Frank Stronach

Frank Stronach

Anne M. Eberhardt

Stronach Calls Meeting With Calif. Horsemen

Discussion on the health and future of state's racing industry to take place Aug. 18.

Frank Stronach, chairman of MI Developments and owner of Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields, has called a meeting with California horsemen Aug. 18 at Del Mar Surfside Race Place, the track's simulcast wagering facility, following racing that day at 6:30 p.m.

A flyer distributed at Del Mar Aug. 14 said Stronach "has created a proposed framework for the health and future of California horse racing that he will present and discuss with all interested owners, trainers, and racing related people.

"Horsemen are invited to meet with Mr. Stronach on Wednesday evening to hear his ideas and share their thoughts as they relate to the racing industry in our state," the flyer states.

The meeting would likely include a discussion of the future of the main track at Santa Anita, where horsemen have expressed concern about the Pro-Ride racing surface. A study undertaken by the California Horse Racing Board and track surface specialist Dr. Mick Peterson is in progress. A preliminary report is expected to be presented at the CHRB's meeting Aug. 19 at Del Mar.

Stronach, in a letter released in late July, also requested that the CHRB grant 140 racing dates annually for Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields and permission "to run those race days when we think we can get the most customers.”