The California Horse Racing Board was expected to make an announcement Wednesday concerning the involvement of independent veterinarians in the pre-race inspection process, according to the Los Angeles Times. No other details were provided, but the Times also noted the curious statement issued Tuesday by California Governor Gavin Newsom, who called for the CHRB to ensure no horses race until they've been looked at by independent veterinarians.
But that is exactly what the current protocol in California calls for — that horses are inspected multiple times by independent state vets.
Governor Newsom also joined the list of people calling for Santa Anita to end its meet early, after 29 fatalities at the Southern California racetrack since Christmas. Santa Anita only has six racing days left in the meet but the track's owner, the Stronach Group, rejected the CHRB's request to stop racing early, citing new safety protocols put in place in recent months.
“After extensive consultation among all partners, Santa Anita Park will stay open through the end of its meet to see these reforms through,” the Stronach Group said in a statement Sunday.
The Breeders' Cup is planning to meet later this month to discuss whether to keep this year's World Championships at Santa Anita or move the event to another location.
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