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PURSES RAISED BY $10,000 ON EVERY NON-STAKES RACE AT SANTA ANITA PARK IN JOINT AGREEMENT BETWEEN TRACK & THOROUGHBRED OWNERS OF CALIFORNIA
Santa Anita Park and the Thoroughbred Owners of California have announced a significant purse increase for all on non-stakes races through the next six weeks. The purse for each non-stakes race will be increased by $10,000. The increase will go into effect Friday, April 26th through June 2nd. The program will be evaluated for the remaining three weeks of the spring meet, which extends through June 23rd. Entries for Friday will be taken on Easter Sunday.

“We know the last few months have been tough on everyone especially our horsemen and owners, so working with the TOC we came up with an aggressive plan to boost all non-stakes purses for the next six weeks,” said Tim Ritvo, COO of The Stronach Group. “This has also been difficult on our customers, and we are working hard to improve the product to thank them for their continued support.”
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Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:12 pm

Sparrow Castle wrote:
Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:44 pm
PURSES RAISED BY $10,000 ON EVERY NON-STAKES RACE AT SANTA ANITA PARK IN JOINT AGREEMENT BETWEEN TRACK & THOROUGHBRED OWNERS OF CALIFORNIA
Maybe they should just offer a $1,000 participation check to the first ten who show up for every race. Spread the wealth.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Sat Apr 20, 2019 4:01 pm

Worth a read in full.

‘Old World’ Commends Brave New One on Lasix
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For a perspective as uninhibited as it is exceptionally informed, then, let’s turn to Des Leadon–the distinguished Irish veterinarian whose diverse roles in the Thoroughbred industry have incidentally afforded him an intimate knowledge of the American racing environment. For many years he has supervised the travel of elite European racehorses to the Breeders’ Cup, whose trainers have often felt obliged to administer Lasix to achieve a level playing field. But Leadon’s expertise has also been recognised by his peers in the U.S., having served as International Director of the American Association of Equine Practitioners.

And, while describing Thursday’s news as “hugely” welcome, Leadon counselled Europeans to be patient. Commending the strategy of only applying the Lasix ban to juveniles next year, before extending to black-type racing in 2021, he said: “I think it’s very good they’re not trying to run before they walk. To go for evolution rather than revolution is much more sensible. Because to be fair, there are parts of the U.S. where they have very good reasons for taking a medicated approach to racing. In some of the environments where they both train and race, there would otherwise be none at all. So if you were to take too broad a brush to this issue, you would probably do as much damage as good. This ‘softly, softly’ approach should be warmly welcomed by everybody in racing and breeding worldwide–and with sympathy too. By phasing it in, everybody can get used to the changed circumstances and nobody gets put out of business or hurt as a result.”

Some American trainers have always protested Lasix to be sooner about welfare than boosting performance. While there is a limit to how far Leadon will concede that claim, Europeans were not to be judgemental.
More: http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/ol ... -on-lasix/
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Sun Apr 21, 2019 11:47 am

An invitation from Frank.
Curious, will Belinda be there?
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They had $875k in cancelled stakes money and they have the purses from the upcoming cancelled Thursday cards so this won’t actually cost hardly anything

Santa Anita purse increase to cost $1.5 million
The six-week purse increase that takes effect at Santa Anita on Friday will cost approximately $1.5 million and is intended to boost fields at a time when the track’s barn area is well short of capacity.

Last Friday, the racetrack and the Thoroughbred Owners of California announced a purse increase of $10,000 for all overnight races for 19 racing days through June 2. That same day, track officials said five Thursday programs had been eliminated through May 23, with the status of racing on three Thursdays in June to be determined next month.

The season ends June 23.

Funding for the purse increase will be shared by The Stronach Group, the track’s parent company, and the Thoroughbred Owners of California, the official representative of horsemen in the state. Each group will contribute $5,000 per race, according to Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group.

Friday’s program did not have an immediate boost in entries. There are 53 horses entered in eight races. Last Friday, 54 horses ran in eight races.

