Tag: Santa Anita horse fatalities

Jockey Club Reports Horse Fatalities at Lowest Point in a Decade

Jockey Club Reports Horse Fatalities at Lowest Point in a Decade

The incidences of horse fatalities at American thoroughbred racetracks are now at their lowest point in a decade, according to statistics compiled by the Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database (EID). The 2019 rate of fatal injuries to horses is at its lowest number since the EID began collecting data in […]

Sand from construction projects at Los Angeles In terminational Airport provides the surface for So. Cal racetracks including Santa Anita (Image: LAX)

Santa Anita to Install New Drainage System in Safety Prep for Fall Season

Santa Anita Park, the epicenter of attention over the increase in equine injuries and subsequent euthanizations earlier this year, is installing a new drainage system. Maintenance consultant Dennis Moore told the Daily Racing Form about the track’s new drainage system, which will be installed under the main dirt track beneath […]

Southern California's troubled Thoroughbreds merry-go-round shifts to Los Alamitos this week. (Image:Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register)

California Legislature Boosts Horse Racing Board’s Regulatory Muscle

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) will soon have increased authority over Thoroughbred racing in the state. The State Legislature unanimously approved a bill (SB 469) Monday newly empowering the regulatory body with the ability to suspend or move racing days without a 10-day public notice period. The Senate version […]

Top trainer Jerry Hollendorfer excluded from Santa Anita and Golden Gate. )Image: AP)

Santa Anita Bans Top Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer After Latest Horse Death

Jerry Hollendorfer, the Hall of Fame Thoroughbred trainer, has been ruled off at Santa Anita and all Stronach Group tracks. This, after a horse under his care became the 30th equine fatality at the Los Angeles-area track during the Winter/Spring season concluding Sunday. The death is the fourth horse from […]

Equine caregivers rally at Santa Anita seeking job security. (Image: AP)

Santa Anita Equine Work Force: “Protect Our Horses, Protect Our Jobs”

Backstretch employees at Santa Anita Park are asking to be heard. The beleaguered Thoroughbred racing plant is wrapping up a truncated winter/spring racing season on Sunday. Backstretch workers, largely Latinos, rallied Thursday. They’re asking to be part of the conversation when animal activists and politicians call for a halt or […]

Cal. Gov. Gavin Newsom pushing for increased equine safety at Santa Anita. Image: Rich Pedroncelli/AP

Ramping Up Safety Measures at Santa Anita as Deadly Meet Nears End

When racing resumes at Santa Anita a new set of enhanced safety measures for horses will be in place. Only six racing days remain on the track’s winter/spring schedule. Racing concludes June 23. The track, with the support of various horsemen’s groups, are declining Gov. Gavin Newsom’s request that the track […]

Aerial view of historic Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Cal. (Image: Santa Anita)

Trouble in Paradise: Santa Anita Denies Request to Halt Racing

Santa Anita Park is refusing a request by state regulators to immediately end its current Thoroughbred meeting. The historic track located in suburban Los Angeles is currently experiencing an unprecedented number of equine fatalities during its winter/spring season – now totaling 29 since its Dec. 26 opening. The California Horse […]

Storm clouds gathering over Santa Anita Park.

Los Angeles County DA to Investigate Santa Anita Horse Deaths

A Los Angeles County task force will now formally examine the recent rash of equine fatalities at iconic Santa Anita Park. This from LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey in a Tuesday media statement. Here’s the Lacey announcement in its entirety: “I have formed a task force of experienced deputy […]