equine deaths

The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: Weeding Out The Bad Apples?

The national spotlight continues to burn hot on the Thoroughbred racing industry, with California lawmakers weighing in on the sport this week and media outlets giving their take on the future of the horse racing industry. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the investigations of equine deaths at […]

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Washington Post Column: Horse Racing Needs Governing Body, Not Legislation

Washington Post columnist Sally Jenkins added her voice Thursday to the national conversation about the future of Thoroughbred racing, given the 26 fatalities at Santa Anita since the end of last year. Jenkins argues that even though groups like The Jockey Club and the Water Hay Oats Alliance support the federal Horseracing Integrity Act, proper […]

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‘Enough Horse Deaths’: LA Times Editorial Board Urges Santa Anita To Call Off Rest Of Meet

In a piece published Wednesday, the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times called for Santa Anita Park to cut short the current meet, in light of the 26 equine fatalities that have occurred in the last five months, the last three of which occurred in a span of nine days. The Times gives Santa […]

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‘Need To Determine What We’re Doing Wrong’: Feinstein Renews Call To Suspend Santa Anita Racing

For the second time in as many months, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has requested a moratorium on horse racing at Santa Anita Park. The latest call comes after the 9-year-old gelding, Kochees, was euthanized Sunday, marking the third equine fatality in nine days and the 26th since Christmas. “How many more horses must die before […]

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View From the Eighth Pole: Staying The Course At Santa Anita

(Editor’s note: On Monday afternoon, the California Horse Racing Board announced that Friday’s special meeting has been cancelled and that discussions about Santa Anita were being moved to the regularly scheduled CHRB meeting on April 18. The following was published prior to the cancellation of the meeting.) The California Horse Racing Board meets this Friday for […]

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Opinion: What Do Football And Racing Have In Common? Injuries And Attitude

In a recent editorial for the Albany Times-Union, writer Chris Churchill observes that football and horse racing, sports on somewhat opposite trajectories for the past century, are starting to come together — and not in a good way. A spate of equine deaths during the Saratoga meet has sparked discussion and notice from protestors about […]

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Homeboykris ‘Will Remain In Our Hearts Forever’

Often forgotten when a horse dies on the racetrack are the people closest to him or her – the grooms, exercise riders and barn staff that provide daily care, understand their personalities and build an attachment to the animals that non-horse lovers will never understand. Toiling behind the scenes in anonymity, these men and women […]

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Seven Cheltenham Festival Deaths Prompt RSPCA To Meet With British Horseracing Authority

The hugely popular Cheltenham Festival in the United Kingdom was darkened this week as the four-day event gave way to seven equine deaths, the highest toll in at least the past 10 years. The Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced that it would be calling a meeting with the British Horseracing Authority […]

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Australian University Investigating Mystery Illness Affecting Equines

The University of Adelaide has researchers investigating the potential causes of an unknown illness that affected 14 horses in different regions of South Australia last year, killing eight of them. The affected horses suddenly became very ill, and began sweating, having muscle trembling, breathing rapidly and exhibiting general weakness; some also had a loss of […]

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What Happened Here? Causes of Feed Contamination

Cases of equine feed contamination have made national headlines in the last few months, many of them with deadly consequences. Beginning in Florida, where 22 horses were poisoned by monensin-contaminated feed from Lakeland Animal Nutrition, and most recently in South Carolina, where three horses were supposedly poisoned by ADM Alliance Nutrition, feed and concerns for […]

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