The 3-year-old colt Emtech was euthanized after appearing to break his left front leg and crashing to the dirt in the eighth race at Santa Anita Park Saturday, according to a published report.

Emtech was in the stretch of the six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up when the breakdown occurred, the Los Angeles Times said.

Jockey Mario Gutierrez stayed on the ground and a stretcher was brought for him, but got up on his own power and was taken to the first aid center, where he was examined, according to The Times.

“As is protocol at Santa Anita, we will open an immediate review into what factors could have contributed to Emtech’s injury,” said Dr. Dionne Benson, chief veterinarian of the Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita Park, told The Times.

“Santa Anita will work closely with the California Horse Racing Board and will continue to brief our stakeholders and all of our constituents, including the public, as more facts come in.”

Emtech will undergo a necropsy at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, as is mandatory for all on-track accidents, Benson told The Times.

“The accident and the necropsy report will be a reviewed by a team to learn what, if anything, could have been done to have prevented the accident,” Benson said.

The death came on the second day of Santa Anita Park’s autumn racing meet. The track is under unprecedented scrutiny over safety concerns after 30 fatalities in the track’s winter-spring meeting.

The 4-year-old gelding Zeke was euthanized Sept. 16 after being diagnosed with a pelvic fracture after being pulled up while working on Santa Anita Park’s training track, the Times reported.

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