horse racing fatalities

Times responds to Beyer’s concerns over horse racing piece

The New York Times investigative team responsible for last weekend’s story on injuries and fatalities in horse racing has responded to criticism about the way the story was presented.  Specifically, the reporters challenged assertions made in a Daily Racing Form column by Andrew Beyer that the Times piece failed to make a clear distinction between […]

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Turf Paradise probes increased drug regulations following Times piece

Officials at Turf Paradise, one of the tracks sited in last weekend’s New York Times expose on horse racing, plan to pursue increased regulation over the illegal doping of horses.  Track GM Vincent Francia said he was surprised to read that the Times investigation found a figure of 11 incidents per 1,000 starts. “But even […]

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NTRA, AAEP respond to Times report on horse racing

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association and the American Association of Equine Practitioners issued statements Tuesday regarding the New York Times report on horse racing published over the weekend.  From NTRA president Alex Waldrop: “Recent media reports have presented a sobering assessment of the safety and integrity of horse racing. The NTRA takes these reports very […]

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Beyer, Shanklin: NY Times’ failure to draw distinctions may cloud results

While acknowledging the need for reforms in the Thoroughbred industry, some are expressing their frustration that the New York Times, with its expose on horse racing, is unfairly lumping together Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing to the detriment of its investigatory results.  At the Daily Racing Form, Andrew Beyer, who says drugs are certainly an […]

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Limited response from industry so far on Times story

The level of response to last weekend’s New York Times piece on horse racing has been mixed so far.  National Thoroughbred Racing Association president Alex Waldrop told the Daily Racing Form the Times offered a “sobering look at certain aspects of horse racing,” and that the NTRA planned to issue a formal response. Sunland Park […]

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Shanklin: ‘Sensationalized’ NY Times story must lead to reforms

At Horse Racing Business, Bill Shanklin is among the many people reacting to this weekend’s expose on horse racing in the New York Times, which particularly focused on Quarter Horse racing in New Mexico.  Shanklin says the Times may have taken a sensational slant with the piece in an effort to boost its flagging readership, […]

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New York Times probes horse racing fatalities

The rough ride horse racing has experienced in recent weeks due to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s call for an investigation into the rash of catastrophic injuries at Aqueduct this winter and HBO’s cancellation of the horse racing series LUCK due to a third equine fatality is far from over. In fact, it’s probably safe […]

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Pricci: Plenty of reasons for racing industry to be afraid

Horse Race Insider John Pricci writes about the convergence of recent negative developments for the Thoroughbred racing industry, including the breakdowns at Aqueduct, the cancellation of the HBO series Luck, and the potential fallout from media coverage: “As we speak, the New York Times is preparing a series on horse fatalities. As Turo Escalante might […]

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Task force formed to investigate Aqueduct breakdowns

The New York State Racing and Wagering Board today announced the selection of a team of nationally respected industry experts to investigate the circumstances that caused 20 equine fatalities at the Aqueduct Racetrack’s inner track meet between December 2011 and March 18, 2012. Last week, the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo called on The […]

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Jockey Club updates Thoroughbred racing fatality rate

The Jockey Club today released an updated North American fatality rate for Thoroughbreds that includes three years’ worth of data collected in the Equine Injury Database, the North American database for racing injuries.   Based on an analysis of 1,160,045 starts collected during the three-year period January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2011, the prevalence […]

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