Feinstein: It’s Time To Take A Hard Look At Horse Racing And Opportunities For Reform

There’s no question that horse racing is a spectacle. There are few moments as breathtaking as 20 1,000-pound thoroughbreds surging through the homestretch of Churchill Downs at nearly 40 miles an hour. But at what cost? Each year, hundreds of horses die while racing and training. This is the only sport in our country where […]

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California Commissioners Unanimously Vote To Withdraw From RCI

At a Thursday meeting of the California Horse Racing Board, commissioners unanimously approved a measure to withdraw from the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI), citing differing philosophies, among other issues. The possibility of withdrawal had come up after commissioners say a change in the RCI’s structure awarded board positions based on number of wagering […]

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Has RCI Gone To The Dogs? California Regulators May Drop Membership

Citing a new formula determining board seats and philosophical differences over medication policy, the California Horse Racing Board will consider withdrawing its membership in the Association of Racing Commissioners International at Thursday’s regularly scheduled CHRB meeting in Pleasanton, Calif. According to the meeting package prepared for Thursday’s meeting, the CHRB has been a member of […]

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Santa Anita Institutes Review Board To Examine Individual Entrants’ Medical, Performance Histories

Effective immediately, in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s direction, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), working closely with The Stronach Group (TSG), owner of Santa Anita Park, will implement enhanced safety measures and reviews to further protect horses at Santa Anita.   Led by CHRB Equine Medical Director Dr. Rick Arthur, DVM, and Chief Steward […]

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UPDATED: Santa Anita Rejects CHRB Request To End Meet; 29th Horse Dies Hours Later

(The following story was updated to include a joint statement from The Stronach Group, Thoroughbred Owners of California and California Thoroughbred Trainers.) A 28th horse died after racing at Santa Anita’s meet Saturday, prompting the California Horse Racing Board to request the track end its meet early, according to the Los Angeles Times. The track […]

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California Governor Warns: ‘We Must Hold The Horse Racing Industry To Account’

In response to the increasing number of horse racing deaths in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced his support for SB 469 by Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa) which authorizes the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) to suspend horse racing licenses to protect the health and safety of horses and riders. The announcement comes after the 26th horse death at Santa […]

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CHRB: Medication, Training Restrictions Expanded To Other California Tracks

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, May 23, at Santa Anita Park. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Dennis Alfieri, Fred Maas, Araceli Ruano, and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website ( under the […]

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Del Mar Adopting Enhanced Safety Protocols For Upcoming Summer Meet

Joe Harper, chief executive officer of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., issued a statement on Tuesday concerning new safety protocols being put in place for the 80th summer season of horse racing that begins July 17 at the seaside track. The protocols follow the lead of many of the changes proposed […]

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‘Unparalleled Reputation’: Benson Appointed Chief Veterinary Officer For Stronach

The Stronach Group has announced that well-respected equine veterinarian Dr. Dionne Benson has been appointed as the Chief Veterinary Officer for The Stronach Group. For the past seven years, Dr. Benson has been the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the internationally-renowned Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) in Lexington, KY. “We are thrilled […]

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