British Horseracing Authority

British Racing Reports Lowest Average Fatality Rate In At Least Two Decades

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) published statistics this week that show horse racing’s fatality rate at its lowest number on record. According to the Racing Post, the 2018 fatality rate was .22 percent, higher than in prior years. However, the five-year rolling average fatality rate, including last year’s numbers, was .19 percent, the lowest figure […]

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‘Clear And Compelling Evidence’: British Horseracing Authority Review Finds Unethical Acts In Bloodstock Industry

The British Horseracing Authority released an 83-page report detailing various unethical actions in the country’s bloodstock industry with plans to improve the industry’s integrity, and members of that country’s industry have pledged to reverse that momentum, Racing Post reports. The full release of the report concludes a two-year long, wide-sweeping investigation of England’s bloodstock industry, […]

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Jockeys’ Guild: ‘Catastrophic Consequences’ Could Result From ‘Safety Only’ Riding Crop Use

As the organization representing jockeys throughout the United States, the safety of both our equine and human athlete are paramount and of the upmost importance.  Furthermore, it must be recognized that the Jockeys’ Guild and our members are adamantly opposed to any animal abuse and any person who does so should be fully punished for […]

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Britain: Harsher Penalties For Whip Use May Be Coming Up

British Horseracing Authority chief executive Nick Rust revealed this week he is considering implementing harsher penalties for whip use violations in that country. Rust pointed to comments from jockey Hayley Turner after her win at Royal Ascot that the fine of £1,600 and nine-day suspension she incurred would likely have no impact on her riding […]

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Banned Trainer Al Zarooni Seeking ‘Pardon’ From British Horseracing Authority

Trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni is seeking a pardon from the British Horseracing Authority, according to, to drop the remainder of his eight-year ban for anabolic steroids. The ban was handed down in April of 2013 after 11 horses in his care tested positive for the steroids ethylestranol and stanozolol. “The past six years have been […]

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New York To Uphold Velazquez’ Whip Use Suspension From Royal Ascot

On Wednesday at Royal Ascot, Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez was suspended nine days by the British Horseracing Authority for “using his whip above the permitted level and in an incorrect place from approximately 1 ½ furlongs out.” According to, Velazquez’ suspension will be upheld by the New York State Gaming Commission, beginning on […]

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Lead Pants: BHA Suspends Jockey, Trainer’s Assistant For Adding Weight After Win

The British Horseracing Authority has handed down punishments to a British jockey and a trainer’s assistant for an incident involving a half a pound of lead two years ago. According to their confessions, rider Robbie Dunne carried a half a pound less than he was supposed to in a novice handicap and the assistant, Barry […]

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Aintree, British Horseracing Authority To Review Three Deaths At Cheltenham Festival

Up for Review became the first horse to suffer a fatal injury in the Grand National since 2012 this weekend, while Tiger Roll went on to win the race for a second year in a row. According to, both Aintree officials and the British Horseracing Authority will conduct a review of the Grand National death, […]

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British Racing To Resume In ‘Risk-Managed’ Setting On Wednesday

On Monday night, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) announced a risk-managed return to racing will take place from Wednesday this week. Racing in Britain had been canceled for the past six days as a result of an equine influenza outbreak. After consultation with its veterinary committee, and based on the latest tests conducted by the Animal Health […]

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