“No illegal medications or procedures were uncovered, mirroring an independent report of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which found no criminal wrongdoing”.
What? These people are (fill in the blank) unbelievable. Read on (if you have the stomach for it).
The California Horse Racing Board has issued its report on the 23 fatalities that occurred during the Santa Anita race meet between Dec. 26, 2018 and March 31, 2019. The report was compiled by veterinarians and scientists, CHRB investigators, safety stewards and CHRB staff.
The report examined in depth each of the fatalities, published key findings and recommendations in various areas, including track maintenance; management of the racing office; training practices; private veterinary practitioners and practices; horse safety and welfare; regulatory veterinary procedures and practices; and at the CHRB level.
No illegal medications or procedures were uncovered, mirroring an independent report of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which found no criminal wrongdoing.
The report found that 21 of the 22 catastrophic musculoskeletal injuries examined in post-mortem necropsies were in horses showing evidence of pre-existing pathology “presumed to be associated with high exercise intensity, which predisposed these horses to catastrophic injury.”
California horse racing has to go. The Governor et al have left the building. But we haven’t. Bring on the Referendum. Or better yet — the Feds. That way these cheating, abusive criminals won’t simply walk away; they will go to jail. They are so arrogant they obviously feel they are somehow immune, and can’t be “taken down”.*
Featured Image: Mongolian Groom. We Remember You.
* UPDATE: We see in a Blood-Horse article that, “The Stronach Group, which operates Gulfstream Park West and the Palm Meadows Training Center, said it complied fully with search warrants that were executed by federal authorities Monday morning at those facilities”. Doesn’t matter. This is only the beginning.
We HATE HATE HATE that Maximum Security (above) has gone to Bob Baffert’s barn. This horse cannot catch a break.
• The Sting that is so stinging to U.S. horse racing, Tuesday’s Horse, 11 March 2020.
• NYT: More than 2 dozen charged in horse racing doping scheme, Tuesday’s Horse, 9 March 2020.