Horsemanship The Order Of The Day As Santa Anita To Reward Grooms Each Day With ‘Best Turned Out’ Program, Presented By Avion Law
HORSEMANSHIP THE ORDER OF THE DAY AS SANTA ANITA TO REWARD GROOMS EACH DAY WITH ‘BEST TURNED OUT’ PROGRAM, PRESENTED BY AVION LAW
STARTING OPENING DAY, FRIDAY, ONE HORSE PER RACE TO BE ACKNOWLEDGED; $50 TO EACH GROOM
ARCADIA, CA (Sept. 27, 2023)—Horsemanship will again be the order of the day beginning with Santa Anita’s Autumn Meet opener on Friday, as the track will once again acknowledge one horse per race via its “Best Turned Out” program, presented by AVION LAW.
The “Best Turned Out” determination will be made in the paddock and announced during the post parade of each race and the groom of each designated horse will be awarded a $50 Gift Card.
“AVION LAW is proud to sponsor the Best Turned Out program at Santa Anita,” said Richard Pearson, founder and principal at Avion Law. “As an owner myself, I’m delighted that my firm can show our appreciation for the grooms that put so much time, attention and energy into caring for the horses.”
Racetrack grooms are typically assigned two to four horses to care for and most establish close bonds nurtured by many hours spent together at their respective barns. Grooms arrive early, far in advance of sunrise and begin a daily routine that includes monitoring feed tubs, checking temperatures and legs, brushing, bathing, foot care, bandaging, setting tack and much more.
“A good groom is very important for any horse,” said trainer Mark Glatt Wednesday morning at Clockers’ Corner. “It’s very important for these horses to be happy horses. A good groom is one that gets along with them and understands each particular individual. That’s really what’s most important. Of course, there’s the normal hygiene that a groom is responsible for with each horse. Again though, the most important thing is keeping the horse happy and getting along with them.”
AVION LAW is a California-based international law firm focused exclusively on the private aviation industry. Determined from its creation to “make a difference,” the firm has a Giving Back program which is devoted to raising awareness of and making donations to, organizations both within and outside of the racing industry.
Santa Anita’s 19-day Autumn Meet will be highlighted by the 40th running of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, to be hosted by Santa Anita for a record 11th time on Nov. 3 & 4.
First post time for a nine-race program on Friday is at 1 p.m., with admission gates opening at 11 a.m. Parking and admission are free on Friday and Santa Anita offers $3 beers and $5 margaritas.