CHRB Issues Report On 2018-19 Santa Anita Fatalities

The California Horse Racing Board has issued its report on the 23 fatalities that occurred during the Santa Anita race meet between Dec. 26, 2018 and March 31, 2019. The report was compiled by veterinarians and scientists, CHRB investigators, safety stewards and CHRB staff.

The report examined in depth each of the fatalities, published key findings and recommendations in various areas, including track maintenance; management of the racing office; training practices; private veterinary practitioners and practices; horse safety and welfare; regulatory veterinary procedures and practices; and at the CHRB level.

No illegal medications or procedures were uncovered, mirroring an independent report of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which found no criminal wrongdoing.

The report found that 21 of the 22 catastrophic  musculoskeletal injuries examined in post-mortem necropsies were in horses showing evidence of pre-existing pathology “presumed to be associated with high exercise intensity, which predisposed these horses to catastrophic injury.”

The report also found that no trainers interviewed specifically blamed the condition of the racetrack, although data suggested that 39% of the fatalities occurred on surfaces affected by wet weather.

As a result of the investigation, seven complaints will be filed by the CHRB alleging violation of Rule 1842, Veterinarian Report, for failing to turn in daily reports; and three complaints will be filed alleging violations of Rule 1894, Duties of a Trainer, and/or Rule 1489(a)(4), Grounds for Denial or Refusal of License, for training without the proper license.

Read the full CHRB report, including key findings and recommendations

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