WASHINGTON – Kitty Block, CEO and president of the Humane Society of the United States released on official statement regarding the racehorse fatality at Del Mar racetrack:

“There was another appalling and needless death at the Del Mar racetrack yesterday. Veterinarians there euthanized Koa, a three-year-old gelding, after he broke down during training. Whatever the necropsy reveals, the death of Koa could very well have been prevented if there were consistent standards for all racetracks. Koa’s hall of fame trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer, banned from both the Santa Anita and Del Mar racetracks this summer, won an injunction in court that forced Del Mar to allow him to race again. This tragic death, one of a terrible long string throughout 2018 and 2019, makes plain the urgent need for federal legislation, like the Horseracing Integrity Act, to address serious regulatory shortcomings concerning race-day medication, transparency at the track and in the stable and consistent application of these standards to all racetracks in the United States. Without such reforms more horses will die.”

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