Thoroughbred fatalities

Jockey Club Calls For Major Drug Reform, Says Fatality Spikes Will Continue Without It

The Jockey Club today released a major white paper calling for comprehensive reform of the U.S. horse racing industry including a major overhaul of drug use and uniform out-of-competition drug testing, citing the need for “transparency into the medical treatment, injuries, and health of all racehorses.” The paper’s release follows the death of 22 racehorses […]

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‘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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Rafael Bejarano Breaks Wrist In Spill; Boom Boom Bango Euthanized

Jockey Rafael Bejarano’s agent said the rider suffered a broken left wrist in Sunday’s final race at Santa Anita and will probably miss about a month of action, reports the Daily Racing Form. “Rafael most likely fell onto an outstretch arm and suffered a radius fracture,” agent Tora Yamaguchi told DRF. The jockey was thrown […]

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Despite Slight Uptick In Equine Injuries, Overall Trends Remain Positive

An analysis of data from the Equine Injury Database (EID) has shown a modest increase in the rate of fatal injury in 2017 (1.61 per 1,000 starts) compared to 2016 (1.54 per 1,000 starts), The Jockey Club announced today. Prof. Tim Parkin, veterinarian and epidemiologist from the University of Glasgow and consultant to the EID, […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Woodbine Jackpot $1M Carryover: Thinking ‘Absolute’?

A judge’s recent decision in Kentucky could have far-reaching consequences for horse racing, depending on what happens next. The case involves a medication overage appealed by trainer Graham Motion, and at stake is the long-standing trainer responsibility rule that maintains trainers have “absolute” accountability over what happens in their stables. Is it unconstitutional? In this […]

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Saratoga Fatalities: Any Common Risk Factors Involved?

Saratoga has been in the news this summer not just for its excellent racing and traditionally popular, fan-friendly atmosphere, but also for equine fatalities. So far this year at Saratoga, 17 horses have died, compared to 16 deaths in 2016 and 13 in 2015. The New York State Gaming Commission, New York Racing Association, and […]

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De Francis: What If An Over-Medicated Horse Collapses During The Triple Crown?

Joseph De Francis, formerly the CEO of the Maryland Jockey Club, is concerned that over the course of the Triple Crown classic races, “an overmedicated horse will collapse in front of millions of viewers, sending the industry’s already tenuous fortunes tumbling along with it,” according to a Baltimore Sun story. The 61-year-old warns that the […]

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Eight Horses Dead in Barn Fire at Central Kentucky Equine Clinic

Eight horses, including seven Thoroughbreds, were killed when a barn fire broke out at Equine Integrated Medicine near Georgetown, Ky, in the early morning on Feb. 9. The cause of the fire is unknown at this point, but a fire investigator is expected to examine the property in the afternoon. The Blood-Horse reports that veterinarian Clara […]

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California horse deaths up five percent in 2012, training fatalities more than triple at Santa Anita

Statistics released Friday by the California Horse Racing Board indicate that the number of equine fatalities on the state’s tracks rose five percent in the last fiscal year (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012). The increase was most pronounced among training fatalities on both dirt and turf at Santa Anita, which went from 12 […]

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Luck’s Cancellation: A Different Perspective

With all the shock of HBO pulling the plug on the second season of LUCK, green-lit after just one episode aired and barely after wrapping up episode 7, rumors went viral and the negative press has filled up our virtual inboxes. Now as the dust settles, the finale was actually the “Grand Finale,” and the […]

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