A 3-year-old horse was injured on the track at Los Alamitos Race Course Sunday night and later euthanized, officials confirmed Monday.
The quarter horse gelding named Jess Bet Me suffered the mortal injury in Sunday night’s eighth race, according to the official racing chart. Video of the race — available at https://vimeo.com/435805822 — shows the horse finishing behind the rest of the pack.
The death was confirmed by Mike Marten, public information officer for the California Horse Racing Board.
Jess Bet Me’s jockey was Oscar Peinado, and the creature was trained by Rodolfo Viramontes, according to the industry website Equibase. The horse’s owners were Herasmo Hernandez, Salvador Hernandez and Jose Guiterrez.
He is at least the 20th horse to die in racing or training-related injuries at the Cypress track this year. In addition to the racing and training deaths, at least nine other racehorses have perished at Los Alamitos this year from what CHRB officials list as “other” causes of death.
The track is currently holding meets without fans in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Another horse appeared to suffer an injury during Saturday afternoon’s third race. Haru’s Star is a 3-year-old filly who pulled up early and failed to finish. She was vanned off, but her fate and the nature of her injury were not immediately clear.
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