The grim statistics at Santa Anita Park continue to grow.According to The Associated Press, Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has been banned by the ownership of the Southern California racetrack after a fourth horse from his stable died. A 4-year-old gelding was hurt Saturday while exercising on the training track and later had to be euthanized. It was the first death of the meet on the training track, which isn’t used for racing, the report noted.The death marks the 30th at Santa Anita in seven months.The Stronach Group, which owns the track, said in a statement that the 73-year-old Hollendorfer “is no longer welcome to stable, race or train his horses at any of our facilities.”Furthermore, the track’s stewards scratched four horses trained by Hollendorfer that had been entered to run on Saturday and Sunday. The move came on the advice of a special panel that reviewed horses’ medical, training and racing history.”I’m training over 100 horses right now,” Hollendorfer told the Daily Racing Form. “Santa Anita didn’t want me stay on the grounds. My opinion was that was a premature thing to do. I thought it was extreme. Now I have to step away for a while.”It remains unclear if Hollendorfer, who has three wins in the Breeders’ Cup, will race at other tracks not owned by The Stronach Group. Santa Anita had closed for racing for three weeks in March after the deaths of the first 22 horses. Two days after racing resumed, a 23rd horse died March 31.The deaths also prompted investigations by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office and the California Horse Racing Board.After six weeks without a death, seven fatalities have occurred since May 17.
DES MOINES — A GOP proposal on the legislature’s agenda this month would change who selects half the members of the commission that sends the governor nominees for vacant judgeships. Vanderbilt University professor Brian Fitzpatrick spoke recently at a Des Moines event organized by the Iowa Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society.“Lawyers are no less political than anyone else when they are on these judicial selection bodies,” Fitzgerald said.Today half of the members of the Iowa Judicial Nominating Commission are lawyers elected to the commission by other lawyers. Representative Steven Holt, a Republican from Denison, says fewer than one out of five Iowa attorneys votes in the elections for commission members.“We’re talking about a system that I believe is not representative of the people because you’ve got 18.45 percent of this attorney group placing these folks on the commission,” Holt says, “and I don’t think that is the way we need to do it.”Holt is leading House consideration of the GOP’s plan to have the top four legislative leaders from both parties appoint half the Judicial Nominating Commission members. Representative Mary Wolfe, a Democrat from Clinton who is an attorney, opposes the move.“If we switch to this plan, the people of Iowa are going to have to walk into courtrooms, knowing that we are putting politics first,” Wolfe says.The legislators made their comments this weekend during an appearance on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” program.