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3 racehorse deaths reported in 1 week at Golden Gate Fields


BERKELEY (BCN) – Three racehorses have died in the past week at Golden Gate Fields, sparking outrage from those closely following equine deaths on California tracks.

Inimitable, a 2-year-old thoroughbred, was euthanized on the track Friday after falling near the quarter-pole in the first race of the day. A cause of death for the horse is pending, according to the California Horse Racing Board.

The death is the 26th racehorse fatality in the past 11 months at Golden Gate Fields, and the 67th statewide, according to statistics from the horse racing show.

The council’s equine death list shows that the last four horse deaths to occur at California racing facilities were at Berkeley Racecourse.

“If there were 67 athletics who died during another sport, there would be a scandal, why not for the death of these poor horses? Asked Staci Sanders, who tracks horse deaths at Berkeley Racecourse for the Kill Races Not Horses group.

A spokesperson for Golden Gate Fields did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.

Inimitable was one of three racehorses who died at Golden Gate Fields in the past week. The other two, Galloping Slew and Ima Rumbler, died during training on November 14 and 16 respectively. The cause of their death has been listed as musculoskeletal.

Another horse died of colic at Berkeley Racecourse on Nov. 6, according to the Horse Board.

Twenty-seven horses died at Golden Gate Fields in 2020. Attention to horse deaths recently increased after 23 horses died in Santa Anita Park in Southern California in three months in early 2019.

The California Horse Racing Board equine death list is available at

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