equine deaths

Three Horses Dead After Three Days of Cheltenham Festival

Britain’s Cheltenham Festival of steeplechase races has been marred by three total equine deaths in as many days since its opening on March 11. Wednesday’s racing saw two horses, Akdam and Stack The Deck, put down after serious injuries, while Our Conor was euthanized after a fall during the Champions Hurdle on Tuesday. Royal Society […]

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Putting California Sudden Death Numbers in Perspective

At the April 11 meeting of the California Horse Racing Board, commissioner Bo Derek, chairman of the regulatory agency’s Medication and Track Safety Committee, in reviewing the sudden deaths of Thoroughbred racehorses at California tracks said that “no trainer or trainers have been mentioned in our discussions of sudden deaths.” Derek’s statement overlooked the numbers […]

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California Post-Mortem Program Has Major Flaw

One year ago, horsemen in New York were facing a major crisis when state government and racing regulators demanded answers for the sudden increase in equine racing fatalities at Aqueduct racetrack. Gov. Andrew Cuomo formed a task force to study the issue, and their report was the foundation of some significant recommendations that were put […]

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