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Thoroughbred Owners Of California Seeks Alternative Federal Legislation

Four years ago at the annual membership meeting of Thoroughbred Owners of California, then-president Joe Morris said the TOC’s board of directors was “100 percent against the federal government or USADA being involved” with oversight of Thoroughbred racing medication rules. Morris was referring to the Horseracing Integrity Act, federal legislation that would make the United […]

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Racing Medication Debate Plays Out On NPR

The debate about the use of Lasix and other therapeutic medications has spilled over into national news as Belmont Day approaches. National Public Radio took a look at the issue Thursday, weighing the perspectives of animal rights groups, anti-medication advocates, and horsemen who want to continue using the therapeutics currently available to them. The California […]

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District Attorney Forms Task Force To Investigate Equine Fatalities At Santa Anita

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced on Tuesday the formation of a task force to investigate the 23 equine fatalities at Santa Anita Park. The district attorney’s office has been working with the California Horse Racing Board to monitor Santa Anita since March 16, but the independent task force is new. “I have […]

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‘There Is No Guarantee’: Scollay Urges Kentucky Racing To Learn From Santa Anita

The 23 deaths at Santa Anita have cast a grim spectre across the horse racing industry, and the fatal injury of Cathedral Reader at Keeneland during Saturday’s G1 Madison Stakes may move Kentucky into the same spotlight. “California racing is having an existential crisis, and I think we all need to look closely and say, […]

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Baffert: ‘They’re Not Our Livelihood, They’re Our Way Of Life’

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert addressed the recent spate of equine deaths at Santa Anita Park during an NTRA teleconference on Tuesday. Though none of the 23 fatalities were horses he trained, Baffert recognizes the serious nature of the national media coverage at Santa Anita. “The negative publicity, I’m very concerned about that,” said […]

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CHRB Unanimously Votes To Limit Whip To Use For Safety Only

The California Horse Racing Board voted unanimously Thursday to approve a rule which will make whip use inappropriate “except when necessary to control the horse for safety of the horse or rider.” Jockeys in violation of this rule could face fines, suspensions, or loss of purse, though stewards would not change order of finish on […]

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LA District Attorney To Work With CHRB In Investigation Of Equine Deaths

According to latimes.com and a statement released by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the Los Angeles County District Attorney has assigned investigators to look into the 22 equine deaths at Santa Anita Park. The DA investigators will be working in concert with the California Horse Racing Board’s ongoing investigation. A statement from PETA said […]

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Updated: No Evidence Of Scratches On Justify Tuesday, Colt Recovering From Bruise

Two days after trainer Bob Baffert told the media Kentucky Derby winner Justify was suffering from scratches, Kentucky Horse Racing commission veterinarians said the colt appeared to be sound once again. “The horse walked, jogged, and turned in tight circles in both directions today without evidence of lameness,” said Dr. Mary Scollay, equine medical director […]

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PETA Funds Lawsuit From Losing Horseplayer Against Trainer After Horse Tests Positive

According to a report from the Daily Racing Form, an Illinois-based horseplayer has filed suit against harness trainer Robert Bresnahan and owner J.L. Sadowsky LLC for more than $31,000 — the amount the man says he would have won if not for Tag Up and Go, who won the fourth race at Meadowlands on Jan. 15, […]

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Animal Charities Stepping Up To Aid Horses In Puerto Rico

Animal-related charities have put out the rallying cry to their supports throughout the U. S. as their focus shifts from helping horses and other animals in Florida and Texas to assisting with efforts in Puerto Rico. Hurricane Maria’s wrath has left much of the island devastated, with more than 3.4 million without power and many […]

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