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Update 2889: Training is scheduled to resume on Santa Anita's Cushion Track on Saturday (tomorrow), ahead of its meet opening (December 26): Horses Set to Work at Santa Anita.
Update 2888: A little bit of a crisper start this morning with less humidity and no rain. It soon warmed up and it is shaping into being another lovely day. We only had seven sets this morning, so an easy day for us. We have a new rider, new to us, but not to riding or the track. That being said, he got dumped off one of his horses. He seemed to bounce OK though and is no worse for the (humbling) experience. Another rider from another barn fell off and seemed to hurt herself, she was attended to by the ambulance crew. I think she is fine. There was also an unfortunate horse breakdown which closed the track for a while. I don't know any of the details. Always sad to hear.
Update 2887: The Horse Owners' Protective Association (HOPA), an industry advocacy group, has reorganized: HOPA Reorganizes Board, Focus, excerpt:
Under its new leadership team, which includes Jackson, HOPA aims to broaden its message of reform on both the state and national level. According to a news release of Dec. 20, initiative includes national standardization of medical regulation, unification of racetracks with state Thoroughbred organizations to form a unified Thoroughbred racing league, and implementation of marketing and lobbying efforts.
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