A STATEMENT FROM THE STRONACH GROUP
This afternoon, Emtech, a three-year-old colt, was humanely euthanized on the track after the eighth race on Saturday, September 28th at Santa Anita Park. After breaking down on the track, Emtech was evaluated immediately by a team of on-track veterinarians, led by Santa Anita Park veterinarian Dr. Dana Stead. Dr. Stead observed that Emtech had two broken front forelimbs and made the decision to humanely euthanize the horse.
Jockey Mario Gutierrez was uninjured.
“As is protocol at Santa Anita, we will open an immediate review into what factors could have contributed to Emtech’s injury,” said Dr. Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinarian for The Stronach Group. “Santa Anita will work closely with the California Horse Racing Board and will continue to brief our stakeholders and all of our constituents, including the public, as more facts come in. Emtech will undergo a necropsy at the University of California – Davis’ School of Veterinary Medicine, as is mandatory for all on-track accidents. The accident and the necropsy report will be reviewed by a team to learn what, if anything, could have been done to have prevented the accident.”
The thoughts of the management and staff of The Stronach Group and Santa Anita go out to everyone who cared for Emtech since he was claimed last August 8th at Del Mar.
Emtech had two wins – including his previous run at Los Alamitos — in five career starts. He had a second and third-place finish, as well.
The Stronach Group and Santa Anita safety measures put horse and rider safety above all else. There is an expected level of safety and accountability that is required to participate at a Stronach Group racetrack. If anything less is found which could have contributed to this incident, it will be addressed immediately. Santa Anita and The Stronach Group remain committed to leading transformative change in this traditional sport.