california horse racing

California Legislators To Conduct Oversight Hearing On Horse Racing Safety

In an effort to protect horses and jockeys amid the recent spate of racing horse deaths at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., state Sen. Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Assemblymember Adam Gray (D-Merced) on Thursday announced plans for a thorough, joint oversight hearing on horse racing safety. The duo also announced the introduction of new […]

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Quinnipiac University Poll: More Than Half Of California Voters Want Independent Review Of Santa Anita Deaths

More than half of California voters want the state’s governor to create an independent review panel to study the highly-publicized equine fatalities at Santa Anita Park. A poll from Quinnipiac University’s Polling Institute released Thursday and examined a number of political topics on voters’ minds, including the death penalty and sanctuary cities. Fifty-five percent of […]

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Sadler Enjoying Strong Santa Anita Meet, Eyeing Gold Cup For Gift Box In May

John Sadler, like most horsemen of his caliber, was focused on the business at hand Thursday after celebrating his second consecutive Santa Anita Handicap victory last Saturday, this in dramatic fashion with Gift Box, who hung a pulsating nose defeat on favored McKinzie. “The plan as of now is to run Gift Box in the […]

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Kentucky Representative Adds Voice To Calls For Congressional Review Of Santa Anita Deaths

Kentucky’s Rep. Andy Barr-R has added his voice to the calls for a congressional review into the recent spate of fatal breakdowns at Santa Anita Park. According to a story from the Lexington Herald-Leader, Barr is set to tour the racetrack over the weekend while on a fundraising trip in Beverly Hills. Barr voiced concern […]

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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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The Friday Show: A Game-Changer For The Horse Racing Industry?

The owner of Santa Anita Park announced a list of unprecedented reform measures Thursday, in the wake of the 22nd equine fatality at the current meet. According to its proposal for Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, the Stronach Group’s “house rules” would create new restrictions on the use of therapeutic medications and riding crops, […]

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Bellafina Faces Four In G2 Las Virgenes After Sound G2 Santa Ynez Win

Fresh off of a crushing 8 ½ length victory at seven furlongs, owner Kaleem Shah’s Bellafina heads a field of five sophomore fillies going one mile in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Las Virgenes Stakes at Santa Anita. Chief among her rivals would appear to be the Doug O’Neill-trained Enaya Alrabb, who has been idle since […]

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Plein Air To Defend Grade 3 Astra Title Against Nine Others

Bob Baffert’s Irish-bred Plein Air is back to defend her title in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Astra Stakes at Santa Anita, as she, along with Ray Bell’s Mantuana and Jim Cassidy’s Amboseli, head a wide open field of 10 fillies and mares going a marathon mile and one half on turf. In what was her […]

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Espinoza: Workers’ Compensation Woes Slowed My Recovery

As Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza awaits a third medical opinion on his readiness to resume riding, the rider told Thoroughbred Racing Commentary his struggles with California’s workers’ compensation insurance program have slowed his recovery. Espinoza told TRC that Post Time Self Insurance Group, which covers racetrack employees in California, halted his access to physical […]

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May 27 Gold Cup Day Highlights Santa Anita Spring Stakes Schedule

Santa Anita’s 2019 Spring Stakes Schedule, which runs from Saturday, April 13, through Sunday, June 23, will offer fans and horsemen a total of 35 added money events, headlined by three Grade I, half million dollar stakes, all on May 27—the Gold Cup at Santa Anita, the Gamely and the Shoemaker Mile (turf). In all, […]

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