equine fatalities

‘Very Survival Of The Sport At Risk’: HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ Examines Racing Fatalities

“With so many racehorses dying every year in America, how long will horse racing itself survive?” That’s the fundamental question asked by correspondent Bernard Goldberg on HBO’s “Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel,” which aired a 20-minute segment on equine fatalities in Thoroughbred racing in the U.S. on Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET. The feature, […]

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Layden: Santa Anita Storyline Brings Forth Differences In Public, Insider Perspective Of Racing

As Kentucky Derby week opens and the national media focus turns back to Churchill Downs for another year, Eclipse Award-winning writer Tim Layden says the biggest story for many outlets will continue to be Santa Anita’s spate of equine fatalities. While Layden acknowledges the reforms put forth by Santa Anita and others have been met […]

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Keeneland And Churchill Commit $100K Each To Equine Research Through Grayson

Keeneland and Churchill Downs Incorporated jointly announced today that the two industry icons have each committed $100,000 in contributions to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. This contribution will enable the sponsorship of two Grayson-approved projects. For the initial two years, 2019 and 2020, the funds will sponsor Dr. Sue Stover’s Grayson-funded research project, “Training Programs for Prevention of Fetlock Injury.” […]

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Report: Churchill Downs Has Second-Highest Equine Fatality Rate In The Nation For 2018

Churchill Downs had the second-highest equine fatality rate in the country in 2018, behind only Hawthorne, according to a report published Wednesday by the Louisville Courier-Journal. The home of the Kentucky Derby reports its fatalities to the Equine Injury Database but is not one of the facilities which opts to list its statistics publicly. Churchill […]

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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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Newly-Funded Grayson Research Projects Could Provide Answers To Racing Fatality Puzzle

Renowned equine orthopedic surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage said earlier this month he’s not sure what caused this season’s much-publicized spike in horse racing fatalities at Santa Anita, but he does know one thing that will help: research. Bramlage sits on the board of directors for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, which funds a wide range […]

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Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Announces $1.3 Million In Funding For 2019

The board of directors of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced today that it has authorized expenditure of $1,338,858 to fund eight new projects at seven universities, nine continuing projects, and three career development awards to fund veterinary research to benefit all horses. This is the fifth straight year that more than $1 million has been approved. “We […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Take Action Now On Bisphosphonates Use

“I’ve been Tildrened.” That’s what a consignor of 2-year-olds said recently to a leading owner about a horse he purchased at a yearling sale with the intention of putting it in training and re-selling it as a prospective racehorse this spring. He was referring to the potentially negative side-effects from a drug called Tildren, one […]

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Santa Anita Implements Lasix Ban, Increased Restrictions On Therapeutic Drugs Following 22nd Fatal Breakdown

The following statement was distributed to media Thursday afternoon as an “open letter” from Stronach Group chairman and president Belinda Stronach following the track’s 22nd fatal breakdown during morning training at Santa Anita.  What has happened at Santa Anita over the last few weeks is beyond heartbreaking. It is unacceptable to the public and, as […]

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Santa Anita Breakdowns: Your Questions, Answered

Throughout this week, our coverage of Santa Anita’s spike in equine fatalities and subsequent indefinite closure has prompted all kinds of questions, comments, and theories from readers. Some are casual followers of the sport, just trying to get a handle on what’s happening, while others are more long-term fans with questions about the underlying cause. […]

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