Breeders’ Cup stays at Santa Anita this fall despite deaths

The Breeders’ Cup will remain at Santa Anita this fall even after 30 horses died during the Southern California track’s recent meet — and that could pave the way for banned Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer to temporarily return to the track.

The board of directors unanimously decided to keep the two-day world championships at the Arcadia track for a record 10th time on Nov. 1-2. The board announced its decision at a meeting Thursday in Lexington, Ken.

Craig Fravel, president and CEO of the Breeders’ Cup, said in a statement the ownership of Santa Anita and other groups has made “meaningful and effective reforms” in recent months to improve safety.

“We fully embrace those reforms and will devote our time and energy in the coming months to further advance those efforts,” he said. “We look forward to showing the world the best in thoroughbred racing at one of its finest venues.”

The 30 horse deaths occurred during Santa Anita’s winter-spring meet that began Dec. 26 and ended Sunday. Four of the horses were Hollendorfer’s, and the Stronach Group banned the trainer from Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, which it owns.

The Breeders’ Cup, however, controls the entries for its event and would be the final arbiter on Hollendorfer’s participation. The event notably banned California-based trainer Doug O’Neill from entering horses in 2014 after he was suspended and fined by New York racing officials because of a positive drug test by one of his horses.

The Breeders’ Cup features 14 races with purses and awards totaling more than $30 million.

Racing at Santa Anita is to resume Sept. 27.

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