Top Trainer with 13.3% of Santa Anita Horse Deaths is Banned

Santa Anita Park kicks out trainer after a fourth horse of his diesHall of Fame Trainer No Longer Welcome

The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, has issued a statement saying in part, “We regret that Mr. Hollendorfer’s record in recent months at both Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields (near Oakland, California) has become increasingly challenging and does not match the level of safety and accountability we demand.

“Effective immediately, Mr. Hollendorfer is no longer welcome to stable, race or train his horses at any of our facilities.”

The action comes the a day after CNN aired an investigation into horse deaths at Santa Anita and other racetracks around the country.

According to horse racing website Equibase, American Currency raced five times earlier this season at Golden Gate Fields before he raced at Santa Anita, once in May. American Currency finished in the money nine times in 13 career races and won three times.

There were 10 races scheduled for Saturday’s program, the next to last day of the season …

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  1. David Pate says

    Jerry Hollendorfer is a good trainer. He has a lot of horses and a lot of starts under his name at the meet. With that being said, it would make sense that he would have a higher number of incidents of horses breaking down over the surface. This has nothing to do with his training program. It is only logical he would have more breakdowns than a 5 or 10 horse stable.

    • No doubt about that David. Unfortunately, with 4 at SA and 2 at GG, he’s way above his ‘impact value’ or what would be expected from this large barn.

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