As of Sunday, there were approximately 1,640 racehorses on the backstretch, a figure that includes about 300 2-year-olds who have not raced as well as ponies, according to an official. There are about 200 empty stalls. Several California-based trainers have sent runners to Kentucky for the Keeneland meeting, which ends Friday, and the Churchill Downs meeting, which begins Saturday.
More: https://www.drf.com/news/santa-anita-pu ... 15-million
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Sun Apr 21, 2019 9:21 pm

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Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:56 pm
charles simon @cannonshell
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charles simon Retweeted Daily Racing Form
They had $875k in cancelled stakes money and they have the purses from the upcoming cancelled Thursday cards so this won’t actually cost hardly anything
Huh?

Stacks of money sitting around without any gamblin being done, how does that work?
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The Stronach Group has announced that well-respected equine veterinarian Dr. Dionne Benson has been appointed as the Chief Veterinary Officer for The Stronach Group. For the past seven years, Dr. Benson has been the Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the internationally-renowned Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) in Lexington, KY.

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Wed Apr 24, 2019 1:52 am

Stronach Takes Family Feud Public; Wants Santa Anita Put In Trust
A standing room only crowd of over 200 people turned out on Tuesday evening in Arcadia, Calif., to hear Frank Stronach discuss his vision for the future of California racing while bitterly complaining about the way his daughter, Belinda Stronach, has run The Stronach Group – the family-owned company he founded that owns nearby Santa Anita Park, along with Gulfstream Park in Florida and Pimlico and Laurel Park in Maryland.

The talk took place at the Embassy Suites hotel, just down Huntington Drive from Santa Anita. Stronach previewed the event by taking out an advertisement to publish what he called an “An Open Letter from Frank Stronach to All Horse Lovers in the State of California” in the Los Angeles Times.

“They don't want to have racing. They want to sell the place (Santa Anita),” Stronach said of his daughter – the current company chair whom he appointed as president of the company in 2011 – and the top racing division manager he hired, chief operating officer Tim Ritvo.

He gave no substantiation of the claim.

Stronach is currently embroiled in a lawsuit he filed last October in Ontario, Canada, against his daughter, alleging mismanagement of the company's assets and family trusts. He is seeking to regain control of the company. Belinda Stronach filed a counterclaim in which she detailed hundreds of millions of dollars she alleged her father has lost in what the court filings said were “passion projects.”

Stronach, 86, who currently has no active role in managing Santa Anita or any of The Stronach Group's assets, said he wants to put the racetracks – or at least the portion of the properties devoted to racing – in a trust and allow horsemen to operate racing for a minimum of 20 years.

He was supported in that proposal by horse owner William Deburgh, who sat to one side of Stronach during the two-hour event that included over an hour of questions from the audience of owners, trainers, breeders, fans and local residents.
More: https://www.paulickreport.com/news/ray- ... -in-trust/
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Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:48 am

Nice wrap-up comment from.... Trainer Matthew Chew said that he came in with a lot of questions, and still had a lot of questions afterwards. “I don’t understand the family feud, but it seems like both sides are trying to do the right thing,” he said. “When you talk to her, she’s trying to do the right thing. When you talk to him, he’s trying to do the right thing. It’s confusing being in the middle.”

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Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:43 pm

You can stop reading the article when it states that he has spent $850,000,000 of what remained of his own money on passion projects. The rest does not matter.
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Mon Apr 29, 2019 1:39 am

The Week in Review: In Stronach Feud, Did Frank Fight Fair?
Say what you want, think what you want about Frank Stronach, but no one can deny that he loves horse racing and wants to see his tracks and the entire sport prosper. It’s hard to imagine how difficult it must be for him to be cast to the side while his daughter, Belinda, runs what he created, The Stronach Group (TSG). For most of his life, he has been a powerful man and has been in charge. No more. So far, he’s on the losing end of a fight for control of the company and has no say in how it is run.

