via Press Unlock | 01.24.2020 | 8:09am

Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif.

The California Horse Racing Board carried out its common assembly Wednesday, January 22, on the Division of Shopper Products and services in Sacramento. Chairman Gregory Ferraro presided. Vice Chairman Oscar Gonzales and Commissioners Dennis Alfieri and Wendy Mitchell additionally had been in attendance.

The audio of this complete Board assembly is to be had at the CHRB Web site ( underneath the Webcast hyperlink. Briefly:

  • The Board acted to critically prohibit medicines that may be found in horses collaborating in timed workout routines. Equivalent restrictions already are in position at some tracks via space regulations and horsemen’s agreements. The rule of thumb followed via the Board applies those restrictions to all tracks and provides the CHRB authority to maintain violations. The objective of the brand new rule is to do away with medicines that can masks harm or build up the danger of damage for a horse working at complete velocity and to offer protection to the wagering public.
  • The Board authorised an emergency legislation necessarily allowing handiest “hay, oats and water” all the way through a race except for the anti-bleeding drugs Lasix, which can also be administered on race day. Then again, even Lasix is unlawful via Board-approved space regulations at Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields for  horses foaled in 2018. One of the crucial different prohibitions within the emergency legislation already are in position. The emergency legislation expands the prohibitions and guarantees continuity. The motion demonstrates the Board’s dedication to getting rid of drugs in racing.
  • After transferring regulatory language in December that can additional prohibit use of the driving crop, or whip, in each racing and coaching, the Board took up the problem of the development of the driving crop itself. All commissioners expressed reinforce for a newly evolved driving crop this is gentler on horses. Then again, representatives of the Jockeys’ Guild satisfied the Board to position over the topic till the February 12 assembly of the CHRB Medicine, Protection and Welfare Committee for additional dialogue. The proposal is more likely to come again to the overall Board on February 20 for attention.
  • Right through public remark, the Board heard from various other folks expressing their perspectives on animal rights and different problems in regards to the lifetime of a racehorse.
  • The Board followed a rule requiring a complete postmortem exam overview of every fatality inside a CHRB inclosure. Running shoes of the deceased horses shall be required to take part within the overview with stewards and CHRB veterinary staff. Veterinarians related to every horse shall be required to supply all pertinent information and information. The aim of the postmortem exam overview is to research the cases surrounding an equine fatality to realize an figuring out of all occasions that can have contributed to the incident.
  • The Board licensed a redistribution of income from Advance Deposit Wagering, as asked via Southern California stakeholders and certified via statute.
  • The Board authorised a request via the California Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Basis for adjustments to its Board of Administrators supposed to give a boost to the group’s fund-raising efforts. CTHF supplies scientific and dental services and products to backstretch staff.
  • Leader Steward Darrel McHargue supplied an replace at the January 21 assembly of the Stewards Committee.

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