equine safety

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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‘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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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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