Santa Anita Park in Southern California has banned Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer after the deaths of four of his horses at the track this year, according to the New York Times.
Hollendorfer’s horse, American Currency, died “after a training session on Saturday,” the Times reports. “The horse was the fourth trained by Hollendorfer to die at Santa Anita since the meeting opened on Dec. 26.”
The horse’s death marked the 30th horse to have died at the track during the meeting. The death have led to the launching of an investigation by the Los Angels County district attorney’s pffice.
In a statement, the Stronach Group, which owns the track, said, “individuals who do not embrace the new rules and safety measures that put horse and rider safety above all else will have no place at any Stronach Group racetrack. We regret that Mr. Hollendorfer’s record in recent months at both Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields has become increasingly challenging and does not match the level of safety and accountability we demand. Effective immediately, Mr. Hollendorfer is no longer welcome to stable, race or train his horses at any of our facilities.”