horse racing fatalities

Necropsy Programs Provide Learning Opportunities To Researchers, Horsemen

Figures released earlier this year from the Equine Injury Database suggest the number of racing fatalities in the United States is falling. For the fourth consecutive year, the rate of deaths per 1,000 starts was down, coming to 1.54 after weighing in at 2.00 when the database started recording data in 2009. No matter where […]

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Study Finds 70 Percent Of Race-Day Injuries In Britain Are Minor

A fourteen-year study of race-day injuries of Thoroughbreds in Great Britain finds that the majority of injuries incurred by racehorses are “minor” and aren’t career-ending. The most common injuries recorded in this category were respiratory issues (including epistaxis), soft tissue injuries (which included cuts and wounds), and unspecified lameness or stiffness. Researchers with the Royal […]

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Gulfstream Track Vet Marquis Fined For Failure To Cooperate With State Investigators

Dr. Patricia Marquis, the attending track veterinarian for Gulfstream Park, has been fined $250 for failure to fully cooperate with investigative staff employed by the Department of Business & Professional Regulation, Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering. The staff members were routinely investigating the deaths of Thoroughbreds injured while racing at the South Florida track in 2014 […]

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‘Real Sports’ Segment a Disturbing Look at Racing’s Drug Culture

Whether you thought it was an agenda-driven “hit piece” or a sensationalized reflection of a troubled industry, the “HBO Real Sports” investigation of drugs and equine fatalities in Thoroughbred racing was painful to watch. The horse racing segment on the 26-time Sports Emmy-winning cable program debuted on Tuesday and will be replayed multiple times throughout […]

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Vet Records Provided Voluntarily in Secret Compass Death

While the California Horse Racing Board has yet to act on a proposal that would make it mandatory to provide veterinary records for post-mortem examination of horses that died at CHRB licensed facilities, trainer Bob Baffert voluntarily turned over vet records on Secret Compass, the Discreet Cat filly who suffered a fatal injury in the […]

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BC Sprint: Points Offthebench Suffers Fatal Injury

Points Offthebench, who earlier this summer gave trainer Tim Yakteen his first Grade 1 victory in the Bing Crosby Stakes at Del Mar, was euthanized after suffering a catastrophic injury to his right foreleg while training at Santa Anita Park in preparation for the Nov. 2 Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Mike Smith, who was aboard […]

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British Animal Rights Group Highlights Racetrack Fatalities

Britain’s largest animal rights group reported on Saturday that 1,000 horses have died on the country’s tracks since 2007. In cases of elective euthanasia, as requested on-track by the trainer after an accident, The British Horseracing Authority does not record the death, prompting Animal Aid to call for more disclosure of details surrounding each death […]

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California horse deaths up five percent in 2012, training fatalities more than triple at Santa Anita

Statistics released Friday by the California Horse Racing Board indicate that the number of equine fatalities on the state’s tracks rose five percent in the last fiscal year (July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012). The increase was most pronounced among training fatalities on both dirt and turf at Santa Anita, which went from 12 […]

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Baffert: ‘Nothing lower than the death of a horse’

Trainer Bob Baffert issued the following statement in the wake of the fatal injury suffered by Tweebster, a Grade 2-placed 5-year-old Tapit gelding who fractured his sesamoids while pulling up after a fifth-place finish as the favorite in a $12,500 claiming race at Santa Anita Park on Sunday. Tweebster, owned by Kaleem Shah Inc. and […]

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Pennsylvania group urges review of racing regulations

The Pennsylvania Equine Coalition – a statewide group representing more than 10,000 trainers, owners and breeders of the horseracing industry in Pennsylvania – today called for a series of meetings on the state level made up of key stakeholders in the Pennsylvania horse racing industry with the goal of improving the health and safety of […]

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