horse racing deaths

‘A True Friend With A True Heart’: Tampa Bay Downs Community Mourns A Way-Too-Soon Loss

Jeff Lopez, who shoes horses at Oaklawn Park and on the Kentucky circuit, makes the drive from Hot Springs, Ark., to Louisville in about 8 hours. All that keeps him from getting lost are memories of his late fiancée Catherine Dimino, who died in his arms on Jan. 31 after a valiant three-year fight with […]

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Veteran Oaklawn Park Starter Terry Walker Dies At Age 61

Terry Walker, a life-long racetracker and the starter at Oaklawn Park for the past 16 years, died Sunday according to various reports. He was 61. The starting gate crew and others at Oaklawn observed a moment of silence during Sunday’s race card, which was run without spectators. Jockeys, outriders and track officials gathered in the […]

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‘True Horseman’ Bruce Johnstone Dies At Age 76

Bruce Johnstone, who transitioned from a successful career as a trainer to management at the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA), the last 13 years of which he spent as Manager of Racing Operations, died Thursday following a lengthy battle against cancer. He was 76. At NYRA, Johnstone served as the bridge between management, horsemen […]

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British Racing Reports Lowest Average Fatality Rate In At Least Two Decades

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) published statistics this week that show horse racing’s fatality rate at its lowest number on record. According to the Racing Post, the 2018 fatality rate was .22 percent, higher than in prior years. However, the five-year rolling average fatality rate, including last year’s numbers, was .19 percent, the lowest figure […]

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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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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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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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View From The Eighth Pole: U.S. Horse Racing’s Lack Of Organization, Leadership Magnified During Crisis

Horse racing is in crisis, and not just in California or the United States, where there has been an increased focus on the sport’s equine fatalities since Santa Anita Park went through a particularly deadly period last winter. More recently, Keeneland – in the heart of Kentucky’s Thoroughbred industry – has been on the defensive […]

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Multiple Grade 1 Winning Trainer Dick Lundy Dies At 71 After Battle With Cancer

Multiple graded stakes winning trainer, Richard “Dick” J. Lundy, passed away on Oct 5th, 2019 after a hard fought bout with cancer.  He was 71 years old. Dick, who was from Mount Kisco, N.Y.,  was an accomplished equestrian training the on the hunter/jumper circuit in California. In the early 1971’s he decided to switch to […]

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