Racehorse collapses, dies after 4th-place finish at Los Alamitos

HEY SOCAL | by City News Service Inc. Another horse has died [was killed] in a racing accident at Los Alamitos Race Course, State horse racing officials have confirmed. Smokin Hot Fire was a 2-year-old gelding with five career races [emphasis added] and collapsed after crossing the finish line in fourth place at the end of… Continue reading Racehorse collapses, dies after 4th-place finish at Los Alamitos

Colt dies as racehorse fatalities mount up at Los Alamitos

Racehorses out on the track at dawn, Los Alamitos. Associated Press image.

CBS News reports the following on July 26, 2022: Another horse has died in a training accident at Los Alamitos, state horse racing officials announced. Rapacious, who died Tuesday, July 26, 2022, was an unraced 2-year-old colt trained by Bob Baffert, according to the California Horse Racing Board. Rapacious is the tenth racehorse to die… Continue reading Colt dies as racehorse fatalities mount up at Los Alamitos

Filly Shesgotattitude dead at two

Researchers say over time horse side toes may have been lost to help them move faster and more efficiently. Photograph: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images.

Fox News San Diego reports that a 2-year-old filly who had been flown in from Kentucky to run in the Sorrento Stakes died at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club after flipping over backward while walking from the stable area to the receiving barn before the race. This was confirmed by state horse racing officials on… Continue reading Filly Shesgotattitude dead at two

Officials worked secretly to clear Bob Baffert’s Justify during his 2018 Triple Crown run, records show

By Gus Garcia-Roberts | Washington Post | Los Angeles | June 29, 2021 | 5:04 p.m. EDT In 2018, as star trainer Bob Baffert led his thoroughbred Justify to the Triple Crown, California regulators embarked on a secret effort to exonerate Baffert after the horse’s positive test for a banned substance, according to confidential records obtained… Continue reading Officials worked secretly to clear Bob Baffert’s Justify during his 2018 Triple Crown run, records show

California Horse Racing Board will not suspend Baffert’s license without due process

PAULICK REPORT PRESS RELEASE | 5/24/21 — The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) is aware of the situation surrounding Bob Baffert and the alleged positive relative to the Kentucky Derby. Racetracks in Kentucky and New York have temporarily precluded Mr. Baffert from entering horses and/or using stalls. To date, the regulatory bodies in those two… Continue reading California Horse Racing Board will not suspend Baffert’s license without due process

Flashback: Baffert and bagels and poppies and drugs tests

Growing wild One of our researchers came across this story on Bob Baffert from 20 years ago — almost to the day — and look, oh look, what he was up to. It comes from the New York Post, dated June 20, 2001. Ed Fountaine writes: Trainer Bob Baffert, who is appealing the 60-day suspension… Continue reading Flashback: Baffert and bagels and poppies and drugs tests

Governor signs horse racing safety bills in California

Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify. Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images.

VIA THOROUGHBRED DAILY NEWS | Sept. 29, 2020 Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa Tuesday to improve horse racing safety across California and build on reforms adopted last year. Additionally, the governor signed a second horse racing bill, co-authored by Sen. Dodd and Assembly member Adam Gray, D-Merced, incorporating recommendations… Continue reading Governor signs horse racing safety bills in California

Horse racing returns to the killing fields of Santa Anita

Santa Anita Racecourse entrance. Photographer not cited.

Horse racing returns to the killing fields of Santa Anita for its Autumn race meet, reports local station CBS Ch. 2 Los Angeles. The article states: “Santa Anita suffered several racing horse deaths in recent years, but the acting director said changes made in California may become the standard nationwide”. The acting director they refer… Continue reading Horse racing returns to the killing fields of Santa Anita

Racing board seeks DQ of Justify in Santa Anita Derby

Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify. Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images.

YAHOO! SPORTS reports: LOS ANGELES — The California Horse Racing Board has voted to proceed with a complaint seeking the disqualification of Justify from his victory in the 2018 Santa Anita Derby based on laboratory findings that show his post-race sample tested positive for scopolamine. The racing board won’t file a complaint against Hall of… Continue reading Racing board seeks DQ of Justify in Santa Anita Derby

CHRB agree to investigate Justify scopolamine issue to settle lawsuit

Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify. Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images.

Mick Ruis announced on July 24, 2020, that he has reached an agreement in principle with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) regarding a settlement of pending litigation in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The preliminary agreement is intended to resolve claims against the CHRB for failure to hold a purse disqualification hearing related to… Continue reading CHRB agree to investigate Justify scopolamine issue to settle lawsuit