- CHRB Statement Concerning Santa Anita Park
As safety is a primary concern of the California Horse Racing Board, the CHRB supports Santa Anita’s decision.
The CHRB grants a racing association a license to conduct a race meet, so the decision to train or race during that meet rests with the racing association (in this case Santa Anita) unless the Board follows statutorily required procedures for placing any additional conditions on a license. The Board has been in contact with Santa Anita on an ongoing basis as they have tried to deal with this situation. The Board is now examining other options to prevent additional fatalities. Chairman Chuck Winner has asked that the matter be placed on the agenda for the Board’s March 21 meeting.
The California Horse Racing Board conducts an investigation for any horse that dies within a CHRB-licensed facility, as will be the case with the fatality this morning (March 5). This includes a necropsy and can take several months. The results are thoroughly reviewed and can involve interviews with the trainer and attending veterinarian. The Official Veterinarian and Safety Steward have been heavily involved in this process from the beginning. Chairman Winner, Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach, and senior CHRB staff also have been fully engaged since the onset.