Santa Anita Park in southern California has postponed horse racing indefinitely, allowing experts to investigate the dirt surface after the death of 21 horses since Arcadia, California (USA) began. The winter meeting of the racetrack began on December 26th.
The unprecedented move was set to two major races scheduled for the weekend, including the San Felipe for the 3-year Kentucky Derby and the Santa Anita handicap for older horses.
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"Overall, we feel confident and very proactive," said Tim Ritvo, Chief Operating Officer of the Stronach Group, owned by Santa Anita Park. "We want to do all the tests that need to be done, and if we think we're in good shape, we'll train again."
While races are scheduled for the week of March 14, Ritvo stops. I would not speculate when training and racing would continue at the 1934 racecourse.
Since the start of the winter meeting, there have been seven deaths in races on the Dirtoval, five on the turf and nine on dirt during training.
The most intimidated horse was the Battle of Midway. Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile 2017 winner. 5-year-old Bay finished third in the Kentucky Derby in 2017 for Hall of Fame coach Jerry Hollendorfer. The horse was injured during a training on 23 February.
Lets Light the Way, a four-year-old filly, was euthanized after smashing the sesamoid, a bone that provides anchor points for the two branches of the collar. During training on Tuesday in her front right leg. Hall of Fame coach Ron McAnally purchased the filly for $ 15,000.
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McAnally said she had "made a bad move or something" and thought the rainy weather had done a lot to do with it.
Last week, the University of Kentucky's internationally renowned surface specialist Mike Peterson conducted extensive soil and soil composition tests on the track and found no irregularities.
All silt was tested with radar during the tests. Clay and sand as well as the moisture content were the same throughout. Its dirt surface was retracted 5 inches and reapplied.
Two more horses died after these ratings.
"If you do not understand, you have to give up racing," Peterson told the Los Angeles Times Cancellations. "At this point, I'm skeptical of what we're doing. … I've told [racing secretary] Steve Lym, keep testing until we know what's going on. We are all tuned We will find out.
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The Santa Anita Park commissioned its former Track Superintendent Dennis Moore on Tuesday to begin the evaluation The track Wednesday, reported the newspaper. The University of Kentucky has also sent another track safety expert to study the surface.
In 2017, Santa Anita had 20 out of a total of 8,463 launches over a period of 122 race days, according to the latest figures from the Jockey Club.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.