LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – California’s governor on Wednesday signed legislation allowing state officials to suspend or shut down horse races with little notice, responding to a furor over the death of 30 horses since December at the famed Santa Anita track near Los Angeles.
In signing into law the legislation known as SB 469, passed unanimously by state lawmakers earlier this week, Governor Gavin Newsom gave the California Horse Racing Board greater leeway to step in when concerns are raised over track or animal safety.
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Earlier this month, Newsom created a state government panel to evaluate horses set to race at Santa Anita, which is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup in November. That panel has the power to scratch any animal it considers too great a risk.
“Business as usual has resulted in too many horse deaths,” Newsom said in a written statement announcing the bill signing. “I call on race tracks around the state to hold themselves to the higher screening standards recently adopted at Santa Anita. This model can save horses’ lives.”
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On Saturday, a Hall of Fame trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer, was banned from racing or training at Santa Anita after a horse under his supervision that had been scratched by the panel from a previous race was euthanized following a training injury there.
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