Younger Racing Punters May Live to See the Sport of Kings Banned
While the Brits are enmeshed in some Thoroughbred racing sleight-of-hand courtesy of an animal rights group that is camouflaging an effort to have the sport eradicated by starting small with jockeys’ use of crops, over in Yank Land, they are merely interested in keeping horses breathing.
The track at Santa Anita, California staged a meeting where 30 horses died.
No worries involved with using the stick on a dead horse, eh?
The big November meeting at the racecourse will go on per usual later this year, with the primary change being that the number of vets on hand will rise from 14 to 30.
Santa Anita will host the Breeders’ Cup meeting for the 10th time, which is a record.
The owner of the track is the Stronach Group. If that name sounds familiar, it is because they are the organisers of the Pegasus World Cup run in Florida during January.
That race made headlines when it debuted in 2017 for its $US 12, and then $18 million prize pool (2018). The race is run in a format similar to The Everest, with slot holders putting up a pretty penny to race. The entry fee was $1 million, which makes The Everest a comparative bargain.
It was the world’s richest race, no qualifier required for the type of surface needed.
The first year went off without a hitch, but in 2018, Stronach had to pay four slots to make up the field of 12.
Wiser in 2019, they took the $16 million and divvied it between two races, $9 million for the Pegasus and $7 million for a new turf race.
The Breeders’ Cup meeting will be run this year under stringent animal welfare rules, one of which is to limit the race-day use of the anti-bleeding medication Lasix.
Racing is under assault from animal rights groups in America. There protesters outside the Santa Anita track during the last racing season bent on ending racing in California.