horse racing fatalities

Jeff Blea, DVM, On The Santa Anita Crisis, Medication And Racing’s Survival

As a veterinarian practicing at Santa Anita, the last few months have been the most difficult of my career.  I’ve experienced grief for the horses who have been euthanized, and frustration with the spike in racing and training injuries.  The survivability of the sport in my state is on the line. But this crisis is […]

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Lamoreaux To ‘Industry Bigwigs’: Time To Stand Up, Unify And Be Counted

“I just like to be there when the charge begins, whether the horses emerge from the starting gate, walk up to a tape as they used to when I was a boy, or come bursting out of a clump of trees at Auteuil steeplechase course in Paris.” Ah, the good old days half a century […]

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Tim Ritvo Q&A: ‘There Are Things That Aren’t Acceptable Any More’

Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of The Stronach Group’s Racing and Gaming Division that owns Santa Anita Park, sat down with Paulick Report publisher Ray Paulick to discuss the current situation at the Arcadia, Calif., track in the wake of the recent shutdown following a spike in racing fatalities that totaled 21 horses since opening […]

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Peterson: ‘Something We Don’t Understand’ Underlies Santa Anita Fatalities

Days after he declared the Santa Anita main track “100 percent ready” for racing and training and subsequently two more horses died, racing surfaces consultant Mick Peterson stands by his examination but also believes Santa Anita shutting down the track indefinitely was the right thing to do. “There was no other option at this point, […]

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Santa Anita Cancels Racing ‘Indefinitely’ Over Concerns Of Fatalities And Track Surface

In the wake of an alarming number of fatal injuries sustained by horses racing and training at Santa Anita Park since the Dec. 26, 2018, opening day, racing has been cancelled indefinitely, according to a published report in Daily Racing Form. The announcement was conveyed to the newspaper by Tim Ritvo, chief operating officer of […]

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The Friday Show: Still Seeking Answers To Racing Fatalities

The recent rash of horse racing deaths at Santa Anita Park in Southern California has captured national attention. It is, of course, not the first time the Thoroughbred racing industry has faced difficult questions about fatalities at the track. In this week’s edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the factors […]

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Radar, Soil Tests Deem Santa Anita Track ‘100 Percent Ready’ For Racing, Training Thursday

Santa Anita’s one mile main track, which has been closed to training for the past two days, has been deemed “100 percent ready,” by Dr. Mick Peterson, director of the University of Kentucky’s Agricultural Equine Programs. Peterson has been evaluating soil samples from Santa Anita on a monthly basis. In addition to soil samples and […]

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Britain: High Profile Couple Stops Entering At Cheltenham Over Injury Issues

Two prominent British owners in jump racing have created a stir in the industry by choosing not to enter their horses at Cheltenham, one of the world’s most renowned steeplechase venues. According to the Racing Post, Paul and Clare Rooney wrote to their trainers, telling them not to run at Cheltenham, where six fatalities occurred […]

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Report: Churchill ‘Monitoring’ After Four Fatalities In Four Days

Churchill Downs and Kentucky Horse Racing Commission officials are monitoring racing more carefully after the track saw four fatal breakdowns between Sept. 20 and Sept. 23, according to WAVE3 News in Louisville. As per commission policy, necropsies and post-mortem reviews will be conducted in each case looking at horses’ exercise and pre-race examination histories. Racing […]

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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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