Donna Brothers Issues a Statement on Behalf of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition in Response to the California Horse Racing Board’s Report on the 2019 Fatalities at Santa Anita


The loss of any equine athlete is felt by all of us in the Thoroughbred racing community. We can and will do better. 

This report provides our community with an important opportunity to reflect on and learn from its findings. Members of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition will study it closely as we work to implement meaningful reforms on a national level. Transparency and accountability go hand-in-hand with ensuring that our horses and riders are racing under the safest conditions possible, and we applaud the CHRB for the effort and resources that went into compiling this report.

The immediate and significant reforms implemented in California over the last year by tracks and horsemen, in close coordination with the CHRB and leading industry experts, have made a material and positive impact on the safety of our athletes. The protocols that have been put in place to-date have provided a promising start upon which the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition and our partners are building. On behalf of the coalition, I look forward to continuing to harness unprecedented collective action to enhance the culture of safety in our sport.