A horse has died in a training accident at Los Alamitos, the seventh racehorse to die in a racing or training accident at the Cypress track this year.
One More Fly, a 2-year-old filly with no career starts, died on Saturday, according to the California Horse Racing Board. Her fatal injury was listed as musculoskeletal, but no further information was available.
Earlier this year, state officials said Los Alamitos had taken a series of steps aimed at improving safety following a spate of four horse deaths in an 11-day span.
According to the CHRB, Los Alamitos has eliminated the use of “high toe grabs” — similar to cleats worn by football players to give them better traction on turf — on rear horseshoes. The track also eliminated the “breaking bar” in quarter-horse races. The bar is similar to a starting block in track meets, adding traction at the start of a race.
The track also consulted with a racing surface expert to determine if the track surface is a contributing factor to the injuries, and it contacted UC Davis to “fund a study of lumbar fractures in quarter-horses,” CHRB officials said.
Eleven horses died from a racing or training injuries at Los Alamitos in 2021, and the track was briefly placed on probation by the CHRB in July 2020 due to another spate of racehorse deaths. At that time, at least 20 horses had died at the track in 2020 after suffering racing or training injuries.