The Stronach Group letter announces changes to medication and whip-use rules at Santa Anita and Gulfstream parks. It comes after an unprecedented number of horses died from training or race-related injuries at Santa Anita during the current meet.
Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, has experienced an unprecedented number of racehorse fatalities since the current meet opened on Dec. 26, 2018. Most of deaths have been related to musculoskeletal injuries, or “breakdowns.” After the 21st horse death of the meet occurred on March 5, 2019, Santa Anita announced the track would suspend racing and training indefinitely while engineers performed additional testing on the track surface to ensure horse and rider safety. The main track reopened for limited training on March 11. Three days later during a training session, a 3-year-old filly named Princess Lili B became the 22nd casualty after sustaining fractures in both front legs. Following the latest death, Santa Anita’s owners, The Stronach Group, released the following public statement on March 14:
An Open Letter about the Future of Thoroughbred Racing in California
What has happened at Santa Anita over the last few weeks is beyond heartbreaking. It is unacceptable to the public and, as people who deeply love horses, to everyone at The Stronach Group and Santa Anita.
The sport of horse racing is the last great sporting legacy platform to be modernized. If we expect our sport to grow for future generations, we must raise our standards.
Today, I’m announcing The Stronach Group will take the unprecedented step of declaring a zero tolerance for race day medication at Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields. These Thoroughbred racetracks will be the first in North America to follow the strict International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) standards.
We have arrived at a watershed moment. The Stronach Group has long been a strong advocate for the abolishment of race-day medication, but we will wait no longer for the industry to come together as one to institute these changes. Nor will we wait for the legislation required to undertake this paradigm shift. We are taking a stand and fully recognize just how disruptive this might be.
This mandate encompasses a complete revision of the current medication policy to improve the safety of our equine and human athletes and to raise the integrity of our sport.
These revisions comprise best practices currently employed at racetracks around the world:
- Banning the use of Lasix.
- Increasing the ban on legal therapeutic NSAIDS, joint injections, shockwave therapy, and anabolic steroids.
- Complete transparency of all veterinary records.
- Significantly increasing out-of-competition testing.
- Increasing the time required for horses to be on-site prior to a race.
- A substantial investment by The Stronach Group in diagnostic equipment to aid in the early detection of pre-existing conditions.
- Horses in training are only allowed therapeutic medication with a qualified veterinary diagnosis.
Additionally, it is time to address the growing concern about use of the riding crop. A cushion crop should only be used as a corrective safety measure. While we firmly believe our jockeys have not purposely been mistreating their mounts, it is time to make this change.
These modernizations are in addition to the previously announced commitment to the continued engagement of outside experts to regularly review our dirt, turf and synthetic courses for consistency, composition and compaction to create the safest racing surfaces in the world.
We will be continuing our daily conversations with industry stakeholders to further define these transformative guidelines. But make no mistake: these changes will be implemented. The time to discuss “why” these advancements must take place is over. The only thing left to discuss is “how.”
There are some who will take a stand and tell us that it cannot be done. To them we say “the health and welfare of the horses will always come first.” We also say ‘”not only can it be done, it is what we are doing.” Racing at Santa Anita and Golden Gate is a privilege, it is not a right.
Ultimately, we recognize the owners and trainers of these horses have the final responsibility to assess their fitness for racing and training. Our goal is to make every resource available to aid them in that determination. We are all in this together to make the horse the first priority.
Our COO, Tim Ritvo, has been a horseman for almost four decades. As he said, “The time has come for this industry to evolve. It must do so for the sake of the horses and the people who depend on this sport for their livelihoods. Moving to international standards will help to set the right foundation for racing and fairness. We love the sport of horse racing and want it to succeed today, tomorrow and long into the future.”
We’ve spoken with the California Horse Racing Board and they will be holding a meeting on March 21 at which the situation at Santa Anita Park will be addressed. In the interim, Chairman Chuck Winner told us he personally appreciates the initiatives that The Stronach Group announced today. The Chairman said, “The safety of horses and riders has been, is, and will be the primary concern of the CHRB. The CHRB has been working with The Stronach Group and the various stakeholders to achieve a common objective, which is the best possible conditions for the health and safety of our equine competitors.”
Organizations who advocate for animal welfare have also affirmed their support for these measures. Kathy Guillermo, Senior Vice President for PETA said, “PETA thanks Santa Anita for standing up to all those who have used any means to force injured or unfit horses to run. This is a historic moment for racing and PETA urges every track to recognize that the future is now and to follow suit. This groundbreaking plan will not bring back the 22 horses who have died recently, but it will prevent the deaths of many more and will set a new standard for racing that means less suffering for Thoroughbreds.”
