Santa Anita deaths

‘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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Breeders’ Cup Decides To Keep World Championships At Santa Anita

 After a meeting of and discussion with its Board of Directors today in Lexington, Ky., Breeders’ Cup Limited affirmed by unanimous decision its commitment to conduct the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. on November 1-2. This will mark the 10th time the event will be held at Santa Anita, […]

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California Governor Signs Bill Giving CHRB Broader Authority; Names Gregory Ferraro New Commissioner

In a move to improve horse safety and bring a greater level of transparency and accountability to race tracks, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed Senate Bill 469 by Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and announced the appointment of seasoned veterinarian Gregory Ferraro to the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB). SB 469 would allow the CHRB […]

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California Legislature Unanimously Votes To Give CHRB Broader Authority To Suspend Racing

The California legislature on Monday unanimously passed Senate Bill 469, giving the California Horse Racing Board sweeping authority to immediately suspend racing over safety and welfare concerns for horses and jockeys. Introduced by Sen. Bill Dodd, the measure gives the CHRB authority to change, limit, restrict or reallocate racing dates that had previously been assigned. […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Breeders’ Cup Can Run But Not Hide From Safety Concerns

The Breeders’ Cup board of directors meets on Thursday, June 27, and a key topic for discussion almost certainly will be whether or not to maintain the organization’s commitment to hold this year’s two-day championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Nov. 1-2. The easy decision would be to say that things are […]

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Commentary: Don’t Let Animal Rights ‘Terrorists’ Make Horse Racing Go The Way Of Circus Elephants

I went to work at the track in 1965 because of my abiding love for horses. No one can question my love for the animal. However, there is a faction of society that does not love our game. These are the animal rights terrorists whose agenda is nothing less than the ending of racing altogether. […]

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NYRA: Hollendorfer Welcome To Stable, Race At New York Tracks

One day after being notified by The Stronach Group that he was no longer welcome to stable or race at any of the company’s racetracks – Santa Anita and Golden Gate in California, Laurel and Pimlico in Maryland and Gulfstream Park in Florida – Jerry Hollendorfer got the green light from the New York Racing […]

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Hall Of Famer Hollendorfer Told To Vacate Stalls At Santa Anita, Golden Gate

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was told Saturday by The Stronach Group, owner of Santa Anita Park, to vacate his stalls at the Arcadia, Calif., racetrack after the euthanasia of American Currency – the fourth horse from his barn to die since the winter meet began Dec. 26. American Currency sustained fractured sesamoids in […]

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Backstretch Workers Say The Media Focuses On Horses’ Deaths, Not The People Who Care For Them

If animal rights activists succeed in their goal to shut down Santa Anita Park in the wake of a rash of equine fatalities, what will happen to the backstretch workers who live there? That’s the question dozens of horsemen want the public to begin thinking about, according to a press conference held at Clocker’s Corner […]

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Feinstein: It’s Time To Take A Hard Look At Horse Racing And Opportunities For Reform

There’s no question that horse racing is a spectacle. There are few moments as breathtaking as 20 1,000-pound thoroughbreds surging through the homestretch of Churchill Downs at nearly 40 miles an hour. But at what cost? Each year, hundreds of horses die while racing and training. This is the only sport in our country where […]

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