Tuesday, March 3, 2009

California's Synthetic Tracks Measuring Up in Safety Statistics

A view of Santa Anita's Pro-Ride track during Breeders' Cup 2008.

TBA blogger Left at the Gate's post today, Good News is No News, calls attention to something we need more of in racing -- positive news!

At the Feb. 26 meeting of the California Horse Racing Board, equine medical director Dr. Rick Arthur presented some very promising statistics about California's synthetic tracks. According to Arthur, “We have had one racing fatality at Santa Anita since December 31, and in Northern California we have not had a racing fatality since the Golden Gate meet started on December 26. We went back through the records going back to 2004 and could not find a major racing track with dirt that had no fatalities for a month. Apparently the rain or maintenance changes or other changes solved some of the problems."

In an industry where bad news is sensationalized, it's great to see someone pointing out something positive. Thanks, Left at the Gate!

5 comments:

Handride said...

Mary, Left at the Gate is written by Alan. I write over at handride.blogspot.com but I'll take that mix-up any day, not sure Alan will though ;-D

Mary Forney's Blog said...

Oops! I've corrected that. Sorry Alan! Thanks for pointing it out Handride.

zraces said...

Who cares who wrote what. The stats are WAYYY encouraging. Let's hope things stay this safe, and all the money spent will be well worth it.

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! DO ANY OF U HAVE # REASONS WHY IT ISN'T SAFE FOR JOCKEYS???? HELP!!! (PLEASE)

zraces said...

Exercise riders that have fallen on the synthetic complain that you don't slide as on dirt, so you may get more injuries from sudden stops. The thing is, less horses breaking down means less riders going down at high speeds, where they might suffer really bad injuries.

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