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I’m literally going to WinStar next week for the first time since 2010. For the first time since I was seriously sick and my memories of that time are at best in fragments. Which means that while Pioneerof The Nile was there at the time I don’t remember him all that well. The fact that I never got to get better memories of him might be what hurts the most right now especially with how close I got to doing just that.

I’m completely in shock. Pioneerof the Nile ha…

I’m completely in shock. Pioneerof the Nile has passed away at the age of 13. What terrible, terrible news…

Instagrand warming up before his run in the Go…

Instagrand warming up before his run in the Gotham Stakes

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Vino Rosso wins the 2019 Stymie Stakes over Ti…

Vino Rosso wins the 2019 Stymie Stakes over Title Ready

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Also to the people saying we should move the BC two things:

1) That’s eight months away and we have more then enough time to fix the tracks issues that are getting caused by the rain

2) LAs climate in the fall and it’s climate in the spring are opposite sides of the coin. Let me put it this way what is the one thing we always hear about in the fall: the answer is wildfires. Guess what we also never hear about during the spring or at least not to the same extent: again wildfires. Spring is usually more wet anyway but it’s REALLY wet this year. Which is where the problems are coming from for the most part. Less wet, less track problems. Even without changing the surface

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Newest favorite attempt at pinning the blame of Santa Anita’s problem

Goes to the lady who thinks earthquakes might be causing horses to fall.

There are literally thousands of earthquakes in a given year. Most you don’t feel. And if it’s big enough to be causing horses to fall. Then we have a LOT bigger concerns since that means it’s a fairly large quake. Since ya know horses have actually run through a quake before. Google Hollywood Park earthquake is you want to know what I’m talking about.

Also since I had someone say well maybe it hasn’t been studied…look there are literally god knows how many racetracks near or on fault lines. SA is far from alone on that. If minor earthquakes were causing a common fall I’m pretty sure we would know of it by this point.

And I use minor quake for a very good reason. Balance in humans doesn’t start going off until your somewhere in the 6-7 range on the US seismic scale. At that point we’re starting to have to worry about a lot more then just animals being affected.

Maybe it has done it with some horses. Health issues in humans during quakes isn’t unheard of. However I think we would know by this point if this was a common occurance. Since LA hasn’t had a magnitude 7 quake in the last two centuries which is where it usually goes into balance issue territory. And as I just said if it’s that high we have bigger concerns then just the immediate track.

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About Santa Anita…

Am I the only one who seems to remember Saratoga having a near identical issues two summers back? Because it sure feels like it? I mean seriously google August 2017 Saratoga horses and they were at 17 breakdowns by August 2nd.

It’s partly why I think Santa Anita can and will get fixed before the Breeders Cup. That and it’s partly Mother Nature playing havoc. (in before someone says anything about climate change, yes that’s probably at play here but even with that you don’t go slapping a new norm label on something until you have at least a couple more similar years like that, and no last years data was nowhere near this)

And that’s not even starting on the fact fall and spring are two very, very different weather systems climate wise. There’s a reason why wildfires are such a bigger problem in the fall. But you almost never hear of them this time of the year.

I swear if this was an East Coast track we wouldn’t even be having this discussion…

I agree something needs to be done. But permanently closing it like some geniuses are actually suggesting is not the solution.