Santa Anita deaths

Belinda Stronach To Legislators: California Racing Now ‘Gold Standard’ For Safety

A wide array of state and national Thoroughbred racing and breeding representatives spoke at an informational hearing of the California Senate and Assembly’s Governmental Organization Committee in the State Capitol in Sacramento on Wednesday. The hearing – whose subject was entitled an Overview of Equine and Human Safety and Welfare Policies and Procedures Within California’s […]

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Commentary: How To Respond To Horse Racing’s ‘New Normal’

Former Indiana Horse Racing Commission executive director Joe Gorajec writes in his InsideRacingRegs blog about the mainstream news media’s “insatiable” appetite to pounce on every racing or training fatality at Santa Anita, in the wake of the spike in horse deaths at the Arcadia, Calif., track earlier this year. Santa Anita went from March 31 […]

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‘Very Survival Of The Sport At Risk’: HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Examines Racing Fatalities

“With so many racehorses dying every year in America, how long will horse racing itself survive?” That’s the fundamental question asked by correspondent Bernard Goldberg on HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” which aired a 20-minute segment on equine fatalities in Thoroughbred racing in the U.S. on Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET. The feature, […]

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Del Mar Adopting Enhanced Safety Protocols For Upcoming Summer Meet

Joe Harper, chief executive officer of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., issued a statement on Tuesday concerning new safety protocols being put in place for the 80th summer season of horse racing that begins July 17 at the seaside track. The protocols follow the lead of many of the changes proposed […]

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Commentary: The Performance-Enhancing Effects Of Lasix

The Kentucky Derby is just a few days away. In a typical year the focus leading up to the race would be on analyzing contenders, making selections (plural, because of all those exotic wagers), and planning your Derby festivities. There is nothing typical about 2019. The public outrage regarding the 23 equine fatalities during the […]

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Stronach Takes Family Feud Public; Wants Santa Anita Put In Trust

A standing room only crowd of over 200 people turned out on Tuesday evening in Arcadia, Calif., to hear Frank Stronach discuss his vision for the future of California racing while bitterly complaining about the way his daughter, Belinda Stronach, has performed as chairman of The Stronach Group – the family-owned company he founded that […]

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Gorajec’s Plea For Whip Reform: Horse Racing’s Warts Have Been Exposed

Whip reform in horse racing is inevitable, former racing regulator Joe Gorajec writes in his InsideRacingRegs blog published at the The Jockey Club and Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s Horse Racing Reform website. Citing the recent proposal by The Stronach Group (TSG) to limit use of the riding crop at its California tracks for safety […]

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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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The Friday Show Presented By The PHBA: Ways And Means?

The recent difficulties facing the horse racing industry are now getting attention in the halls of Congress, while a bill that would provide national oversight of racing medication remains stalled. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the latest developments at Santa Anita and across the country, as recent […]

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