Santa Anita Cancels Live Racing

Santa Anita Cancels Live Racing
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Cushion Track issues have caused Santa Anita to cancel racing for the third consecutive day.

Santa Anita Park canceled live racing for Jan. 7 because of continued problems with its Cushion Track surface.

The Southern California racetrack also scrapped its Jan. 5-6 programs. The surface doesn't properly drain, and a storm dumped heavy rain on the track over the weekend.

The California Horse Racing Board is scheduled to meet Jan. 8 to discuss the situation and consider moving the Santa Anita meet to Hollywood Park at least temporarily. Hollywood Park also has a Cushion Track but hasn't experienced similar problems.

Santa Anita remained open for simulcasting Jan. 7. Racing is expected to resume as planned Jan. 10, the next scheduled racing day. Entries for Jan. 10-11 were taken Jan. 7.

"The weather forecast is very encouraging through the weekend, and we’re confident we’ll be able to run on (Jan. 10),” Santa Anita director of racing Michael Harlow said in a statement. “This has obviously been a very difficult period for everyone involved, but we’re looking forward to getting back to business. A lot of people are very anxious to run on the turf, which is in terrific shape, and the (Cushion Track) should be ready by Thursday.

“We’ve got some huge stakes over the weekend, with the San Fernando (gr. II) and the San Rafael (gr. III) on (Jan. 12), and the El Encino (gr. II) and the Santa Ynez (gr. II) on (Jan. 13). These are very important, long-standing stakes here at Santa Anita, and we want the horsemen and the public to know that we fully intend to run.”

Santa Anita’s sand-based training track remains open for training. 

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