equine fatalities

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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Gorajec On 2017 Regulation: IRS Rules A Positive, Pennsylvania A Disaster

At Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, the former executive director of the Indiana Racing Commission, Joe Gorajec, lays out the “the good, the bad and the ugly” of horse racing regulation from the past year. Among the positive developments, according to Gorajec, are changes in IRS withholding rules that deserve a “standing ovation” from horseplayers around the […]

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Report Questions ‘Zero Tolerance’ Enforcement On Drugs, Equine Safety At Arapahoe Park

An investigative report published this week by FOX31 in Aurora, Colo., questions whether rules enforcement at Arapahoe Park is as strong as officials would like to believe. The television news station, which reported on illegal match racing in the state earlier this year, found 44 drug violations at the track over a three-year period, as […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Woodbine Jackpot $1M Carryover: Thinking ‘Absolute’?

A judge’s recent decision in Kentucky could have far-reaching consequences for horse racing, depending on what happens next. The case involves a medication overage appealed by trainer Graham Motion, and at stake is the long-standing trainer responsibility rule that maintains trainers have “absolute” accountability over what happens in their stables. Is it unconstitutional? In this […]

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‘They All Work For The Horses’: Emotional Impact Of Track Fatalities Hits Track, Farm Workers, Too

As the public continues to keep eyes on Saratoga, which on Thursday saw its 15th equine fatality of the season (including racing and training), one backstretch worker writes that the weight of racing deaths is felt strongly by horsemen as well as the public. Adrianne DeVaux, writing for The Odyssey Online, detailed the pain felt […]

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Saratoga: Opening Weekend Not Only Brings Fans, But Protesters

Saratoga’s opening weekend not only brought out the expected large crowds but also several protesters, who called for an end to horse racing – not just at Saratoga but nationwide. CNYCentral.com reports that the protesters were organized by the group Horseracing Wrongs, which is “dedicated to educating the public about racing injuries and deaths.” A group […]

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Commentary: Del Mar, Saratoga Face ‘Pivotal Year’ Regarding Equine Fatalities

In just a few weeks, two of horse racing’s most eagerly anticipated race meets of the year will get underway – Del Mar in California and Saratoga in upstate New York. Del Mar and Saratoga attract thousands of people every summer, from casual fans looking to spend an enjoyable day or two of vacation at the track, to […]

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‘We Have Nothing To Hide’: Majority – But Not All – Of Mid-Atlantic Tracks Publish Equine Injury Data

In March, the Jockey Club released a six-year summary of fatality statistics from the Equine Injury Database, which covered through 2014. The report also contained a comparison between 2013 and 2014. The database, which was launched by the Jockey Club in 2008, “seeks to identify the frequency, types and outcome of racing injuries using a […]

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Equine Fatality Rate Declines For Fourth Consecutive Year

An analysis of data from the Equine Injury Database (EID) has shown a reduction in the rate of fatal injury for a fourth consecutive year and a 23 percent drop since 2009, The Jockey Club announced today. When comparing 2016 statistics to 2015 statistics across all surfaces, ages, and distances, the rate dropped from 1.62 […]

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