Santa Anita 2019

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Santa Anita resists California board recommendation to shut down after latest fatality
Following Saturday's catastrophic breakdown of Formal Dude, Santa Anita's 28th equine fatality since Dec. 26, the California Horse Racing Board has recommended that the track suspend the remaining days of its meet.

Track management has chosen to continue racing.

"Under current law, The California Horse Racing Board does not have the authority to suspend a race meet or remove race dates from a current race meet without the approval of the race track operator or without holding a public meeting with ten days public notice," the CHRB said in a prepared statement.

"The Chairman, Vice Chairman and the Executive Director recommended to Santa Anita management that they suspend racing for the seven remaining race days but that they allow horses to continue to train during that period. This would provide the industry more time to fully implement announced safety initiatives and perhaps additional ones.

"It is our understanding that Santa Anita management, after consultation with certain other industry stakeholders, believes that for a variety of reasons, the future of California racing is best served by continuing to race."

In Saturday's 10th race, post-time favorite Formal Dude pulled up and was vanned off the track after breaking down about 3/16ths of a mile from the finish line. With the winless horse running in fourth place, several lengths behind the leaders, jockey Tiago Pereira went to the whip four times in rapid succession — an apparent violation of California's whip policy — between the quarter-pole and the 3/16-pole.

CHRB spokesman Mike Marten confirmed that the horse was euthanized.

With pressure mounting from politicians, prosecutors and animal rights activists, Santa Anita has enacted a series of reforms aimed at improving its recent safety record. Yet despite those efforts, and a six-week span during which no horses died at Santa Anita, the track's problems have resumed and intensified.

In providing Santa Anita 10 days' notice, the CHRB may be able to shut down the track for the last three days of its current meet, which is scheduled to end on June 23. A decision on whether Santa Anita will retain the 2019 Breeders' Cup is expected at a Breeders' Cup board meeting on June 27.

"We have not explored options other than Churchill Downs," Breeders' Cup president Craig Fravel said Sunday. ... 402736001/
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Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:07 pm

"I also think it’s important that people realize that the initial rash of deaths and the deaths now are two separate things."

I agree with Ms. Terrell. Many (if not most) of the deaths that occurred earlier could be reasonably traced to the numerous times the track was sealed...without being harrowed/opened up in between. :shock:
Now, we're seeing some atypical injuries (including two pelvis, two shoulder, IIRC), and I hope some journalist/researcher out there is tracking the history of those horses. If damage began with a hard speed workout at a two-year-old sale, and/or the use of bisphosphonates in those horses, then Santa Anita shouldn't be blamed.
The business of stressing juveniles and the misuse of a potentially damaging drug for the sake of profit is an industry problem. I can blame that.
Maybe some industry insiders are happy that the MSM and the public are being distracted by the red herring of Lasix use, so that truly injurious practices don't have that spotlight on them. :? :(
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Yes, BaroqueAgain1, if folks really want to learn and prevent and reduce fatalities in horse racing, they MUST define and differentiate the causes of current fatalities. I don't see enough of that as part of any of these articles and discussions.

God save us, there was another fatality today. Truffalino is a well-bred 3 year old filly, a Calumet homebred trained by Mandella. She worked over the Santa Anita dirt surface all winter, but her cause of death is apparent heart attack.

Filly dies of apparent heart attack at Santa Anita hours after CHRB requests track cut its meet short
Times are dark at Santa Anita Park, which on Sunday declined a recommendation from the California Horse Racing Board to suspend racing for the final seven days of the meet in the wake of another equine fatality on Saturday.

Daily Racing Form reported earlier that Formal Dude sustained a fractured pelvis in the 10th race Saturday and was later euthanized.

Bad fortune continued Sunday when a 3-year-old filly collapsed and died of an apparent heart attack near the conclusion of an allowance turf race.

Truffalino, a 3-year-old filly trained by Richard Mandella, was pulled up inside the eighth pole. Moments after jockey Joe Talamo dismounted, Truffalino collapsed.

“They think it was a heart attack,” Mandella said. “I don’t know. I wish I had an answer.”

Truffalino did not appear to have sustained an injury to any limbs.

The incident adds fuel to the call for Santa Anita to suspend the remainder of its meet. Earlier in the day, the track declined.
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A comprehensive article from the TDN. I really do hope they take a look at Churchill Downs' fatality rates before they make a decision to move the BC there.

Santa Anita Denies CHRB Request to Close

According to the Times, Formal Dude died of a pelvis injury. Most equine fatalities happen when horses fracture one of their front legs. But the Times report says that of the five deaths at Santa Anita since May 17, four of them have been either shoulder or pelvis injuries.

Also hanging in the balance for Santa Anita is this year’s Breeders’ Cup, scheduled for Nov. 1 and 2. The Breeders’ Cup is in a dicey situation as it could come under intense criticism should it hold the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita and there are fatalities.

Breeders’ Cup President Craig Fravel told the Courier Journal that the organization is exploring contingency plans and said that the only other track that has been mentioned as an alternate site is Churchill Downs. A Breeders’ Cup Board meeting is scheduled for June 27.

“I think it’s fair to say our board will have a full report from management on everything we know about the situation in California as well as injury rates at other racetracks and we’ll have to evaluate that situation and what our options are,” Fravel told the Courier Journal. “That’s really ultimately a board decision, so I have to defer to that process.” ...
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Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:49 am

Just as a dumb question, what does Santa Anita's surface have to do with a heart attack? Does PETA really believe the surface caused it? Does PETA have a new regimen for humans that could stop human heart attacks?
Just stay away from horse tracks! Never go near dirt again! No more heart attacks!
Just think, PETA could be on to something!
Then again, PETA could be loony as a bedbug.
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Thu Jun 13, 2019 10:40 pm

I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:41 pm

Will the media show up for such a positive display of love for the horses...or do they just show up when there's a death or chance of an injury on live TV?
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