Stronach Group Streamlines Southern California Racing Operations

The Stronach Group, a prominent entity in the racing industry, has unveiled a strategic initiative to consolidate, revitalize, and drive innovation in racing across Southern California. As part of this endeavour, the company has announced its decision to close Golden Gate Fields at the conclusion of the 2023 racing meet, focusing its resources on the renowned Santa Anita Park and San Luis Rey Downs.

Following the closure of Golden Gate Fields, the primary objective will be to ensure a seamless transition for horses from Northern California to Southern California. This move aims to augment field sizes and introduce an additional day of racing to the weekly calendar at Santa Anita Park, commencing in January 2024. By consolidating racing operations, the initiative will unlock opportunities for expanded content, enhanced wagering possibilities, and an elevated customer experience at Santa Anita Park.

The Stronach Group is committed to collaborating with key stakeholders in the industry, including the California Horse Racing Board, Thoroughbred Owners of California, California Thoroughbred Trainers, and racetracks such as Del Mar and Los Alamitos. Working together, a comprehensive plan will be developed to facilitate the relocation of horses and employees to Southern California, ensuring a smooth transition while supporting all those affected by the closure.

This strategic consolidation effort by The Stronach Group demonstrates its dedication to advancing racing in Southern California, fostering growth, and optimizing the overall racing experience for participants and enthusiasts alike.

“The Stronach Group remains steadfastly committed to racing in California,” said Belinda Stronach, Chairwoman, Chief Executive Officer and President, The Stronach Group. “We believe that the future success of racing depends on a business model that encourages investment in Southern California, one of North America’s premier racing circuits. Focusing on Santa Anita Park and San Luis Rey Downs as state-of-the-art racing and training facilities that offer enhanced program quality, increased race days, expanded wagering opportunities, and premier hospitality and entertainment experiences is vital to ensuring that California racing can continue to compete and thrive on a national level.”

Stronach added “We recognize that the decision will have profound effects on our valued employees as well as the owners, trainers, jockeys and stable personnel at Golden Gate Fields. The Stronach Group is committed to honouring labour obligations and developing a meaningful transition plan.”

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