horse racing fatalities

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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Nearly 25% of entries scratched at Aqueduct

In the wake of recent breakdowns at Aqueduct Racetrack, an unusually high number of scratches were reported Wednesday as racing transitioned from the inner track to the main track. The Daily Racing Form says nearly 25% – 18 of the 73 horses carded Wednesday – were scratched, despite fast and dry conditions: “According to NYRA […]

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Ehalt: NYRA can’t have another winter like this one

At ESPN New York, Bob Ehalt writes that while NYRA has lowered purses for certain claiming races in an effort to combat a rash of breakdowns this winter, more will need to be done before the next racing season at Aqueduct.  Ehalt says other possible changes include an increased veterinarian staff, the power to look […]

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Angst: Purses a factor in Aqueduct breakdowns?

At the Thoroughbred Times, Frank Angst looks at the whether Aqueduct’s new purse structure – fueled by casino revenues – is having any effect on the number of horse fatalities at the winter meet.  Since November, Aqueduct has seen 15 fatal breakdowns.  Angst writes: “In a 2009 AAEP white paper titled “Putting the Horse First: […]

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Scollay: Turfway’s winter meet safety record ‘astounding’

While Aqueduct is facing pressure over 15 horse fatalities recorded at its winter meet, northern Kentucky’s Turfway Park is being praised for its safety record.  At Wednesday’s meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, equine medical director Mary Scollay said only one death has occurred at Turfway since December 1.  That’s from 4,532 starts. Scollay […]

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New York governor calls for probe of Aqueduct fatalities

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sent a letter to the New York Racing Association Wednesday expressing his concern about recent horse fatalities at Aqueduct Racetrack.  Since Nov. 30, the track has reported 15 fatal breakdowns, a trend Cuomo called “extremely disturbing” and one that “should not be allowed to continue.” “Everyone understands that horse racing […]

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NYRA officials frustrated, baffled over Aqueduct breakdowns

New York Racing Association officials say there is no logical explanation for the increase in fatal breakdowns over Aqueduct’s inner track this winner.  The 15 deaths represents a 50% increase over the previous two winter meets.  NYRA officials meeting with reporters Thursday said the track has been maintained the same way for the past several […]

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WHERE SHOULD WE PUT THE BLAME FOR CALIFORNIA’S INCREASED FATALITIES?

In an article from The San Diego Union-Tribune, recently released data shows that the last two years of racing have produced the most fatalities of any two-year period in California racing history. However, equine medical director Rick Arthur contends this is due to the increased number of starts at Golden Gate after the closing of […]

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