Talking Horses: Breeders' Cup to stay at Santa Anita despite fatalities
Breeders’ Cup officials have decided to keep faith with the course despite a sudden spate of fatal injuries
Santa Anita racecourse received some positive news for the first time in many months on Thursday when the organisers of the Breeders’ Cup announced they will keep faith with the track and stage the 2019 running of American racing’s showpiece event there on 1 and 2 November, despite safety concerns after 30 horses suffered fatal injuries at the course in the first six months of the year.
The decision to keep the Cup at Santa Anita was made at a meeting of the 14-strong board of the Breeders’ Cup and is believed to have been the outcome of a unanimous vote. As a result, this year’s Breeders’ Cup will be the focus of intense scrutiny, as many of the best horses from both the United States and Europe line up for 14 races on dirt and turf worth $30m [£23.7m].