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Well, another horse died at Santa Anita on Sunday. Arms Runner, a 5-year-old gelding, fell on the dirt track crossover of a 6 1/2-furlong race on the hillside turf course. He appeared to suffer a catastrophic injury to his right front leg and was euthanized.
This makes 23 horses to die at Santa Anita since Dec. 26.
“While this incident happened during competition on a track that has been deemed by independent experts to be safe,” Santa Anita said in a statement, “we are working closely with the [CHRB] to understand if there was anything additional that we could have done to prevent [Sunday’s] tragedy.”
It’s time to stop racing at Santa Anita until more drastic steps are taken. You can change or ban the amount of medications given to a horse, and you can stop jockeys from using their riding crop, but none of that changes the fact that 23 horses have died at Santa Anita since Dec. 26. If those numbers were people the sport would be shut down. I’m not saying the life of a horse and a person is equivalent. But what I am saying is the life of a horse has some intrinsic value and it’s time to stop turning a blind eye to it.
“But this is what they were bred to do,” some of you will say. “Making these horses stop would be damaging to them.” Yes. You know what else is damaging to them? Dying.
In my opinion, Santa Anita needs to replace the entire track. And why do I focus on the track and not some other cause, like medication or riding crops? Because 23 horses haven’t died in three months at any other track. There has to be some sort of problem with the Santa Anita track.
We’ve been very lucky that no jockeys have been seriously injured, or even worse, from one of these incidents. Let’s hope that’s not what it will take for the outcry to be so overwhelming that drastic steps be taken.
Danilo Gallinari scored a game-high 27 points and JaMychal Green added 15 points and five rebounds as the Clippers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies, 113-96.
A look at the Western Conference playoff standings with only a handful of games remaining. All eight teams listed have clinched a playoff spot, with the first place team playing eight place, second place playing seventh, etc., in the first round.
1. Golden State, 52-24, ---
2. Denver, 51-25, 1 GB
3. Houston, 49-28, 3.5 GB
4. Portland, 48-28, 4 GB
5. Utah, 46-30, 6 GB
6. Clippers, 47-31, 6 GB
7. San Antonio, 44-33, 8.5 GB
8. Oklahoma City, 44-33, 8.5 GB
The Dodgers rallied in the bottom of the eighth to defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 8-7, on Sunday to win three of four in the series. The Dodgers scored 42 runs in the series and look like an offensive powerhouse. Then again, it’s only four games, so let’s not call them the new Murderer’s Row just yet. But there’s something about 42 and the Dodgers that just sounds right, doesn’t it. Like 42 is an important part of their history or something.
Meanwhile, the Angels’ offense is struggling. They scored only one run in a 2-1 loss to Oakland. Only three guys on the team are hitting above .200.
A look at the Elite 8 results for the men’s tournament:
Sunday’s men’s Elite Eight results
No. 5 Auburn 77, No. 2 Kentucky 71 (OT) (read game story here)
No. 2 Michigan St. 68, No. 1 Duke 67 (read game story here)
Saturday’s men’s Final Four schedule
All times Pacific
No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 5 Auburn, 3 p.m., CBS
No. 2 Michigan St. vs. No. 3 Texas Tech, 5:45 p.m., CBS
A look at the Elite 8 results for the women’s tournament
Sunday’s women’s Elite Eight results
No. 2 Connecticut 80, No. 1 Louisville 73
No. 2 Oregon 88, No. 1 Mississippi St. 84
Today’s women’s Elite Eight schedule
No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 2 Iowa, 4 p.m., ESPN2
No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Stanford, 6 p.m., ESPN2
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Odds and Ends
With LeBron James shelved, Lakers match their most lopsided win of the season…. Kings captain Anze Kopitar to cross another milestone in storied career…. Your L.A. sports bucket list should include a visit to the Arcadia Invitational…. Nasa Hataoka overtakes Inbee Park to win LPGA's Kia Classic in Carlsbad…. The Galaxy defeat the Portland Timbers, 2-1.
Today’s local major sports schedule (all times Pacific)
San Francisco at Dodgers, 7 p.m., Sportsnet LA, AM 570
Angels at Seattle, 7 p.m., FSW, KLAA 830
Calgary at Kings, 7 p.m., PRIME
Born on this date
1939: Baseball Hall of Famer Phil Niekro
1964: NBA player Kevin Duckworth
1964: NHL player Scott Stevens
1965: NFL player Jumbo Elliot
1965: NBA player Mark Jackson
Died on this date
1993: Race car driver Alan Kulwicki, 38 (plane crash)
1996: Umpire John McSherry, 51, heart attack during game