Santa Anita To Fund Loyalty Bonus Program For Owners & Trainers Who Supported Race Meeting December – February

first_imgSanta Anita To Fund Loyalty Bonus Program For Owners & Trainers Who Supported Race Meeting December – FebruaryBONUSES TO BE PAID TO HORSES WHO RUN BACK MARCH THROUGH JUNE; REIMBURSEMENT FOR PRE-RACE VETERINARY EXAMS TO BE PAID ON ALL STARTERSARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2020)–Santa Anita Park has announced a new program to reward the owners of horses who have supported the current race meeting with a Loyalty Bonus to horses who have raced from December 28, 2019 through February 29, 2020.  From March 6 through the end of the season on June 21, all eligible horses will receive an additional 10 percent bonus in their first start during that period (paid on first through fifth place earnings). The bonus money will be fully funded by Santa Anita and The Stronach Group and is separate from the purse account.Santa Anita also announced that beginning March 6 and through the end of the meet, the track will pick up the costs for up to two veterinary examinations for each horse entered.  All horses are eligible for the reimbursement, whether or not they have previously run at the track this season.“It is very important that we reward those who have been loyal to us this winter,” said Aidan Butler, Acting Director, California Operations for The Stronach Group. “While the Santa Anita Sunshine Bonus announced last week was designed to boost horse inventory, this bonus is for our owners and trainers who have supported us this winter and we want them to know we appreciate that support.“In addition, we know that while the additional veterinary protocols put in place are keeping the horses safer, they come at a cost to our owners.  We want to thank everyone for working with us to modernize the sport by offsetting these costs this season. We are talking with our stakeholders, including veterinarians, owners and trainers, to determine the most efficient way to implement this.”The Santa Anita Loyalty Bonus will begin Friday, March 6, which kicks off the prestigious Santa Anita Handicap weekend.  Entries for the races on March 6 will be taken on Sunday, March 1. The program will be in effective through the remainder of the current Winter/Spring Meeting, which concludes on Sunday, June 21.  Runners in stakes races will not be eligible for the Santa Anita Loyalty Bonus.For additional information on the Santa Anita Loyalty Bonus and the Santa Anita Sunshine Bonus, please contact the Santa Anita Racing Office at (626) 574-6352.last_img read more