Santa Anita fatalities

California State Senator Introduces New Horse Racing Safety Bill

Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, introduced legislation today to improve horse racing safety across California and build on reforms adopted last year. “We must do everything we can to put safety first and stop unacceptable horse deaths,” Sen. Dodd said.  “We must ensure track conditions are right and horses are fit before they hit the starting […]

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The Friday Show Presented By MyRacehorse.com: Three Biggest Horse Racing Issues In 2020?

It’s fair to say the U.S. horse racing industry wouldn’t mind putting 2019 behind it, considering the controversy that plagued the sport throughout the year. And that wish is about to come true, but what will be the top stories of 2020? In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss […]

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What Did You Read? Top Horse Racing Stories Of 2019

As we prepare to close the book on 2019, it’s time for our traditional look back on the most popular stories of the year by traffic. We’ve done this for four years now (see previous editions of 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018). It’s no secret that 2019 was a tough year for horse racing, and […]

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LA County DA: ‘No Criminal Wrongdoing’ In Santa Anita Fatalities

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey today issued a 17-page report on the deaths of horses at Santa Anita Park with more than two dozen recommendations on how to improve safety at all California racetracks. The report found no criminal wrongdoing at Santa Anita Park. “Horse racing has inherent risks but is a legally […]

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California Racetrack Veterinarian To Colleagues: Don’t Fear Medication Reform

When The Stronach Group announced a slate of reforms aimed at improving equine safety and welfare last spring, there wasn’t much debate that new policies were needed, but not everyone in horse racing agreed with the list of changes. Dr. Ryan Carpenter, longtime Southern California racetrack surgeon, says that he was one of the skeptics.  […]

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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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