equine safety

U.S. House Subcommittee To Hold Jan. 28 Hearing On Horseracing Integrity Act

Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Chair Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) announced on Tuesday that the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee will hold a legislative hearing in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, January 28, at 10:30 a.m. in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building on H.R. 1754, the […]

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Breeders’ Cup Releases Bramlage Report On Mongolian Groom, Along With Six Areas For Policy Improvement

The extensive pre-race veterinary screening process at the Breeders’ Cup is good, but it can be better. That’s the conclusion from top equine surgeon Dr. Larry Bramlage, who examined the circumstances surrounding the fatal injury of Mongolian Groom in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita. In a 25-page report released Wednesday, Bramlage noted […]

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The Friday Show Presented By MyRacehorse.com: Three Biggest Horse Racing Issues In 2020?

It’s fair to say the U.S. horse racing industry wouldn’t mind putting 2019 behind it, considering the controversy that plagued the sport throughout the year. And that wish is about to come true, but what will be the top stories of 2020? In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss […]

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California Racetrack Veterinarian To Colleagues: Don’t Fear Medication Reform

When The Stronach Group announced a slate of reforms aimed at improving equine safety and welfare last spring, there wasn’t much debate that new policies were needed, but not everyone in horse racing agreed with the list of changes. Dr. Ryan Carpenter, longtime Southern California racetrack surgeon, says that he was one of the skeptics.  […]

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The Friday Show Presented By MyRacehorse.com: Surface Changes?

A horse racing industry that has seen plenty of turmoil in 2019 gathered together this week to share ideas and debate the course for the future. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss one of the prominent topics at this week’s Global Symposium on Racing — synthetic racing surfaces […]

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Peterson: Closure Of Aqueduct For Training Comes With Significant Safety Benefits

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today announced, as of January 1, all stabling and training of racehorses will be shifted from Aqueduct Racetrack to Belmont Park. “As this change takes effect, we appreciate the patience and understanding of horsemen who utilized Aqueduct as a primary base of operations,” said Glen Kozak, NYRA’s VP […]

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View From The Eighth Pole: Making Jockeys Part Of The Solution

Javier Castellano was mad. Not fighting with Calvin Borel mad, but the Hall of Fame jockey was mad enough as he recalled a story from a few years ago that bothers him to this day. Castellano had been sitting quietly while a panel of jockeys and racetrack executives exchanged ideas about how the two groups […]

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‘I’m Going To Make People Mad’: Churchill’s New Equine Medical Director Up To The Challenge

Dr. Will Farmer, recently announced as the new equine medical director at Churchill Downs, Inc., is formulating a plan to reduce fatal injuries across the company’s three racetracks. According to the Courier-Journal, the 39-year-old former racing regulator will use his increased resources to implement additional pre-race screening and training oversight. “I’m going to make people […]

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Questions And Answers About The Finer Points Of The Thoroughbred Safety Coalition

After several racing organizations gathered to announce the formation of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition on Tuesday, members of the media – and readers – had questions. We’ve chosen to reprint a sampling of the questions asked of Coalition members and their answers.  According to a release announcing the Coalition’s existence, “the group seeks to create […]

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Industry Groups Launch Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Aimed At Reforms

The nation’s leading Thoroughbred racing organizations today announced the creation of an industry-led effort to unify and enhance existing protections and work together to develop new reforms to ensure the safety of the sport’s equine and human athletes. Partnering together under the name Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, the group seeks to create and implement a series […]

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