These initiatives are a seismic shift in how the sport has been conducted for centuries. We are pleased that Stuart S. Janney III, Chairman of The Jockey Club, which has long supported the Horseracing Integrity Act, said, “We applaud The Stronach Group for its announcement today to effect sweeping changes at Santa Anita, which would bring them on par with the strict standards seen in major international racing jurisdictions.”
Joe Harper, CEO of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club said, “Del Mar has and will continue to support discussions and implementation of measures that enhance the safety and welfare of our athletes. We are committed to working with Santa Anita, The Stronach Group and other industry stakeholders to continue to improve.”
We recognize this will impact our field size as horses and horsemen adjust to this new standard. There will be horses that will not be able to race because they have required medication to do so. For those horses, we are prepared to dedicate the capital required to rehabilitate, retrain, rehome and provide aftercare for them. They deserve nothing less.
We are taking a step forward and saying, quite emphatically, that the current system is broken. While the cause of the injuries on the racetrack might be varied, they have one thing in common: the industry has yet to do everything that can be done to prevent them. That changes today.
First and foremost, we must do right by the horse. When we do right by the horse, everything – everything – will follow.
Chairman and President
The Stronach Group
HASTINGS TRAINING HOURS CHANGE ON MONDAY, MARCH 25TH.
Hastings General Manager, Darren MacDonald passes along that the training hours will change is coming Monday, The track will open for training at 7:00am.
The Hastings Clockers have been kept very busy the last week as training picks up as we draw closer to opening day. With the track currently open 7 days per week we have noticed the daily as posted here in the Derby Newsletter are more evenly spread out over the week.
HASTINGS 2019 PURSE SCHEDULE
|Marathon Series||Purse||BC Bred|
|Marathon #1||$6250 Opt/c||$15,000||$15,000|
|Claiming C& G/ Opt/$50,000||ALW||$28,000||$28,000|
|Alw/NW 2/ 3 (3 & 4 yr olds)||ALW||$20,000||$20,000|
|Alw/NW 2/ 3 ( 3 & 4 ) Fillies||ALW||$20,000||$20,000|
|Alw/NW 2 ( 3 yr olds)||ALW||$20,000||$20,000|
|Alw/NW 2 ( 3 yr olds) Fillies||ALW||$20,000||$20,000|
|CATEGORY||Claim $||Purse||BC Bred|
|Claiming C& G||$35,000||$24,000||$24,000|
|Claiming C& G||$25,000||$20,000||$20,000|
|Claiming NW2/BC3 C&G||$16,000||$13,000||$16,250|
|Claiming NW2/BC3 F&M||$16,000||$13,000||$16,250|
|Claiming NW2/BC3 C&G||$8,000||$11,500||$14,375|
|Claiming NW2/BC3 F&M||$8,000||$11,500||$14,375|
|Claiming NW/2019/NW2/NW3NW/4 C &G||$4,000||$11,000||$13,750|
|Claiming NW/2019/NW2/NW3/NW4 F&M||$4,000||$11,000||$13,750|
|Claiming Non 1-2-3||$4,000||$10,000||$12,500|
|Claiming Non 1-2-3||$4,000||$10,000||$12,500|
|Maiden Races Only||ALW||Purse||BC Bred|
|MDN – C&G||MSW||$25,000||$25,000|
|MDN – 2 yr C&G||MSW||$25,000||$25,000|
|MDN- 2 yr F&M||MSW||$25,000||$25,000|
|Mdn 2 yr 3 1/2 * to July 31||MSW||$25,000||$25,000|
|Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 * After Aug 1||MSW||$20,000||$20,000|
|Mdn $75,000 F & M||$75,000||$22,000||$22,000|
|MDN 2 yr C&G $75000||$75,000||$22,000||$22,000|
|MDN 2 yr F&M $75000||$75,000||$22,000||$22,000|
|MDN 2 yr olds 3/12 * $75000||$75,000||$22,000||$22,000|
|MDN $50,000 F & M||$50,000||$20,000||$20,000|
|MDN 2 yr C&G $50000||$50,000||$20,000||$20,000|
|MDN 2 yr F&M $50000||$50,000||$20,000||$20,000|
|MDN 2 yr olds 3/12 * $50000||$50,000||$16,000||$16,000|
|Maiden Races Only||Claim $||Purse||BC Bred|
|MDN C & G||$25,000||$16,000||$20,000|
|Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 * (C&G)||$25,000||$13,000||$16,250|
|Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 *||$25,000||$13,000||$16,250|
|MDN C & G||$16,000||$14,000||$17,500|
|Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 *||$16,000||$13,000||$16,250|
|Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 * Fillies||$16,000||$13,000||$16,250|
|Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 *||$12,500||$11,500||$14,375|
|Mdn 2 yr olds 3/12 *||$8,000||$11,000||$13,750|
Emerald Downs and Hastings Racecourse
Announce $100,000 in Stakes Bonuses
Emerald Downs and Hastings Racecourse, in Vancouver, B.C are pleased to announce enhanced bonuses for horses competing in the track’s major stakes races of 2019.
