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Thoroughbred Industry Organizations’ Statements On Current Crisis

It began with a media death watch during a cold and wet winter at Santa Anita Park. As the number of racing and training fatalities increased at the Arcadia, Calif., track (it topped out at 30 from Dec. 26 through June 22), local and then national media began to take notice. Santa Anita owner Belinda […]

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Can They Do That? The Legal Precedent (Or Not) Behind Hollendorfer’s Exclusion

In the wake of announcements from The Stronach Group (owner of Santa Anita Park and Golden Gate Fields in California, Gulfstream in Florida and Laurel and Pimlico in Maryland), and the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club that Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer would be denied stalls and entries at their facilities, readers have been asking […]

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Racing’s Red Tape Keeps Equine Therapists From Their Work In New York

In a stall at Todd Pletcher’s Keeneland barn in mid-April, a normally-fractious colt could be found relaxing, one leg cocked, lower lip drooping and eyes half-closed. Veronica Caravella was busy moving a flexible hose deliberately around various muscle groups as she applied pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy to relax tense or tired muscles. Caravella watched […]

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Foreman Relishes Match Series Return, Sees Further Potential In ‘Big-Event’ Focus

After considering 2018 a “trial balloon” from several standpoints, founder Alan Foreman is excited to have the Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship Series return for the second year of its revival, ready to really take flight. The 2019 MATCH Series kicks off Saturday on the Spring Stakes Spectacular program at Laurel Park with a quartet of $100,000 […]

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Report: New York Veterinary Board Limits Use Of Popular Therapy To Veterinarians And Technicians

A recent letter from the New York Board of Veterinary Medicine could cause problems for equine therapists and trainers throughout the state’s racing industry, according to a report from Thoroughbred Daily News. The regulatory board stated in a letter from earlier in April that pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) may only be used by veterinarians […]

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‘We Have Got To Do Better’: Mid-Atlantic Agencies Release Plan To Reduce Fatalities In Horse Racing

Concluding more than a year of regional discussion, study, review and consultation, the entire Mid-Atlantic region’s Thoroughbred racing industry on March 21 voted unanimously to formally adopt and fully implement a long-term and forward-thinking Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities. All of the region’s racetrack operators, horsemen’s organizations, breeders’ organizations, racing commissions and regulatory […]

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Stronach Group Reforms: Questions In California And A View From The Mid-Atlantic

As the hours tick down to Thursday’s meeting of the California Horse Racing Board – the first since Santa Anita was forced to cancel racing indefinitely following a rash of fatal breakdowns – everyone is wondering how The Stronach Group will propose to move forward with the reforms announced by Belinda Stronach March 14. A […]

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Report: Mid-Atlantic Horsemen To Discuss Partial Ban On Bisphosphonates

Alan Foreman, chairman of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association, told the Thoroughbred Daily News this week a group of Mid-Atlantic horsemen will soon discuss a ban on the use of bisphosphonates in racehorses in the region. The drugs, which were approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in older horses with laminitic pain, have […]

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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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MATCH Series Returns In 2019 With Revised Format, ‘Special Event Days’

After a celebrated and highly successful return to the racing calendar last year, the MATCH Series (Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championships) will return in 2019, featuring a new format designed to encourage more participation from horsemen, brand the series as special event days at the participating racetracks, and make it easier for the racing public to follow […]

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