Veterinary team at Santa Anita for Breeders' Cup pledge incredible level of scrutiny 

‘No horses racing anywhere have been more examined’: Veterinary team at Santa Anita for Breeders’ Cup pledge incredible level of scrutiny

  • There will be 30 vets on race days at track on Friday and Saturday in California
  • Santa Anita will also use a surveillance system which has 1,100 cameras 
  • Dr. Debbie Lamparter, Veterinary Team Leader promised huge level of scrutiny
  • The 36th Breeders’ Cup is being run against a back-drop of 35 equine fatalities 

The level of scrutiny for the horses competing at this weekend’s Breeders’ Cup will be unprecedented in the racing world.

That is the claim of officials and the veterinary team at Santa Anita which will include 30 vets on race days on Friday and Saturday.

This teams include BHA vets whose role will include giving more informed advice on British runners.

There is to be an incredible level of attention and scrutiny on horses from the vets

Dr. Debbie Lamparter, Veterinary Team Leader, Breeders’ Cup, said: ‘No horses racing anywhere have been more examined or more observed than these horses.

‘We will watch them from the receiving barn to the paddock. From the post, to the gate to the wire and after the race on their way home.

‘All of this is to do the best for the horse and to make sure we have done our utmost for the safety of these racehorses.’

Santa Anita will also use a surveillance system which has 1,100 cameras.

The Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita is taking place against the backdrop of 35 equine deaths

The Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita is taking place against the backdrop of 35 equine deaths

Lamparfer added: ‘Every horse will have eyes on them until they return to their barns after racing.’

The 36th running of the Breeders’ Cup is being run against a back-drop of 35 equine fatalities at the California track since Boxing Day which has to mounting pressure on the sport.

A number of reforms have been introduced largely around medication regimes which have had a positive effect on breakdown and fatality figures but racing opponents have used the figures to fuel their campaigns to close down the sport in liberal California.

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