Horse Welfare

EXCLUSIVE: NTRA CONFIDENTIAL

By Ray Paulick Within two weeks of the June 19 Congressional hearings that looked into Thoroughbred racing’s safety and medication issues, a small group of industry insiders met at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., to discuss potential reforms that could stave off threatened federal intervention. A confidential discussion document that came out of the Keeneland meeting […]

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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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