The $100,000 enhanced bonus program includes signature events for Three Year Olds and Older horses and will be paid in Canadian Funds.
¨ A $25,000 Bonus To a Three-year-old Filly winning the $50,000 Washington Oaks August 11, 2019 and $100,000 The B.C. Oaks on September 7, 2019.
¨ A $25,000 Bonus To a Three-year-old winning the $50,000 Muckleshoot Derby August 11, 2019 and $250,000 The B.C. Derby (Gr. 3 C) September 7, 2019.
¨ A $25,000 Bonus for any Filly or Mare winning the $50,000 Emerald Distaff on August 11, 2019 and $100,000 The Ballerina (Gr. 3 C) on September 28, 2019.
¨ A $25,000 Bonus for any horse sweeping the $200,000 Longacres Mile, (Gr. III on August 11, 2019 and the $100,000 BC Premiers (Gr. 3 C) on Septemer 29, 2019.
Live Race Day Promotions
July 7 – Wiener Dog & Wannabe races (Registration opens April 24)
August 4 – Corgi Races (Registration opens May 22)
Promotions & Big Days
April 20 – Opening Day (14 Carat Jewelry drawings) / Buffet
April 27-28 – Teacher Appreciation Weekend
May 4 – Kentucky Derby Day (Hat contest) / Buffet
May 5 – Cinco de Mayo celebration
May 10 – Fab Friday (T-shirt giveaway, wear back on any Fab Friday for free admission)
May 11 – Mother’s Day Saturday / Buffet
May 12 – Mother’s Day / Buffet
May 18 – Preakness Stakes / Preakness Pancakes
May 19 – Exotic racing (Camels, Ostriches & Zebras)
May 26 – Armed Forces Day / Outdoors drawings
May 27 – Memorial Day
June 1 – First Responders Day
June 2 – Handicapping contest / Hawk Fest (In the Park)
June 9 – Bulldog & Beagle races
June 14-16 – Indian Relay races
June 16 – Father’s Day (Cap giveaway) / Buffet
June 22-23 – Food Truck Fest
July 3 – Fireworks Spectacular
July 6 – Ladies Night/Chocolate Festival
July 7 – Wiener Dog & Wannabe races
July 13 – British Night
July 14 – Irish Day
July 21 – Premio Esmeralda
July 27 – Pride Night
August 4 – Corgi Races
August 10 – Washington Racing Festival / Run the Mile
August 11 – Championship Sunday (Longacres Mile, Muckleshoot Derby, Emerald Distaff & Washington Oaks)
August 25 – Handicapping contest
August 31 – End of Summer Party in the Park
September 1 – Italian Day
September 8 – Beer Fest
September 22 – Closing Day
Family Fun Days
(Fun activities in the Park 1- 5 PM; kids race on the racetrack)
May 25-27 (Memorial Day Weekend)
Join us every Friday for live music outside by the Winner’s Circle, drink specials and the $1,000 horseshoe toss.
April 20 – Jimmy Vegas Band
May 17 – Folsm Prism
May 24 – Stonesy
May 31 – Elton John/Billy Joel tributes
June 7 – Maile May
June 21 – Stay Grounded
June 28 – Jealous Dogs (Pretenders tribute)
July 5 – Fabulous Murphtones
July 19 – Kaite Wade
August 2 – Kellee Bradley Band
August 9 – Unloaded
August 16 – Triple Treat Band
August 23 – Dakota Poorman
August 30 – Kim Archer Band
September 13 – Mighty Dreadful Stringband
September 20 – The North of 50 Band
|4-May||SWIFT THOROUGHBRED INAUGURAL||3+||6.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|4-May||BRIGHOUSE BELLES||3+ F&M||6.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|4-May||JIM COLEMAN PROVINCE||3||6.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|4-May||ROSS MCLEOD||3F||6.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|12-May||SEATTLE STAKES||3 F||6F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|19-May||AUBURN STAKES||3 C& G||6F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|25-May||VANCOUVER SUN||3+ F&M||6.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|26-May||GEORGE ROYAL||3+||6.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|27-May||HASTINGS STAKE||3+ F&M||6F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|1-Jun||EMERALD DOWNS||3F||6.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|2-Jun||RIVER ROCK CASINO||3||6.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|2-Jun||GOVERNORS STAKES||3+||6F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|9-Jun||KENT STAKES||$ 50,000||EMD|
