In other business, the CHRB staff provided an update on the California Performance Review report, which was issued in August with recommendations to streamline and reorganize government services. The CHRB is among the many boards and commissions that would be abolished, with its responsibilities transferred to a proposed new agency.
Harris urged horsemen to carefully evaluate the CPR. He said the industry, rather than the board, needs to express any concerns about the impact of CPR recommendations on their operations. Craig Fravel, executive vice president of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, requested a timetable of the anticipated CPR process. He indicated that racing executives would be meeting to "discuss alternatives."The board also approved an additional two days for the 2005 Thoroughbred meeting at Santa Anita Park.Track president Jack McDaniel said the two extra days (Jan. 19, following the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, and Feb. 23, following Presidents' Day), would help recover lost revenue due to a schedule approved by the board at a special meeting on Oct. 5. The approval lengthened the Santa Anita meet, which runs Dec. 26, 2004, to April 18, from 83 days to 85, conditioned on an eventual agreement to the extra days from the Thoroughbred Owners of California and the California Thoroughbred Trainers.
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