Acting upon the recommendation of the Chief Commission Veterinarian of the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission, Delaware Park has cancelled the live racing card scheduled for Monday due to the excessive heat forecast for the region. The National Weather Service has predicted temperatures in the high 90s with a heat index of value approaching 110, reports Horse Racing Nation.
• Horse Racing Nation reports that Baffert’s attorney has provided a ‘fact sheet’ on Lidocaine, stating:
This fact sheet provides clarifying information about the 15-day suspension of Hall of Fame and Triple-Crown winning trainer Bob Baffert by the Arkansas Racing Commission and why it is being appealed that you can source for any stories you are planning. Interviews can be arranged with veterinarians, scientists, researchers, and horsemen to provide expert commentary.
• CBS Local News, Los Angeles reports that Del Mar Horse racing postponed after 15 jockeys tested positive for COVID-19.
The jockeys are currently in isolation and believe they may have come into contact with two jockeys that tested positive while riding at Los Alamitos in Orange County last week.
San Diego health officials are allowing racing to resume a week from Friday without spectators. Officials said contact tracing is currently underway.
Los Alamitos Race Course officials, in response to the California Horse Racing Board’s request for a plan to combat the Orange County track’s 29 deaths in 2020, issued a press release this week announcing the proposal sent to the CHRB that they hope will attack the problem.
The plan provides for enhancement of practices in six areas: Training, pre-race procedures, entry review panel, post-incident assessments, equine illness and recovery and rules and conditions.
The CHRB is scheduled to meet Monday [7/20] via teleconference to determine if the plan meets its approval or if Los Alamitos’ racing license will be suspended. Since the track was placed on 10-day probation July 10, two more horses died as a result of injuries.
In response to the suggestion of the California Horse Racing Board, the Los Alamitos Quarter Horse Racing Association has submitted to the Board an Equine and Rider Safety and Enhancement Plan.
Dr. Ed Allred, the owner and CEO of Los Alamitos Race Course, said that the plan is a further effort by Los Alamitos to provide for the enhanced improvement of the health and safety of each every horse and rider participating in racing and training at Los Alamitos.
The horse racing industry continues to put lives in jeopardy — horse and now human — while sitting around wasting precious time wringing their hands about what to do next. There is nothing new here. The same old rhetoric.
Rhetoric (def.) — Language designed to have a persuasive or impressive effect on its audience, but often regarded as lacking in sincerity or meaningful content.
Racing kills horses. Kill racing. Not horses.