AHEAD OF OPENING DAY FOR SANTA ANITA’S 83RD SEASON, NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN TECHNOLOGY INSTALLED TO ASSIST IN THE HEALTHCARE OF EQUINE ATHLETES

AHEAD OF OPENING DAY FOR SANTA ANITA’S 83RD SEASON, NEVER-BEFORE-SEEN TECHNOLOGY INSTALLED TO ASSIST IN THE HEALTHCARE OF EQUINE ATHLETES

ARCADIA, CA – Santa Anita Park will open for its 83rd Season on December 26th. This week, the standing PET Scan machine was installed which will assist in the identification of preexisting conditions in the fetlock, the most common area for injuries to occur in racehorses. This new technology is the first of its kind in the sport and will be housed at the Nuclear Medicine Facility in the barn area at Santa Anita operated by the Southern California Equine Foundation, that also operates the equine hospital in the barn area.

When: Friday, December 13th

What: 12:00-12:15PM: Media Arrive at Clocker’s Corner prior to provided tram transportation

12:30PM – 1:15PM: Media Demonstration in the Nuclear Medicine Facility and Conversation led by Dr. Joe Dowd

Dr. Dowd, President of the Southern California Equine Foundation, will lead a demonstration of the new standing PET Scan with a racehorse.

Dr. Mathieu Spriet, the lead researcher behind the standing PET Scan Machine from UC Davis, will share how this never-before-seen technology was researched and developed.

Dr. Ryan Carpenter will be available for questions about the standing MRI machine which is scheduled to arrive in early 2020.

Where: Santa Anita Park, 285 Huntington Dr, Arcadia, CA 91007

12:15 Tram departs from Clocker’s Corner to Southern California Equine Foundation ‘s Equine Hospital in Santa Anita Barn Area

Who: Dr. Joe Dowd, President of Southern California Equine Foundation

 Dr. Mathieu Spriet, Associate Professor at UC Davis, Principle Investigator for PET Scan Project

Dr. Ryan Carpenter, Equine Veterinarian and Surgeon at Santa Anita Park