Tim Ritvo

A 24th Horse Dies At Santa Anita, And National Media Takes Notice

After six weeks without an equine fatality, Santa Anita saw its 24th since the start of its winter meet on Friday morning. Commander Coil, who was out for a routine gallop, broke his shoulder and had to be euthanized. According to the Los Angeles Times, which was one of a number of national and local […]

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Pimlico Reports Record Attendance, Handle On Black-Eyed Susan Day

The Maryland Jockey Club reported record attendance and handle on Friday’s 95th Black-Eyed Susan Day, highlighted by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Stetson Racing, LLC’s Point of Honor winning the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) and Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s Tenfold winning the $300,000 Pimlico Special (G3) at Pimlico Race Course. Total handle on Friday’s 14-race Black-Eyed Susan […]

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Santa Anita Preparations Nearly Complete For June 5 Fasig-Tipton Juvenile Sale

With stabling accommodations nearly complete, Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., is readying for its first-ever Fasig-Tipton 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale on Wednesday, June 5, at 1 p.m. PT. A total of 169 well-pedigreed juveniles have been catalogued and many are now on the grounds and in training. Two weeks prior to the sale, all […]

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Maryland Jockey Club Files Motion To Dismiss, Says Baltimore ‘Has No Right To Confiscate’ Pimlico

The Maryland Jockey Club today announced that it filed a motion to dismiss Baltimore City’s lawsuit captioned, Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, et al. v. The Stronach Group, et al., Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Case No. 24-C-19-001776. That lawsuit seeks to condemn and confiscate the Preakness Stakes, Pimlico Race Course, the Woodlawn Vase, […]

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Santa Anita Cancels Five Thursday Cards, Raises Non-Stakes Purses $10,000

Santa Anita Park has been forced to reduce its racing schedule over the next five weeks due to a lack of race-ready horses on the grounds, reports drf.com. The Stronach Group-owned facility will cancel the next five Thursday programs, racing Friday through Sunday until Memorial Day. “As we progress, we’ll see where we’re at,” said TSG’s […]

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Ritvo: Rumors That Santa Anita Wants To Shift Dates Are ‘Totally False,’ Racing On For This Week

After California Sen. Dianne Feinstein called for a suspension of horse racing at Santa Anita and the California Horse Racing Board scheduled a meeting to discuss reallocation of Santa Anita dates, management with The Stronach Group say they plan to continue on this weekend as scheduled. Tim Ritvo, Stronach Group chief operating officer, told The […]

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‘A Watershed Moment’: Santa Anita Resumes Racing With Strongest Medication Regulations In U.S.

Santa Anita Park will resume live Thoroughbred racing on Friday, March 29, under rules which modernize the sport of horse racing and provide the strongest medication regulations in the United States. Approval for a complete revision of the medication rules, which were agreed upon by The Stronach Group, parent company of Santa Anita, and the […]

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Impasse With Horsemen Over Lasix Ban Delays Resumption Of Racing At Santa Anita

Racing at Santa Anita will not resume on March 22 as previously announced after officials with The Stronach Group – owners of the Arcadia, Calif., track – were unable to reach an agreement on a ban of the anti-bleeding medication Lasix with the Thoroughbred Owners of California. A ban on race-day Lasix, or furosemide, was […]

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Santa Anita Implements Lasix Ban, Increased Restrictions On Therapeutic Drugs Following 22nd Fatal Breakdown

The following statement was distributed to media Thursday afternoon as an “open letter” from Stronach Group chairman and president Belinda Stronach following the track’s 22nd fatal breakdown during morning training at Santa Anita.  What has happened at Santa Anita over the last few weeks is beyond heartbreaking. It is unacceptable to the public and, as […]

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Maiden Filly Breaks Down In Training At Santa Anita; 22nd Fatality At The Meet

Three-year-old filly Princess Lili B broke down during a half-mile workout at Santa Anita Thursday, becoming the 22nd horse to die in racing or training since the meet began Dec. 26. Princess Lili B was in training for her third career start, after finishing ninth in her debut Dec. 29 in a $50,000 maiden claiming […]

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