Remember when Governor Newsom was all for closing down Santa Anita? Newsom has backtracked quite a bit, but nothing like he is doing now. Let us not trick ourselves into believing it’s all about racetrack personnel. Where was his concern then?
In an article dated March 20, 2020, entitled “Governor’s office says Santa Anita can continue racing during coronavirus pandemic,” Art Wilson, reporting for The San Gabriel Tribune writes:
Santa Anita was able to carry on with the winter portion of its winter/spring meet Friday after receiving the OK to race from Gov. Newsom’s office.
Newsom issued a stay at home order to Californians on Thursday “until further notice.” Residents are not allowed to leave home except for essential purposes like groceries, prescriptions and health care as well as commuting to jobs deemed essential.
Late Thursday, Santa Anita officials said in a press release they were in touch with Newsom’s office for clarity and expected to hear back Friday morning.
“Having consulted with our governmental and industry partners, horses at Santa Anita and Golden Gate are continuing to exercise and race,” Santa Anita said in a statement issued early Friday afternoon. “Racehorses are living, breathing animals that require constant supervision and care – from feeding to exercise, to veterinary care.”
Yes, racehorses “require constant supervision and care — from feeding to exercise, to veterinary care” but they do not need to race. What a farce. It is all about money, especially gambling revenues. Who are they trying to kid? This kind of deceitful posturing is why millions no longer trust horse racing and are walking away from it in droves. It is not doing the Governor Newsom’s reputation any good either.
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