Always Checking died after suffering an injury during a race at Los Alamitos Race Course this weekend, state horse racing officials confirmed.
The 2-year-old gelding “was pulled up by jockey Jesus Ayala shortly after the start of a 330-yard race then euthanized as a result of injury,” said Mike Marten, spokesman for the California Horse Racing Board.
Los Alamitos is currently running nighttime thoroughbred and quarter-horse races.
Saturday’s death is the latest in a series of problems that have hit the horse-racing industry following 30 horse fatalities last winter and spring at Santa Anita.
A judge last month stopped the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club from barring trainer Jerry Hollendorfer from activities at the track. Four of the Santa Anita horses had been under Hollendorfer’s care.
Three horses died at Del Mar in July. One, Bowl of Soul, a 3-year-old filly, had to be euthanized after a training injury. Two others died in a freak accident after colliding and suffering broken necks.
Del Mar earned distinction as the safest among the nation’s major race tracks in 2018.
Los Alamitos had trouble filling race cards during its most recent thoroughbred meet, from June 29-July 14. Races were canceled three times during the meet’s first few days due to shortage of entries, partially caused by stricter new regulations. The rules govern which horses are deemed healthy enough to race.
Last month, a 4-year-old racehorse died after suffering a shoulder fracture in a race at Los Alamitos. Cuervo Foose, a gelding, also died in July according to a track spokesperson.
– City News Service and staff reports