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‘The More Information, The Better’ For Veterinarians Trying To Keep Racehorses Safe

New regulations requiring veterinarians and trainers to file and keep medical records on a horse in training may seem like a lot of extra paperwork, but regulatory veterinarians say it makes a big difference in their ability to keep horses safe. In a video conference held as part of this year’s Welfare and Safety of […]

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Stronach Group: Horses From Indicted Trainers Will Undergo Minimum 60 Days’ Stand Down Period

The Stronach Group announced today that all horses who were under the custody of trainers named in the federal indictment earlier this week will undergo a mandatory minimum of a 60-day stand down period and are prohibited from racing at any Stronach Group racing facility during that time. “Our goal is to keep these horses […]

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Pegasus World Cup Changes: Purse $3 Million, No Entry Fees, Race To Be Run Medication-Free

The Stronach Group, owners of the Pegasus World Cup Championship Invitational Series, announced today a new era in the sport of Thoroughbred racing in North America. On January 25th, the 2020 Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) and the Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (G1) will provide new and exciting opportunities for horse owners to showcase […]

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Santa Anita Mulling Return To Synthetic Surface

As The Stronach Group continues to contemplate changes to improve safety at the embattled Santa Anita Park, officials there say they haven’t completely ruled out a switch back to synthetic. At a safety and security press briefing held Wednesday morning, Stronach Group chief veterinary officer Dr. Dionne Benson took a question from gathered media about […]

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Santa Anita Officials ‘Will Open An Immediate Review’ Into Saturday’s Racing Fatality

Officials at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., issued a statement on Saturday evening following the fatal breakdown of Emtech in the eighth race on the card. It was the first racing fatality in Southern California since June 9, but the 32nd equine death at Santa Anita since Dec. 26. The incident occurred in Saturday’s […]

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Team Of Seven Veterinarians To Oversee Santa Anita’s Racing And Training Operations

Santa Anita Park has announced it will be served by a highly respected team of equine veterinarians as it readies for its 23-day Autumn Meet opener this Friday, Sept. 27. Under the auspices of Dr. Dionne Benson, Chief Veterinary Officer for The Stronach Group (TSG), a team of seven individuals (including Benson and Santa Anita’s […]

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Report: Court Documents Show Hollendorfer Was Under Increased Scrutiny A Month Before Ban

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was banned from racetracks owned by The Stronach Group on June 22, but documents filed in the Alameda County Superior Court indicate that his barn was under increased scrutiny as early as mid-May, before his third trainee died at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., according to the Los Angeles Times.  Judge […]

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Help Wanted: RMTC Puts Out Call For Next Executive Director/COO

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) is actively seeking applications for the position of Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer, based in its Lexington, Ky., office. The job will require a multifaceted individual to provide administrative oversight of large-scale drug research projects, implementation of world class laboratory drug testing standards, and the development of […]

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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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