Santa Anita fatalities

‘Need To Determine What We’re Doing Wrong’: Feinstein Renews Call To Suspend Santa Anita Racing

For the second time in as many months, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has requested a moratorium on horse racing at Santa Anita Park. The latest call comes after the 9-year-old gelding, Kochees, was euthanized Sunday, marking the third equine fatality in nine days and the 26th since Christmas. “How many more horses must die before […]

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A 24th Horse Dies At Santa Anita, And National Media Takes Notice

After six weeks without an equine fatality, Santa Anita saw its 24th since the start of its winter meet on Friday morning. Commander Coil, who was out for a routine gallop, broke his shoulder and had to be euthanized. According to the Los Angeles Times, which was one of a number of national and local […]

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‘We Need To Continue To Do Better,’ But Santa Anita Has ‘Turned The Corner’

The 23rd fatality at Santa Anita Park occurred on March 31, approximately six weeks ago. New regulations implemented by The Stronach Group have allowed 6,973 horses to breeze over the main course and training track with no recorded fatalities as of end of training Sunday, according to Horse Racing Nation. The regulations include advance permission […]

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California Board Leaves Dates At Santa Anita, Advances New Safety Rules

After much anticipation, the California Horse Racing Board decided not to reallocate race dates from Santa Anita Park at a board meeting Thursday afternoon. “My view is that racing since Santa Anita has reopened has been really good, there have been no accidents. Personally, I see no reason to move the race dates,” said CHRB […]

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View From the Eighth Pole: Staying The Course At Santa Anita

(Editor’s note: On Monday afternoon, the California Horse Racing Board announced that Friday’s special meeting has been cancelled and that discussions about Santa Anita were being moved to the regularly scheduled CHRB meeting on April 18. The following was published prior to the cancellation of the meeting.) The California Horse Racing Board meets this Friday for […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The PHBA: Ways And Means?

The recent difficulties facing the horse racing industry are now getting attention in the halls of Congress, while a bill that would provide national oversight of racing medication remains stalled. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the latest developments at Santa Anita and across the country, as recent […]

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Kentucky Representative Adds Voice To Calls For Congressional Review Of Santa Anita Deaths

Kentucky’s Rep. Andy Barr-R has added his voice to the calls for a congressional review into the recent spate of fatal breakdowns at Santa Anita Park. According to a story from the Lexington Herald-Leader, Barr is set to tour the racetrack over the weekend while on a fundraising trip in Beverly Hills. Barr voiced concern […]

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California Senator Calls For Suspension Of Races At Santa Anita; CHRB Mulls Reallocation Of Dates

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has called for the suspension of Thoroughbred horse racing at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., until an investigation has determined the “cause or causes” of 23 equine fatalities since the current winter meet began on Dec. 26. In an April 2 letter to California Horse Racing Board chairman Chuck […]

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Jockey Club Calls For Major Drug Reform, Says Fatality Spikes Will Continue Without It

The Jockey Club today released a major white paper calling for comprehensive reform of the U.S. horse racing industry including a major overhaul of drug use and uniform out-of-competition drug testing, citing the need for “transparency into the medical treatment, injuries, and health of all racehorses.” The paper’s release follows the death of 22 racehorses […]

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Stronach Group Reforms: Questions In California And A View From The Mid-Atlantic

As the hours tick down to Thursday’s meeting of the California Horse Racing Board – the first since Santa Anita was forced to cancel racing indefinitely following a rash of fatal breakdowns – everyone is wondering how The Stronach Group will propose to move forward with the reforms announced by Belinda Stronach March 14. A […]

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