|15-Jun||STRAWBERRY MORN||3+ F&M||8.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|16-Jun||JOHN LONGDEN 6000||3+||8.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|23-Jun||WA STATE LEGISLATORS STAKES||3+ F&M||6.5F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|30-Jun||CHRIS LOSETH||3||8.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|30-Jun||BUDWEISER STAKES||3+||6.5F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|13-Jul||MONASHEE||3+ F&M||8.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|14-Jul||LT. GOVENORS||3+||8.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|14-Jul||SPAGHETTI MOUSE||2||6F||$ 50,000||HST|
|14-Jul||IRISH DAY STAKES||3 F||8.5F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|21-Jul||MT RAINIER STAKES||3+||6.5F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|21-Jul||BOEING STAKES||3+ F&M||8.5F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|21-Jul||ANGIE C STAKES||2F||5.5F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|21-Jul||KING COUNTY STAKES||2 C& G||5.5F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|5-Aug||DERBY BAR & GRILL BC CUP CLASSIC||3+||9F||$ 50,000||HST|
|5-Aug||DERBY BAR & GRILL BC CUP DISTAFF||3+ F&M||8.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|5-Aug||BC CUP NURSERY||2||6.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|5-Aug||BC CUP DEBUTANTE||2F||6.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|5-Aug||BC CUP SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL||3||8.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|5-Aug||BC CUP HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB||3F||8.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|5-Aug||BC CUP MARATHON||3+||11F||$ 20,000||HST|
|11-Aug||WASHINGTON OAKS||3F||9F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|11-Aug||MUCKLESHOOT DERBY||3||9F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|11-Aug||EMERALD DISTAFF||3+ F&M||9F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|11-Aug||LONGACRES MILE G3||3+||8F||$ 200,000||EMD|
|18-Aug||BARBARA SHINPOCH STAKES||2F||6F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|18-Aug||WTBOA ;LADS STAKES||2 C& G||6F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|23-Aug||CTHS SALES STAKE||3+ 4||8.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|23-Aug||CTHS SALES STAKE||3+ 4 F||8.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|25-Aug||BANK OF AMERICA CHALLENGE||3+||440Y||$ 35,000||EMD|
|30-Aug||CTHS SALES STAKE||2 C&G||6.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|30-Aug||CTHS SALES STAKE||2f||6.5F||$ 50,000||HST|
|1-Sep||WA CUP SOPHOMORE FILLIES STAKES||3F||8F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|1-Sep||WA CUP SOPHOMORE C& G STAKES||3 C&G||8F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|7-Sep||BC DERBY G3||3||9F||$ 250,000||HST|
|7-Sep||BC OAKS||3F||9F||$ 100,000||HST|
|7-Sep||S.W. RANDALL PLATE||3+||9F||$ 50,000||HST|
|7-Sep||DELTA COLLEEN||3+ F&M||9F||$ 50,000||HST|
|8-Sep||WA CUP JUVENILE FILLY STAKES||2F||6.5F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|8-Sep||WA CUP JUVENILE C&G STAKES||2 C&G||6.5F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|15-Sep||MUCKLESHOOT TRIBAL CLASSIC||3+||8.5F||$ 50,000||EMD|
|21-Sep||SADIE DIAMOND FUTURITY||2F||6.5F||$ 100,000||HST|
|22-Sep||JACK DIAMOND FUTURITY||2 C&G||6.5F||$ 100,000||HST|
|22-Sep||GOTTSTEIN FUTURITY||2||8.5||$ 100,000||EMD|
|28-Sep||BALLERINA||3+ F&M||9F||$ 100,000||HST|
|29-Sep||BC PREMIERS||3+||11F||$ 100,000||HST|
|14-Oct||ASCOT||2 C& G||8.5F||$ 75,000||HST|
|20-Oct||THE AUTUMN LEAVES||3+ F&M||8.5F||$ 30,000||HST|
|20-Oct||THE LIONS GATE||3+||8.5F||$ 30,000||HST|
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|James R. Brown|
|March 24 – Turf Paradise|
|Maggie’s Guy||Race 7||Starter Optional Claiming $5,000|
|March 25 – Turf Paradise|
|Fire the Trainer||Race 7||Starter Optional Claiming $7,500|
|Parking Permit||Race 8||Allowance|
|March 19 – Turf Paradise|
|March 20 – Turf Paradise|
|March 25 – Turf Paradise|
|Addysgoingmobile||Race 3||Claiming $3,500|
|Lesedi||Race 5||Maiden Optional Claiming $30,000|
|March 24 – Turf Paradise|
|Princess O’Prado||Race 4||Claiming $6,250|
|March 25 – Turf Paradise|
|Harnersbach||Race 7||Starter Optional Claiming $7,500|