New York governor calls for probe of Aqueduct fatalities

by | 03.15.2012 | 7:02am

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sent a letter to the New York Racing Association Wednesday expressing his concern about recent horse fatalities at Aqueduct Racetrack.  Since Nov. 30, the track has reported 15 fatal breakdowns, a trend Cuomo called “extremely disturbing” and one that “should not be allowed to continue.”

“Everyone understands that horse racing poses risks, but that cannot be an excuse for our inaction,” the letter concludes. “The status quo in all aspects of horse racing is not working, and we need to develop procedures now that work for the horses, riders, and the racing public in New York.”

NYRA said it will comply with the letter's request to hire an independent investigator to look into the issue and make recommendations on ways to prevent fatalities.

Meanwhile, NYRA officials have announced that Aqueduct racing will shift from the inner track to the main track March 21, two weeks earlier than planned.  This winter's deaths have occurred on the inner track.

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