Racing’s ‘social license’ to operate: what can we do to keep it sustainable? | Topics: Santa Anita

Santa Anita: “I feel they’ve done a better job than sometimes in the past with going ahead and having the conversation with some of those animal rights groups,” says Professor Camie Heleski. Photo:

This past winter at Santa Anita has been a tumultuous one, to say the least. The 23 equine fatalities there since just before the turn of the year placed the facility under a firestorm of opprobrium, which has led to calls, in some of the more extreme corners of the state, for racing to be banned in California altogether.

Yes, that firestorm has lost intensity these past few weeks, but it wouldn’t be accurate to say it has disappeared altogether – rather, it’s spreading to other parts of the country.

“I do think the next track that maybe has to…