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Arizona Race Track To Soon Give Pre-Race Vet Exams To All Horses

PHOENIX (AP) — Turf Paradise plans to start giving pre-race veterinary examinations to all horses on a given day in an attempt to curb a recent rise in fatalities.


According to a recent study by the Arizona Department of Gaming, 50 horses were euthanized during the 2017-18 season at the Phoenix track, mostly after they suffered leg or ankle injuries during a race.

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That number is twice the national equine death rate at tracks.


Turf Paradise officials announced Wednesday that starting March 18, about 65 horses will be examined on race days.


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Previously, about 15 horses received pre-race exams per day based on selections by the stewards.


Turf Paradise has 131 live racing days per year from mid-October to early May.


The thoroughbred and quarter horse racetrack opened in January 1956.