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The Week in Review: November 21, 2019
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2019
by: Valerie Mellema
There's been some interesting news in the horse racing industry this week. Here's your weekly news update!
California Chrome Goes to Japan
The news that the California Chrome Syndicate reached an agreement with the JS Company of Japan to purchase CALIFORNIA CHROME rocked the horse racing industry yesterday. CALIFORNIA CHROME is a two time Horse of the Year and the son of LUCKY PULPIT. He will stand at Arrow Stud in Hokkaido, which is also the home of LANI and SHANGHAI BOBBY.
The agreement states that the California Chrome Syndicate has first right of refusal if the stallion is sold and upon retirement from breeding will live the remainder of his life in Kentucky at Taylor Made.
Bodexpress Sets Track Record at Gulfstream Park West
BODEXPRESS is well known for his performance in the Preakness where he dumped John Velazquez at the gate and then ran the second leg of the Triple Crown riderless. He also placed 13th in the Kentucky Derby. But he was young and inexperienced then. The three-year-old, however, is coming into his own now and broke an 18-year-old track record on November 20, 2019 at Gulfstream Park West where he ran the mile in 1:35.58, winning the $39,400 allowance race by 6 ¾ lengths. The old track record was 1:36.25, set by HIGH IDEAL in 2001.
Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Formation Announced
November 19, 2019, industry leaders, major track owners and racing associations announced that they are combing forces and resources to form the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition. Announced at the Keeneland Library, the coalition includes Churchill Downs Inc., The Stronach Group, Del Mar, Keeneland, Breeders' Cup and the New York Racing Association. The representative of the coalition have outlined plans to create and implement guidelines on medication, operations and integrity to improve the well-being of horses and riders. The group announced they are committed to working toward uniformity on three key medication issues including non-steroidal inflammatory medications, corticosteroids, and bisphosphonates. They will also work toward operational standards requiring electronic reporting systems of veterinary records and a centralized database as well as racing surface data, the standardization o jockey health and wellness protocols and the development of a proficiency system for exercise riders.
Have a great week!
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