horse racing deaths

‘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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The Friday Show Presented By 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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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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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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View From The Eighth Pole: Horse Racing Should Heed Lessons From California

The metrics of the horse racing business have changed. There was a time, when I first got involved in the game in the 1970s, that attendance and wagering were the key numbers in defining success and failure of a race meeting. Off-track betting facilities, full-card simulcasting and advance deposit wagering gutted on-track business and made […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Who’s In Charge?

For the horse racing industry, there’s been no respite from protests and media scrutiny in 2019. Things went to another level this week with a vote in Los Angeles on Thoroughbred racing in California. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss what the racing industry should do — if […]

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