Santa Anita fatalities

‘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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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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The Question Of Horse Racing’s Survival: What Can Be Done To Help Tip The Scales?

In the wake of a rash of equine fatalities at Santa Anita Park last spring, horse racing insiders and fans have been asking each other for months: Will the sport survive this crisis?  The question was also a central focus of the annual Saratoga Institute on Equine, Racing and Gaming Law held Tuesday in Saratoga […]

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By The Numbers: Hollendorfer’s Fatality Rate On Par With National Average

Only one active Thoroughbred trainer has more lifetime starts or wins than Jerry Hollendorfer, who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., in 2011. Hollendorfer has won 7,625 races from 33,553 starts, second only to fellow Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, who has 8,519 wins from 41,130 […]

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Santa Anita To Add New Main Track Drainage System Before Fall Meet

Santa Anita will install a drainage system on its main track under the inside rail prior to the upcoming fall meet, reports the Daily Racing Form. Maintenance consultant Dennis Moore told DRF that grading of the main track surface has been completed and new material was added. “We took it all the way down to […]

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