The Golden Gate Fields Racetrack located in Northern California is set to shut down this autumn


The Stronach Group, the owner of the track, has announced its intention to shift its focus to Santa Anita in Southern California and San Luis Rey Downs for racing and training activities. Following the conclusion of the Golden Gate Fields meet, the company plans to relocate horses from the Bay Area to Arcadia with the aim of improving field sizes and introducing a fourth day of racing at Santa Anita starting in January. Belinda Stronach, the CEO and president of The Stronach Group, expressed the company's unwavering commitment to racing in California. In a statement, she emphasized the significance of Santa Anita Park and San Luis Rey Downs as state-of-the-art facilities that offer superior racing and training opportunities. The strategic decision is intended to enhance program quality, expand race days, provide increased wagering opportunities, and deliver premier hospitality and entertainment experiences. This approach is crucial for sustaining California's racing industry and enabling it to thrive on a national scale. Recognizing the profound impact that the closure of the Bay Area track will have on employees, owners, trainers, jockeys, and stable workers, Stronach affirmed the company's dedication to fulfilling labor obligations. While the closure of Golden Gate Fields is undoubtedly a significant change, The Stronach Group aims to support those affected by the transition and ensure a smooth process. By consolidating resources and focusing on Santa Anita and San Luis Rey Downs, The Stronach Group aims to strengthen the racing landscape in California and uphold its commitment to the sport, while also creating new opportunities and experiences for racing enthusiasts and participants.

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