equine fatalities

What We Know, And What We Don’t, From 30 Years Of Racehorse Necropsies

Since the start of California’s equine necropsy program in 1990, researchers at the University of California-Davis and elsewhere have learned a lot about fatal injuries in racehorses. Data from the necropsy program has given regulators, veterinarians, and trainers pointers on the best way to manage risk factors from surface to training schedule to shoeing. Dr. […]

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UPenn Researchers Embark On Study Examining Interaction Between Lasix And Bisphosphonates

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) have announced the launch of a novel study exploring possible effects resulting from the combined use of furosemide, commonly known as Lasix, and bisphosphonates in equine athletes. Led by Dr. Mary Robinson, assistant professor of veterinary pharmacology and director of the Equine Pharmacology Laboratory at Penn Vet’s New […]

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Equine Injury Database 2019 Results: Fatality Rate Lowest Since 2009; Synthetic Rate Drops Below 1.0

An analysis of data from the 11th year of reporting to the Equine Injury Database (EID) shows a decrease in the rate of fatal injury in 2019 (1.53 per 1,000 starts) compared to 2018 (1.68 per 1,000 starts), The Jockey Club announced today. The 2019 rate of fatal injury is the lowest number since the EID […]

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CHRB Issues Report On 2018-19 Santa Anita Fatalities

The California Horse Racing Board has issued its report on the 23 fatalities that occurred during the Santa Anita race meet between Dec. 26, 2018 and March 31, 2019. The report was compiled by veterinarians and scientists, CHRB investigators, safety stewards and CHRB staff. The report examined in depth each of the fatalities, published key […]

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Breeders’ Cup Releases Bramlage Report On Mongolian Groom, Along With Six Areas For Policy Improvement

The extensive pre-race veterinary screening process at the Breeders’ Cup is good, but it can be better. That’s the conclusion from top equine surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage, who examined the circumstances surrounding the fatal injury of Mongolian Groom in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita. In a 25-page report released Wednesday, Bramlage noted […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Practice What You Preach On Equine Safety

The first Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit was held at Keeneland racetrack in October 2006 and brought together a respected group of owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys veterinarians, racetrack officials and regulators. The summit was arranged months after Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro sustained a severe injury in the Preakness that eventually took his life. […]

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Hayward: Passage Of Horseracing Integrity Act Critical For Industry’s Future

Veteran horse racing executive Charles Hayward says “nothing could be more important to the future of the sport” than passage of the Horseracing Integrity Act by the United States Congress. Writing in his View From the Rail column at ThoroughbredRacing.com, Hayward said he is encouraged by the fact that a majority of the 435-member House […]

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Reuters/Ipsos Public Opinion Poll Shows Challenges Ahead For Horse Racing

Sixty-two percent of Americans polled by Reuters/Ipsos have a less favorable impression of horse racing because of a series of high-profile fatalities over the past year, culminating with the death of Mongolian Groom in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. The online poll surveyed 1,005 individuals, 74% of which said […]

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Commentary: Don’t Concede Higher Moral Ground To Critics Of Horse Racing

As the horses paraded up to the Churchill Downs starting gate last May at the Kentucky Derby, America’s greatest horse race, months of eager anticipation gave way to sudden bursts of applause from the fans. These fans were cheering for the horses, for a moment, their horses. Loading into the gate, their horse, in their […]

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