equine safety

‘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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Santa Anita Mulling Return To Synthetic Surface

As The Stronach Group continues to contemplate changes to improve safety at the embattled Santa Anita Park, officials there say they haven’t completely ruled out a switch back to synthetic. At a safety and security press briefing held Wednesday morning, Stronach Group chief veterinary officer Dr. Dionne Benson took a question from gathered media about […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Smiling Tiger: Hosts With The Most?

The Breeders’ Cup is back at Santa Anita for the 10th time in its history. In fact, the World Championships have gotten quite cozy between California and Kentucky the past dozen years. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick ponder other future host sites for the event, plus how might […]

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CHRB To Release Report On Santa Anita Fatalities In December

The California Horse Racing Board’s search for reasons for the racing and training fatalities during Santa Anita Park’s winter/spring meet is nearing completion and a comprehensive summary report of the findings will be issued in December that could provide prevention strategies to avoid similar equine injuries. Dr. Alina Vale, a CHRB official veterinarian who holds […]

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Steeplechasers: How Do They Stay Sound And Happy?

This is Part 2 of Denise Steffanus’s two-part series on steeplechasers. Find Part 1, which details the departure of Mr. Hot Stuff from flat racing to steeplechasing, here. Gill Johnston worked her way up through the horse industry from a groom to a trainer and owner. When she arrived in the USA from England in […]

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Keeneland Hires Mundy, Pendergest To Fill New Racing Safety Positions

Keeneland further strengthened its commitment to the  safety of its equine and human athletes in advance of its Fall Meet by naming prominent equine practitioner Dr. George Mundy as Equine Safety Director and Jim Pendergest, General Manager of The Thoroughbred Center (TTC) and longtime race track professional, as Director of Racing Surfaces. Both positions are […]

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The Whats And Whys Behind Santa Anita’s Nightmare Spring Season

Santa Anita is preparing to launch its fall meet under more scrutiny than ever before. As racing ticks down the weeks to this year’s Breeders’ Cup, some racing fans are still wondering – what happened to cause the much-publicized spike in equine fatalities last spring, and what’s the thinking behind the policies the track put […]

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