Natalie Voss

When It Comes To Lasix And Federal Legislation, Horse Racing Has Been Here Before

As a new year begins, some racing jurisdictions will begin considering or implementing a furosemide (Lasix) phaseout. In December, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted to approve a partial phaseout starting for 2-year-olds of 2020. Earlier last year, The Stronach Group and the New York Racing Association, together with Churchill Downs Inc., Los Alamitos, and […]

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New Jersey Attorney General: Alborano Raked In More Than $340K In Donations, Handed Civil Penalties Of $5K

Dina Alborano, founder of the now-defunct group ICareIHelp entered into an agreement with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General last month to pay civil penalties for allegedly violating state laws regarding charitable fundraising. A statement issued by the office on Jan. 13 indicates Alborano took in $344, 290 in donations between November 2017 […]

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Stocks And Studs: When Thoroughbreds And Investment Funds Mix

When revelations broke in late November that Phoenix Thoroughbreds, the big-spending new ownership group of mysterious origins, had been named in a money laundering case in New York, the racing world was abuzz. According to sales records, Phoenix has spent tens of millions of dollars in bloodstock over the past three years. Its website states […]

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Commentary: When Considering Racing’s Problems, Ask Yourself What You Can Do To Help

Soon, we will be able to close the book on 2019, and many of us who work in horse racing have never been so happy to see a year end. The start of a new year is often the time for reflection and hopes for a brighter future.  The horse racing community is an engaged […]

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Louisiana Stewards Hand Suspensions To Owner, Trainer Accused In Neglect Case

Stewards in Louisiana have issued lengthy suspensions to trainer Thomas Sam and owner Keith Sam in connection with the neglect and eventual death of 8-year-old gelding I Promised Youhuff. Rulings published Dec. 6 indicated that both Sams are suspended for the remainder of the Delta Downs meet plus ten days, and denied access to all […]

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California Racetrack Veterinarian To Colleagues: Don’t Fear Medication Reform

When The Stronach Group announced a slate of reforms aimed at improving equine safety and welfare last spring, there wasn’t much debate that new policies were needed, but not everyone in horse racing agreed with the list of changes. Dr. Ryan Carpenter, longtime Southern California racetrack surgeon, says that he was one of the skeptics.  […]

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Assessing A New OTTB: Veterinary Considerations

The movement of veterinary records from one trainer to another on the racetrack has recently become part of the discussion around improved racetrack safety. Many believe that informing the next horseman in a horse’s life about its previous treatments, illnesses and injuries is paramount to the welfare of the horse. Legal considerations make this tricky, […]

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Aftercare Should Not Be An Afterthought: Solutions For The Future

This is the conclusion of our three-part series on the state of Thoroughbred aftercare. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Depending on the day, working in Thoroughbred aftercare can feel especially impactful or incredibly futile. On one hand, horse racing has accomplished so much in a short amount of time in […]

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Emptying The Ocean With A Teaspoon: The Challenges Of Aftercare

This is Part 2 in a three-part series looking back at the last decade’s evolution in Thoroughbred aftercare. You can read Part 1 here. It’s easy to scroll through the Horse Care or Aftercare news sections on trade publication websites and feel pretty good about the state of Thoroughbred retirement and rehoming. It seems groups […]

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