Another horse has died at Los Alamitos Race Course — the 25th horse to die from a racing or training injury at the Cypress track this year.
Bob E McGee, a 2-year-old gelding, crossed the finish line in fourth place in Sunday night’s fourth race, but suffered a catastrophic injury in the cool-down and did a full somersault, throwing jockey Jairo Rangel. His death was later confirmed by the California Horse Racing Board.
Bob E McGee had run four races, all at Los Alamitos. He was owned by Bobby Simmons and trained by Paul C. Jones.
Los Alamitos Race Course was placed on probation by the CHRB in July in response to this year’s spate of horse deaths, essentially putting the facility at risk of having its racing permits suspended. The CHRB later signed off on a plan aimed at bolstering safety and equine-oversight at the facility.
The plan included adding another veterinarian to be a “roving observer of horses in training, while entering, exiting, or on the track,” as well as a “security steward” who oversees veterinary and barn practices.
The new plan also included an “entry review panel” of experts who have the authority to scratch horses for races.
Since the probation, seven more horses at the track have died, five from racing injures and two from causes listed by the CHRB as “other.”
Nighttime quarter horse racing is continuing at Los Alamitos without fans due to the coronavirus.