BREAKING: Horse Racing Officials Call for Suspension of Racing at Santa Anita Following Another Death

The California Horse Racing Board has recommended that Santa Anita suspends racing for the remainder of its meeting period, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.

The call for action comes after the death of horse Formal Dude, who was euthanized on Saturday at the track, becoming the 28th horse to die there since December 26.

Despite the request, track officials have chosen to continue racing for the remainder of the meet. 

The California Horse Racing Board, in a statement, says “under current law, the California Horse Racing Board does not have the authority to suspend a race meet or remove race dates from a current race meet without the approval of the race track operator or without holding a public meeting with ten days public notice. 

“The Chairman, Vice Chairman and the Executive Director recommended to Santa Anita management that they suspend racing for the seven remaining race days but that they allow horses to continue to train during that period …

“It is our understanding that Santa Anita management, after consultation with certain other industry stakeholders, believes that for a variety of reasons, the future of California racing is best served by continuing to race.”

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