With board members troubled by what they deem a superior selection of equine fatalities at Golden Gate Fields, the California Horse Racing Board during its monthly meeting Dec. 15 narrowly permitted an approaching six-thirty day period license for the Northern California monitor.
A few commissioners—vice chairman Oscar Gonzales and board users Wendy Mitchell and Brenda Davis—preferred providing the Northern California observe a a few-thirty day period license followed by a assessment. In the conclusion, aid for the standard 6-month license, backed by board members Dennis Alfieri, Damascus Castellanos, and Alex Solis and chairman Dr. Greg Ferraro, received out (a 4-3 vote) with promises that the CHRB would evaluation the observe regular.
According to CHRB statistics, 9 of Golden Gate’s 26 fatalities have been categorized by the CHRB in a classification termed “other.” Fatalities from barn accidents and colic are examples that tumble in that classification. Ponies accounted for 3 deaths.
Seventeen racehorses have died in racing (four) or coaching (13) at Golden Gate this 12 months, a fatality full underneath that at Santa Anita Park, wherever 19 horses have died following racing or coaching injuries. 4 of the deaths at Golden Gate happened in November.
Both tracks are open up for coaching more than a great deal of the 12 months and have a high quantity of race dates relative to other condition tracks. Golden Gate has a synthetic Tapeta major track Santa Anita a filth floor. The two also run turf races.
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The CHRB the greater part favored giving Golden Gate its normal license, with Ferraro noting that the regulator has the authority to end racing underneath its present-day restrictions. Commissioners then argued whether they experienced the votes to consider these action when the CHRB pressured Los Alamitos Race Class to strengthen its cases of equine fatalities before this year. Safety numbers at Los Alamitos have due to the fact improved.
Gonzalez mentioned that The Stronach Team, which owns Golden Gate, Santa Anita, and other racetracks throughout the nation, opted to suspend racing this thirty day period to review the most important keep track of at its Laurel Park residence in Maryland following an raise in breakdowns.
“So at what level does a company pay for California and the general public, and racing, that same important gesture?” he posed to his fellow commissioners.
Alfieri defended TSG, mentioning that they suspended racing for a period at Santa Anita soon after a spike in fatalities in 2019.
Ferraro indicated that he, government director Scott Chaney, and equine healthcare director Dr. Jeff Blea ended up at Golden Gate last week. Later in the conference through his report, Blea talked about the take a look at to Golden Gate, in which the CHRB attended a horsemen’s city corridor.
“We spoke to horsemen about distinctive protocols to aid realize why they were being obtaining an boost of injuries in schooling, and additional crucial, how to reduce the incidence of injuries,” he claimed.
The CHRB also approved a six-thirty day period license to Santa Anita, which submitted an amended software to increase racing Dec. 27 and Dec. 30, but fall cards April 22-24 and April 29. The Santa Anita and Golden Gate applications ended up authorized with no signed agreements involving TSG and California Thoroughbred Trainers. The CHRB applied past agreements.
Also for the duration of the conference, Blea gave an approximate timetable of two months for a accomplished necropsy of Medina Spirit, who died off a suspected coronary heart attack right after a exercise routine final week.
Chaney mentioned in his remarks that the CHRB would quickly rejoin the Association of Racing Commissioners Worldwide. It departed ARCI a couple yrs back “primarily based mainly on philosophical and political discrepancies,” Chaney mentioned, but will return upcoming yr “with nationwide horse racing legislation on the horizon.”
He issued a reminder that the CHRB will begin instituting two new guidelines Jan. 1: a rigid regulation of thyroxine, a thyroid medication and a necessity that horses undergo a veterinary soundness assessment within just 72 several hours of a exercise session or race.