LOS ANGELES -- The California Legislature's bill that would specifically deal with the same racing safety questions that were raised after the death of Go For Wand at the Breeders' Cup Saturday at Belmont Park in New York will go into effect Jan. 1, but the California Horse Racing Board is wondering where the funds will come from to compile statistics on "injuries, fatalities and comparative accident rates for all racing and training venues . . . and to include recommendations concerning . . . safety."
"Using Belmont as an example, if that were to happen in California, the CHRB might say that the track surfaces need to be looked at," said Sue Ross, the legislative liaison for the CHRB. "But we don't have any geological engineers on our board. We would have to hire someone to do that. We've got to implement this Jan. 1, which means the first report is due in January, 1992. But right now, we don't have a person, we don't have a dollar, we don't have a dime. That's scary."