Santa Anita deaths

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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Report: Hollendorfer Seeking Relief In Court From Golden Gate Fields Exclusion

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is seeking emergency relief from the Alameda County Superior Court to lift a ban preventing him from stabling or racing at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif., according to a report in the Thoroughbred Daily News. Hollendorfer, along with California Thoroughbred Trainers, filed a complaint asking for a temporary […]

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Thoroughbred Owners Of California Seeks Alternative Federal Legislation

Four years ago at the annual membership meeting of Thoroughbred Owners of California, then-president Joe Morris said the TOC’s board of directors was “100 percent against the federal government or USADA being involved” with oversight of Thoroughbred racing medication rules. Morris was referring to the Horseracing Integrity Act, federal legislation that would make the United […]

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Santa Anita To Add New Main Track Drainage System Before Fall Meet

Santa Anita will install a drainage system on its main track under the inside rail prior to the upcoming fall meet, reports the Daily Racing Form. Maintenance consultant Dennis Moore told DRF that grading of the main track surface has been completed and new material was added. “We took it all the way down to […]

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Thoroughbred Industry Organizations’ Statements On Current Crisis

It began with a media death watch during a cold and wet winter at Santa Anita Park. As the number of racing and training fatalities increased at the Arcadia, Calif., track (it topped out at 30 from Dec. 26 through June 22), local and then national media began to take notice. Santa Anita owner Belinda […]

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‘Clamor To End Horse Racing Would Be Deafening’: Court Documents Shed Light On Del Mar Hollendorfer Ban

A Southern California judge could rule later this week on a complaint filed by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer against the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC) over the racetrack’s ban of the Hall of Famer. Meanwhile, court documents relating to the matter were obtained by USA Today and reveal in more detail Del Mar’s reasons for the […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: A New Synthetic Era?

The North American horse racing industry is under a great deal of pressure to strengthen its protection of horses and riders and do everything it can to make races and training as safe as possible. Should that include a switch (or return in some cases) to synthetic racetrack surfaces? Scott Jagow and Joe Nevills discuss […]

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National HBPA, THA Issue Statement On Hollendorfer Ban: ‘We Do Not Intend To Stand Idly By’

Due process is a fundamental and accepted constitutional right in our country. In a government sanctioned and regulated industry, it is required. Every person in our industry who holds a license to participate is given a right to due process when their livelihood is threatened. We are an industry that operates according to rules and […]

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‘Blows Up In Your Face Without Any Warning’: The Ongoing Debate Over Synthetics Vs Dirt In Horse Racing

With the Thoroughbred racing industry still trying to pin down the reasons behind the fatalities at Santa Anita this year, Tim Sullivan writes for the Louisville Courier-Journal about reasons behind synthetic tracks falling out of favor in North America racing. Sullivan points out there are only five racetracks competing on synthetic, despite clear and concrete […]

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