Thoroughbred fatalities

Pennsylvania group urges review of racing regulations

The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition – a statewide group representing more than 10,000 trainers, owners and breeders of the horseracing industry in Pennsylvania – today called for a series of meetings on the state level made up of key stakeholders in the Pennsylvania horse racing industry with the goal of improving the health and safety of […]

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Australian jumps racing faces pressure following death

The death of a horse in the first steelplechase event of the season at Australia’s Sandown Race Course is prompting calls from animal rights groups to ban the sport.  Victoria and South Australia are the only states that conduct jumps racing.  RSPCA Victoria president Hugh Wirth tells the Racing Post state government is to blame […]

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Crist: Racing needs to stand up for itself

The Daily Racing Form’s Steven Crist adds his voice to the varied industry reaction concerning last weekend’s New York Times story on horse racing.  Crist says the Times’ “overreaching conclusions” are based on flawed statistical analysis exemplified best by the finding that Saratoga Race Course, “one of the safest tracks in the world,” had an […]

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Times responds to Beyer’s concerns over horse racing piece

The New York Times investigative team responsible for last weekend’s story on injuries and fatalities in horse racing has responded to criticism about the way the story was presented.  Specifically, the reporters challenged assertions made in a Daily Racing Form column by Andrew Beyer that the Times piece failed to make a clear distinction between […]

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New York to unveil public database on racing deaths

New York racing officials plan to make a searchable database available to the public that chronicles every racing fatality at the state’s tracks over the past three years.  The Blood-Horse says the database has been in the works for months: “A state source told The Blood-Horse that the new database is an attempt to bring […]

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NTRA, AAEP respond to Times report on horse racing

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners issued statements Tuesday regarding the New York Times report on horse racing published over the weekend.  From NTRA president Alex Waldrop: “Recent media reports have presented a sobering assessment of the safety and integrity of horse racing. The NTRA takes these reports very […]

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Beyer, Shanklin: NY Times’ failure to draw distinctions may cloud results

While acknowledging the need for reforms in the Thoroughbred industry, some are expressing their frustration that the New York Times, with its expose on horse racing, is unfairly lumping together Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing to the detriment of its investigatory results.  At the Daily Racing Form, Andrew Beyer, who says drugs are certainly an […]

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Limited response from industry so far on Times story

The level of response to last weekend’s New York Times piece on horse racing has been mixed so far.  National Thoroughbred Racing Association president Alex Waldrop told the Daily Racing Form the Times offered a “sobering look at certain aspects of horse racing,” and that the NTRA planned to issue a formal response. Sunland Park […]

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Shanklin: ‘Sensationalized’ NY Times story must lead to reforms

At Horse Racing Business, Bill Shanklin is among the many people reacting to this weekend’s expose on horse racing in the New York Times, which particularly focused on Quarter Horse racing in New Mexico.  Shanklin says the Times may have taken a sensational slant with the piece in an effort to boost its flagging readership, […]

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