In the latest in what has become a sad joke at the expense of our equine athletes and the entire Thoroughbred Racing Industry, Santa Anita has now backed off their Lasix ban for a possible phase out of the drug. Let us be clear, this is not about Lasix right [...]
Twenty-one (21) fatal breakdowns since December 26th at one meet is a lot by any measure. I'd venture to say that number is too high for it to be coincidental, remaining cognizant that breakdowns are inherent to the sport. Track management has set forth a new set of protocols [...]
In the wake of what has been reported to be 21 breakdowns, or equine fatalities since the meet opened back in December, Santa Anita has shut down. The track announced yesterday they were suspending both racing and training indefinitely. Tim Ritvo, of the Stronach Group which owns Santa Anita [...]
The will pays for the late Pick 4 and Pick 5 were obviously low on opening day. The explanation provided by Santa Anita was the tote system displayed will pays based on each horse actually becoming the post time favorite due to a late scratch. This would be the first [...]
Tim Ritvo has been deputized at Santa Anita the past few months trying to solve the ongoing issues at the track. While they have a strong opening day card, field sizes and a horse shortage remain a concern moving forward with the meet. The business model is losing money and [...]
Tim Ritvo stated the problems at Santa Anita are bigger than he thought and there were no fast or easy fixes. While honesty is always appreciated his comments shows he was a bit out of touch with Gulfstream's sister track as the issues there with field sizes, horse population, crazy [...]
This has to be discouraging. There is no other way to spin it. I would guess Tim Ritvo has to be very concerned, but I'm not sure what he can do. Read more about Santa Anita cancelling here.....