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Another Kentucky Derby prep is off – for now.
Drayden Van Dyke celebrated winning a race by 10 1/4 lengths at Santa Anita by trading elbow taps in the winner’s circle
A victory by Vino Rosso in the Breeders’ Cup Classic was overshadowed by the fatal injury to 15-1 long shot Mongolian Groom in the $6 million race at Santa Anita.
Five decades ago, right about this time of year, there was a boy, Lewis and Clark High School, class of 1973, who took his studies so seriously that, twice a week, in addition to schoolbooks, he carried one of those yellow and brown Pee-Chee folders.
The Breeders’ Cup will increase the number of veterinarians on site during its world championships this fall at Santa Anita, where 30 horses died during the racing meet that recently concluded.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., again is calling for racing to be halted at Santa Anita after three horses died in nine days. “I once again call for an immediate moratorium on racing at Santa Anita,” Feinstein said in a statement. “We need a thorough investigation of practices and conditions at the track before any more races are held.”
A series of 23 horse deaths over three months at Santa Anita Park in California come after several reforms solved similar issues on the East Coast over the past decade. The Mid-Atlantic region implemented changes after a 2012 task force and officials wonder why Santa Anita didn’t do the same. The problem is under control now, but not before horse racing took another blow to its public image going into Triple Crown season.
On a crisp Sunday evening, almost half a century ago, nearly 6,000 people crowded into an aging structure just off Spokane’s East Sprague Avenue. Moments before 6 o’clock, they let out a full-throated roar. Turbulator, a dark bay gelding with a knobby right knee, punctuated his charge toward history with a dramatic victory in the Playfair Mile, the championship event for annual horse-racing seasons at Playfair Race Course.
Santa Anita will race three days a week instead of four over the next four weeks because the track has lost some of its horse population to out-of-state venues. Several stables have shipped horses to Kentucky to run at Keeneland and Churchill Downs, leaving Santa Anita with fewer horses to race and smaller field sizes.
Santa Anita will continue racing through the end of the current meet on June 23, despite objections from animal rights activists who urged the California Horse Racing Board to shutter the historic track in the wake of 23 horse deaths. Chuck Winner said at the racing board’s monthly meeting that he saw no reason to reallocate any of Santa Anita’s dates to another track.
The California Horse Racing Board has amended proposed changes to rules governing how jockeys may use riding crops in races. The Jockeys’ Guild, meanwhile, continues to press its case that crops are necessary for controlling racehorses. Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith told a racing board committee that riding crops are a crucial part of the sport.
A two-horse spill in the $100,000 San Simeon Stakes at Santa Anita has led to the 23rd equine fatality at the Southern California track in just over three months. Arms Runner injured his right front leg and fell in the Grade 3 race on turf, two days after Santa Anita reopened to racing after being closed for nearly a month.
The California Horse Racing Board voted Thursday to severely limit the use of whips on horses in racing statewide and approved medication changes on a smaller scale following the deaths of 22 horses at Santa Anita
Santa Anita will ban the use of medication and whips on racing days after the 22nd horse fatality in 2 1/2 months occurred at the historic track. The move by owner The Stronach Group would make Santa Anita the first racetrack in the nation to impose such restrictions.
Santa Anita will reopen its main dirt track for limited training on Monday nearly a week after the historic racetrack was closed to training and racing in the wake of 21 horses dying since Deb. 26. Horses can only jog or gallop on the dirt; no timed workouts will be allowed.
A track official says Santa Anita is canceling racing indefinitely to re-examine the dirt surface after the deaths of 21 horses in the last two months. Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, tells The Associated Press that officials feel confident in the track surface but want to be “very proactive” and do all the testing that needs to be done. He says two major races won’t be held this weekend.
Justify vaulted into the role of probable Kentucky Derby favorite with a three-length victory over Bolt d’Oro in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby. The colt has won his three career starts by a combined 19 lengths.
Evin Roman shared the riding title at Santa Anita’s winter-spring meet, becoming the second apprentice ever to do so and the first since 1949.
It’s almost like old times for John Shirreffs and Jerry Moss. The trainer and the Rock `n Roll Hall of Fame member are headed back to the Kentucky Derby together. This time, they’ve got two contenders.
Ann Arbor Eddie wore down 9-5 favorite California Diamond to win the $250,000 California Cup Derby by a half-length Saturday at Santa Anita. Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Ann Arbor Eddie ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.65 and paid $7.20, $3.20 and $2.80 as the 5-2 third choice.