Los Angeles could soon be 1st major city to ban horse racing

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Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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The Los Angeles Board of Animal Services Tuesday will consider a motion to prohibit racing and off-track betting in L.A., in what appears to be a mostly symbolical move.

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles could soon become the first major city to ban horse racing.

The Los Angeles Board of Animal Services Tuesday will consider a motion to prohibit racing and off-track betting in L.A., in what appears to be a mostly symbolic move.

The push follows the recent deaths at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, where 30 horses died this past season.

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Santa Anita would not be affected by Los Angeles' decision.

However, Gov. Gavin Newsom last month gave the California Horse Racing Board the authority to immediately suspend licenses to protect the health and safety of horses and riders.