Aqueduct breakdowns

Aqueduct: Another Fatality Prompts Meeting Between Horsemen, Management

Several horsemen met with New York Racing Association officials after another equine fatality at Aqueduct on Thursday, the 14th breakdown in 26 days of racing. According to a report in the Daily Racing Form, the meeting, which lasted close to two hours, was attended by NYRA president and CEO Chris Kay, NYRA board members Anthony […]

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Trainers React to New NYRA Safety Protocols

Most New York-based trainers have voiced their support regarding the New York Racing Association’s new safety protocols that were announced last week. The new measures were announced due to the rash of fatal breakdowns that have plagued the current Aqueduct race meet. However, according to a report in the Blood-Horse, there is one new rule […]

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NYRA to Create ‘Poor Performance List,’ Other Measures to Reduce Injuries

This afternoon, the New York Racing Association (NYRA), in consultation with the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (NYTHA), announced additional steps to further enhance stringent safety protocols for thoroughbred racing already in place at Aqueduct Racetrack.  “The safety of our equine athletes and jockeys at Aqueduct Racetrack is a high priority,” stated Christopher Kay, Chief […]

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NYRA, NYTHA Meet to Discuss Aqueduct Equine Fatalities

In the wake of a troubling increase in the number of equine fatalities over the Aqueduct inner dirt track this winter, the New York Racing Association and New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association met on Saturday morning to address the issue and distributed separate press releases. From NYRA: The New York Racing Association cares deeply about, […]

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Violette: Horsemen ‘Deeply Concerned’ About Aqueduct Breakdowns

Rick Violette, Jr., president of the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, released the following statement on Friday. Earlier in the day, Aqueduct saw yet another fatal breakdown on track when Apex broke down at the three-eighths pole in the day’s second race. Apex’s is the eleventh racing-related death in the track’s 20 days of racing […]

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Handle Up at Aqueduct; Equine Fatalities Rise to Ten

Two numbers are up at Aqueduct so far this meet, according to the Daily Racing Form’s David Grening: the track’s handle, and its equine fatalities. Through Sunday, all-sources handle is up 10 percent over the first month of last year’s season, with no cancellations due to weather. The track has conducted 171 races, compared with 161 this […]

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Spill at Aqueduct Leaves Two Horses Dead, Rider Injured

A three-way spill in the eighth race at Aqueduct left one jockey injured and two horses dead on Friday afternoon. Laila’s Jazz with Cornelio Velasquez, Half Nelson with Israel Rodriguez, and Quick Money with Angel Serpa, all went down in the allowance/optional claiming event when Serpa and Quick Money tried to make a bid between horses […]

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‘Real Sports’ Segment a Disturbing Look at Racing’s Drug Culture

Whether you thought it was an agenda-driven “hit piece” or a sensationalized reflection of a troubled industry, the “HBO Real Sports” investigation of drugs and equine fatalities in Thoroughbred racing was painful to watch. The horse racing segment on the 26-time Sports Emmy-winning cable program debuted on Tuesday and will be replayed multiple times throughout […]

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Crist: Eliminating Aqueduct race dates as a safety measure ‘disingenuous’

NYRA’s brief explanation this week referencing safety as the reason for cutting Aqueduct’s race week back to four days was “disingenuous and sends a completely false message about the sport”, according to The Daily Racing Form’s Steve Crist. In reality, he estimates, NYRA was forced to do what many tracks across the country have had […]

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NY Task Force: ‘Perfect storm’ led to Aqueduct fatalities; overhaul needed

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced his office has received the findings and recommendations of the New York Task Force on Racehorse Health and Safety and that the state will undertake an unprecedented series of reforms to promote equine safety at New York racetracks. The Task Force was appointed at the request of the Governor’s […]

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