Santa Anita Denies Request to Close Despite 29th Horse Death Since Dec. 26

In an extraordinary move, the California Horse Racing Board asked Santa Anita to cancel the remainder of its season — now six days — in the wake of a resumption of horse fatalities over the last few weeks but management of the track said no.

The CHRB is a regulatory agency and does not currently have the power to suspend a race meet or remove race dates without approval of the track. They can take such action if they go through the process of scheduling a meeting with a 10-day notification period and the publishing of an agenda among other procedural hurdles.

The Santa Anita meeting races on Friday through Sunday and closes June 23.

“This would provide the industry more time to fully implement announced safety initiatives and perhaps additional ones,” the CHRB said in a statement released after questions from the Los Angeles Times.

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