equine fatalities

In Wake Of Fatal Racing Injury, Turf Paradise Seeks To Tighten Rules On ‘Eased’ Horses

Turf Paradise had two catastrophic breakdowns on Jan. 8 – the second and third in a span of 24 races – but Vince Francia, the Phoenix, Ariz., track’s general manager, said there is no evidence track condition was a factor in the two latest fatalities. Francia is pushing for the tightening of an existing rule that […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Woodbine: A Classic ‘Classic,’ Information Underload?

Songbird makes a bid for 10 consecutive victories this weekend as she puts her unblemished record on the line in Saturday’s Alabama Stakes at Saratoga. Will she survive the “graveyard of champions” a second time? The same day on the West Coast, three of the nation’s top horses will do battle in the Pacific Classic […]

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‘Something Of A Surprise’: NYTHA Members Evenly Divided On Synthetic Track For Aqueduct

An online survey of New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association members was almost evenly divided on whether or not the New York Racing Association should install a synthetic racing surface at Aqueduct. NYRA CEO Chris Kay raised the issue earlier this month at a meeting of the New York Racing Franchise Oversight Board, saying his organization was […]

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Saratoga Breakdowns Raise Questions About Veterinary Supervision

Three horses – two during racing and one during training hours – have died during the current Saratoga meet, and a column in The Saratogian by Teresa Genaro points out that at least one of those deaths raises questions about veterinary supervision at the track. When Jackson N Leonard suffered a catastrophic injury on the main track one recent morning, […]

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Handle Up at Aqueduct; Equine Fatalities Rise to Ten

Two numbers are up at Aqueduct so far this meet, according to the Daily Racing Form’s David Grening: the track’s handle, and its equine fatalities. Through Sunday, all-sources handle is up 10 percent over the first month of last year’s season, with no cancellations due to weather. The track has conducted 171 races, compared with 161 this […]

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Needham: Decreasing Fatality Rates in California Tell Complicated Story

In a story published at Thoroughbred Racing Commentary, Dan Needham writes that “in Thoroughbred racing, the statistic known as a fatality rate is an amalgam of many different stories, but what kind of story can be told by fatality rates themselves?” The Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database (EID), which has data going back to 2009, […]

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Report: Equine Fatalities in California at All-Time Low

California tracks saw their lowest fatality rate in twenty years during the 2012-13 fiscal year, according to a California Horse Racing Board report. The state’s equine medical director, Dr. Rick Arthur, credits new regulations governing claiming rules, pre-race exams, and the lower phenylbutazone threshold with the change. According to the Daily Racing Form, 209 horses died […]

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Putting California Sudden Death Numbers in Perspective

At the April 11 meeting of the California Horse Racing Board, commissioner Bo Derek, chairman of the regulatory agency’s Medication and Track Safety Committee, in reviewing the sudden deaths of Thoroughbred racehorses at California tracks said that “no trainer or trainers have been mentioned in our discussions of sudden deaths.” Derek’s statement overlooked the numbers […]

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