Dr. Kathryn Papp

‘Very Survival Of The Sport At Risk’: HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Examines Racing Fatalities

“With so many racehorses dying every year in America, how long will horse racing itself survive?” That’s the fundamental question asked by correspondent Bernard Goldberg on HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” which aired a 20-minute segment on equine fatalities in Thoroughbred racing in the U.S. on Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET. The feature, […]

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‘I Want To Save The World’: Love Her Or Hate Her, Papp Is Determined To Change Horse Racing For The Better

Veterinarian Dr. Kate Papp is one of those people whose brain is always on overdrive, as if it has its own direct infusion of caffeine. She sometimes has to gulp for air mid-sentence because although she speaks fast, it isn’t fast enough to get one thought out before another one breaks through. She frequently wakes […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: What Became Of Silent Ruler?

Most of the time, our Lost and Found subjects are horses or people who have disappeared from public view for a while, leaving readers to wonder what they’ve been up to lately. Six-year-old Silent Ruler is somewhat the opposite scenario; for most of his career, he toiled in obscurity and only made headlines this fall […]

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Pennsylvania Commission: Another Horse Removed From Trainer, Active Investigation Underway

Days after the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission extended penalties given to owner/trainer Mario Rafael Rodriguez for “failure to provide proper veterinarian care” to a horse with a broken ankle, the commission confirms there is an active and ongoing investigation into Rodriguez’s operation at Penn National. State veterinarians and commission officials removed another horse, a […]

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Pennsylvania: Vet’s Conduct on Notice, but Not Facebook Posts

A hearing examiner for the Pennsylvania State Horse Racing Commission has ruled that public statements on Facebook or other social media may not be used by officials to determine whether a licensee’s conduct is detrimental to the best interests of the sport. Penn National officials said critical, vulgar, and threatening Facebook posts by veterinarian Dr. […]

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Congressional hearing: witness list a stacked deck

Six of the nine witnesses invited to speak at Monday’s hearing of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health have signed a letter supporting federal legislation to ban race-day medication in horses, and one of the remaining three has written a book that charges widespread cheating in horse […]

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