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Horse mortality continues to fall in California in ’22

CHRB CEO Scott Chaney tells board members during the monthly regular meeting on January 19, CHRB chief executive Scott Chaney tells board members during the monthly recurring meeting As of January 19, the equine mortality rate in facilities managed by the California Board of Horse Racing has fallen by nearly 10% by 2022.

Chaney said the death rate for all breeds fell from 71 in 2021 to 64 last year at the state’s racecourses and training centers, with 30 of those deaths classified. musculoskeletal and the remaining 24 cases due to accidents and diseases such as abdominal pain and sudden death. Fifty of the 64 deaths were related to the Purebred.

Since 2019, when Santa Anita . Park Chaney said the death toll spiked at the start of the year, “the total number of catastrophic injuries fell by 50%”.

He said on Thursday that Handle is down 6% in 2022.

In his comments after Chaney, CHRB equine medical director Jeff Blea praised the riders, track maintenance team and racecourse operators for their commitment to safety during the wet California winters. has caused several races to be cancelled.

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Also at Thursday’s meeting, commissioners delayed fixing a race date for late August in Northern California amid conflict between the Humboldt County Fair in Ferndale and Golden Gate Fields. The two races had conflicts over race dates and financial arrangements. There have been overlaps of their encounters in the past.

If there is no board meeting next month, the CHRB is likely to review this summer’s allocation at its March 16 meeting. Vice President Oscar Gonzalez suggested convening an informal meeting. awake in February and visited Ferndale to “try to figure this out.”


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