A SMOKING GUN? SANTA ANITA IGNORED A TRAINER’S WARNING ABOUT UNSAFE TRACK CONDITIONS

On February 3, 2019, Blood-Horse magazine ran an article titled “Shelbe Ruis, Santa Anita at Odds Over Wet Track Scratch.” In retrospect, what Ms. Ruis had to say in early February about unsafe track conditions contradicts claims made by track management. She also alleged that she was “bullied” and “harassed” for scratching her horse.

In part, the article reads:

“Trainer Shelbe Ruis indicated Feb. 2 that she felt track management at Santa Anita Park put undue pressure on her to run 3-year-old colt and scheduled first-time starter, C Falls, on a wet main track she felt was unsafe.

Ruis, who trains for her father Mick Ruis’ Ruis Racing, took to Twitter Saturday after C Falls’ scratch was reported mid-card for the eighth race and said Santa Anita racing secretary Steve Lym ‘harassed’ her.

‘I was harassed from the new racing secretary for scratching my horse for unsafe conditions,’ Shelbe Ruis said on Twitter Saturday. ‘They don’t care about horse safety at Santa Anita.’”

Click here to read the Blood-Horse article.

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