equine fatalities

Human Side Of California’s Horse Racing Crisis: ‘No Es Solamente Un Deporte’

I attended the California Horse Racing Board meeting in Del Mar this past Thursday.  As is usual now, there were demonstrations pro and con before the meeting, and public comments on both sides during the meeting. As I walked to my car afterwards, with the TV trucks and crowds long gone, I saw a small group […]

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Thoroughbred Owners Of California Seeks Alternative Federal Legislation

Four years ago at the annual membership meeting of Thoroughbred Owners of California, then-president Joe Morris said the TOC’s board of directors was “100 percent against the federal government or USADA being involved” with oversight of Thoroughbred racing medication rules. Morris was referring to the Horseracing Integrity Act, federal legislation that would make the United […]

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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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Lamoreaux: In Baseball And Horse Racing, It’s Time To Reexamine The Need For Early Speed

As a boy, radio hooked me on Thoroughbred racing and baseball.  Mel Allen and Red Barber with their melodic southern baseball idioms and Clem McCarthy and Ted Huesing  with their dramatic Kentucky Derby stretch calls turned both sports for me into poetic adventures. I could literally smell the hotdogs in the ballpark and revel in […]

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Kentucky Commission Begins Publishing Mortality Reviews, Complete With Identities, For The First Time

After the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission drew public scrutiny for redacting basic information from the necropsy reports it provided under the state’s open records act, the regulatory agency has now begun publishing that data on its website. The KHRC drew ire form a report by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting in early June, wherein […]

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California Legislature Unanimously Votes To Give CHRB Broader Authority To Suspend Racing

The California legislature on Monday unanimously passed Senate Bill 469, giving the California Horse Racing Board sweeping authority to immediately suspend racing over safety and welfare concerns for horses and jockeys. Introduced by Sen. Bill Dodd, the measure gives the CHRB authority to change, limit, restrict or reallocate racing dates that had previously been assigned. […]

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Commentary: Don’t Let Animal Rights ‘Terrorists’ Make Horse Racing Go The Way Of Circus Elephants

I went to work at the track in 1965 because of my abiding love for horses. No one can question my love for the animal. However, there is a faction of society that does not love our game. These are the animal rights terrorists whose agenda is nothing less than the ending of racing altogether. […]

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NYRA: Hollendorfer Welcome To Stable, Race At New York Tracks

One day after being notified by The Stronach Group that he was no longer welcome to stable or race at any of the company’s racetracks – Santa Anita and Golden Gate in California, Laurel and Pimlico in Maryland and Gulfstream Park in Florida – Jerry Hollendorfer got the green light from the New York Racing […]

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Hall Of Famer Hollendorfer Told To Vacate Stalls At Santa Anita, Golden Gate

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was told Saturday by The Stronach Group, owner of Santa Anita Park, to vacate his stalls at the Arcadia, Calif., racetrack after the euthanasia of American Currency – the fourth horse from his barn to die since the winter meet began Dec. 26. American Currency sustained fractured sesamoids in […]

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Feinstein: It’s Time To Take A Hard Look At Horse Racing And Opportunities For Reform

There’s no question that horse racing is a spectacle. There are few moments as breathtaking as 20 1,000-pound thoroughbreds surging through the homestretch of Churchill Downs at nearly 40 miles an hour. But at what cost? Each year, hundreds of horses die while racing and training. This is the only sport in our country where […]

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