Santa Anita fatalities

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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‘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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‘Completely Wrongheaded’: HBPA Opposes Senate Version Of Horseracing Integrity Act

The National Horseman’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA) announces its opposition to the Senate version of the Horseracing Integrity Act (S. 1820), introduced last week by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Martha McSally (R-AZ). On behalf of thoroughbred race horse owners, and trainers, the HBPA has been steadfast in its opposition to the House companion […]

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Bill Authorizing CHRB To Call Emergency Horse Racing Safety Meeting Clears California Committee

Horse-safety legislation from California State Senator Bill Dodd (D-Napa) that gained support and urgency amid the continuing death of racehorses at Santa Anita Park cleared a key Assembly committee Thursday on its way to a floor vote, possibly as soon as next week. “Exigent circumstances demand we act swiftly to pass this legislation and put […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Media Glare, Sophomore Class?

The harsh spotlight of media attention continues to shine on the horse racing industry — and not just in California and at Santa Anita Park. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the latest developments in Thoroughbred racing. Plus, with the Triple Crown races in the rear view, how […]

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CHRB Could Announce New Pre-Race Measures As California Governor Urges Santa Anita To Stop Racing

The California Horse Racing Board was expected to make an announcement Wednesday concerning the involvement of independent veterinarians in the pre-race inspection process, according to the Los Angeles Times. No other details were provided, but the Times also noted the curious statement issued Tuesday by California Governor Gavin Newsom, who called for the CHRB to […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Weeding Out The Bad Apples?

The national spotlight continues to burn hot on the Thoroughbred racing industry, with California lawmakers weighing in on the sport this week and media outlets giving their take on the future of the horse racing industry. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the investigations of equine deaths at […]

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Washington Post Column: Horse Racing Needs Governing Body, Not Legislation

Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins added her voice Thursday to the national conversation about the future of Thoroughbred racing, given the 26 fatalities at Santa Anita since the end of last year. Jenkins argues that even though groups like The Jockey Club and the Water Hay Oats Alliance support the federal Horseracing Integrity Act, proper […]

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‘Enough Horse Deaths’: LA Times Editorial Board Urges Santa Anita To Call Off Rest Of Meet

In a piece published Wednesday, the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times called for Santa Anita Park to cut short the current meet, in light of the 26 equine fatalities that have occurred in the last five months, the last three of which occurred in a span of nine days. The Times gives Santa […]

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