The Stronach Group, the owner of Santa Anita Park, has issued a statement promising sweeping changes to California racing after a 22nd horse broke down on the main track this morning. There have been no further statements issued about the surface of the track itself.
“The Give Back to Go Scholarship may just have launched a movement — of paying it forward, looking outside of one’s own experience and raising awareness of off-track Thoroughbreds in new and creative ways.”
There were just too many awesome things happening this week for us to choose ONE Performance of the Week… so today, we’re honoring TWO! First up: Chester Weber, winning his 16th Live Oak International.
“These are the places where we got our show legs, where we learned to memorize a pattern, or realized that we were really bad at doing so. These saddle clubs taught us about the types of riders we wanted to become.”
“The PAST Act is a threat to the law breakers and the cheaters.” Marty Irby, Executive Director of Animal Wellness Action, writes this editorial for Horse Nation to rally readers to effect political change that could end the practice of soring.
March 8 is designated annually as a day to recognize the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. We’re taking a moment to spotlight female equestrians at all levels and niches of our industry.
“What are the facts? Why would you not take a chance on a horse that has proven he can win, already broke and riding, and has the look… not to mention his $50,000 sale price as a two-year-old. Someone obviously saw some promise in this horse at some point!”
Since the Santa Anita meet opened on December 26, 21 horses have died while training or racing on the main and turf tracks. After another fatality on March 5, the track announced it would be closed indefinitely for evaluation.
Combining the best parts of March Madness — so, you know, the bracket — with the 16 most popular Thoroughbred sires of sport horses, the Retired Racehorse Project has rolled out “Sire Madness” for another year.