Thoroughbred deaths

‘No Breakdowns’: New Rillito Equine Wellness Program Gets Positive Results

One of the first programs of its kind in the country, Rillito Race Track implemented an Equine Wellness Program during the 2019 Winter Meet. The program was a resounding success as there were no horse breakdowns during 96 races at the meet this year. “A couple years ago as Rillito was opening for the season […]

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Sequel New York Loses Three Mares, Foals To Horse Van Fire

Sequel New York reports that a trailer fire that occurred during transport from Kentucky to New York Tuesday killed three mares and their foals. According to the farm’s website, killed in the fire were: La Java and her colt by Constitution, owned by Red Diamond Stables; Starship Voodoo and her colt by Macho Uno, owned […]

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Old Friends: Former New York Horse Of The Year Say Florida Sandy Dies At 24

Say Florida Sandy, a multiple graded stakes winner and one of the greatest New York-breds of all time, has died.  The 24-year-old stallion, who was retired with Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, passed from an apparent heart attack on July 11, but a full necropsy is pending. Michael Blowen, founder and […]

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Bloodlines: Recent Deaths Weigh Heavy In Breeding Business

Kentucky breeders and racing fans everywhere have been slammed over the past week or so with the deaths of champions and leading sires. Both Gulch (age 32) and Kingmambo (26) died full of years and honors; they will be missed, but the time comes for us all. Champion sprinter Gulch was bred and raced by […]

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New York Times: Big claiming purses lead to sore runners and breakdowns

In the second part of an investigation into horse racing, the New York Times looks at how casinos at tracks have impacted purses and the health of horses running at those tracks. The prime example, the Times writes, is racing this past winter at Aqueduct.  According to the paper’s statistics, horses broke down or showed […]

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Horse in Luck stable euthanized after accident

HBO has reportedly suspended the filming of horse sequences for the TV series Luck while the American Humane Association investigates the death of a horse that reared and flipped over on her way back to her stall.  This is the third time a horse being used during filming of the TV series has died.  HBO […]

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Barn fire kills 38 horses at Michigan farm

A fast-moving barn fire reportedly killed more than three dozen horses at the farm of a former Michigan racetrack owner Tuesday night.  Various reports said 38 horses died.  The Jackson Citizen Patriot quoted eyewitness Rob Dunkley of Grass Lake Township, who called 911 when he saw the flames at Campbell Stables: “He could see vehicles […]

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Renowned sire Royal Academy dies at 25

One of the last links to the great Nijinsky – and to his equally great trainer Dr Vincent O’Brien – came to an end on Wednesday with the death of his son Royal Academy. The 25-year-old stallion succumbed to the infirmities of old age at Coolmore Australia. “It’s very sad,” said Tom Magnier, “Royal Academy […]

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Darley stallion, sire of Sarafina Refuse To Bend dies

Refuse To Bend, who was standing at Haras du Logis in France for the first time this season, died of a heart attack on Friday, February 10. Bred by Moyglare Stud Farm and a half-brother to Melbourne Cup winner Media Puzzle, the beautifully-bred son of Sadler’s Wells was trained as a juvenile by Dermot Weld […]

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