equine welfare

Maryland Seeks To Improve Quality, Safety With Stricter Performance Requirements

Maryland is raising its performance requirements for horses stabled or entered at Laurel and Pimlico, which officials there hope will result in a better racing product and improved equine welfare. A note appearing on overnights last month informed horsemen any horse which has not finished first through fourth in its last eight starts would no […]

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Strong Feelings On Display At New York Senate Hearing On Racing

Members of the New York Senate Racing, Wagering and Gaming Committee heard four hours of testimony from 20 witnesses this week demonstrating the stark contrasts in the public’s opinion of horse racing. The Daily Racing Form’s Matt Hegarty reported that several witnesses called for an abolition of racing, while others focused on how much the […]

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Kentucky’s Equine Fatality Records Are Missing Something Important: Names

As public scrutiny continues to sharpen around racing fatalities, the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting (KyCIR) notes the state’s racing commission has an atypical way of responding to public information act requests about equine fatalities there: it redacts the horse’s name, age, sex, track name, owner’s name, race number and date of death from reports […]

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Dr. Tom Lenz Recipient Of 2019 Equine Industry Vision Award

Dr. Tom Lenz, DVM, MS, DACT, was named the recipient of the 2019 Equine Industry Vision Award. Zoetis presented the award to Dr. Lenz, in partnership with American Horse Publications (AHP), during the AHP Equine Media Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Zoetis established and sponsors the annual Equine Industry Vision Award, which showcases an individual’s […]

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Commentary: What’s One Thing Racing Could Do To Improve Its Image? Support The SAFE Act

As racing faces a continued barrage of negative press coverage in mainstream media for its safety and welfare practices, the Daily Racing Form’s Jay Hovdey writes that there’s one, seemingly-straightforward thing industry groups could do to show how seriously they take equine welfare. The SAFE Act (H.R. 961) is the latest incarnation of legislation seeking […]

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The Meadowlands, Tioga, Vernon Downs Announce Zero Tolerance Policy On Slaughter, Kill Pens

Recognizing the snowballing negative public perception surrounding Thoroughbred racing and, ultimately the imminent threat to our own sport, The Meadowlands has taken the following position regarding horse slaughter and ‘kill pens’; any person connected with Standardbred racing found to be involved in either practice will be barred for life from participation in any form at […]

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‘Enough Horse Deaths’: LA Times Editorial Board Urges Santa Anita To Call Off Rest Of Meet

In a piece published Wednesday, the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times called for Santa Anita Park to cut short the current meet, in light of the 26 equine fatalities that have occurred in the last five months, the last three of which occurred in a span of nine days. The Times gives Santa […]

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Pennsylvania’s Equine Safety Record Under The Microscope

As major news outlets take a critical look at equine safety in the Thoroughbred racing world, PennLive’s David Wenner turned his eyes toward Pennsylvania’s racing fatality record in a recent report for WITF. The bad news: roughly one horse dies each week at Pennsylvania’s racetracks, according to figures provided to the news outlet. The good […]

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Commentary: Fact Checking Opponents Of Safety And Welfare Reform

Most of the modern political discourse (and much of the mainstream news cycle) seems to be dominated by debate. Two sides with two opposite arguments, both hoping to sway their audience into seeing things their way. Usually representatives of each side make bold, occasionally fantastical statements; sometimes they stretch or distort the truth. Their job […]

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Churchill Downs Outlines Future Plans, ‘Commitment To Equine And Jockey Safety’

Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) today announced significant initiatives to improve safety protocols and procedures ahead of the 145th running of the Kentucky Derby. These initiatives highlight the company’s strong and ongoing commitment to equine and jockey safety. Churchill Downs’ initiatives include:  ·        Investing $8 million to build a state-of-the-art Equine Medical Center, Quarantine Facility and […]

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