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Knapp Suspended 15 Days for Soundness Exam Violation

Santa Anita Park stewards March 17 fined owner/trainer Steve Knapp $1,000 and suspended him for 15 days from April 1-15 for violating California’s training soundness rules after one of his unraced horses, Truest of True, had a fatal injury Jan. 18.

According to a complaint issued Jan. 20, two days after Truest of True died from a metacarpal injury, Truest of True arrived at Santa Anita Sept. 25, 2023, and as a then-3-year-old with no prior race or work history, was required to have a training soundness exam prior to beginning training. The complaint indicated that the horse subsequently had timed three-furlong workouts Nov. 5, Nov. 12, and Jan. 18.

In a separate ruling Sunday, stewards fined Knapp $500 for similar soundness examination violations related to the horse Nickel Nickel Nine last fall.

The CHRB advanced new soundness exams and veterinary record reporting in 2022, focusing on horses whose profiles indicate they are at a higher rate of injury.

The CHRB has been criticized for its oversight of workout regulations, including after it issued a complaint last fall against trainer Dan Blacker for 527 violations related to not scheduling a veterinary exam per CHRB rules 72 hours or less before a workout. He was ultimately suspended for 90 days and fined $15,000. Those infractions were also discovered after a fatality investigation.

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Following the Blacker complaint, the CHRB announced in October it would begin working with InCompass Solutions to create an automated system.

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