Santa Anita Racetrack Officials to Buy Machine that Detects Horse Injuries on a Microscopic Level

May 02, 2019 - 8:50 am

Santa Anita officials are betting on new technology to better detect injuries following a rash of horse deaths at the racetrack.

The track will be getting a machine later this year that can be used to do PET scans on part of a horse's leg without anesthesia to spot injuries on a microscopic level and help prevent breakdowns.

Twenty-three horses have suffered fatal injuries while racing or training since Dec. 26 at Santa Anita.

The $500,000 investment in new injury-detecting technology is the latest in a series of steps Santa Anita is taking to try to improve safety.

PETA SVP Kathy Guillermo says  "There was so much talk about rain and track surface and all those things are important and have to be looked at but in the end, the most obvious issue is 'is that horse injured already? Does that horse have a vulnerability? '"

The president of the Stronach Group, which owns the track, says it's "committed to providing horse owners and trainers with access to state-of-the-art technology that will make a significant difference to the health and safety of horses and riders."

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