California Horse Racing Board

California Regulators Re-establish 48-Hour Rule On Certain Medications

The California Horse Racing Board conducted two separate meetings on Thursday, March 26, by teleconference. The public participated by dialing into the teleconference and/or listening through the audio webcast link on the CHRB website. Both meetings were chaired by Dr. Gregory Ferraro, joined for the first meeting by Vice Chair Oscar Gonzales and Commissioners Dennis […]

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In Wake Of Santa Anita Fatalities Report, California Regulators File Complaints Against Eight Licensees

The California Horse Racing Board has filed 10 complaints against eight licensed individuals associated with equine fatalities at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., last winter. None of the complaints alleges the use of illegal medications. The CHRB has posted on its website a redacted necropsy report and full exercise-history report for each of the […]

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Teamsters Representative Castellanos Appointed To California Horse Racing Board

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed Damascus Castellanos to the California Horse Racing Board, subject to approval of the state Senate. Castellanos, 53, a resident of Los Angeles, has been a business representative for Teamsters Local No. 495 since 2012. He was a business representative for Teamsters Local No. 630 from 2001 to 2012. Castellanos […]

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CHRB Issues Report On 2018-19 Santa Anita Fatalities

The California Horse Racing Board has issued its report on the 23 fatalities that occurred during the Santa Anita race meet between Dec. 26, 2018 and March 31, 2019. The report was compiled by veterinarians and scientists, CHRB investigators, safety stewards and CHRB staff. The report examined in depth each of the fatalities, published key […]

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Smith’s Saudi Suspension To Be Upheld In California

Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith will have his suspension for whip use in the Saudi Cup reciprocated by the California Horse Racing Board, spokesman Mike Marten confirmed to The rider was suspended 11 days total, as first reported by the Racing Post: eight days for striking Midnight Bisou 14 times, above the limit […]

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CHRB’s New Medication Cutoff Rule Catches California Horsemen By Surprise

New medication rules are going into effect in California tightening what already are the strictest drug regulations in North American horse racing. The California Horse Racing Board in January voted to approve and send out for public comment an amendment redefining cutoff time for many medications – including non-steroidal anti-inflammatories – to midnight on the […]

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CHRB Adopts New Limitations On Shock Wave Therapy

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, February 20, at Cal Expo. Chairman Gregory Ferraro presided. Vice Chairman Oscar Gonzales and Commissioners Wendy Mitchell and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website ( under the Webcast link. In brief: The […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: It’s Time To Get Rid Of Clenbuterol

It’s been nearly eight years since the late Kent Stirling, then the executive director of the Florida Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, said during a Congressional hearing on “Medication and Performance-Enhancing Drugs in Horse Racing” that the bronchodilator clenbuterol is “probably the best drug that’s come out in 30 years.” Veterinarians I’ve spoken to have […]

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Gorajec: New California Equine Welfare And Safety Legislation Progressive But Flawed

We all knew we’d be seeing something like this soon. Well, now it’s here. I am referring to a state legislative effort in California to address last year’s public nightmare involving the catastrophic breakdowns at Santa Anita Park. Last week, California General Assembly member Ash Kalra introduced Assembly Bill 2177 titled, “Equine Welfare and Safety […]

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