Natalie Voss

California Commissioners Unanimously Vote To Withdraw From RCI

At a Thursday meeting of the California Horse Racing Board, commissioners unanimously approved a measure to withdraw from the Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI), citing differing philosophies, among other issues. The possibility of withdrawal had come up after commissioners say a change in the RCI’s structure awarded board positions based on number of wagering […]

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‘The Lucky Ones’: Thoroughbred Welfare Group Offers Look Inside The Aftermath Of I Care I Help

The National Thoroughbred Welfare Organization (NTWO), a 501(c)3 non-profit, is asking the public for help in caring for “the lucky ones” — a handful of the few living horses remaining from the aftermath of I Care I Help. The Paulick Report first began reporting on the activity of I Care I Help in April 2018, […]

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Racing Officials Can Help With Biosecurity, But Logistics Are Tricky

When a disease outbreak happens at a racetrack — as they do a few times a year — veterinarians, horsemen, and racing officials quickly become concerned about biosecurity protocols, the measures that can minimize the chances for disease to travel from one horse to another. One state veterinarian is hoping that, armed with a little […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Cosequin: Creatures Great And Small

There was something different about one of the shed rows in the stakes barn area at Pimlico on Preakness weekend this year. The aisle was neatly raked, uniform stall guards were up, a fan was quietly humming away in the early afternoon. Horses turned away from their open doors, cocking one leg while dozing. But […]

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Ryan Urges Tracks To Take A Good, Hard Look At Medical Protocol – And Not Just For Jockeys

In summer 2017, a groom collapsed in the paddock at Laurel Park while leading a horse, stricken by a heart attack. While the people immediately around him panicked, racetrack security knew exactly what to do – they called for a medical doctor to the paddock, and Dr. Kelly Ryan of Medstar Sports Medicine responded. Ryan […]

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Maryland Seeks To Improve Quality, Safety With Stricter Performance Requirements

Maryland is raising its performance requirements for horses stabled or entered at Laurel and Pimlico, which officials there hope will result in a better racing product and improved equine welfare. A note appearing on overnights last month informed horsemen any horse which has not finished first through fourth in its last eight starts would no […]

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Racing’s Red Tape Keeps Equine Therapists From Their Work In New York

In a stall at Todd Pletcher’s Keeneland barn in mid-April, a normally-fractious colt could be found relaxing, one leg cocked, lower lip drooping and eyes half-closed. Veronica Caravella was busy moving a flexible hose deliberately around various muscle groups as she applied pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy to relax tense or tired muscles. Caravella watched […]

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New Bolton Developing Biological Passports, With Help From Pennsylvania Breeders

It sounds like something out of a science fiction movie: Rows of vials in a laboratory freezer, each containing detailed biological maps of what’s going on inside the bodies of dozens of horses at specific moments in time. The frozen blood samples might one day hold the keys to making racing clean and drug-free, predicting […]

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Cross, Trainer Of Derby-Winning Sunny’s Halo, Dies At Age 84

David Cross Jr., lifelong horseman, Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Famer, and trainer of 1983 Kentucky Derby winner Sunny’s Halo, died this week at the age of 84, according to the Daily Racing Form. Cross had battled a series of health issues in recent years and had been in hospice care in Lexington, Ky., according […]

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The Pennsylvania EHV Outbreak That Wasn’t

Nearly a week after it issued a disease outbreak alert through the Equine Disease Communication Center (EDCC), the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture says there isn’t an outbreak of EHV (equine herpesvirus) in the state. On May 17, the EDCC published a disease finding alert from the state indicating a horse on a Chester County equestrian […]

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