equine fatalities

‘You Blew It’: Veterinarian Allday Tells Radio Host Breeders’ Cup Made A Mistake With Mongolian Groom

“You blew it, boys and girls. So stand up and take your medicine. Sit down and talk about it. Figure out what you screwed up. You’re about to see the demise of this industry because of your mistake.” Those were the decisive words of veterinarian Dr. Steven Allday, racetrack practitioner who is known for his […]

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How Overuse Injuries Happen, And How Imaging Can Help

There is no avoiding the reality that fractures sustained while training and racing is the most pressing of the challenges facing Thoroughbred racing. Veterinarians, trainers, and their support workers at Santa Anita Park have made some dramatic improvements to their system of checks and balances and have significantly reduced their injury rates relative to their […]

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Breeders’ Cup Mum On Mongolian Groom’s Exam History

If you’re looking for details on the veterinary exam history of Breeders’ Cup Classic runner Mongolian Groom, who was fatally injured in the Santa Anita stretch on Nov. 2, you’re not going to get them any time soon. The horse, who suffered multiple fractures of the lower part of his left hind cannon and upper […]

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Feinstein: Racing’s Days Are Numbered If There’s An Equine Death During Breeders’ Cup

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) has issued a challenge to the sport of kings: Keep everyone safe at Breeders’ Cup or face extinction. The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that Feinstein sent a strongly-worded letter to the California Horse Racing Board suggesting that an equine fatality this weekend could result in attention from lawmakers on whether […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: U.S. Horse Racing’s Lack Of Organization, Leadership Magnified During Crisis

Horse racing is in crisis, and not just in California or the United States, where there has been an increased focus on the sport’s equine fatalities since Santa Anita Park went through a particularly deadly period last winter. More recently, Keeneland – in the heart of Kentucky’s Thoroughbred industry – has been on the defensive […]

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‘We Are Very Concerned’: Belmont Fall Meet Fatalities Are Up But Cause Remains Unclear

From a safety perspective, Belmont Park’s fall meet isn’t off to a very good start. In the three weeks since the meet began on Sept. 6, four horses have died in racing, with another three suffering fatal injuries in training. An additional eight are listed as “racing incidents” in the New York State Gaming Commission’s […]

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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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