Air Quality Issues Force Second Straight Cancellation At Golden Gate

Golden Gate Fields has cancelled racing for the second straight day, following ongoing air quality concerns due to the Camp Fire well north of the region. The facility remained open for simulcast wagering.

Golden Gate’s vice president and general manager David Duggan told bloodhorse.com the air quality index stayed at 228 on Saturday, forcing the cancellation of both racing and morning training. There is no specific data regarding air quality and its effect on horses, but the Environmental Protection Agency classifies the 201-300 AQI range as “very unhealthy” for humans.

“We really don’t know (about guidelines for air quality and horses), and I’ve been in consultation with the equine veterinarians at (UC Davis), and we think it would probably be analogous to humans,” said CHRB equine medical director Dr. Rick Arthur. “But there’s no absolute as to what is safe and what isn’t safe.”

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