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Filly dies after training at Santa Anita

Santa Anita Park Track Cancels Races As Over 20 Horses Have Died There In Under Three Months

ARCADIA, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 10: The main track is empty at Santa Anita Park on March 10, 2019 in Arcadia, California. Santa Anita has suspended horse racing after 21 horses died at the famed racetrack since December 26. The track is reportedly eyeing a March 22nd date to re-start races as an investigation into the cause of the deaths continues. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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ARCADIA, Calif. -- There’s been a horse fatality at Santa Anita, which is temporarily closed for live racing because of the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s the seventh death at the track in Arcadia since December.

According to the California Horse Racing Board web site, a 2-year-old filly named Smiling Ali died Thursday. She had yet to race and was trained by Jeff Bonde.

Smiling Ali had just completed a two-furlong timed workout in 25 seconds when she died on the main dirt track. The cause was not immediately determined, although it was believed to be a probable heart attack. A required necropsy will be conducted.

Santa Anita temporarily ended live racing by order of the Los Angeles County Health Department on March 27. However, morning training hours are continuing.

There have been 44 deaths at Santa Anita since December 2018, including seven beginning shortly before the winter-spring meet began after Christmas.