Mary Scollay

Finding Success in Reducing Horse Racing Fatalities: Now Where Do We Go?

The occurrence of fatal injuries to horses in flat racing in North America has decreased by 23 percent since the inception of standardized injury reporting into the Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database, says Dr. Mary Scollay in Equine Disease Quarterly. Fatalities began to decline 2013 and achieved statistical significance in 2015; it is believed that […]

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Click Here To Cheat? Online Peddlers Of Racehorse Snake Oil Go Largely Unchecked

A plain brown package arrived at the doorstep of Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director for the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. There was no return address label. No packing slip. According to what she had read online, the small vial inside containing a dark red liquid was “a proprietary formula that is an extremely potent […]

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Horse Racing Regulators’ Whack-A-Mole Challenge

Spent a few days at the 81st annual convention of the Association of Racing Commissioners International at Tampa, Fla. You’d think after 80 years they’d have this “regulating the horse and dog racing industries” thing figured out. Not necessarily so. But, as I learned in watching committee meetings and panel discussions of the RCI convention […]

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Shockwave: Two Sides of a Therapy

“Shockwave therapy” doesn’t sound like the friendliest of ways to treat an injury (some people mistakenly think it involves electric shocks). The treatment may not be as prickly as its name implies, but like so many other veterinary technologies, the treatment can be used with good or ill intent, depending upon its application. Much racing industry press […]

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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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Asmussen on ‘Real Sports’: I’m Not Somebody ‘That Cuts Corners’

The highly-regarded HBO show, Real Sports, tackled the issue of medication and breakdowns in racehorses in the debut of its May, 2014 edition Tuesday night. Reporter Bernard Goldberg interviewed several figures in the Thoroughbred racing industry, including veterinarians Kate Papp and Mary Scollay and both trainer Steve Asmussen and his former assistant Scott Blasi, the […]

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Lab: State Administration of Lasix Working in Kentucky

Since Kentucky regulators took over the administration of race-day Lasix in October of last year, scientists at the state’s official testing laboratory say the change in regulation appears to be doing its job. Although the rule change initially resulted in errors, adjustments in the administration procedures seemed to improve the process. Dr. Rick Sams, director of […]

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Task force formed to investigate Aqueduct breakdowns

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board today announced the selection of a team of nationally respected industry experts to investigate the circumstances that caused 20 equine fatalities at the Aqueduct Racetrack’s inner track meet between December 2011 and March 18, 2012. Last week, the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called on The […]

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States begin ‘complex’ review of medication rules

While industry groups can make proposals or put their support behind changes in race day medication rules, it will ultimately be up to individual states to determine the final outcome on the issue. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, for one, has started the “thorough” process of reviewing its medication rules – a process that began […]

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PAULICK REPORT FORUM brought to you by BREEDERS’ CUP: BARBARO’S LEGACY

By Ray Paulick When Barbaro streaked to the wire 6 1/2 lengths in front to win the 2006 Kentucky Derby, there was tremendous buzz throughout the racing world over the contributions the unbeaten son of Dynaformer could make to the Thoroughbred breed as a future stallion. Those hopes were dashed when Barbaro suffered a devastating […]

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