Our Promise

In California, we’re committed to maintaining the highest animal welfare and safety standards in Thoroughbred racing, and we have a track record of pushing those standards forward. It all starts with doing right by the horses. When that happens, everything else falls into place.

California racing is a leader in safety initiatives

We take our responsibility to horses and riders seriously — California has implemented numerous reforms in the past decade to protect all of our participants. Every horse undergoes at least two pre-race veterinary checks before being allowed to run, safety stewards continuously monitor track conditions, and we have the strictest rules in the country to ensure the humane treatment of horses in all respects. Learn more about our safeguards.

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.