Our Commitment

In California, we believe in maintaining the highest animal welfare and safety standards in Thoroughbred racing. We have a track record of pushing those standards forward and we recognize our responsibility to do more, that there is no time to rest on past successes. Doing right by the horse demands that we work together across the horse racing industry and enact meaningful reform to make Thoroughbred racing safe for all of it’s participants.

California racing is a leader in safety initiatives

The safety of our athletes, equine and human, is our top priority. California horse racing is among the most regulated sports in the world and industry stakeholders — tracks, owners, trainers, riders, veterinarians, our regulators and others — are always seeking ways to enhance our safety and welfare standards.

We are always working to improve our standards

When it comes to safety and the integrity of California racing, we never stop looking at ways to enhance our standards, which is why we were among the first states to adopt national uniform medication rules, and why we participate in national safety initiatives and partner with the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and a premier drug testing program. Learn more about how we reduce risk.

Get answers to your questions about racing safety

Visit our frequently asked questions page to learn more about our state-of-the-art veterinary facilities, medication policy, and two-year-old racing. Submit your questions about racing safety.

Our commitment continues off the racetrack

The vast majority of  California Thoroughbred owners voluntarily support racehorse retirement and retraining programs, as do many other racing industry participants. We categorically oppose the slaughter of Thoroughbreds for human consumption and we are always looking for humane alternatives. Learn more about Thoroughbred aftercare and our charitable giving.

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For more information on the thoroughbred industry in California, please visit CalRacing.com.