California Horse Racing Board

PETA-Backed Equine Welfare And Safety Legislation Introduced In California

Following a surge of 37 horse deaths last year at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Assemblymember Ash Kalra (D-San Jose) on Tuesday announced the introduction of AB 2177, the Equine Welfare and Safety in Horse Racing Act, co-sponsored by Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL) and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). AB 2177 […]

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CHRB Releases Annual Report After ‘An Unprecedented, Challenging Year’

The California Horse Racing Board released it’s annual report on Monday, covering the fiscal year revenue of 2018-2019 and the California horse racing through the calendar year of 2019. “It was an unprecedented, challenging year for California horse racing and, perhaps, for all of horse racing,” wrote CHRB chair Dr. Gregory Ferraro.  Though the number […]

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Santa Anita Cuts Next Two Thursdays From Racing Schedule

Officials at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., have opted not to conduct live horse racing next Thursday, Feb. 6, as originally scheduled. It had previously been announced that racing would not be conducted as scheduled on Thursday, Feb. 13, and Thursday, Feb. 20 was not among the assigned dates for the meet. Thus racing […]

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Keith Brackpool, The Stronach Group Resolve Dispute; Litigation Dismissed

The Stronach Group and Keith Brackpool jointly announced they have amicably resolved the dispute between them and that all associated litigation has been dismissed. Brackpool stepped down as chairman of the California Horse Racing Board in January 2013 to join The Stronach Group’s racing and gaming division as chairman of California operations. He resigned from that position […]

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Ruis Files Petition In Los Angeles Court Over CHRB Handling Of Justify Scopolamine Case

The following press release was distributed to media by Darrell Vienna, the attorney representing owner Mick Ruis, on Monday evening: On January 13, 2019, Mick Ruis, whose horse, Bolt d’Oro, finished second in the 2018 Santa Anita Derby, filed a petition in Los Angeles County Superior Court asking for a writ ordering the California Horse […]

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California State Senator Introduces New Horse Racing Safety Bill

Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, introduced legislation today to improve horse racing safety across California and build on reforms adopted last year. “We must do everything we can to put safety first and stop unacceptable horse deaths,” Sen. Dodd said.  “We must ensure track conditions are right and horses are fit before they hit the starting […]

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Gorajec On Horse Racing’s Inconvenient Truth: Public Views Whipping As Inhumane

Former horse racing regulator Joe Gorajec writes that the California Horse Racing Board’s adoption of North America’s most restrictive rules concerning use of the whip (or riding crop) will only prolong the view that the general public, specifically in California, views the sport as inhumane. Writing in his InsideRacingRegs blog, Gorajec – former longtime executive […]

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Golden Gate: Pair Of Jockeys Suspended 30 Days For Mid-Race Whip Exchange

Jockeys Silvio Amador and Julien Couton have been suspended 30 days each by Northern California stewards, according to, for an exchange of the riding crop in Golden Gate Fields’ sixth race on Dec. 12. Couton, riding the 6 horse Olive You More, dropped his own whip approaching the stretch run. As Olive You More pulled […]

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‘We’re First’: California Horse Racing On Track To Have ‘Most Restrictive Whip Rule In North America’

The California Horse Racing Board on Thursday adopted North America’s most restrictive rules concerning use of the riding crop during racing and training, limiting jockeys to no more than six strikes during a race and no more than two in succession without giving their mount a chance to respond. Under the new rule, all strikes […]

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