Santa Anita deaths

The Friday Show Presented By Sam Houston Race Park: Your Prescription Is Ready?

Last week, a bill titled the “Equine Welfare and Safety in Horse Racing Act” was introduced in California’s General Assembly. It is a state lawmaker response to the highly publicized horse racing fatalities at Santa Anita in the past year. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Natalie Voss discuss one of […]

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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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The Friday Show Presented By Three Biggest Horse Racing Issues In 2020?

It’s fair to say the U.S. horse racing industry wouldn’t mind putting 2019 behind it, considering the controversy that plagued the sport throughout the year. And that wish is about to come true, but what will be the top stories of 2020? In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss […]

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What Did You Read? Top Horse Racing Stories Of 2019

As we prepare to close the book on 2019, it’s time for our traditional look back on the most popular stories of the year by traffic. We’ve done this for four years now (see previous editions of 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018). It’s no secret that 2019 was a tough year for horse racing, and […]

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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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Feinstein: Racing’s Days Are Numbered If There’s An Equine Death During Breeders’ Cup

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) has issued a challenge to the sport of kings: Keep everyone safe at Breeders’ Cup or face extinction. The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that Feinstein sent a strongly-worded letter to the California Horse Racing Board suggesting that an equine fatality this weekend could result in attention from lawmakers on whether […]

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The Whats And Whys Behind Santa Anita’s Nightmare Spring Season

Santa Anita is preparing to launch its fall meet under more scrutiny than ever before. As racing ticks down the weeks to this year’s Breeders’ Cup, some racing fans are still wondering – what happened to cause the much-publicized spike in equine fatalities last spring, and what’s the thinking behind the policies the track put […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Horse Racing Should Heed Lessons From California

The metrics of the horse racing business have changed. There was a time, when I first got involved in the game in the 1970s, that attendance and wagering were the key numbers in defining success and failure of a race meeting. Off-track betting facilities, full-card simulcasting and advance deposit wagering gutted on-track business and made […]

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Human Side Of California’s Horse Racing Crisis: ‘No Es Solamente Un Deporte’

I attended the California Horse Racing Board meeting in Del Mar this past Thursday.  As is usual now, there were demonstrations pro and con before the meeting, and public comments on both sides during the meeting. As I walked to my car afterwards, with the TV trucks and crowds long gone, I saw a small group […]

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