Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) wrote a letter to the California Horse Racing Commission on December 13 — and released it via a press release from her office — calling for an investigation. thorough, transparent and independent of the death of Medina Spirit . The 3-year-old foal died last week from a suspected heart attack after completing a training session at Santa Anita . Park.
Medina Spirit, who finished first in this year’s Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) at Churchill Downs, tested positive for the presence of the corticosteroid betamethasone during the post-race ban on May 1. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert attributes its presence to an anti-fungal ointment to treat skin conditions on ponies.
Previously, Feinstein had harshly criticized the racing industry after a large number of crashes in the state in 2019. On several occasions that year, she called for Santa Anita to suspend racing, including after Mongolian Groom died of his injury at the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) there.
Feinstein was one of two initial co-respondents in the Senate Safety and Integrity Act.
Feinstein’s letter to Scott Chaney, chief executive officer of CHRB, reads as follows:
“As the California Horse Racing Commission conducts its investigation into Medina Spirit’s jarring death, I ask you to ensure that those efforts are thorough, transparent, and independent of any outside influence. Furthermore, I ask that you provide my staff with regular updates on the investigation and any recommended actions necessary to prevent further deaths.
“As you all know, Medina Spirit is one of 71 racehorses that have died at racing facilities in California as of 2021. While this represents a reduction in the number of deaths compared to previous years, Clearly more needs to be done to prevent these tragic deaths.The continued death of racehorses across the country shows why the cooperation of the states is especially important to support Support the implementation of the Equestrian Safety and Integrity Act As you know, this law establishes uniform and national safety standards for equestrianism, which will come into effect on 1st May 7, In 2022.
“I recognize that Governor Newsom and the CHRB have worked to improve the safety of equestrian operations and I hope this matter will be handled with the seriousness and professionalism it deserves. As an enthusiast, horses for life, I appreciate your prioritization of racehorse interests.Your supervisory role in this investigation and beyond is vital to protecting these horses and strengthening them. integrity of the sport. Please let me know if I can be of any help.”
https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/255580/feinstein-urges-transparent-medina-spirit-investigation Feinstein urges transparent investigation into Medina . spirit