‘We Need To Continue To Do Better,’ But Santa Anita Has ‘Turned The Corner’

by | 05.14.2019 | 6:29pm
Thoroughbreds training at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

The 23rd fatality at Santa Anita Park occurred on March 31, approximately six weeks ago. New regulations implemented by The Stronach Group have allowed 6,973 horses to breeze over the main course and training track with no recorded fatalities as of end of training Sunday, according to Horse Racing Nation.

The regulations include advance permission to breeze a horse, reserved breezing periods after renovation breaks, and the transfer of veterinary records with horses through claims and private sales, among others.

“I think the majority of people feel really good that we've turned the corner and that good, safe racing is here stay,” said trainer Doug O'Neill. “[The extra regulations require] a little bit extra thinking and work and paperwork, but it's all in the best interest of the horse.”

“So many people understand our livelihoods are at stake,” added Santa Anita's director of publicity Mike Willman. “We need to continue to do better, and we need to continue to tell our story, which is this is a great game that brings so many people together.”

Read more at Horse Racing Nation.

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