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Another thoroughbred horse died in Santa Anita on Thursday, officials from the famous Californian circuit said they brought total number of deaths to 22 from Christmas.
The 3-year-old filly, Princess Lili B, trained by David Bernstein, suffered a catastrophic injury during a workout just before 9 am and had to be shot down, Santa Anita and state officials said.
The explosion of deadly spills prompted officials to suspend racing on the circuit on 3 March, and began allowing training on the main track on Monday.  Among the canceled competitions was the $ 600,000 of Santa Anita Handicap.
While fatal accidents are a constant threat in horse racing, the number of recent fatal accidents stands out. There were 10 deaths on horseback in Santa Anita from 26 December to 5 March 2017-18, 11 in 2016-17 in the same period and 16 in 2015-16, according to data from the California Horse Racing Board.
Santa Anita, about 20 miles northeast of downtown Los Angeles, was inaugurated on Christmas day 1934 and is one of the most legendary tracks in sport.
Known as "The Great Race Place", iconic horses such as Azucar, Seabiscuit, Spectacular Bid, Affirmed, the American Pharoah and Justify raced on the Arcadia oval in California.
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