He wanted to be heard, which is why he rented out a conference room at a local hotel and invited the Southern California racing community to hear what was on his mind. His primary idea was that he wanted to place the TSG tracks in a trust, which would guarantee that the tracks could not be bulldozed and the land developed. It’s a very good idea. The problem is, as of now, Stronach has no say whatsoever when it comes to the future of Santa Anita or any of the TSG tracks. That won’t change unless he wins the lawsuit he filed against Belinda seeking to regain control of the company. At 86, time is not on his side as the Stronach vs. Stronach lawsuit is likely to drag on in the Canadian courts for years.
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Mon Apr 29, 2019 11:02 pm

Excellent article by Joe Drape in the NY Times, if you can access it...

Horse Deaths Are Threatening the Racing Industry. Is the Sport Obsolete?
A Kentucky family in the horse business for decades says action to address the health of the animals is overdue. The consequences of inaction could be catastrophic.
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Guillermo is not done. She wants the sport to eliminate all medications in the two weeks before a race, bar trainers with multiple medication violations, mandate complete public transparency of injury and medication records, end whipping and switch to high-quality synthetic tracks.

“You can’t tell me that the trainers and veterinarians and racetracks have done all that they can to protect the horses,” she said.

The deaths at Santa Anita have prompted an investigation by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office; condemnations from elected officials, including Senator Dianne Feinstein, and calls to shut down the sport altogether.

“We can’t let that happen,” Walker Hancock said.

Like his father, Seth, and uncle Arthur, Walker Hancock was born in Kentucky in a house that has stood on the Bluegrass since 1865.

Like them, he has mowed its 3,000 acres, thrown countless tons of hay and each spring has pulled foals from mares and then watched them grow into racehorses.

Like them, he recognizes the paradox that what built one of America’s oldest sports — the love of the thoroughbred — has the potential to put it out of business.

“We got to start proving that we are doing all that we can to do the best for these horses,” he said. “If not, we are out of business and we should be.”
More: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/29/spor ... derby.html
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Wed May 01, 2019 10:44 pm

Exciting news...can't wait to see how it works out.

Stronach Group Announces Funding Of ‘Cutting-Edge’ PET Scan For On-Track Hospital
As a part of its ongoing commitment to modernize the sport of horse racing and to promote the health and safety of the equine athletes to the highest possible standards, The Stronach Group has invested $500,000 to support the purchase of the cutting-edge Longmile Positron Emission Tomography (MILE-PET) Scan machine that provides imaging of the fetlock (ankle) joint while a Thoroughbred is standing. This machine will be available at Santa Anita Park at the Southern California Equine Foundation's Equine Hospital in Santa Anita's barn area.

“The Stronach Group's funding of this ground-breaking technology represents an important investment that will aid in the detection of equine injuries on a microscopic level to flag pre-existing conditions that can contribute to breakdowns,” said Dr. Dionne Benson, recently appointed Chief Veterinary Officer for The Stronach Group. “This technology will help to identify the injuries that tend to be the most dangerous and are not detectable using the current technology.”

While the PET scan technology has been used in human medicine for more than a decade, it is very rare for horses to undergo a PET scan. The unique MILE-PET machine enables a horse to have a PET scan on their fetlock joint while standing without the risks of general anesthesia. In January 2019, the first MILE-PET scan on a standing horse was successfully performed at UC Davis through a project led by Mathieu Spriet, DVM, along with Brain Biosciences and Longmile Veterinary Imaging division. The Longmile engineering team developed the concept of an openable ring, which allowed scanning other regions of the horse limb, including the fetlocks while a horse is standing so as to avoid sedation.

