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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Santa Anita—Main Office
(626) 447-2145 Office
(626) 446-0270 Fax
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Del Mar
858) 792-4488 Office
(858) 792-4484 Fax

Hollywood Park
(323) 243-9379

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Golden Gate Fields
(510) 524-3081 Office
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CTT NEWS
Complacent?
(Fall, 2015)
ALAN BALCH PHOTO

ONE of the world's great companies tried to change and grow as it was assaulted by competition in many forms. Its primary defensive strategy – to diversify – resulted in its entering other industries through acquisitions, costing it billions of dollars. It had plans to compete with new technology in its own space, but the abundant cash it generated from its traditional products had apparently led to complacency in its core business.

Sales from its mainstay offerings started to fall, and then fall precipitously, by 20 to 30 percent a year! As late as 2005, it had commanded market shares of 85% and 90% in camera sales and film sales respectively in the United States. By 2009, it posted a $137-million quarterly loss and slashed 4,500 jobs. In January 2012, this once mammoth company filed for bankruptcy and was de-listed from the New York Stock Exchange.

The company is Kodak.

CTT LOGO ATTENTION THOROUGHBRED TRAINERS
CTT Pledge $150,000 for Urgent
Surveillance Program Initiative

(Notice date: August 31, 2015)
ATTENTION SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HORSEMEN


ARCADIA, CALIF. . The leadership of California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) has voted unanimously to pledge $150,000 from its reserves to initiate and assist in leading a comprehensive race day camera surveillance and security program in stable areas at Thoroughbred tracks in California.


CTT LOGO ATTENTION THOROUGHBRED TRAINERS
New Year-Around Ship & Win Program
(Notice date: March 27, 2015)
ATTENTION SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA HORSEMEN


New year-around Ship & Win program provides incentives for you!

Purse bonuses and cash incentives - see attached or below - are provided for a horse's first start in California (first-time starters excluded), whether or not the owner or trainer are currently based in Southern California.

This program is an ongoing opportunity for Southern California trainers and their owners to be rewarded for bringing new stock to California to race at Santa Anita, Del Mar, and Los Alamitos.

Act now!

Program begins April 2, and provides for a 30% purse bonus, plus $1,000 for first Southern California start. See the details attached.


Trainer Profile
Keith Desormeaux
Winter, 2015
by Ed Golden
Photos: Horsephotos
TRAINER PHOTO

Keith Desormeaux was raised right. There were bumps in the road, sure, but he absorbed each one, squirreling them away. He knew they would come in handy on a rainy day.

Truth is, all six Desormeaux kids were well-reared. The fact that each has a first name that begins with "K" has nothing to do with karma, although it well could.

Karma, as Webster defines it, has its origin in Hinduism and Buddhism and is "the sum and the consequences of a person's actions during the successive phases of his existence, regarded as determining his destiny."

Other than that, there is no specific reason all the names begin with "K." "My mother started with 'K' and just followed suit," Keith Desormeaux said. "I guess she liked the idea of all the names beginning with 'K.'"


TOC, CTT Endorse THA Open Letter Regarding Lasix LASIX INFO
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 9, 2014

Del Mar, Calif. – Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) and California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) stand together in support of the open letter distributed by Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (THA) on August 6, 2014, regarding Lasix.

Memberships of both organizations overwhelmingly support current initiatives to implement uniform medication guidelines including use of Lasix. A broad coalition of racing entities has been working within the Racing Medication Testing Consortium (RMTC) on this issue for several years. For the first time, the Thoroughbred industry became united in its efforts to join all racing jurisdictions under the same medication guidelines. This major initiative and step forward ought not be disturbed.

Instead, a united sport needs to continue its work until these guidelines have been adopted in every racing state. Dr. Mark Dedomenico’s efforts to fund additional research on Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH) require support. Objective scientific research rather than political posturing must guide policy-makers and regulators to the next steps. Making arbitrary changes to rules or policies, not founded in objective science, would only result in additional turmoil and failure.

CTT LOGO ATTENTION THOROUGHBRED TRAINERS
CTHF Clinics Now Available to Treat
Work-Related First Aid Injuries
(January 31, 2013)
CTHF Clinics Now Available to Treat
Work-Related First Aid Injuries


Working with Finish Line Self-Insurance Group and the California Thoroughbred Trainers, the California Thoroughbred Horsemen's Foundation (CTHF) will begin treating workers' compensation cases at the medical clinics beginning February 1, 2013.

Click here for more information. »» 

The Case for Using Lasix
(May 17, 2012)
The Case for Using Lasix
By STEVE ZORN

There have been many calls for the banning of raceday Lasix in Thoroughbred racing. The grandees of the sport, in the form of The Jockey Club, the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, etc. have decided that Lasix must go. Fortunately for the horses, the effort to bar Lasix in North America seems to have stalled.

Tuesday, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission delayed action on a proposal to ban Lasix in that state. Wednesday, the New York State Racing and Wagering Commission was overwhelmed with thousands of comments opposing a proposed Lasix ban, including 500 pages of documentation from the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association, representing owners and trainers.

A year ago, I was uncertain about the Lasix issue. Since then, I've studied the science, notably a South African study financed but now disavowed by the Jockey Club that shows (a) that some 80 percent of horses have at least internal bleeding when they race and (b) that Lasix helps eliminate or reduce the level of bleeding. The more I learned, the more I'm convinced that Lasix is the most humane solution to a persistent problem. In fact, I've become so convinced that I was deeply involved in drafting N.Y.T.H.A.'s response to the state.

