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Santa Anita—Main Office
(626) 447-2145 Office
(626) 446-0270 Fax

Del Mar
858) 792-4488 Office
(858) 792-4484 Fax

Hollywood Park
(323) 243-9379

Golden Gate Fields
(510) 524-3081 Office
(510) 524-5280 Fax


(Notice date: October 30, 2019)

California Thoroughbred Trainers to Participate in Fund-Raising for Standing MRI at Santa Anita

At a special Board of Directors meeting held Sunday, October 27, the leadership of California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT) voted to assist in immediate fund-raising for the Southern California Equine Foundation (SCEF) purchase of an equine MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) facility to be added to the Equine Imaging Center at Santa Anita Park. The proven technology has been in use elsewhere previously, whereby the horse is standing while scanned.

The urgency of the fund-raising effort is based on a November 15 deadline to contract for the equipment which would then be installed at Santa Anita prior to the start of the upcoming Winter/Spring Thoroughbred race meeting commencing on December 26. SCEF, via the Dolly Green Foundation, has already pledged $450,000 to the project. Raising a matching amount would not only secure the standing MRI for use with horses at Santa Anita and training elsewhere in Southern California, but also reduce the ongoing per-scan charges for veterinarians, owners, and trainers, once the facility is installed.

The addition of the standing MRI would complete the state-of-the-art Santa Anita Imaging Center, which already includes nuclear scintigraphy ("nuc scan") technology and will soon add a newly-developed equine PET scan (Positron Emission Tomography) installation, made possible by a $500,000 contribution from The Stronach Group (TSG), owner of Santa Anita Park, and $200,000 via the Dolly Green Foundation. Between the two projects, the Dolly Green Foundation will have committed $650,000. TSG will also provide all installation infrastructure required for the addition of the standing MRI. The Imaging Center is a companion facility to the renowned Equine Hospital at Santa Anita Park, founded 40 years ago as the first-ever at a race track.

Donations of any amount to SCEF, organized under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, are tax-deductible to the full extent permitted by law.

The completion of the Imaging Center is of critical importance for the future of racing in California, and elsewhere, given the increasing public scrutiny of the welfare of race horses. All techniques possible must be employed for purposes of diagnosis and injury prevention, and California racing has led the way for decades in equine welfare. The sport employs tens of thousands throughout California, directly and indirectly, who depend on its continuation and improvement for their own livelihoods. The thousands of horses in training for racing in California and elsewhere deserve the best diagnostic and treatment techniques possible to ensure their soundness and appropriate care.

To donate, contact Southern California Equine Foundation, California Thoroughbred Trainers at Santa Anita Park, or contribute via GoFundMe. Donations of any amount are very much appreciated.


(Notice date: March 26, 2019)

Below and attached is a small wall poster CTT has prepared for use in your tack room, office, or shed row. Laminated posters will be available for distribution tomorrow.

This is the first in a series of materials CTT will be providing for your use and that of your employees and clients.

More information will be provided in our statewide CTT Teleconference Meeting tomorrow/Wednesday at 11 a.m.


"Thomism... and racing"
(July, 2018)

Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) understood education and persuasion as well as anyone else ever has. He once said that when you want to convert someone to your view, you go over to where he's standing, take him by the hand (mentally speaking), and guide him to where you want him to go.

What you don't do is stand across the room, or sit next to him, shouting at him. Or, possibly worse, whisper insults in his ear, after loudly accusing him of dishonesty. You don't call him names. And you don't order him to come over to where you are.

Instead, you start where he is, and workfrom that position. That's the way toachieve movement toward consensus.

In racing, and the larger world, we've lost sight of this elementary psychology. Everywhere we look these days, we see passionate, adversarial advocates who simply scream their own prejudices and beliefs, while excoriating their opponents. All this does is make people who agree feel better, make people who disagree stiffen their resistance, and make anyone in the middle feel uneasy and skeptical that either side is speaking the whole truth.

Almost every passionate and partisan argument overstates its own case and understates its opponent’s case!

For the last several years in California, we’ve seen an evolution of this increasingly unproductive behavior when medication rules have been proposed and advanced by the Equine Medical Director of the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB).

Trainer Profile
Javier Jose Sierra
Fall, 2018
by Ed Golden
Photos: Zoe Metz

Javier Jose Sierra has survived if not prospered for 45 years in a game he loves. Yet, he does not warrant a bio in any media guide.

He is racing's Invisible Man. The 66-year-old trainer has been sedulously plying his trade despite lack of recognition, ego be damned.

A native of El Paso, Sierra stands on a foundation adorned with pillars of self-confidence, gained in no small part from a proper upbringing in a family of 12 children, and tours early on with legendary trainers D. Wayne Lukas and J.J. Pletcher, father of Todd Pletcher

Sierra grew up in Juarez where he played soccer as a kid. At 14 he aspired to be a jockey at Sunland Park in New Mexico, but his father, Cirilo, a native of Mexico, made education a priority. Javier aborted racing, went to school at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. Eventually, he earned an MBA while still working full time.

"I was doing well as an engineer," Sierra said. "I worked my way up to vice president at an aerospace company."

The appeal of the turf, however, proved an alluring temptress. Duly smitten, Sierra ultimately came to California in 1976.

"He had a winning personality," Hofmans said of the bay son of Pocketful in Vail bred by Mr. and Mrs. Laurie Kahn and owned by Legacy Ranch. "All he ever wanted to do was try. Whenever he ran a poor race it was because we had him in the wrong spot. If you look at his record, it's unbelievable.

Stable Notes
Racing News
Racing News
California Horse Racing Board
1010 Hurley Way, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 263-6000

Date: September 11, 2019
SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today announced the following appointments:
  • Oscar Gonzales, 51, of Davis, has been appointed to the California Horse Racing Board.
  • Wendy Mitchell, 48, of Los Angeles, has been appointed to the California Horse Racing Board.


The Horse Report from
UC Davis Equine Health Center

Equine Health Report

    Equestrians are familiar with the old adage, "No foot, no horse." This saying originated in the mid-18th century and is just as relevant today. Proper hoof care is a top priority for keeping all of our equine partners healthy and sound.
    At the Center for Equine Health, our supported research has pioneered studies into a number of areas related to hoof health. Dr. Susan Stover's laboratory, in particular, has generated valuable information on shoeing and footing for racing and performance horses and examined how these factors can impact equine health and performance.

Join our October "Ask the Vet" expert, Dr. Lydia Gray from SmartPak Equine, as she answers all of your questions concerning care for your equine senior and the wellness exam.


North American Trainer Magazine 2019 Media Information

Media Links

Edwin J. Gregson Foundation

The California Thoroughbred Horsemen's Foundation, Inc.
Providing medical, dental, and optometry services for eligible backstretch workers, and their primary dependents, who care for Thoroughbred and Quarter horses at racetracks and approved training centers throughout California.

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