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Santa Anita Closed for Extensive Testing Following the Deaths of 21 Thoroughbreds

Testing of the soil on the main track was exhaustive Thursday morning. – Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

Arcadia Race Track will be closed at least until late March

Highly respected California-based trackman Dennis Moore and Dr. Mick Peterson of Racing Services Testing Lab were at Santa Anita Thursday to begin extensive testing of the one-mile main track.

Track consultant Dennis Moore (left) this morning at Santa Anita Park. – Courtesy photo

Before the formal process of testing the one-mile track can begin, at the request of the consultants, Santa Anita personnel began harrowing and aerating the track which has been saturated due to recent rains.  Mr. Moore and Dr. Peterson from the University of Kentucky’s Racing Services Testing Lab have informed Santa Anita that they do not have a timetable for completion of the testing and evaluation. Officials representing the California Horse Racing Board were present to observe the process.

March 7, 2019

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2 COMMENTS ON THIS POST To “Santa Anita Closed for Extensive Testing Following the Deaths of 21 Thoroughbreds”

  1. Raquel Molina says:

    Check the mosquitoes. They tested positive for west Nile September 2018! I moved from arcadia because I couldn’t even enjoy a day outside. Mosquitoes carry EEE too! They need to do something about the mosquitoes in SGV!

  2. Lynda Flygar says:

    The breeders should be trying for heavier bones, especially in the front legs where injuries are most common.

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