A Kill This Morning at Santa Anita

Magnolia was killed (“musculoskeletal”) training this morning at Santa Anita. She had just turned three and was coming off her first race – last August at Del Mar.

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  1. Sure is inconvenient for the CHRB that horses keep suffering these horrific fatal injuries on their licensed death tracks — despite all their world-class, gold-standard, revolutionary new Horse Safety measures.
    If they keep all this super-safe safety going the way they have, the public might start to think these obscene deaths are frequent AND unavoidable. The esteemed Board can’t afford that image, so they’d better slither back into Full Damage Control Mode, and spew out a few press releases and self-congratulations about all their recent, highly successful equine life-saving efforts.
    (Again, I nominate Executive Director Scott Chaney for the job; Chairman Ferraro doesn’t seem up to the task anymore, and disgraced former Equine Medical Director Jeff Blea is currently, and for the foreseeable future, kinda not available.)
    So take it away, Mr. Chaney! Tell us all about how extraordinarily SAFE you’ve made California racing — compared to back in the days when you personally witnessed literally hundreds of horse deaths each and every year, just at Los Freaking Alamitos.
    (Nowadays, all the Cali tracks’ non-stop carnage is considered “progress,” CHRB style.)

    • Kelly, thanks for saying that Jeff Blea is “kinda not available” because it’s funny how you said it. This whole ugly horror show is depressing and sad. One of these days, maybe Scott Chaney will be unavailable as well, for whatever that’s worth.

      • My pleasure, Wanda:)
        I certainly HOPE Mr. Chaney doesn’t become kinda not available to the esteemed Board. His insights provide endless amusement for me on an otherwise very dark and depressing subject.
        Where else could the CHRB find another horse-killing apologist so fluent in public death denials and deceptions?

        • Is it possible that Scott Chaney is one of the members of the “highly esteemed” *Blue-Ribbon Nominating Committee* that identified the names of the Committee Members (of the newly formed Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority)
          without identifying themselves?

          • I kinda doubt it. He probably spent too long as a steward for Ol’ Doc Allred’s bottom-level meatgrinder known as Los Alamitos Horse Hell to have successfully infiltrated (the laughably-titled) HISA. But, you never know; they’re hard-pressed to find anyone in the industry who’s not under investigation or indictment;)

            • It seems that the website has dropped the descriptive terminology of “blue ribbon” to just plain “…the Authority’s nominating committee…” but still no clue as to how many people make up the “nominating committee” or what their names are. Talk about transparency, right??? What a joke!!!! I think the nominating committee is comprised of descendants of Al Capone or somebody like that. 🤔

  2. TOO YOUNG FOR ALL THESE HORSES. I GUESS THE MONEY
    IS THE CULPRIT?RACING SHOULD END AND THESE PRECIOUS
    HORSES JUST BE WHAT THEY ARE, HORSES. REALLY BRUTALITY!

  3. Magnolia’s trainer was Simon Callaghan – from a racing publication, this; “[Simon] Callaghan trainee Federal Bureau worked four furlongs on May 22, 2021, even though the horse had received three shock wave treatments on May 5, 12, and 19. Horses are now not allowed to resume workouts or racing within 30 days of a shock wave treatment.”

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