EQUINE ACCOMODATIONS NEARLY COMPLETE AS SANTA ANITA READIES FOR INAUGURAL FASIG-TIPTON 2-YEAR-OLD IN TRAINING SALE ON JUNE 5 UNDER-TACK PREVIEW TO BE HELD MONDAY, JUNE 3 AT 10 A.M. ON SANTA ANITA MAIN TRACKARCADIA, Calif. (May 15, 2019)–With stabling accommodations nearly complete, Santa Anita Park is readying for its first-ever Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old in Training Sale here on Wednesday, June 5, at 1 p.m. PT.A total of 169 well-pedigreed juveniles have been catalogued and many are now on the grounds and in training. Two weeks prior to the sale, all horses will be stabled in temporary quarters adjacent to Santa Anita’s seven furlong chute, which provides ready access to those wishing to more closely inspect individual horses.“It’s great to be able to partner with an Industry leader like Fasig-Tipton,” said Tim Ritvo, COO for The Stronach Group. “We’ve enjoyed tremendous success with Fasig-Tipton in Florida and we’re looking forward to building upon that relationship here at Santa Anita.“As everyone knows, our 2-year-olds are the stars of tomorrow–which will be here before we know it. We’re already getting positive feedback from consignors and horsemen and we’re anxious to welcome everyone that’s coming to buy, sell and participate here on June 5. Moving forward, we see this sale as an important component to our overall business plan.”Prior to the June 5 sale, an under-tack preview will take place on Monday, June 3, at 10 a.m. Each catalogued individual will be assigned a hip number and will either breeze or gallop on the main track. This under-tack preview is open the public, but for those prospective buyers that cannot be here, each horse will be videotaped and available for viewing at FasigTipton.com.“There is a good mix of quality and sire power, both nationally and from California, being offered by prominent consignors from coast to coast,” said Fasig-Tipton California Representative Michael Machowsky. “The auction’s June sale date also gives buyers the convenience of sending their purchases straight to the racetrack from the sale to be readied for their summer debuts.”The Santa Anita Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old in Training Sale catalogue is now available in the Santa Anita Racing office and online at fasigtipton.com.
First Edition: October 5, 2012 This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. Today’s headlines include more coverage of how health policy issues were addressed during Wednesday’s presidential debate.Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Berwick: Debate Underscores Challenge Explaining Health Law; Highmark Files Suit Against West Penn Allegheny In PittsburghNow on the blog, Phil Galewitz reports on what one expert describes as the “challenges” related to explaining the health law: “More than two and a half years after he signed the most far reaching health care legislation into law, President Barack Obama showed in his Wednesday debate with Mitt Romney that explaining the law is still no easy job” (Galewitz, 10/5). Also on the blog, Essential Public Radio’s Erika Beras, working in partnership with Kaiser Health News and NPR, reports on a market development: “The Pennsylvania insurer Highmark has filed suit in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas to prevent West Penn Allegheny Health System from forming alliances with other entities. Last year, Highmark said it was purchasing the financially struggling hospital system. Last week, West Penn Allegheny announced it was breaking ties with Highmark and searching for other fiscal partners, because the insurer wanted the health care provider to file for bankruptcy, which they said amounted to a breach of contract” (Beras, 10/4).Check out what else is on the blog.The New York Times: Entering Stage Right, Romney Moved To CenterHe used the first presidential debate to speak out forcefully to its wide television audience against the idea of cutting taxes for the wealthy, noting that “high-income people are doing just fine in this economy.” Asked if there was too much government regulation, he answered, “regulation is essential.” And he praised the Massachusetts health care bill, calling it a “model for the nation” (Cooper, Kocieniewski and Calmes, 10/4).The New York Times: After Debate, Obama Team Tries To Regain Its FootingMr. Obama’s advisers appeared almost to expect a different Mitt Romney to turn up for the debate: the hard-edged conservative who had largely pitched his message to the Republican base. Instead, Mr. Romney softened his rhetoric, promising that his reform of Medicare would not touch benefits for older Americans and praising elements of Mr. Obama’s education policy (Landler and Baker, 10/4).The New York Times: Debate Praise For Romney As Obama Is Faulted As FlatAt this point, it remains unclear whether these snap assessments and others made immediately after the debate will