Starting Friday, March 8, Santa Anita will reopen its inner exercise track to all horses stabled on the grounds. That track, about six furlongs (three-quarters of a mile) in circumference, is inside both the one-mile main track and seven-furlong turf course at the Arcadia, Calif., racetrack Since opening day there have been no catastrophic injuries sustained on it.
Veteran trackman Dennis Moore and Dr. Mick Peterson from University of Kentucky's Racing Surfaces Testing Lab inspected the inner exercise track. After evaluating it extensively, Moore said he's “happy with it”. Once it reopens, they will closely monitor that track's condition as horses stabled at Santa Anita Park begin using it.
“Like all athletes horses need to stay active, so this is a good decision for their overall health since it allows our horses to get out of their stalls and keeps them moving to aid their digestion,” said Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.
Use of the inner exercise track will be restricted to galloping or jogging only until further notice.
Additionally, Thoroughbred Owners of California has informed its membership that it has made arrangements for the cost of horses to move from Santa Anita to Los Alamitos or San Luis Rey Downs to be covered under the Stabling and Vanning reimbursement plan if the move is approved by the stable office. Additionally, TOC said there will be free shipping available to and from Golden Gate Fields in Northern California for horses shipping from Southern California training facilities to race. All horses shipping to Golden Gate must be approved by the Golden Gate racing secretary.
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