CHRB: Reforms Have Been ‘Extraordinarily Efficient’ In Decreasing Fatalities – Horse Racing Information


Scott Chaney, govt director of the California Horse Racing Board

The California Horse Racing Board carried out a public assembly Thursday, Could 19, 2022, at Cal Expo in Sacramento, which might be heard by the audio webcast hyperlink on the CHRB web site. Chairman Gregory Ferraro chaired the assembly, joined by Vice Chair Oscar Gonzales and Commissioners Dennis Alfieri, Damascus Castellanos, Brenda Washington Davis, Thomas Hudnut, and Wendy Mitchell.

The audio of this complete Board assembly is offered on the CHRB Web site ( below the Webcast hyperlink. In short:

The Board addressed a number of points pertaining to horse and jockey welfare, together with the institution of a concussion protocol for jockeys, as shall be required below HISA (Horseracing Security and Integrity Act/Authority) efficient July 1, 2022. The CHRB will present HISA officers with its advised protocol. As soon as accepted, HISA shall be liable for enforcement (e.g. dictating if and when a jockey can resume driving).

The Board accepted suggestions from the Jockeys’ Guild pertaining to minimal and most weights. CHRB employees will develop proposed guidelines for Board consideration.

Vice Chair Gonzales, who chaired a gathering of the Jockey and Driver Welfare Committee the day past, reported on a proposal that he offered designed to reward and incentivize jockeys in California by granting the rider of a male Grade 1 Stakes winner a single-season breeding proper to that future stallion. The Board agreed to hunt a authorized opinion on whether or not this might be required of horse homeowners.

The Board mentioned a proposed rule modification to align standardbred driving guidelines with present crop use laws protecting thoroughbreds and quarter horses.

Alan Balch, govt director of California Thoroughbred Trainers, reported the suggestions and conclusions of the duty pressure for animal security. Amongst these was a suggestion that inside 48 hours of any equine fatality, in recognition of the importance and urgency of the incidence, these with accountability and oversight will convene to research the occasion and maybe collect info to raised perceive the circumstances and presumably result in decreased fatalities. This could be along with the required postmortem examination and later, intensive  opinions already managed by the CHRB. Government director Scott Chaney will report again to the Board on this matter.

The Board granted administrative authority to Government Director Chaney to enter right into a voluntary implementation settlement with HISA. Chaney indicated that California already meets or exceeds HISA security and welfare necessities, so there shall be little change after July 1, with the exception that below HISA, riders  in thoroughbred races shall be permitted to whip overhanded. HISA doesn’t govern quarter-horse racing, so these riders will proceed to be restricted to underhand use of the crop below CHRB guidelines.

The Board permitted an settlement between the Thoroughbred Homeowners of California and the Los Angeles County Truthful (LACF) meet at Los Alamitos relating to entry circumstances and specified drug substances and drugs. The Board then permitted the LACF license for a meet that can function in the course of the day at Los Alamitos from June 24 by July 10. At the present time meet will run in concurrence with the night time quarter-horse meet at Los Alamitos.

The Board permitted an settlement between the Authority of Racing Gala’s (CARF) and three horsemen’s teams relating to entry circumstances and specified drug substances and drugs on the truthful meets overseen by CARF, starting with the Alameda County Truthful (ACF) meet in Pleasanton. The Board then permitted the ACF license for a meet that can function from June 17 by July 10.

In his report back to the Board, Government Director Chaney reported that year-do-date there have been 19 equine fatalities California in contrast with 42 in 2020, a major decline reflecting the cooperative efforts of the CHRB, racetracks, homeowners and trainers, veterinarians, and jockeys. Nonetheless, he famous that Santa Anita just lately skilled three fatalities in a brief interval. The CHRB continues to work with Santa Anita on surrounding points, together with attainable entry by Santa Anita to veterinary medical information. “As I all the time say, there may be extra work to do, however the information are clear,” stated Chaney. “This reform is just not solely working however has been extraordinarily efficient. And we proceed to look at methods and determine ideas for laws that can proceed this vital downward pattern.”

Chaney additionally reported that from January by April, the Maddy Laboratory at College of California, Davis, reported 18 positives from specimens collected post-race, following exercises, and from out-of-competition horses, none of which have been probably the most severe Class 1, 2, or 3. For context, California averages greater than 30,000 begins per yr and exercises many instances that quantity.

The Board permitted a matter pertaining to income distributions from Advance Deposit Wagering.

The Board renewed the license for OC Tavern in San Clemente to supply wagering as a mini-satellite.

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