Horse Welfare

JONES SUSPENDED FOR CLENBUTEROL POSITIVE

By Ray Paulick Stewards at Delaware Park have suspended trainer Larry Jones for seven days, fined him $500 and ordered a purse redistribution following a hearing on Tuesday concerning the discovery of a higher than permitted level of Clenbuterol in a post-race test for Two Bucks Stable’s Stones River, who won a June 8 allowance race […]

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WALDROP’S WAFFLE

By Ray Paulick National Thoroughbred Racing Association CEO Alex Waldrop said his organization neither opposes nor supports a U.S. House of Representatives bill that would criminalize transportation of horses with the intention they be slaughtered for human consumption. A letter from Waldrop expressing the NTRA’s neutrality was entered into the record on Wednesday by […]

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HETTINGER: A MAN WHO LOVED HORSES

Saturday was a bad day for horses. One of their best friends in the world, John Hettinger, passed away at the age of 74. No one fought harder to end the slaughter of horses in the United States than John Hettinger. He was tireless and passionate about ending slaughter. He talked about it, wrote […]

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HERE’S TO YOU, MRS. ROBINSON

Everyone should have a mother like Jeremy Rose’s mom. Cynthia Robinson is the sometimes meddling mother of the 29-year-old rider who has been in the news for whipping a horse in the face at Delaware Park and receiving a six-month suspension that was reduced this week by the Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission to three […]

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SLAUGHTER GOES UNDERGROUND

The following guest commentary by Alex Brown (www.alexbrownracing.com) discusses the recent implementation by some racetracks of a zero tolerance policy for horse slaughter and the unintended consequences those programs may have.. — Ray Paulick  By Alex Brown  Recently some racetracks in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region have adopted a zero-tolerance policy for horse […]

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WHY SANTA ANITA STAYED SYNTHETIC

After all the problems Santa Anita experienced with its Cushion Track synthetic surface this past season, why did track management decide not to go back to a conventional dirt track and instead commit to installing a synthetic surface manufactured by the Australian company Pro-Ride? Aside from the fact the California Horse Racing Board has mandated […]

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FIRST-TIME OFFENDER?

The wise guys are out in force: “Knock me over with a feather,” they are saying in response to the latest news about Rick “No Show” Dutrow, who will be handed a 15-day suspension from the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, which also will redistribute the $20,000 second-place purse won by Salute the Count in the […]

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DUTROW ‘QUICK RETURN’ HORSE EUTHANIZED

Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Rick Dutrow is making headlines again, and it’s not good news. Unrequited, a 5-year-old gelding Dutrow trained for the Jay Em Ess Stable, was euthanized on Tuesday after suffering a fractured pelvis in a claiming race at Monmouth Park on Sunday. Frank Zanzuccki, executive director of the New Jersey Racing Commission, […]

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INDUSTRY IN THE CROSSHAIRS: A PREVIEW – NTRA Marginalized; Credibility in Question

Will they or won’t they?   That’s the big question I have about a group of U.S. Congressmen who have nothing else to do (health care, foreclosure crisis, soaring gas prices, Iraq war?) but put the horse racing industry in the crosshairs during a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday entitled “Breeding Drugs and Breakdowns: The […]

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