky and trained by Ganbat Enebish. His name also comes from the Mongolian Stable which is also the name of the racing operation of Ganbaatar Dagvadorj. Mongolian Saturday, a horse owned by Dagvadorj, was the best horse in the 2015 Turf Sprint.

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