Santa Anita fatalities

Auerbach: Santa Anita Needs To Close Until Synthetic Track Can Be Installed

In a frank interview with Thoroughbred Daily News writer Daniel Ross, former California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) vice chair Madeline Auerbach said she thinks racing should have been suspended after the Breeders’ Cup. “In my view, the day after Breeders’ Cup, I think they should’ve shut it down, announced that they were going to put […]

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Breeders’ Cup Mum On Mongolian Groom’s Exam History

If you’re looking for details on the veterinary exam history of Breeders’ Cup Classic runner Mongolian Groom, who was fatally injured in the Santa Anita stretch on Nov. 2, you’re not going to get them any time soon. The horse, who suffered multiple fractures of the lower part of his left hind cannon and upper […]

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Feinstein Post-Breeders’ Cup: ‘It’s Clear That Not Enough Has Changed’

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released the following statement after Mongolian Groom was euthanized due to injuries sustained while racing in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., on Saturday: “It breaks my heart to hear that another horse died because of injuries sustained during the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Racetrack. This […]

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‘A Gun To Our Heads’: California Trainers Struggle With What Lies Ahead

The Sunday morning after the Breeders’ Cup dawned over horses working at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., just as they had on Saturday, as they had a year ago, and probably as they had 40 years ago. Exercise riders soothed anxious mounts, grooms gave baths to steaming horses, and horse lovers sipped coffee at Clocker’s […]

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CHRB To Release Report On Santa Anita Fatalities In December

The California Horse Racing Board’s search for reasons for the racing and training fatalities during Santa Anita Park’s winter/spring meet is nearing completion and a comprehensive summary report of the findings will be issued in December that could provide prevention strategies to avoid similar equine injuries. Dr. Alina Vale, a CHRB official veterinarian who holds […]

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Specter Of Santa Anita Looms As IFHA Conference Discusses Equine Welfare

Although the spike in fatal breakdowns at this spring’s Santa Anita meet were months ago and thousands of miles away, they were very much on the minds of attendees at the 53rd International Conference of Horseracing Authorities today in Paris. The afternoon of the conference was devoted entirely to equine welfare, with a series of […]

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Hancock: If Not The Drugs, Then What Is Causing Fatal Injuries?

It has been many months since the fatal breakdowns at Santa Anita Park in California. All of this time has passed and there has not been one word about what might have caused these tragedies other than some theories that the race track was not in the best shape because of the rains. Hasn’t it […]

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Frank Stronach Releases Details On Proposal For Non-Profit Trust, Racing Bill Of Rights

Frank Stronach distributed the following release to media on Thursday, expanding upon his plan to create a non-profit trust to run racetracks owned by The Stronach Group. Stronach is currently embroiled in a lawsuit with daughter Belinda over control of the company. The horse racing world was rocked earlier this year by a large number […]

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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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