PETA sides with Santa Anita on new horse racing safety rules

Sports / Horse Racing /

LOS ANGELES -- Santa Anita has found itself on the good side of the spotlight on Tuesday when a leading animal rights group called on the country to adopt safety reforms currently being implemented in California.

It comes two days after Santa Anita had its third horse death in nine days, which follows almost six weeks of racing and training ...Read more

Sen. Dianne Feinstein renews call for suspension of Santa Anita races

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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."

There...Read more

Another horse dies at Santa Anita; 26 thoroughbreds have died at the track since Dec. 26

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LOS ANGELES -- A third horse has died in nine days at Santa Anita when Kochees could not be saved by surgery on Sunday morning after sustaining an injury Saturday during the sixth race.

He was vanned off the course and a splint was applied. He stayed overnight in his stall in the hope of stabilizing his condition. Since the injury to his left ...Read more

Maryland and Florida not going along with new horse racing regulations in California

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LOS ANGELES -- As the most tumultuous meeting in Santa Anita's 85-year history creeps toward its close June 23, the one constant the past few months has been change, be it how trainers do their job, how horses do their work or how many days a week racing is real.

In the midst of an equine fatality crisis, Belinda Stronach, chief executive and ...Read more

Future of horse racing in California discussed at tension-filled meeting

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ARCADIA, Calif. -- The agenda of the May meeting of the California Horse Racing Board at Santa Anita was generally filled with routine procedural matters, leaving center stage to the heightened, and at times, hyperbolic rhetoric over what should be the future of horse racing in California.

The public comment part of Thursday's meeting lasted ...Read more

Another horse dies at Santa Anita, the 25th since Dec. 26

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LOS ANGELES -- After six weeks of safe racing and training, Santa Anita had its second horse death in four days when a first-time starter pulled up during a race Sunday and was euthanized Monday. It was the 25th equine death at the Arcadia track since Dec. 26.

Spectacular Music was running in a maiden claiming race restricted to California-...Read more

As he soaks up Preakness win, Mark Casse sees no reason for War of Will to step off Triple Crown trail

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It wasn't yet 6 a.m. when Mark Casse accepted a warm congratulatory handshake from six-time Preakness Stakes winner D. Wayne Lukas.

For most of his life, Casse had dreamed of the Triple Crown races that Lukas won with such regularity. Now, he was part of the club.

War of Will, the gifted colt who'd bounced back from an unimaginably messy ...Read more

Bodexpress throws jockey at Preakness starting gate, then luckily stays out of the way

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BALTIMORE -- After arriving at Pimlico Race Course on Wednesday in preparation for Saturday's 144th Preakness, trainer Gustavo Delgado chalked up a 13th-place finish for Bodexpress in the Kentucky Derby to bad luck.

"The race was very, very crazy," Delgado said about what transpired at Churchill Downs, when apparent winner Maximum Security ...Read more

Dread about Pimlico's future hangs over Preakness marked by closed seats, clogged toilets

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BALTIMORE -- The odd site of a riderless horse racing down the track may have distracted from several other missing elements at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday -- working bathrooms, Old Grandstand seats and a Kentucky Derby winner to hold out the promise of a Triple Crown champion.

No amount of beautiful dresses and gorgeous hats at the 144th ...Read more

War of Will wins 144th Preakness in an upset

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BALTIMORE -- A confounding Triple Crown season continued Saturday when Mark Casse-trained War of Will won the Preakness in an upset at Pimlico Race Course.

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert could not win his record eighth Preakness with morning-line favorite Improbable. Alwaysmining could not become the first Maryland-bred to capture the state's...Read more

Stronach COO Tim Ritvo says Pimlico negotiations with Maryland, Baltimore must continue despite impasse

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BALTIMORE -- The Stronach Group has no recourse but to continue negotiating with state and city officials as the company looks to determine the future of the Preakness at either Pimlico Race Course or Laurel Park, chief operating officer Tim Ritvo said at his annual Preakness-day news conference.

"We continue to try to work with the city and ...Read more

Filly Point of Honor wins 95th running of Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico

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BALTIMORE -- George Weaver saw jockey Javier Castellano win four of his first five races Friday at Pimlico Race Course and knew the pressure was on him and the filly he trained, Point of Honor, with Castellano up for the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes.

"Javier is one of the greatest riders in the country," Weaver said. "It was clear as I was watching ...Read more

Another horse fatality at Santa Anita; 24 thoroughbreds have died since Dec. 26

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Santa Anita's unprecedented run of six weeks without an equine fatality ended Friday morning when Commander Coil broke down during training with a shoulder injury and was subsequently euthanized.

The Southern California track's streak had reached about 7,000 timed workouts and race starts when Commander Coil suffered the fatal injury. The last ...Read more

Horse collapses and dies after race at Pimlico ahead of Preakness

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BALTIMORE -- As Santa Anita enters a seventh consecutive week without a catastrophic horse fatality, sister track Pimlico Race Course had an on-track death after the conclusion of a graded stakes race on Friday, the second-biggest day of the 12-day meeting.

Congrats Gal, running in the Grade 3 Miss Preakness Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, ...Read more

As it prepares for 144th Preakness, horse racing industry faces larger 'existential' crisis

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BALTIMORE -- For all the chaos and discord that erupted in the moments after the Kentucky Derby, the manic finishing stretch of the race could have produced a far worse result for a traumatized sport.

What if War of Will had fallen and suffered a fatal injury when Maximum Security cut in front of him as they turned for home? How would the ...Read more

Maximum Security owner offering $20 million to challenge Derby rivals to rematch

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The fallout from the Kentucky Derby controversy has added a new chapter: a proposed rematch with a hefty purse.

Gary West, owner of Maximum Security, is now offering up to $20 million to the owners of Country House, War of Will, Long Range Toddy and Bodexpress if their horses finish ahead of his the next time they face off in a race this year, ...Read more

Improbable is the Preakness favorite, but even trainer Bob Baffert says parity reigns

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BALTIMORE -- Bob Baffert does not mince words when discussing his latest Preakness favorite, Improbable.

This is not American Pharoah or Justify, the majestic champions Baffert brought to Baltimore on the way to Triple Crowns in 2015 and 2018.

"Improbable, he's a really good horse, but he's gotten beat in his last three outings," the Hall of ...Read more

Anothertwistafate has a shot at bringing Preakness glory to Bay Area

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BALTIMORE -- It seemed like an easy enough promotion for The Stronach Group. Win the El Camino Royal Derby at Golden Gate Fields and receive an all-expenses paid trip and entry into the Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown.

It's not as if the race hasn't been a launching point for some good horses, but just not this century. ...Read more

'It is very unfortunate': Stronach founder says company rejected his plan to 'rejuvenate' Pimlico years ago

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BALTIMORE -- The founder of the company that owns Pimlico Race Course says he is saddened by the breakdown in talks over the track's future and that all options -- including a complete rebuild -- should remain in play.

"It is very unfortunate," said Frank Stronach, the Canadian businessman whose daughter Belinda now serves as chairman and ...Read more

A disputed winner in a Triple Crown race? 39 years ago, it happened at the Preakness

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BALTIMORE -- The moment this year's Kentucky Derby results became official, Clinton Pitts Jr.'s phone rang. And rang. And rang. For two days, the onetime Maryland racing steward fielded calls from folks asking for Pitts' take on the first Derby in which the apparent winner was disqualified for a bump-and-run.

Why ask Pitts? Because 39 years ago...Read more


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