A horse sustained fatal injuries in a race Sunday at Los Alamitos Race Course, marking the second equine death at the track this month, according to state records.
Flokie, a 2-year-old gelding that won the $1,070,000 Ed Burke Million Futurity last September, ran his final race on Sunday at Los Alamitos, according to the California Horse Racing Board.
Chickititas Favorite, a 3-year-old gelding, died at the track on March 8.
Radio Tim, a 3-year-old gelding, and Street Machine, a 5-year-old gelding, were fatally injured on Feb. 21, and four horses sustained fatal injuries in January at the race course.
Horse racing has drawn increased scrutiny since 37 horses died at Santa Anita racetrack in Arcadia during the 2018-19 racing season.
Both Santa Anita and Los Alamitos have been the targets of protests in recent months b yanimal rights activists who want to put an end to the sport.
Los Alamitos remains open during the coronavirus pandemic, while Santa Anita closed down its course last week.
The California Horse Racing Board said on Friday that it was “relying on state, county and local health authorities to determine whether horse racing is deemed essential for exemption from shelter-in-place orders issued by those authorities.”
The horse racing board said it would “assist health authorities in enforcing their decisions.”
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