CHRB’s New Chairman: Expect Further Reforms In Medication Policy

“The days of permissive medication are over.” So began the tenure of Dr. Gregory Ferraro, a former racetrack veterinarian and past director of the University of California-Davis veterinary teaching hospital, as chairman of the California Horse Racing Board. Ferraro, appointed to the regulatory board earlier this year by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, was unanimously elected […]

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Auerbach: Santa Anita Needs To Close Until Synthetic Track Can Be Installed

In a frank interview with Thoroughbred Daily News writer Daniel Ross, former California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) vice chair Madeline Auerbach said she thinks racing should have been suspended after the Breeders’ Cup. “In my view, the day after Breeders’ Cup, I think they should’ve shut it down, announced that they were going to put […]

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Thoroughbred Owner And Breeder Madeline Auerbach Leaving California Horse Racing Board

Madeline Auerbach retired Monday from the California Horse Racing Board after serving nearly six years as a racing commissioner, the last three as vice chair. She was first appointed to the Board on Jan. 2, 2014, and then reappointed through Jan. 1, 2022. “During the decades I have been involved in the horse racing industry, […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: A Sport In The Crosshairs

Oct. 27, 1990, was the most somber day I’ve spent at a racetrack. That was when the New York Racing Association hosted the Breeders’ Cup at Belmont Park for the first time on a sunny but cold afternoon. Two horses perished in the day’s first championship race when Mr. Nickerson suffered an apparent heart attack […]

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CHRB: No Prohibited Substances Found In Breeders’ Cup Drug Tests

All samples collected from 2019 Breeders’ Cup horses have been cleared by the Kenneth L. Maddy Equine Analytical Chemistry Laboratory at the University of California, Davis, the California Horse Racing Board announced on the evening of Nov. 6. All horses competing in Breeders’ Cup races Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park underwent […]

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Breeders’ Cup Mum On Mongolian Groom’s Exam History

If you’re looking for details on the veterinary exam history of Breeders’ Cup Classic runner Mongolian Groom, who was fatally injured in the Santa Anita stretch on Nov. 2, you’re not going to get them any time soon. The horse, who suffered multiple fractures of the lower part of his left hind cannon and upper […]

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CHRB’s Arthur Scratches Thais From Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf

Peter Brant’s Thais has been scratched from Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf after being “placed on the vet’s list as unsound,” reports The California Horse Racing Board’s equine medical director Dr. Rick Arthur made the recommendation to scratch the 5-year-old daughter of Rio De La Plata. Trained by Chad Brown, the multiple Grade […]

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Breeders’ Cup Safety: ‘Everything That Can Be Done, Is Being Done’

The racing industry is approaching this year’s Breeders’ Cup with more anticipation than ever – not all of it positive. In the wake of a spike in equine fatalities during Santa Anita’s spring meet, safety is the top concern to those inside and outside the racing industry. Officials with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), […]

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CHRB To Release Report On Santa Anita Fatalities In December

The California Horse Racing Board’s search for reasons for the racing and training fatalities during Santa Anita Park’s winter/spring meet is nearing completion and a comprehensive summary report of the findings will be issued in December that could provide prevention strategies to avoid similar equine injuries. Dr. Alina Vale, a CHRB official veterinarian who holds […]

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