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L.A. District Attorney Launches Task Force to Investigate Horse Deaths at Santa Anita Racetrack

Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey thinks 23 horse deaths is enough and has organized a special task force to find out what the heck is going on at Santa Anita Park.

“I have formed a task force of experienced deputy district attorneys and sworn peace officers with varied expertise within my office who will thoroughly investigate and evaluate the evidence to determine whether unlawful conduct or conditions affected the welfare and safety of horses at Santa Anita Park,” Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey said on Tuesday.

Santa Anita recently reopened after being closed for much of March after a troubling spike in deaths of horses racing on the dirt track. Since December, 23 horses have succumbed to injuries either suffered during races or during training.

The deaths have caused such trouble for the racing industry, that politicians in California have announced plans for a Thursday oversight hearing on horse racing safety. There will also be new legislation introduced to authorize the California Horse Racing Board to suspend racing if dangerous conditions are suspected.