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Should Horse Racing Go The Way Of Dog Fighting?




Jockeys and horses prepare for the first races of the afternoon at Santa Anita Park.
Jockeys and horses prepare for the first races of the afternoon at Santa Anita Park.
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On Monday, the California Legislature approved a bill to give the California Horse Racing Board the power to move or suspend racing events without giving a ten day heads-up period. 

The bill is a result of the spike in horse racing deaths at Santa Anita Park. It has yet to be signed into law by Governor Newsom, but he has signaled his support. 

We look back at horse death numbers through the years -- how significant is this recent spike? How will this rule change impact horse racing in California? And should horse racing go the way of dog fighting? 

Call us at  866-893-5722. 

We reached out to the California Horse Racing Board. They are not doing interviews until Governor Newsom signs SB 469.

 

Guest:

John Cherwa, special contributor to the Los Angeles Times who’s been covering the story; he tweets @jcherwa



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