California racing officials are examining the latest workers' compensation insurance proposal submitted by a major company, one that would significantly reduce rates paid by trainers.
California racing officials are hoping for a breakthrough on their longstanding workers' compensation insurance roadblock.
A new deal for workers' compensation insurance in California may go into effect as soon as Sept. 1, but many trainers in the state remain unconvinced is the ultimate answer.
- By Jack Shinar
Representatives from two private insurance companies are scheduled to meet Tuesday with California horsemen and racetrack executives on a plan to insure workers against injury liability.
Trainers in California who own horses will occupy three seats on the board of directors of the organization that represents Thoroughbred owners under an agreement hammered out shortly before a state Senate committee hearing on the issue June 25.
Negotiations that would allow trainers who also own racehorses to join the Thoroughbred Owners of California are in progress. A state Assembly bill authorizing such a membership change is nearing a committee hearing as well.
In an attempt to head off a backstretch union movement before it gains momentum, California trainers have formed a group called the "Employee Education Association" to tackle the issue.
Introduced by Assemblyman Herb Wesson, AB856 establishes guidelines for unionizing backstretch workers and mandates better living and working conditions at the state's racetracks and training facilities. Wesson, who chairs the Assembly's Governmental Organization committee, brought the bill before that panel for its first public hearing. The bill passed on to the Assembly's Labor Committee.
The complicated details of a bicoastal series designed to generate more fans and boost field size at two Magna-owned tracks were announced Friday at a press conference. Now, track officials need to schedule a series of classes so people understand it.
Santa Anita Park racing secretary Mike Harlow has noticed a trend for several years, and it doesn't bode well for California's Thoroughbred industry. Harlow said California horses are being claimed by out-of-state trainers who have them shipped elsewhere when a meet concludes. As a solution to the problem, Harlow and other racing secretaries have asked the California Horse Racing Board to amend a rule so that any claimed
A report by the Calfornia Thoroughbred Trainers integrity committee makes 11 recommendations, including use of surveillance cameras and a review of medication threshold levels.
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