Santa Anita Park, Tom Goldman, Melissa discussed on Weekend Edition Saturday


But first we go to southern California and Hearst racing. We're nearly two dozen horses. Have died on a race track in recent months NPR's, Tom Goldman joins us now. Tom good morning. Good to be with you Melissa twenty two horses have died at Santa Anita park since the end of December, which is just a shocking number. The most recent death came on Thursday. What is behind this? Investigators don't know at this point. Why this many catastrophic breakdowns in other words injuries the horses suffered while running forcing them to be euthanized. Sadly, this this happens in racing. But really what what's happened? At Santa Anita in less than three months is an outlier. Investigators are looking at a number of factors, including the track's condition. People there on. Daily basis Sates in great shape. But there has been a lot of rain and cooler temperatures potentially affecting the trap this week on Thursday Santa Anita did announce it it'd be making some changes. What did they say? Yeah. The company that owns the track issued notable changes for an American race track of banning the controversial diarrhea Lasix from being given a horses on the day, they run and most countries don't allow it on race days the US does. So this puts Santa Anita in line with most of the of the world. Other new changes limit the use of whips on horses and the use of other drugs, like anti inflammatories, joint injections, which could mask pain and allow horses to run when they shouldn't. And finally, Melissa the district attorney's office announced yesterday, it would investigate the people for the ethical treatment of animals has been pushing for this once trainers and veterinarians investigated in that prompted this response from an official with the California. Thoroughbred trainers quote. We welcome an investigation. It's long past the time that these unfounded accusations be proven wrong and that everyone realize her trainers. I concern always is for their horses. Kale's move onto March madness bracket. It's at fans are so eagerly awaiting what should we be expecting hoping for madness in both the men's and women's tournament. No, clear favorites. Although in the men's dukes Zion. Williamson the next LeBron James in case you hadn't heard Melissa. I've heard something about that. He's back from a knee sprain caused by his exploding Nike, and he led the blue devils past archrival North Carolina last night in the ACC tournament. He makes Duke very good others to watch North Carolina, Gonzaga, Virginia, Tennessee on the women's side Yukon has gotten through a rocky season for them losing to whole games. But for once they're not the overwhelming favourite going in Baylor which beat the huskies this season is ranked first in the country all five top teams of loss game. So Notre Dame Mississippi State Louisville. They're all contenders to well. Last may the supreme court legalized sports betting. How's that going to play out? Hold onto your hat. I'm holding on for the first time ever people will actually bet money on the tournament shocked. No, not really actually it just means more people can bet legally around the country without flying to Las Vegas. It'll mean the billions already a bet should increase and increase the overall amount of money billions surrounding tournament. None of it. Of course. Going to the athletes who generate the product. Right NPR's, Tom Goldman, Tom. Thank you so much. You're welcome. You're listening to weekend edition.

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