Catastrophic Breakdown Mars Santa Anita Card

POSTED ON  |  01-10-2019

Santa Anita
In the eighth race Sept. 28 at Santa Anita Park, Emtech suffered a catastrophic breakdown near the eighth pole. Equine safety at Santa Anita is receiving extra scrutiny after a winter/spring meeting where 30 horses died in racing or training. After breaking down in the stretch of the allowance optional claiming race at six furlongs on the fast main track, Emtech was immediately evaluated by a team of veterinarians led by Santa Anita's Dr. Dana Stead. Emtech suffered fractures in both front forelimbs, and the decision was made to euthanize the 3-year-old Concord Point colt.

Campaigned by Steven and Sarina Romo Zolotas and trained by Steve Knapp since being claimed Aug. 8, Emtech had won two of his previous five starts and earned $47,502.

The Stronach Group, owner of Santa Anita, issued the following statement: This afternoon, Emtech, a 3-year-old colt, was humanely euthanized on the track after the eighth race on Saturday, September 28th at Santa Anita Park. After breaking down on the track, Emtech was evaluated immediately by a team of on-track veterinarians, led by Santa Anita Park veterinarian Dr. Dana Stead. Dr. Stead observed that Emtech had two broken front forelimbs and made the decision to humanely euthanize the horse.

Jockey Mario Gutierrez was uninjured.

"As is protocol at Santa Anita, we will open an immediate review into what factors could have contributed to Emtech's injury," said Dr. Dionne Benson, chief veterinarian for The Stronach Group.  "Santa Anita will work closely with the California Horse Racing Board and will continue to brief our stakeholders and all of our constituents, including the public, as more facts come in. Emtech will undergo a necropsy at the University of California—Davis' School of Veterinary Medicine, as is mandatory for all on-track accidents. The accident and the necropsy report will be reviewed by a team to learn what, if anything, could have been done to have prevented the accident."

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