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Rep. Chu Supports Moratorium on Racing at Santa Anita Until Cause of Horse Deaths is Known

June 12, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC — Over the weekend, two more horses died at Santa Anita Racetrack making these the 28th and 29th horses to die since the start of the meet in December 2018. The 29th horse died after the owners of Santa Anita Racetrack rejected a request by the California Horse Racing Board to suspend racing for the rest of the meet, which ends this month. Rep. Chu issued the following statement:

“Despite new safety standards, horses are continuing to die at Santa Anita Racetrack. I have previously called for an immediate moratorium on racing until the safety of the horses can be guaranteed. I agree with Governor Newsom’s latest comments that until we know the cause of these deaths, and the horses are evaluated by independent veterinarians, all racing at Santa Anita must be suspended. I am encouraged by the announced agreement on Wednesday between the California Horse Racing Board and the Stronach Group, owner of Santa Anita Park, to implement enhanced safety measures, including a review of horses’ medical, training, and racing history and the use of a new evaluation system to determine risk of injury. It is my hope these new rules will prevent further horse deaths, but we still need to understand what has lead us to this place where so many horses are dying.”