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
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.
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.
Mendelssohn Coming Back to US for Breeders’ Cup Campaign
We all know Mendelssohn has to better than his finish in the Kentucky Derby, where it seemed he had not been prepared to get a good break and take up a good position to begin with. Aidan O’Brien plans to bring him back for a Breeders’ Cup campaign. Good luck, team Mendelssohn.
Derby trail: Justify undefeated in Santa Anita Derby
In his stakes debut Justify takes the Grade 1, 9 furlong, $1 million Santa Anita Derby over Bolt d’Oro. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Mike Smith, Justify stays undefeated in three starts. Collecting Road to the Kentucky Derby points for the first time, Justify gets in to the run for the roses with 100 points. One of the top choices in this weekend’s Kentucky Derby future wager, Justify will try to become the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the Kentucky Derby without having raced as a two-year-old.
With McKinzie out of the Triple Crown series due to a bruised hock, Bob Baffert made a daring change in plans, to run Justify against Bolt d’Oro in this Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby instead of shipping him to the Arkansas Derby (April 14th). Unbeaten in two starts won by a combined 16 lengths, Justify makes his first start in graded/stakes company and gets one chance to earn enough points to get into the Kentucky Derby. That’s Saturday, April 7th at 3:30 PM Pacific time. Watch and wager with free PPs.
Daily Racing Form’s Mike Watchmaker and Jay Privman discuss the Santa Anita Derby, Blue Grass (a frosty one is forecast), and Wood Memorial in this weekend’s races for Kentucky Derby points. All Road to the Kentucky Derby races on Saturday have a points scale of
100-40-20-10. That will leave just two Derby preps to go on the 14th (Arkansas Derby, and for very minor points the Lexington).
Justify is now two for two, this time winning a $75,000, 1 mile optional claimer at Santa Anita over a muddy track by 6 ½ lengths. He was bet down to just five cents on the dollar. In Justify’s debut, the son of Scat Daddy won by 9 ½ lengths. On this very wide open Derby Trail the door is considered to be open for new challengers like Justify, even though he was unraced at two. Of course, the horse has yet to race in a race worth Kentucky Derby points. Trainer Bob Baffert has a few colts on the Derby trail, which one of the final Derby prep will he send Justify to for enough points to get in the gate for the Kentucky Derby? The Santa Anita Derby or the Arkansas Derby?