horse deaths

Noor to be disinterred Friday, moved to Kentucky

The plans to disinter the great champion Noor 37 years after his death and transport him from California to Kentucky for burial are moving forward.  In a feature about how all of this came about, the Courier-Journal’s Jennie Rees says the disinterment is set for Friday, with Noor expected to re-buried at Old Friends in […]

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DeWitt: BBC coverage of Aintree deaths not acceptable

Turf writer Burton DeWitt applauds Monday’s announcement that Aintree will make changes to its course in the wake of two deaths at this year’s Grand National.  But he says while NBC has done a laudable job with recent coverage of on-track injuries and fatalities at high-profile events, the same cannot be said of the BBC’s […]

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Britain: Grand National course to undergo changes after fatalities

Aintree Racecourse and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) today announced the interim findings of their review into the 2011 John Smith’s Grand National meeting.  Two horses died from injuries suffered in April’s race.  Twenty horses have reportedly died on the Grand National course since 2000.   The findings of the Grand National Review Group relate […]

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Second horse dies at Calgary Stampede

A horse had to be euthanized after it suffered a fractured leg during competition Friday night at the Calgary Stampede. The injury occurred as a result of a collision with another horse during the Rangeland Derby races, according to the Toronto Sun. The driver of the other rig involved in Friday night’s collision had to […]

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Australia: Hendra virus shows no signs of slowing

A deadly horse virus is proving difficult to contain in Australia.  At least seven horses have died and another 40 are under quarantine in Queensland and New South Wales due to the hendra virus.  Authorities say a task force will meet in Brisbane this week to figure out ways to manage the disease and its […]

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Four horses die in Illinois barn fire

Four horses perished in a barn fire at Indian Hills Thoroughbred Farm in Edwardsville, Ill., on Friday night, according to a report on the website of the Southern Illinois newspaper The Telegraph. A report on, which has not been confirmed with farm owners Joe or Jackie King, said two of the deceased horses were […]

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NJ stallion Unbridled Jet dies from lightning strike

Unbridled Jet, a New Jersey-based son of Unbridled, died Thursday when he was struck by lightning at Sleeter Farm.  The 15-year-old was ranked third on the New Jersey sire list for 2011 and had produced eight stakes winners from eight crops of racing age.

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Australia: Death toll mounting from Hendra virus

Authorities in Queensland, Australia fear a sixth horse has died from the Hendra virus.  Several farms in the region remain under quarantine, and 17 people in Queensland are undergoing tests for Hendra. Since June 20, five horses have died or been put down due to the virus.

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Horse death sparks controversy about Italian race

Italian officials are reconsidering the running of a traditional bareback horse race after a runner smashed into a barrier Friday and died. The Palio is held twice each summer in Siena, Tuscany, attracting tens of thousands of spectators.  The horses run at high speeds around a dirt oval in the city’s main square, while jockeys […]

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