Golden Gate Fields has been granted approval to reopen (sans spectators, of course) May 14. In a statement, (track owner) The Stronach Group’s Aidan Butler boasted:
“The health and safety of every person and every horse continues to be our North Star. As California begins the path to recovery, the best way for us to ensure their safety is to re-engage the economic engine that provides for them.”
As if on cue, the killing has resumed. Yesterday, according to the CHRB, Arky Vaughan was felled while training, no other details provided. The 3-year-old was last raced March 28, right before the current shutdown. Of more import, he becomes the 10th victim at Golden Gate this year, and 38th at all California tracks. In short, folks, they can’t help but kill, even in these extraordinary times.