Santa Anita News and Notes Oct 29

• As if the Winter/Spring meet wasn’t bad enough, the Fall meet at Santa Anita limps into their final week starting this Thursday. For the most part, the meet has been plagued by short fields and a quality of racing that is more like a “B” track rather than an “A” one. Then to add insult to injury, two more horses had to be euthanized over this past weekend bringing the total to 36 since Santa Anita started way back in December of 2018. G Q Covergirl, a $40,000 claimer for Doug O’Neill, had to be put down Saturday morning from a training accident, and then Bye Bye Beautiful, a two year old maiden for Eric Kruljac, was pulled up in Sunday’s race 3, and suffered from a condylar fracture of her right front leg and could not be saved. All of this with the World Series of horse racing

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Santa Anita News and Notes October 20

• Four weeks are in the books of the six week fall meet, but the Great Race Place doesn’t seem like a great race place this past week. The most races the track could muster over the weekend was eight for both Saturday and Sunday and even then, the fields looked more like Grants Pass up in Oregon than a major league racing oval. And just when the track seemed really safe and all the fatalities were behind us, a three year old gelding named Satchel Paige went down on the far turn Saturday and had to be euthanized from an open fracture to his left front ankle. Of course the track and the Stronach Group said they will do a full necropsy report at U.C. Davis and all constituents, including the public, will be advised of their findings. Trust me, thats the last the public will hear about Satchel

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Santa Anita News and Notes October 15

• They are halfway through the fall meet at Santa Anita Park and the main track continues to play fair for the most part. Early speed does dominate on some days, but with the small fields most of those winners are short prices to begin with. The track continues to play on the “slow” side in order to keep the surface as safe as possible for the players. The turf course is fast and firm but also playing fair. Speed horses due have an edge when the rails are out 30 feet and that was not the case at Del Mar. There were no incidents to report this past week and no fatalities. Racing resumes this Friday with just a three day week as they raced five days last week. There are two single ticket c/o going into Friday’s 8 race card, i.e. the pick six at $190,725, and the

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Santa Anita News and Notes October 9th

• Santa Anita Park completed week two of their six week fall meet under clear skies and warm temps this past Sunday. The main track continues to play fair with a slight edge to early speed. The surface is still on the deep and tiring side but overall is a very safe racing surface. The brilliant sophomore colt Omaha Beach did make a dull racing surface look fast on Saturday, when he sizzled six furlongs in 1:08.79 to take down the Santa Anita Sprint Championship over another very quick sprinter, Shancealot. The turf course continues to play fair as well with a slight edge to off the pace runners. The surface is hard and firm and the times are very fast. Racing resumes on Thursday, this time with a five day race week as there will be Monday racing on Columbus Day. The single ticket jackpot of the 20 cent

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Santa Anita News and Notes October 1

• The Great Race Place got underway on Friday for their six week fall meet, but it didn’t come off without a miscue, as a three year old colt broke down in mid stretch on Saturday for fatality #32 for the year. Unfortunately it happened right in front of the grandstand where the 12,000 attendees could witness it all. The colt was named Emtech, it was during the running of a $40,000 claiming race, and Steve Knapp was the trainer. Emtech entered into the race in good form and was in the process of climbing the claiming ranks, as Knapp had claimed him for $25,000 down at Del Mar on August 8th. The great record that Del Mar had, 7 weeks of racing without an afternoon mishap, seems light years ago now that this is the third in the month of September, with Los Alamitos having two fatalities earlier in

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Santa Anita News and Notes September 19

• Santa Anita Park, which originally opened its doors on Christmas Day in 1934, kicks off its 23-day Autumn meet a week from Friday, Sept. 27. The track has invested more than $5 million for new suites in both the club house and the turf club, plus they installed a new state of the art LED infield video board to dramatically improve brightness and clarity. Santa Anita will host the world championship Breeders’ Cup for two days on November 1st and 2nd for the 10th time since the races have been introduced. Frank Mirahmadi, the voice of Monmouth Park, will return to call the races. The track will run a number of Breeders’ Cup prep races starting on Friday with a Grade 2 plus two Grade 1’s. • Stormy Liberal, who was voted champion turf horse in the country for 2018, will be in the lineup for the Eddie D.

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Del Mar News and Notes for September 3 2019

• The Del Mar race track was rated the safest race track in the country for the year 2018. They didn’t do anything to tarnish that reputation in 2019 as they finished their 7 week summer season without a single fatality from afternoon racing. Yes, they did have 4 fatalities from training in the morning, but only two of them resulted from injury and both were unraced maidens. The other two were a freakish incident resulting from a head on collision. However, it’s totally unfair to compare Del Mar with Santa Anita, the main thing being that it doesn’t rain in California during their race meets. And secondly, Santa Anita conducts three times as many races as Del Mar. I’m sure Santa Anita will be much safer in 2020 than they were this year. There are policies put in place to remove unsound horses before they ever reach the gate,

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Del Mar News and Notes Aug. 20

• Both the main track and the turf course continue to play fair at Del Mar Race Course with six of the seven weeks of summer racing now in the books. There have been no racing fatalities in the afternoons now for six straight weeks here and nine weeks overall including Los Alamitos. The PETA people are getting tired of carrying around those signs with no action from the race track. However, not everything at Del Mar is as “cool as ever”. Both on track attendance and overall handle are down 14% this year vs. last year, and there are about 650 horses less in training in Southern California vs. last year. In spite of those numbers, the racing office has done an excellent job of maintaining a five day schedule per week and for the most part the cards have been fairly full and with good quality racing. This

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Del Mar News and Notes August 20, 2019

• The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has now conducted five consecutive weeks of racing without any catastrophic injuries during the live racing, and combining that with the 3 consecutive weeks at Los Alamitos, goes to show that the industry within the state has taken the right steps to curtail the string of fatalities that Santa Anita had experienced this past winter. Yes, they have still had 4 fatalities that have occurred during training in the morning, with two of them being on the “freakish” side from a head on collision, but all in all it has certainly been a step in the right direction. The latest training incident in the mornings was a pelvic injury by a 3 year old filly, who was unraced and trained by Jim Cassidy. This is the same trainer that threw Jerry Hollendorfer under the bus for not being a team player and having too

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Del Mar Horse Racing News and Notes August 13, 2019

• Four weeks are in the books for the Del Mar racing season and no on track fatalities have been recorded other than the two in training ones that were discussed last week. That’s 7 straight weeks of racing including Los Alamitos without an incident. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that trend continues. The Del Mar main track surface continues to play fair day after day with an equal amount of winners coming from on the pace as well as from off the pace. The turf course trends to the off the pace bias to a slight degree, but many front runners keep right on going when left alone on the lead. The single ticket jackpot of the pick six has been hit three times at this meet already, when it was never hit once during the long Santa Anita Winter/Spring season. The difference of course is a 20 cent

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