A day after two horses broke down in the same race on the turf at Saratoga Race Course the issue dominated a scheduled New York Racing Association Equine Safety Committee.
The committee met via teleconference Aug. 25. Committee chair Anthony Bonomo Sr., whose homebred Heading to Toga was euthanized on the outer turf course earlier in August, said he spoke with P. J. Campo, NYRA’s vice president and director of racing, and Glen Kozak, vice president of facilities and racing surfaces, after the latest fatalities.
Kris Royale and Sarava’s Dancer broke down in separate incidents in the allowance/optional claiming race on the inner turf Aug. 24 and were euthanized.
While social media discussion of the breakdowns focused on a heavily used turf course that has seen little rain this summer, Bonomo said that walking the course revealed nothing that would lead to the conclusion the surface was at fault in either horse’s injury.
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