We work hard to make training and racing as safe as possible, but state-of-the-art veterinary care is never far in the event of an accident. On-track veterinarians and modern equine ambulances are available to immediately respond to a horse in need, and on-site nuclear scintigraphy and other equipment stands ready to assess and diagnose injuries. An equine hospital is on site at Santa Anita Park and other equine hospitals are within a short drive from each of our racetracks.
The Stronach Group, the owners of Santa Anita and Golden Gate Park, in partnership with the Dolly Green Research Foundation, invested $500,000 in the purchase of a Longmile Positron Emission Tomography Scan Machine in May 2019. The machine allows for the imaging of a horse’s fetlock (ankle) joint while the horse is standing, which can help detect microscopic bone injuries, flagging pre-existing conditions that can develop into more serious injuries and preventing fractures. The machine became available for use in the Southern California Equine Foundation’s Equine Hospital at Santa Anita in the fall of 2019.
Paramedics and an ambulance are on site at each racetrack to assist with accidents and human medical emergencies.