In an effort to increase and improve access to this technology for horsemen, The Stronach Group has partnered with the Dolly Green Research Foundation (DRGF) to secure the purchase of the innovative MILE-PET Scan machine. DGRF, founded in 1984 by Ms. Green, a longtime horse owner with a special interest in equine research, is affiliated with the Southern California Equine Foundation. DGRF is committed to advancing the health and welfare of Thoroughbred racehorses with an emphasis on research. This newly donated MILE-PET system will first go to the Center of Equine Health at the University of California – Davis' School of Veterinary Medicine for validation, research and continued analysis. After completion of the validation period at UC Davis, the MILE-PET will be available for use at Santa Anita this fall. This timeframe should coincide with the track hosting the Breeders' Cup for a record 10th time.
More: https://www.paulickreport.com/horse-car ... -hospital/
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Fri May 17, 2019 4:12 pm

Horse sustains fatal injury during training at Santa Anita
Commander Coil, an unraced 3-year-old gelding, was euthanized Friday after suffering a shoulder injury during morning workouts at Santa Anita, trainer Marcelo Polanco said.

Commander Coil, who had his first published workout May 10, was galloping toward the end of the training session when he was pulled up. Commander Coil was vanned to the stables and could not be saved.

The incident is the first fatality in racing or training at Santa Anita since March 31 and comes during a spring in which the track has implemented more stringent requirements for horses training or racing after a series of fatal injuries in late February and early March.

Commander Coil is the 24th horse lost since late December.

Santa Anita canceled 13 days of racing in March to inspect and renovate the main track.

Since training resumed on the main track in mid-March, and racing resumed on March 29, horses undergoing workouts or entered to race have been subject to a new set of protocols that have included a reduction in the permissible dosages of the anti-bleeder medication Lasix, a suspension of authorized thresholds of legal therapeutic nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, an increase in out-of-competition testing, and greater scrutiny of horses entered to race or train.

“We’re going to always continue to try to have safer and safer horse racing,” said Dionne Benson, the chief veterinarian officer of The Stronach Group, Santa Anita’s parent company.

“I don’t think what happened today is a failure in the program. We’ll review what we know when we know everything we can. If there are additional things we can add, we’ll try to improve as we go on.
More: https://www.drf.com/news/horse-sustains ... anta-anita
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Fri May 17, 2019 5:06 pm

The loss of any racehorse is a tragedy, but the timing isn't great. The filly, Congrats Gal, collapsed on the track and died after crossing the wire in the Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico earlier today. In front of a national audience watching NBCSN's coverage of the Black-Eyed Susan day of racing. :(
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Fri May 17, 2019 5:06 pm
The loss of any racehorse is a tragedy, but the timing isn't great. The filly, Congrats Gal, collapsed on the track and died after crossing the wire in the Miss Preakness Stakes at Pimlico earlier today. In front of a national audience watching NBCSN's coverage of the Black-Eyed Susan day of racing. :(
That track is playing very, very fast. I hope it didn't contribute to the situation. Covfefe broke the track record by more than a second in that race. It looked more like an early '70s racing surface than today's standards. No dirt being kicked up anywhere. I'm trying not to be cynical of Pimlico. Maybe the facility itself is not being cared for, and the track condition is merely part of that. But I'm also wondering if they weren't trying to artificially pump up interest in a lackluster Preakness by having a track that is absurdly fast.

The prior 6 furlong track record at Pimlico was 1:09 flat. Now we've got a filly running 1:07:70. Are we supposed to believe Covfefe is more than a full second faster than any horse who has ever attempted the ultra-common distance of 6 furlongs at historic Pimlico race course? It demonstrates the hilarious ignorance of comparing times from year and year and decade to decade.
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Sat May 18, 2019 11:37 am

I can’t imagine the track contributed to Congrats Gal’s tragic death, she reportedly suffered a cardiac arrest and that’s why she stopped so quickly after challenging Covfefe.
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Sun May 19, 2019 11:23 am

Early morning showers.
Track closed for training.
Haven't heard yet if they sealed it?
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Sun May 19, 2019 11:48 am

stark wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 11:23 am
Early morning showers.
Track closed for training.
Haven't heard yet if they sealed it?
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According to the racing office, there will be no turf racing today (Sunday) at Santa Anita.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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