equine safety

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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Fornatale: Horse Racing’s ‘Risk Of Death Cannot Be Eliminated Altogether’

Handicapper and co-creator of the World Horseplayers’ Tour, Peter Thomas Fornatale, tried to bring some perspective to the horse racing industry with an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle this week. He opined on Mongolian Groom’s breakdown in the Breeders’ Cup Classic: “His death demonstrates an unfortunate truth about racing and about any shared animal […]

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‘Only As Strong As Your Weakest Link’: Racing Needs To ‘Admit We Have A Problem’

After reading Donna Brothers’ article about PETA earlier this week, long-time fan and gambler Jonathan Stettin penned a response published at pastthewire.com. While he agreed with parts of Brothers’ piece, he took issue “with the cheerleading and the potential for that to lead to a false sense of complacency.” Stettin’s response points out a number of […]

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Donna Brothers: PETA Is A Bully

I can no longer remain silent about my love for horses and for horse racing for fear of backlash from PETA and other extremist organizations that claim to be looking out for our horses’ welfare. PETA’s modus operandi is to scream louder than the people and industries they attack, but unfortunately, while they promote themselves as […]

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After PETA Scandal, West Virginia Tracks And Horsemen Making Plans To Institute Necropsy Program By January 2020

West Virginia’s racing commissioners reacted with horror and outrage to a series of photos distributed by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) several weeks ago, and vowed that change would be coming as a result.  PETA published a set of photographs taken by an unnamed whistleblower which appeared to show the body […]

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Report: Mongolian Groom Trainer, Vet Say Horse Was Sound

The Thoroughbred Daily News reported Wednesday that Mongolian Groom’s connections maintain the horse, who was fatally injured in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, was sound going into the race. Dr. Vince Baker, Mongolian Groom’s regular veterinarian, said the horse’s workout Oct. 27 triggered an episode of tying up, which resulted in tight back muscles. Baker said […]

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‘Safety Is Job Number One’ As Del Mar Kicks Off Sixth Fall Meet

The eagerly anticipated return of horse racing at Del Mar begins this Friday as the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club hosts its sixth consecutive “Hollywood” fall race meeting, known affectionately – and with a tip of a boater cap – as the Bing Crosby Season in honor of the track’s illustrious founder. The 15-day session, which […]

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Vitalogy A Vet Scratch From Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Brendan Walsh-trained Vitalogy has been scratched from today’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf after veterinarians determined the horse had not passed their examinations. Walsh told the Daily Racing Form he did not agree with the scratch, and thought the colt was “the same he’s always been.” Earlier this week, Walsh himself scratched Juvenile contender Maxfield from […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Smiling Tiger: Safety Is Paramount

Organizers of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships chose to stay at Santa Anita, despite pressure related to a rash of equine fatalities at the track earlier this year. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the issue of protecting racehorses given that backdrop. Plus, some background on a jockey […]

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