Mick Peterson

2019 Fall Equine Speaker Series Announced At University of Louisville

The University of Louisville Equine Industry Program (EIP), with the support of Horse Racing Nation, invites the public to a free speaker series that focuses on the most current topics in the horse racing industry. “It is important for our program to be a leader in bringing stakeholders together for open dialogues addressing the matters […]

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‘We Are Ready For Change’: Top Thoroughbred Trainers Voice Support For Horseracing Integrity Act

The following is an “Open Letter to the Thoroughbred Community” submitted to media outlets Friday from a group of 16 trainers:  Horse racing is at a pivotal moment in its long history in the United States. The past six months presented a string of events at venerable Santa Anita Park that have shaken public confidence […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Breeders’ Cup Can Run But Not Hide From Safety Concerns

The Breeders’ Cup board of directors meets on Thursday, June 27, and a key topic for discussion almost certainly will be whether or not to maintain the organization’s commitment to hold this year’s two-day championships at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., on Nov. 1-2. The easy decision would be to say that things are […]

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Addressing Racing Surfaces: Consistency Is Key

As the Thoroughbred industry continues to work toward improved equine safety, experts say the key for best surface safety is consistency, which can be tough to achieve. Dr. Mick Peterson and Dr. Wayne McIlwraith recently addressed racing surfaces in a letter to the editor of the Thoroughbred Daily News. They noted that while the safety […]

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NTRA Donates $100,000 For University Of Kentucky Research On Horse Racing Surfaces

A gift of $100,000 announced today by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Charities will enable the University of Kentucky to further support equine surfaces and safety research under the direction of Mick Peterson, director of UK Ag Equine Programs. Funds will be used to renovate existing space within the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment […]

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View From the Eighth Pole: Staying The Course At Santa Anita

(Editor’s note: On Monday afternoon, the California Horse Racing Board announced that Friday’s special meeting has been cancelled and that discussions about Santa Anita were being moved to the regularly scheduled CHRB meeting on April 18. The following was published prior to the cancellation of the meeting.) The California Horse Racing Board meets this Friday for […]

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Santa Anita’s Main Track ‘In Outstanding Condition,’ To Open For Light Training On Monday

Santa Anita’s one mile main track will reopen for limited training Monday morning at 5 a.m. Closed for training and racing since this past Tuesday, training will be restricted to joggers and gallopers on Monday. Three renovation breaks will be taken as regularly scheduled. These breaks will be from 6 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., from […]

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Tim Ritvo Q&A: ‘There Are Things That Aren’t Acceptable Any More’

Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group’s Racing and Gaming Division that owns Santa Anita Park, sat down with Paulick Report publisher Ray Paulick to discuss the current situation at the Arcadia, Calif., track in the wake of the recent shutdown following a spike in racing fatalities that totaled 21 horses since opening […]

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‘Horses Need To Stay Active’: Santa Anita Reopening Inner Track For Light Exercise

Starting Friday, March 8, Santa Anita will reopen its inner exercise track to all horses stabled on the grounds.  That track, about six furlongs (three-quarters of a mile) in circumference, is inside both the one-mile main track and seven-furlong turf course at the Arcadia, Calif., racetrack  Since opening day there have been no catastrophic injuries […]

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Santa Anita: Moore, Peterson To Conduct Extensive Surface Testing Starting Thursday

Highly respected track man Dennis Moore will begin extensive testing and a thorough review of the one-mile main track at Santa Anita tomorrow. Mr. Moore and Dr. Mick Peterson of the Racing Services Testing Lab will do additional testing of the track to ensure track consistency and uniformity for both training and racing.  At the […]

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