horse racing safety

‘More Boots On The Ground’: NYRA Creates Safety And Integrity Team

The New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) announced longtime employees Juan Dominguez and Tim Kelly will serve new roles as NYRA Safety Stewards as part of a four-person Safety and Integrity Team dedicated to enhancing existing safety protocols at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course. Dominguez and Kelly will complement a unit that […]

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Jockey Club Contributes More Than $750,000 To Racing Surfaces Testing Lab

The Jockey Club today announced the completion of a contribution of more than three-quarters of a million dollars from certain of its commercial businesses to the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory (RSTL) for equipment and other assets to expand services to additional racetracks across North America.  The need to increase and sustain the future of research […]

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‘We’re Not Making Progress’: U.S. Racing Still Lags Behind Other Countries, Sports On Concussions

Retired jockey Tony Black has taken to writing himself little notes so he can remember his daily to-do list. He also makes recordings reminding himself of tasks for later. Sometimes, he forgets things anyway.  Black often laughs it off, telling his wife Kiely she has to cut him some slack because he has suffered several […]

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A Blood Test To Screen For Impending Injury? New Research Project Shows Promise

For years now, veterinarians and horsemen have dreamed of a day when a simple blood test could give them an early clue about whether a racehorse was about to experience a serious injury, before that horse showed any signs of lameness or abnormal imaging. That day is still a ways off, but early results from […]

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British Racing Reports Lowest Average Fatality Rate In At Least Two Decades

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) published statistics this week that show horse racing’s fatality rate at its lowest number on record. According to the Racing Post, the 2018 fatality rate was .22 percent, higher than in prior years. However, the five-year rolling average fatality rate, including last year’s numbers, was .19 percent, the lowest figure […]

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The Friday Show Presented By MyRacehorse.com: Three Biggest Horse Racing Issues In 2020?

It’s fair to say the U.S. horse racing industry wouldn’t mind putting 2019 behind it, considering the controversy that plagued the sport throughout the year. And that wish is about to come true, but what will be the top stories of 2020? In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss […]

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California Racetrack Veterinarian To Colleagues: Don’t Fear Medication Reform

When The Stronach Group announced a slate of reforms aimed at improving equine safety and welfare last spring, there wasn’t much debate that new policies were needed, but not everyone in horse racing agreed with the list of changes. Dr. Ryan Carpenter, longtime Southern California racetrack surgeon, says that he was one of the skeptics.  […]

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The Friday Show Presented By MyRacehorse.com: Surface Changes?

A horse racing industry that has seen plenty of turmoil in 2019 gathered together this week to share ideas and debate the course for the future. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss one of the prominent topics at this week’s Global Symposium on Racing — synthetic racing surfaces […]

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Industry Groups Launch Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Aimed At Reforms

The nation’s leading Thoroughbred racing organizations today announced the creation of an industry-led effort to unify and enhance existing protections and work together to develop new reforms to ensure the safety of the sport’s equine and human athletes. Partnering together under the name Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, the group seeks to create and implement a series […]

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