Santa Anita To Resume Racing Soon

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“It really couldn’t be any better,” Cerin said of the dirt surface. “It’s so kind, you can’t hear the horses going by and all of my riders say they’re (horses) getting a good hold of the surface. We could work horses on it right now, no question.”

ARCADIA, Calif. — Training resumed on Santa Anita’s main dirt track Monday, with horses limited to jogging and galloping while the surface is monitored for any irregularities that may have caused the deaths of 21 horses since December.

Santa Anita officials say a return to live racing is expected “in the near future.”

Track consultant Dennis Moore said “everything went well” Monday and that all the testing data supports the decision to allow limited training while racing remains suspended indefinitely.

Moore said that if all continues to go well with limited training, timed workouts could resume in the next couple of days.

The inner training track was reopened for timed workouts, with 133 horses being officially clocked for working out at distances ranging from two to six furlongs.

Trainer Vladimir Cerin …

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