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Horses bleed. While only a few (1 percent to 5 percent) bleed visibly through the nose or mouth, many more have internal bleeding in the lungs and trachea. And that internal bleeding causes cumulative damage. The more horses bleed, the more likely they are to bleed in the future. At the extremes, severe bleeding can cause a horse to die on the racetrack.

Lasix works. All the studies show that a modest dose of Lasix greatly reduces the incidence and severity of bleeding. Since Lasix was introduced in New York in 1995, severe, visible bleeding has been reduced by 76 percent. Whatever the cause of the far-too-many fatalities at Aqueduct this winter, it wasn't Lasix. As Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey said on this year's Kentucky Derby telecast, "I've never had a horse break down under me because of Lasix."

Unlike (now-barred) steroids and other illegal drugs, Lasix doesn't enable a horse to perform beyond its natural ability, only to be more likely to reach that ability. And whatever the situation may have been years ago, Lasix no longer interferes with testing for other illegal drugs. New York now tests racehorses for some 900 illegal substances, and leading equine toxicologists unanimously agree that Lasix doesn't mask any of those drugs.

If Lasix is barred, trainers will revert to the cruel and illegal methods used in the past to limit bleeding. They'll withhold water, and perhaps food, from horses for 24 hours or more before a race. They'll use illegal, and less effective, drugs like "Kentucky Red" or tranexamic acid – both of which have been detected in "Lasix-free" jurisdictions. Or they'll use trainer Woody Stephens's old trick of giving his grooms red towels to wipe off the blood before anyone noticed.

New York's horsemen support getting tough on the drug cheaters. We've proposed to the State Racing Board that they tighten limits on painkillers, corticosteroids and clenbuterol, and that they make permanent the current arrangements under which Lasix is administered in specified dosages by veterinarians who work for the state or the racetrack, not the trainers. But we don't support a Lasix ban that would inflict unnecessary pain on the horses that we love and that would serve no purpose other than the ego gratification of a few of the 1 percent.

This article does not necessarily represent the views of either N.Y.T.H.A. or B.E.S.T.

Steve Zorn, a lawyer and law professor in New York, is the racing manager of Castle Village Farm thoroughbred partnerships and a director of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and the Backstretch Employees Service Team. He writes the Business of Racing blog.



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NEWS FROM THE CHRB
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Date: December 29, 2015
SUMMARY OF CHRB ACTIONS AND DISCUSSIONS 12-17-15
LOS ALAMITOS, CA - The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, December 17, at Los Alamitos Race Course. Chairman Chuck Winner presided. Vice Chair Richard Rosenberg and Commissioners Madeline Auerbach, Steve Beneto, Jesse Choper, George Krikorian, and Alex Solis also were in attendance.
The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. In brief:
  • The Board approved a license for the Los Angeles Turf Club to conduct a race meet at Santa Anita Park beginning December 26 through July 10 after industry representatives indicated they had finalized a vanning and stabling agreement for 2016 providing stabling arrangements in Southern California similar to 2015.
  • The Board approved a license for the Pacific Racing Association (PRA) to conduct a race meet at Golden Gate Fields beginning December 26 through June 12 after industry representatives outlined various scenarios for vanning and stabling in Northern California that hinge largely on proposed legislation.
  • The Board led a discussion of various aspects of fantasy sports, including its legal status in California and other states. Commissioner Choper said fantasy sports provide an opportunity for horse racing to attract players with similar skills and interests.
  • The Board waived a rule governing rail construction, so that Santa Anita can install an alternative type of safety rail for its turf course - one that complies with all safety requirements. This only applies to the movable, temporary rail that is sometimes moved away from the permanent inner rail to protect sections of the course.
  • The Board adopted a regulatory amendment requiring the voiding of a claim if the horse is placed on the Veterinarian's List for having bled visibly during the race.
  • Chairman Winner presented a Board resolution to George Slender in appreciation for his 43 years as a steward in California. Slender will be retiring after this weekend's quarter horse programs.
  • The Board approved requests from the two simulcast organizations in the north and south to continue the modification of revenue distributions from advance deposit wagering in compliance with state law.

EQUINE HEALTH


The Horse Report from
UC Davis Equine Health Center

The Horse Report
Current Issue
May 2015
970 KB pdf - 20 pages
Equine Health Report

  • Director's Message
  • Caring for Critically Ill Neonatal Foals
  • Intensive Care for Foals at UC Davis
  • Discoveries in Neonatology Made at UC Davis
  • Beloved Arabian Horses Inspire Gift to Advance Equine Health
  • Equine Researchers Investigating Silicate-Associated Osteoporosis
  • Thanks to Tam Nomoto Schumann for New Foaling Stall
  • What You Can Do to Promote a Healthy Foal



AAEP

 
The leaves are beginning to fall and the nights are getting cooler, but show season is still in full-swing. Does your horse still have the potential for gastric ulcers? Join us in October as our expert, Dr. Jean-Yin Tan, answers your questions concerning equine gastric ulcers on AAEP's "Ask the Vet" forum.
AAEP

 
STUDY: IDENTIFYING SIGNS OF HUMERAL
AND SCAPULAR FRACTURES
(November 28, 2012)
Study: Identifying Signs of Humeral and Scapular Fractures

Dr. Erin McKerney, in collaboration with Dr. Susan Stover from the J.D Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory, at UC Davis is conducting a study to better understand the events that lead to catastrophic fractures of the humerus and scapula in racehorses. These injuries can happen suddenly, unexpectedly and often without warning to horses under the care of a large variety of trainers. Complete fractures of the scapula and humerus are almost always fatal; but, when recognized early, the predisposing incomplete stress fractures can heal and horses are able to successfully return to racing.




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