horse racing safety

The Friday Show Presented By The MATCH Series: Safety Success, ‘Historical’ Impact?

The summer meets at Del Mar and Saratoga are in the books, and there’s plenty to unpack about the results. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the outcomes in terms of safety — and the bottom line. Plus, how much of a difference are historical horse racing machines […]

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THA Hires Belfiore To Oversee Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan To Reduce Equine Fatalities

Andy Belfiore, who has served as executive director for the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association for the past four years, will join the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (“THA”) as the Project Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Strategic Plan to Reduce Equine Fatalities. In this capacity, Belfiore will work with the Plan’s architects, NYS Equine Medical Director Dr. Scott […]

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Santa Anita Adds New Vet Position To Safety Team, Hires Dr. Laurie Bohannon

The Stronach Group has announced the hiring of Dr. Laurie Bohannon to the newly created position of Senior Veterinarian. Bohannon will serve at the direction of TSG Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Dionne Benson as Santa Anita Park approaches the opening of its 23-day Autumn Meet on Friday, Sept. 27.  Santa Anita, which has led the […]

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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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Churchill Downs Goes Overseas To Look At Potential Of Single Starting Gate For Kentucky Derby

Officials from Churchill Downs Inc. traveled to Great Britain last week to look into the possibility of doing away with the two-starting gate system now used for the Kentucky Derby, spokesman Darren Rogers told Horse Racing Nation. Rogers said he had no more information to reveal at this time but confirmed to the website that […]

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Colonial Downs Implements New Safety Protocols For Return To Racing

In restoring Thoroughbred racing in Virginia after a six-year hiatus, Colonial Downs, in conjunction with the Virginia Racing Commission, today announced a comprehensive set of elevated safety and horse welfare procedures and protocols for its upcoming race meeting, which opens on August 8.   These broad-based protocols will encompass Pre-Race Examinations, Medication, Test Barn Procedures and […]

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State-Of-The-Art Kentucky Institute Takes Jockey Well-Being To New Level

Jockeys are independent contractors. Performing their athletic craft at high speed, exposed to the elements and with few “safety nets.” “We wear helmets and vests. Outside of that, we risk everything to participate in this sport and it’s been my life for over 32 years,” says journeyman Aaron Gryder, winner of nearly 4,000 races from […]

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The Friday Show Presented By The Match Series: A New Synthetic Era?

The North American horse racing industry is under a great deal of pressure to strengthen its protection of horses and riders and do everything it can to make races and training as safe as possible. Should that include a switch (or return in some cases) to synthetic racetrack surfaces? Scott Jagow and Joe Nevills discuss […]

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Del Mar Unveils New Safety Measures; Five-Person Panel To Review All Entries

Building on industry-leading safety and welfare measures, Del Mar Thoroughbred Club (DMTC), operators of San Diego County’s iconic horse racing venue at Del Mar, today announced a series of initiatives to enhance safety protocols and procedures as the track prepares to celebrate its 80th season of racing. These initiatives build on effective safety and welfare measures […]

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‘Blows Up In Your Face Without Any Warning’: The Ongoing Debate Over Synthetics Vs Dirt In Horse Racing

With the Thoroughbred racing industry still trying to pin down the reasons behind the fatalities at Santa Anita this year, Tim Sullivan writes for the Louisville Courier-Journal about reasons behind synthetic tracks falling out of favor in North America racing. Sullivan points out there are only five racetracks competing on synthetic, despite clear and concrete […]

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