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Sudden deaths spike in California

Updated: April 11, 2013, 1:17 PM ET
By Eric Mitchell | Bloodhorse

California racing saw a sharp increase last year in the number of fatalities due to cardiac failures. Eleven horses were reported as having died in this manner during fiscal year 2012 (July 1 through June 30) compared with six for the same period in 2011 and four in 2009, according to a California Horse Racing Board annual report.

Equally concerning is that a reported seven of the 11 -- or 64 percent -- of the horses that died from cardiac failure statewide had been stabled ...

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