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Safety First: Del Mar Summer Meet Concludes With Zero Racing Fatalities

With the national spotlight on equine safety and welfare, the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club concluded its 80th summer meeting today as the safest major racetrack in the United States for the second consecutive year. After introducing a comprehensive series of safety programs in 2017 and 2018, Del Mar expanded its safety measures this summer, including […]

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Thoroughbred Owners Of California Seeks Alternative Federal Legislation

Four years ago at the annual membership meeting of Thoroughbred Owners of California, then-president Joe Morris said the TOC’s board of directors was “100 percent against the federal government or USADA being involved” with oversight of Thoroughbred racing medication rules. Morris was referring to the Horseracing Integrity Act, federal legislation that would make the United […]

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CHRB Initiates Regulatory Process To Require Lasix Restrictions

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, July 18, at the Del Mar Hilton Hotel. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach and Commissioners Dennis Alfieri, Dr. Gregory Ferraro, Fred Maas, Araceli Ruano, and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the […]

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XBTV: ‘A Candid Conversation With Owner/Breeder Nick Alexander’

Nick Alexander is a staple throughout the Southern California horse racing scene as a respected owner, breeder, and local car dealership owner that just can’t ever seem to say “no.” XBTV’s own Millie Ball caught up with the Chairman of the Thoroughbred Owners of California recently to discuss horses, cars, and his deep rooted history […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Breeders’ Cup Can Run But Not Hide From Safety Concerns

The Breeders’ Cup board of directors meets on Thursday, June 27, and a key topic for discussion almost certainly will be whether or not to maintain the organization’s commitment to hold this year’s two-day championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Nov. 1-2. The easy decision would be to say that things are […]

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UPDATED: Santa Anita Rejects CHRB Request To End Meet; 29th Horse Dies Hours Later

(The following story was updated to include a joint statement from The Stronach Group, Thoroughbred Owners of California and California Thoroughbred Trainers.) A 28th horse died after racing at Santa Anita’s meet Saturday, prompting the California Horse Racing Board to request the track end its meet early, according to the Los Angeles Times. The track […]

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Further Safety And Welfare Reforms Added At Santa Anita, Upcoming Del Mar Meet

Ten weeks after introducing significant reforms in California aimed at reducing racing fatalities and improving the safety and welfare of horses and riders, The Stronach Group is now requiring all entries at Santa Anita to be accompanied by a pre-race exam form, signed by a trainer’s veterinarian and stating that a horse has no known […]

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Del Mar Adopting Enhanced Safety Protocols For Upcoming Summer Meet

Joe Harper, chief executive officer of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in Del Mar, Calif., issued a statement on Tuesday concerning new safety protocols being put in place for the 80th summer season of horse racing that begins July 17 at the seaside track. The protocols follow the lead of many of the changes proposed […]

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Jockeys’ Guild Delays ‘No Riding Crops’ Experiment At Santa Anita

Through an agreement between the Jockeys’ Guild and the Thoroughbred Owners of California, jockeys will ride with crops Friday at Santa Anita. The Jockeys’ Guild has postponed its planned experiment to have its members ride without them as the organization works toward longer-term implementation of policies consistent with recent guidelines issued by the California Horse Racing […]

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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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