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Mike Brunker

Mike Brunker

Mike Brunker is an assistant city editor at the Review-Journal and he writes a weekly horse racing column. The column is posted on Thursday's and appears in Friday's print edition. He previously covered horse racing for the San Francisco Examiner, the Thoroughbred Times and NBCSports.com. Follow @mike_brunker on Twitter

Santa Anita makes bold but risky bet after another horse dies

Princess Lili B, a 3-year-old maiden filly, had to be euthanized Thursday after breaking her front legs at the conclusion of a half-mile workout on the main track. Hours later, track management announced it is banning race-day medications.

Pain, puzzlement swirl around Santa Anita amid horse deaths

Two more deaths in the week following inspection of the track leads management to cancel racing until further notice and bring in longtime track superintendent Dennis Moore to conduct a thorough examination of the racing surfaces.

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