ARCADIA, California (AP) – Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was banned by the ownership of Santa Anita on Saturday after a fourth horse from his staff died – and the 30th overall – on Southern California track.
The Stronach group, which owns the track, said in a statement that effective immediately Hollendorfer "is no longer welcome to stack, race or train his horses on any of our facilities. "  At the recommendation of a special panel called to review the horse's medical, training and racing history, the track's stewards cleared four horses trained by Hollendorfer, who were loaded to run Saturday and Sunday.
A 4-year training of Hollendorfer was injured on Saturday while he was training on the training track and was euthanized. It was the first death of the meeting on the training track that is not used for racing.
It was the 30th death since the race season began December 26th. The track closes for the Sunday season.
The high number of deaths has led Santa Anita and California Horse Racing Board officials to embark on several measures to address horse and rider safety. The death has drawn national political attention, including from Gov. Gavin Newsom and US Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, who has called for racing to stop while inspecting training and running conditions.
Hollendorfer could not immediately be reached for comment.
But he told Daily Racing Form: "I train over 100 horses right now. Santa Anita didn't want me on the ground. My opinion was that it was too early to do. I thought it was extreme. I have to go away for a while. "
The Special Panel rejected 38 horses that were set to run during the last six days, according to the California Horse Racing Board. The panel was created last week in the direction of Newsom.
Hollendorfer has 7,617 winners from 33,519 starters and purse earnings of $ 199,737,768 in his career, according to Equibase.com.
He has three wins in the Breeders Cup and none in the Triple Crown races. His best finish with seven Kentucky Derby starters was third in 2017 with the Battle of Midway. The colt sustained a fatal injury during a training session at Santa Anita on February 23.
Hollendorfer's first horse to die at the meeting was a 4-year-old puppy on December 30 after a run on dirt.
It was not immediately known whether Hollendorfer will be allowed to drive at Los Alamitos in Orange County when the meeting opens June 29. A Del Mar spokesman said the track was aware of Hollendorfer's ban and information collected. Del Mar near San Diego opens on July 17. Neither track is owned by The Stronach Group.
The row board says that a panel will also review horses that are loaded to run on Los Alamitos.
A 9-year-old roller named Kochees trained by Hollendorfer was euthanized on May 26 after wounding his left foreleg in a race a day earlier.
At that time, a Stronach Group spokesman said it was investigating whether new protocols were followed up
The Stronach Group said in a statement on Saturday that it regrets that Hollendorf's record in recent months on both Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields in Northern California have become increasingly challenging and do not match the level of security and accountability we require. "Both tracks are owned by The Stronach Group; Golden Gate does not resume racing until August 15.
Track the owner said that people who do not care for the new rules and security measures that put horse and rider safety above all will Don't have room for any Stronach Group racetrack.
Mike Marten, spokesman for the California Horse Racing Board, said Hollendorfer's US currency injured Saturday was not entered to run in any race and was therefore not subject to a review by the Special Panel.
Kochees' injury appeared to be corrected by surgery, but when the doctors realized the horse had lost blood flow to the leg, he was euthanized.
Among the rules introduced since March, a trainer's veterinarian must unsubscribe at the horse's fitness, before the course's vet also looks at the animal prior to the trainer or runs.
"In my thoughts there is absolutely no doubt that we have made every single tin Do it properly with Kochees and all the other horses, "said Hollendorfer in response to questioning AP on May 27. "We are definitely sad when they get hurt."
The 73-year-old coach is best known for monitoring the Eclipse Award winners Blind Luck, Shared Belief and Songbird. Based in northern California most of his career, Hollendorfer frequently sends his horses to the Southern California track to run.
He is known to buy young horses at auction in low to medium price range, often with his own money. He then puts together ownership groups and retains a percentage of the horse while training it as well.