CHRB, Stronach Group Agree to Enhanced Safety Review at Santa Anita

A five-member team of independent CHRB veterinarians and stewards will provide additional review of horses’ medical, training, and racing history and will have authority to scratch horses that do not appear fit to run.
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A five-member team of independent CHRB veterinarians and stewards will provide additional review of horses’ medical, training, and racing history and will have authority to scratch horses that do not appear fit to run. | Photo: Courtesy Breeders Cup/Scott Serio/Eclipse Sportswire

Effective immediately, in response to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s direction, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), working closely with The Stronach Group, owner of Santa Anita Park, will implement enhanced safety measures and reviews to further protect horses at the track, the groups announced June 12.

Since the Arcadia, California, track’s current race meet opened on Dec. 26, 2018, 29 horses have died or been euthanized due to injuries sustained during racing or training.

Led by CHRB Equine Medical Director Rick Arthur, DVM, and Chief Steward Darrel McHargue, a five-member team will provide additional review of horses’ medical, training, and racing history. This team consists of independent CHRB veterinarians and stewards who hold authority to scratch horses that do not appear fit to run

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