American races need a clean ride in the Breeders' Cup

Arcadia, United States, October 31, 2019 (AFP) - A tumultuous year in the US UU. it comes down to the cable in the 'Cup in Santa Anita, where an increase in the death of horses has put the sport under scrutiny. I think it would be naive not to recognize that people are watching very carefully and that is why we are paying so much attention to injury prevention, Breeders' Cup chief executive Craig Fravel said this week, recognizing that 36 equine deaths are season. in Santa Anita they have made the picturesque California track a focal point. Investigations into the deaths have been initiated not only by the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) but also by state law enforcement agencies. Animal welfare activists have demanded a change. The governor of California, Gavin Newsom, has intervened and US lawmakers have again introduced legislation aimed at creating national supervision of a sport now ruled in the United States by regional regulators. In a letter sent Wednesday to Rick Baedeker, executive director of the CHRB, US Senator Dianne Feinstein described the two-day list of the $ 28 million breeders' Cup as a critical test for the future of horse racing in California and in the United States. If horse racing cannot be carried out in a safe and humane way that protects the life and safety of horses and riders, it may be time to re-examine the future of this sport in our state and in our country, wrote the senator from California. After the first increase in horse deaths, more than 20 in the first three months of the race this year, Santa Anita paused the races to test the surface of the dirt track and the subsoil for problems after torrential winter rains. Although no cause has been identified, the Stronach Group has instituted restrictions on allowed medications and has reinforced veterinary scrutiny of horses on the track, measures that are in force for the Breeders Cup. The races in the United States were also shaken this year by the first disqualification of a Kentucky Derby winner, Maximum Security, for a career infraction in the event's 145-year history. The controversy persisted with a subsequent lawsuit and then the Preakness saw Bodexpress throw his rider out of the door and run with the field beyond the finish line. That confusion of Triple Crown paled in comparison to the outrage caused by Santa Anita's safety record. Fravel, who will leave his post at the Breeders Cup to join Stronach after the meeting, said the surprising steps taken at Santa Anita had caused a dramatic fall in injuries. Certainly, the controversy has not discouraged participants from all over the world: more than 30 from Europe, two from Japan and one, first in a breeder's cup, from South Korea. Irish coach Aidan O'Brien seeks a seventh record victory on the $ 4 million turf with Epsom Derby winner Anthony Van Dyck. We feel you have a very good opportunity, said O'Brien. We believe that he will handle the track and the ground, the trip and the draw and everything else. He seems to be in good shape, added O'Brien, who will face the first 9-5 favorites of American coach Chad Brown, Bricks and Mortar, in the 1 1/2 mile race. - Much at stake - The event begins with five races for 2 year olds on Friday. Saturday's nine races are crowned by the $ 1 million Classic and 1/4 mile on the Santa Anita dirt track, with McKinzie, coach Bob Baffert, as one of the first favorites. South Korean invader Blue Chipper, trained by Kim Young-Kwan, will challenge Dirt Mile. McKinzie can expect a strong challenge from Code of Honor and Vino Rosso, while Elate, trained by Bill Mott, will try to become the second mare, after Zenyatta in 2009, to win. I just want the horse to appear, Baffert said. If he appears and runs away, he runs away. But you know what? I want the horse to win (run) his style. There is a lot at stake, Baffert added. I was thinking about the circle of winners and the possible honors of the Horse of the Year, but this year's Breeders Cup is even more at stake. bb/gph This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)