horse racing safety

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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What’s Different This Time? Racing History Shows An Evolution Of Attitudes About Fatal Injuries

In 1993, just ahead of that year’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park, the Associated Press published a headline that could just as easily have been written this year: “Breeders’ Cup officials hoping for safety.” A short item from writer Ed Schuyler Jr. detailed the organization’s response to a series of five high profile equine […]

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Donna Brothers: PETA Is A Bully

I can no longer remain silent about my love for horses and for horse racing for fear of backlash from PETA and other extremist organizations that claim to be looking out for our horses’ welfare. PETA’s modus operandi is to scream louder than the people and industries they attack, but unfortunately, while they promote themselves as […]

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‘Safety Is Job Number One’ As Del Mar Kicks Off Sixth Fall Meet

The eagerly anticipated return of horse racing at Del Mar begins this Friday as the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club hosts its sixth consecutive “Hollywood” fall race meeting, known affectionately – and with a tip of a boater cap – as the Bing Crosby Season in honor of the track’s illustrious founder. The 15-day session, which […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Smiling Tiger: Safety Is Paramount

Organizers of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships chose to stay at Santa Anita, despite pressure related to a rash of equine fatalities at the track earlier this year. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss the issue of protecting racehorses given that backdrop. Plus, some background on a jockey […]

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Feinstein: Racing’s Days Are Numbered If There’s An Equine Death During Breeders’ Cup

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) has issued a challenge to the sport of kings: Keep everyone safe at Breeders’ Cup or face extinction. The Los Angeles Times reported Thursday that Feinstein sent a strongly-worded letter to the California Horse Racing Board suggesting that an equine fatality this weekend could result in attention from lawmakers on whether […]

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Breeders’ Cup Safety: ‘Everything That Can Be Done, Is Being Done’

The racing industry is approaching this year’s Breeders’ Cup with more anticipation than ever – not all of it positive. In the wake of a spike in equine fatalities during Santa Anita’s spring meet, safety is the top concern to those inside and outside the racing industry. Officials with the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB), […]

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The Friday Show Presented By Smiling Tiger: Hosts With The Most?

The Breeders’ Cup is back at Santa Anita for the 10th time in its history. In fact, the World Championships have gotten quite cozy between California and Kentucky the past dozen years. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick ponder other future host sites for the event, plus how might […]

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Keeneland Hires Mundy, Pendergest To Fill New Racing Safety Positions

Keeneland further strengthened its commitment to the  safety of its equine and human athletes in advance of its Fall Meet by naming prominent equine practitioner Dr. George Mundy as Equine Safety Director and Jim Pendergest, General Manager of The Thoroughbred Center (TTC) and longtime race track professional, as Director of Racing Surfaces. Both positions are […]

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The Whats And Whys Behind Santa Anita’s Nightmare Spring Season

Santa Anita is preparing to launch its fall meet under more scrutiny than ever before. As racing ticks down the weeks to this year’s Breeders’ Cup, some racing fans are still wondering – what happened to cause the much-publicized spike in equine fatalities last spring, and what’s the thinking behind the policies the track put […]

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