equine fatalities

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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Francia: Turf Paradise Will Begin Pre-Race Veterinary Exams On All Runners

Following pressure from state and trade publications for Arizona’s poor equine fatality figures, the general manager of the state’s largest track has announced reforms. Turf Paradise’s Vince Francia announced in a press release published in The Blood-Horse that beginning March 18, all runners at the track would undergo pre-race soundness exams. As reported here in […]

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Arizona: After Spike In Equine Fatalities, Voluntary Reforms Seem Too Little Too Late

All eyes have been on California racing this week, where a recent rash of breakdowns at Santa Anita has drawn attention from national media. Overall though, California’s record on fatal injuries each year isn’t bad — the rate for the 2017-18 fiscal year finished at 1.65 per 1,000 starts, roughly equal with the national average. […]

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Radar, Soil Tests Deem Santa Anita Track ‘100 Percent Ready’ For Racing, Training Thursday

Santa Anita’s one mile main track, which has been closed to training for the past two days, has been deemed “100 percent ready,” by Dr. Mick Peterson, director of the University of Kentucky’s Agricultural Equine Programs. Peterson has been evaluating soil samples from Santa Anita on a monthly basis. In addition to soil samples and […]

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Equine Fatalities In Kentucky Were Up In 2018, And No One Is Quite Sure Why

Kentucky, which has traditionally tracked slightly better than the national average on race-related fatalities, closed out 2018 with a significant increase, and Kentucky Horse Racing Commission staff are stumped. Figures presented at a KHRC meeting Feb. 19 showed there were 36 fatalities in the state in 2018, compared with 20 the previous year. That figure […]

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Arizona Legislator Submits Bill To Abolish Racing Commission, Turn Regulation Over To Department Of Gaming

Arizona Rep. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge has submitted a bill to abolish the state’s racing commission and turn horse racing regulation over to the Arizona Department of Gaming. Shope’s bill comes on the heels of an article by the Arizona Republic about the fatality rate in Arizona, which increased sharply at the start of the 2016-17 […]

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British Horseracing Authority To Investigate Six Equine Fatalities At Cheltenham

Six horses were killed during the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, according to uk.reuters.com. Four of those were on the festival’s closing day on Friday, including Sandsend, Some Plan, Dresden, and North Hill. Mossback and Report to Base died after falls on Tuesday. Following the conclusion of the 2018 Cheltenham Festival, Jamie Stier, Chief Regulatory Officer for the […]

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Finding Success in Reducing Horse Racing Fatalities: Now Where Do We Go?

The occurrence of fatal injuries to horses in flat racing in North America has decreased by 23 percent since the inception of standardized injury reporting into the Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database, says Dr. Mary Scollay in Equine Disease Quarterly. Fatalities began to decline 2013 and achieved statistical significance in 2015; it is believed that […]

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