Second horse dies in four days at Santa Anita, marking 25th death since Dec. 26

Even after revamped safety measures and nearly six weeks without incident, a pair of horses died over the weekend at the Santa Anita racetrack in Southern California, marking the 24th and 25th deaths at the racetrack so far this season, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Spectacular Music was running in his debut event at the track on Sunday and suddenly pulled up on the back stretch. Jockey Jorge Velez took him straight to the barns, where it was determined that the horse suffered an injury to his pelvis, per the report. The horse was then euthanized on Monday morning.

3-year-old Commander Coli was euthanized on Friday after he suffered a shoulder injury while “galloping” in a much less stressful environment, according to the Los Angeles Times. Commander Coli was trained by Marcelo Polanco, who was reportedly asked to vacate his stalls after the gelding’s death. He had five horses at the track, and was also reportedly cited for training a horse on behalf of another person. The Los Angeles Times is unaware if those incidents are related to Commander Coli’s death.

The two deaths brings the total of 25 at the famed racetrack since Dec. 26 — something that sparked the Los Angeles County District Attorney to open an investigation last month. The racetrack closed after the 21st horse died in March and enacted multiple safety changes, which included banning race day medication, transparency of veterinary records, approval for workouts, increased reviews of the dirt and turf surface on the track and committing to purchase new health and safety equipment, among other things.

The track had gone through almost 7,000 timed workouts and race starts without incident before both Commander Coli’s and Spectacular Music’s death, and believes that around 80,000 horses ran since the last horse death on March 31. Only 44 horses died at the racetrack last season, which was called “an exceptionally safe year.”

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FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2014, file photo, exercise riders and horses walk along the track during morning workouts for the Breeders' Cup races at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says a 21st horse has died at Santa Anita. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Tuesday, March 5, 2019, because the fatality has not been announced publicly. A total of 21 horses have died since the racetrack's winter meet began on Dec. 26. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2014 file, photo, an outrider waits by the track as horses train for the Breeders' Cup horse races at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says a 21st horse has died at Santa Anita. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity Tuesday, March 5, 2019 because the fatality has not been announced publicly. A total of 21 horses have died since the racetrack's winter meet began on Dec. 26. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
Animal-rights advocates protest beside the entrance gate, the deaths of 23 racehorses in the first three months of this year at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia,, California, on April 6, 2019. - Santa Anita Park averaged more than 55 horse deaths per year from 2008-18, according to data from the California Horse Racing Board, a total of 553 deaths in all, but this year's major rise in deaths is under investigation. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Animal-rights advocates protest beside the entrance gate, the deaths of 23 racehorses in the first three months of this year at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia,, California, on April 6, 2019. - Santa Anita Park averaged more than 55 horse deaths per year from 2008-18, according to data from the California Horse Racing Board, a total of 553 deaths in all, but this year's major rise in deaths is under investigation. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Animal-rights advocates protest the deaths of 23 racehorses in the first three months of this year beside the entrance gate of the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, California, on April 6, 2019. - Santa Anita Park averaged more than 55 horse deaths per year from 2008-18, according to data from the California Horse Racing Board, a total of 553 deaths in all, but this year's major rise in deaths is under investigation. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Race fans enter the track during a meet, after the deaths of 20 racehorses in the first two months of this year at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, California on March 3, 2019. - Santa Anita averaged more than 55 horse deaths per year from 2008-18, according to data from the California Horse Racing Board, a total of 553 deaths in all, but this year's major rise in deaths is under investigation. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
ARCADIA, CA - JUNE 22: Triple crown winner Justify makes his way to the track at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Ca., on Saturday, June 22, 2018. Justify is descended from Seattle Slew, Secretariat, Count Fleet, War Admiral, Omaha and Gallant Fox, all of whom also won the American Triple Crown. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/Digital First Media/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)
ARCADIA, CA - JUNE 22: Fans look on as triple crown winner Justify is paraded along the track at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Ca., on Saturday, June 22, 2018. (Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)
ARCADIA, CA - JUNE 22: Triple crown winner Justify's trainer Bob Baffert makes his way from the track at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Ca., on Saturday, June 22, 2018. (Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)
ARCADIA, CA - MAY 26: Jockey Tiago Pereira on horse Fashionably Fast crossing the finish line during the Whitehill Family Day at the Races race at Santa Anita Gold Cup Race Day at Santa Anita Race Track on May 26, 2018 in Arcadia, California. (Photo by Tasia Wells/Getty Images)
Bugler Jay Cohen walks to the track before the the start of Breeders Cup horse races at Santa Anita Park, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Arcadia, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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