be matched by the more sober judgments of voters in the upcoming days. Voters sometimes surprise the pundits by coming to different conclusions about the outcome of a presidential debate. And Mr. Obama’s top strategists predicted that some of Mr. Romney’s answers — in particular, his admissions about the need for a voucher system for Medicare — would deepen the concern in some communities about Mr. Romney’s policies (Shear, 10/4).The New York Times’ The Caucus: On Health Care, Two Visions With Their Own Set Of FactsIf there was one area where Mitt Romney and President Obama sometimes seemed to inhabit parallel universes at their debate on Wednesday night — with separate sets of assumptions, beliefs and even facts — it was on the question of health care and government’s role in providing it (Cooper, Goodnough and Pear, 10/4).The Associated Press/Washington Post: No Cap On Romney’s Medicare Payments For Future Retirees, But How Would GOP Plan Control CostsMitt Romney’s Medicare plan won’t try to control costs by limiting the payments that future retirees would use to buy private health insurance, aides say, adding detail to a proposal from the GOP presidential nominee that has both intrigued and confused many Americans. Reining in costs is vital to keeping Medicare affordable, and in their plans both President Barack Obama and Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, set limits on the growth of future spending (10/5).The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Debate Blurs Role Of Medicare Cost BoardIn defending a cost-control board in his health law, President Barack Obama during Wednesday’s debate cited the Cleveland Clinic as an example of how better health care is actually cheaper. But it’s unlikely the Medicare cost-control board would adopt many of the practices that have lowered costs at the renowned clinic, located in the electoral battleground of Ohio (Burton and Radnofsky, 10/4).Los Angeles Times: Obama And Romney Both Strayed From Facts In DebateObama, whose 2008 pledge to reduce insurance premiums is unfulfilled, continued to overstate the impact of the new healthcare law, claiming erroneously that premium increases had slowed in recent years. In fact, the average employee share of an employer-provided health plan jumped from $3,515 in 2009 to $4,316 in 2012, an increase of more than 22%, according to a survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust. That is up from an increase of 18% between 2006 and 2009. But Romney made more false claims about the healthcare law and his own plans to replace it (10/4).Politico: 5 Potential Dem House UpsetsFor Democrats to reach the 25-seat magic number to seize control of the House, they’ll need to score more than a few upsets on Nov. 6. So party strategists are starting to look beyond the lineup of races they’ve long focused on to a handful of longer shot contests in which they might find success if things break just right (Isenstadt, 10/5).Los Angeles Times: Feds Charge 91 Healthcare Providers With Billing FraudA federal healthcare strike force has charged 91 doctors, nurses and other licensed medical professionals in a nationwide sweep in connection with fraudulently billing the government nearly $430 million. Those charged included a group in Los Angeles that ferried patients for ambulance rides that were never medically necessary (Serrrano, 10/4).Los Angeles Times: Kaiser Permanente CEO George Halvorson To RetireThe longtime chairman and chief executive of Kaiser Permanente, George Halvorson, plans to retire in December 2013, and the nonprofit health system is searching for a new leader (Terhune, 10/5).The Washington Post: Small Businesses Push Back On DC Insurance-Exchange MandateThe District’s small businesses may have to buy their employee health insurance through a city-run exchange come 2014, following a controversial vote by a city board. The D.C. Health Benefit Exchange Authority, charged with implementing the federal health-care overhaul, voted Wednesday evening to accept a recommendation that all health-insurance plans sold in the city for 50 members or fewer must be purchased through the exchange (DeBonis, 10/4).The Texas Tribune/New York Times: Medicaid Patient Shift Squeezes Home CaregiversThe abrupt exodus of thousands of South Texas Medicaid patients from one managed care health plan is putting a financial strain on home health providers already struggling to stay in business after the state’s transition to Medicaid managed care (Aaronson, 10/4).USA Today: Free Birth Control Project Cuts Teen Births, AbortionsAn experimental project that gave free birth control to more than 9,000 teen girls and women in one metropolitan area resulted in a dramatic decrease in abortions and teen pregnancies, a new study shows (Painter, 10/5).Check out all of Kaiser Health News’ e-mail options including First Edition and Breaking News alerts on our Subscriptions page.