Safety is No. 1 concern for racehorses as Big Fresno Fair is set to begin

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April 05 2021 05:30 pm

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A 3-year-old colt sustained a catastrophic injury in the eighth race at Santa Anita and was euthanized Saturday, the 32nd horse to die at the track since December.

Track veterinarian Dr. Dana Stead said in a statement that Emtech had two broken front legs and she made the decision to euthanize the colt on the track.

The Big Fresno Fair opens Wednesday.

The Fair has horse racing that will kick off Thursday night, and officials with the Fair say they are getting everything ready for the big day.

According to Lori King, the Deputy Manager for the Big Fresno Fair, safety is their number one priority for the horses and their jockeys.

King said they have veterinarians check out every single horse before they race. In the past five years, they have not had a casualty or serious injury on their racetrack, she said.

King said the event fills up fast, so if you want to buy a ticket, it is best to do so early and online.

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The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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